Sarah Hardacre is a freelance writer and a business leader driving transformational change in the IT industry. She focuses on building empowered, high performing teams driving business success; teams where everyone thrives and leads balanced lives. When not working, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, exploring new places, and enjoying the peacefulness of nature.

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FTC Investigating TikTok Over Privacy Concerns

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating TikTok over its data privacy and security practices, in particular related to collecting data from users under 13. The Children's Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) rule requires that companies notify and obtain consent from parents of users under 13 before they can collect any user data. In addition, the FTC is...

4.3
April 17, 2024
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Apple Publishes Paper on its Advances in GenAI

Apple recently published a paper on the work it is doing to improve how we interact with large language models (LLMs). In particular, “A Multimodal Approach to Device-Directed Speech Detection with Large Language Models” investigates areas that could bring improvements to voice activated applications, making them more intuitive and natural to use. In the current systems,...

4.5
April 16, 2024
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IONOS Study Shows SMBs Need to Digitize

IONOS released the results of its annual survey of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and found that they “view digitalization as important for their future viability.” The survey revealed that nearly 80% of American SMBs consider digitalization important for their future, an increase compared to last year. American SMBs, however, fall behind their European...

4.3
April 15, 2024
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Personal Data Stolen Years Ago Published Online

Three years after an alleged data breach of AT&T customers, the full dataset is now available online. In 2021, a threat actor, known as ShinyHunters, put a dataset of more than 70 million users up for auction, claiming it was data from AT&T users. The starting price was set to $200,000, with incremental increases of $30,000. ShinyHunters was allegedly willing to...

4.3
April 11, 2024
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UN General Assembly Adopts Global AI Resolution

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution giving direction that the purpose of artificial intelligence should ultimately be for the global good. The resolution also underlines the need to address racial discrimination around the world. The first of its kind, the resolution titled “Seizing the opportunities of safe, secure, and trustworthy artificial intelligence...

4.5
April 10, 2024
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US Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple

The US Justice Department, 15 states, and the District of Columbia have come together to sue Apple for its anti-competitive practices. The lawsuit was filed through the US Federal Court in Newark, New Jersey. The complaint maintains that as the result of Apple’s behaviors has led to higher prices and less competition in the smartphone market. In the US, iPhones occupy an...

5.0
April 08, 2024
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EU Set to Put Landmark AI Legislation into Law

The European Parliament has approved the Artificial Intelligence Act, a sweeping new law that would bring safeguards to protect citizens and democracy without stifling innovation in the new landscape of generative AI. The act introduces outright bans on certain types of AI applications, including scraping internet or CCTV footage to build facial recognition databases and...

4.0
April 05, 2024
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Google Business Profiles Display Social Media Content

Google Business Profiles will now automatically display posts from social media platforms in select regions. Google first introduced the possibility to add social media links to Business Profiles last year. At the time, the Business Profile displayed the links directly, giving Search users an alternative way to interact with businesses. This update expands that feature to...

4.3
April 03, 2024
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Apple Introduces Sweeping Changes in EU

Apple has announced a number of changes to iOS, Safari and the App Store in the European Union (EU) in order to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA, set to come into effect in March, is a regulation to ensure the digital market remains fair and competitive. The DMA works hand-in-hand with EU competition laws and lays out additional obligations and...

4.7
April 01, 2024
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Big Tech Facing Changes With New EU Law

Europe’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) took effect early March, impacting the way some of the largest tech platforms work in Europe. Since the inception of the DMA in July 2022, various tech platforms have been working with European regulators to adapt the way their platforms function to adhere to the new regulations. These new regulations aim to give users more choice and...

4.3
April 01, 2024
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US Passes Bill That Could Lead to TikTok Ban

The US House of Representatives has passed a vote that could be a first step toward banning TikTok in the US and removing access for its current 170 million US-based users. The bill received bipartisan support, with an overall vote of 352 to 65 to move the legislation forward. Due to Chinese technology company ByteDance owning TikTok, US legislators worry about security...

4.5
March 28, 2024
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European Commission Fines Apple Over €1.8 Billion

The European Commission (EC) has fined Apple €1.8 billion for its practices related to music streaming apps distributed through its App store. The EC found that Apple, who at the time fully controlled the App store and therefore set the terms and conditions for all apps available to iOS users, had placed restrictions on app developers that can be considered unfair trading...

4.5
March 27, 2024
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GenAI Produces False Election-Related Images

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) has published a study that found top GenAI tools can create images that could lead to election disinformation and support false claims about candidates. The research focused on generative AI platforms Midjourney, ChatGPT Plus, DreamStudio, and Image Creator. Researchers used 40 text prompts related to the 2024 US presidential...

4.7
March 25, 2024
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Meta to Close Facebook News in US and Australia

Meta has announced it will remove Facebook News in Australia and the United States, citing an 80% drop in the number of users in these countries. Facebook News is a dedicated tab available in the bookmarks section that highlights news content. The Facebook News tab was already deprecated in France, Germany, and the UK last year. This change will not affect any other Meta...

4.8
March 21, 2024
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Apple Will Allow Web Apps on iPhones in the EU

Apple has announced on its developer support page that it will reverse its decision to block Home Screen web apps following scrutiny from EU regulators on its move to remove this feature. This is another action Apple is taking in light of the European Digital Markets Act (DMA) that came into effect March 1. The DMA ensures a fair and competitive digital market in the EU...

4.8
March 20, 2024
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