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    Apple’s dangerous path – TechCrunch

    Hello friends, and welcome back Week of review.

    last week, We dive into a really weird trick in the NFT market. This week we’ll talk about something that has a little more impact on the current state of the Web: Apple’s Neural Hash Carfaffle.

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    Big thing

    Last month, Apple did something that generally went around avoiding exceptional work — the company did what looked like a completely unforced error.

    Early August — seemingly out of nowhere ** — company Presentation By the end of the year, we plan to aggressively scan the libraries of all iCloud Photos users and deploy a technology called Neural Hash that looks for image hashes that match known images in Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM). For obvious reasons, we were unable to opt out of scanning on the device.

    The announcement wasn’t coordinated with other major consumer technology giants, Apple proceeded with the announcement only.

    Researchers and advocacy groups have had almost unilaterally negative feedback on this effort, which is a new abuse to detect information on devices that government and other stakeholders consider offensive. There was concern that channels could be created.As my colleague Zack recently pointed out Talk, “The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it has collected over 25,000 signatures from consumers this week, as well as nearly 100 policy and rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union. Called Abandon plans to roll out technology to Apple. “

    (Announcement Reportedly It has caused some controversy within Apple. )

    The problem, of course, wasn’t that Apple was trying to find a way to prevent the spread of CSAM while minimizing device security concessions. The problem is that Apple is making large-scale choices that unilaterally impact billions of customers (likely to direct competitors to similar solutions), about possible impacts and necessary safeguards. That was what I was doing without outside opinion.

    Simply put, over the past month, researchers have discovered that Apple’s Neural Hash isn’t as airtight as expected, and the company has announced that it will postpone its rollout on Friday. A very important child safety feature. “

    After spending a few years in tech media, the only reason I release news on Friday morning before a long weekend is to make the announcements read and seen by as few people as possible, and why they I want it. This is a great embarrassment for Apple, and as with these delayed deployments, the internal team is not well prepared and lacks the ideological variety to measure the extent of the problem they are working on. Indicates that you are. This isn’t a bargain from the Apple team building it, as Apple is trying to solve these problems in Apple Park’s vacuum cleaners while adhering to the annual iOS release schedule.

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    Apple is increasingly demanding that privacy be an important selling point in the iOS ecosystem, and as a result of this commercialization, the development of privacy-centric features is directed towards the same secrets as its surface-level redesign commands. And promote it. In June, Apple announced iCloud + and frowned when it shared that certain new privacy-centric features were only available to iPhone users who purchased additional subscription services.

    Obviously, public opinion isn’t available for every product update, but perhaps a wide range of pioneering security and privacy features need to be handled in a slightly different way than the average product update. Apple’s lack of involvement with NeuralHash research groups and advocates is pretty terrible, and there are certainly some about whether Apple fully respects how choices for iOS affect the wider Internet. Raises the question.

    It’s good to delay the rollout of features, but I hope they take the time to reflect more broadly.

    **** This announcement was a surprise to many, but Apple’s development of this feature didn’t come entirely out of nowhere. Apple’s top people seem to feel that the wind of global tech regulation may be shifting towards a complete ban on some methods of encryption in some of its biggest markets. ..

    In October 2020, US Attorney General Bill Bar joined the representatives of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, India and Japan. Sign the letter Raises great concern about how the implementation of cryptography poses “a significant public security challenge, including the very vulnerable members of our society, such as sexually exploited children.” Did. The letter effectively called on companies in the tech industry to be creative about how they tackled this issue.


    Others

    Here’s a TechCrunch news article that caught my eye especially this week:

    LinkedIn kills the story
    You might be shocked to hear that there are products like Stories on the LinkedIn platform, but if you already know they’re testing Stories, it’s not too surprising to hear that the test didn’t work. There will be no. good. The company announced this week that it will suspend this feature at the end of the month. RIP.

    FAA is based on Virgin Galactic in Branson’s flight questions
    Everyone seemed to go swimming for Richard Branson’s space trip last month, but the FAA has some reasons why the flight seemed to have turned unexpectedly from a cleared route. I have a question. The FAA is preventing the company from launching any further until it knows what the deal is.

    Apple buys classical music streaming service
    Spotify spends a lot of money to get popular podcasts and publishes news once or twice a month, but Apple seems to be looking to another market for Apple Music, classical music streaming this week. Announced that it will introduce the service Primephonic to the Apple Music team. ..

    TikTok’s parent company acquires VR startup
    It’s not a big secret that ByteDance and Facebook are trying to imitate each other’s success, but many wouldn’t have expected TikTok’s parent company to get lost in virtual reality games. A Chinese company has purchased a startup Pico that manufactures consumer VR headsets for China and enterprise VR products for North American customers.

    Twitter tests “safety mode” to prevent fraud
    The same features that make Twitter an incredibly cool product for some users can make the experience worse for others. This recognizes that Twitter creation seems to be very slow. Their latest solution is more personalized user control, and Twitter is testing in a new “safe mode” that combines algorithmic intelligence with new user input.


    Extra stuff

    Some of my favorite readings from this week’s ExtraCrunch subscription service:

    YC Demo Day, our favorite startup from Part 1
    “Y Combinator launched its fourth virtual demo day today, revealing the first half of a batch of nearly 400 companies. YC’s biggest presentation to date is innovation, from less simple seaweed to clearco for creators. Provides a snapshot of where is heading. “

    …part 2
    “… Yesterday, the TechCrunch team Covered the first half of this batch, Not only startup 1 minute pitch that stands out to us..We too Podcast about it! Today we are doing it again. Here is a complete list of all startups It is shown in today’s record, and below is the vote for the best Y Combinator pitch on the second day. As people sifting hundreds of pitches a day, we ask us, “Oh, wait, what’s this?”

    All the reasons you need to activate your credit card
    “… If your company hasn’t found a way to launch a debit or credit card for some reason, the good news is. It’s easier than ever and you can actually make money. If you do, the competition Be aware that real customer usage can depend on the stickiness of the service and the value of the rewards it offers to the most active users. “


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    Lucas Matney

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