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This Week In Technology: Facebook, Intel, and More


Facebook Data Breach

The social media giant Facebook announced last Friday that the photos of 6.8 million users were exposed online. Recently, a European regulator announced plans to look into data breaches in the company.

The European regulator can fine the company for around $1.4Bn various different data leaks and lasted over a 12-day period. They discovered it in September. However, Facebook didn’t report the bug until late November. They reported it as soon as they had “established it was considered a reportable breach.”

Intel In Talks To Sell McAfee

Intel Corp is in talks to sell antivirus software McAfee to private equity firm Thoma Bravo LLC. Currently, they are in early stage. It isn’t guaranteed that they will lead anywhere. Both Intel and partner TPG Capital declined to comment. Thoma Bravo didn’t respond to requests to comment.

Thoma Bravo is seeking to rapidly consolidate the cyber security sector. For example, it recently acquired two separate companies for $3Bn. In addition, they approached another company with a takeover deal last month.

New Tumblr Rules In Effect

The new changes in the Tumblr guidelines went in effect recently. However, the users aren’t so happy with the results. Many posts get flagged by Tumblr’s algorithm wrongly, and get placed in “quarantine.” This forces the accounts to be marked as an adult account.

“Having a post mistakenly flagged as adult totally sucks. We understand and agree that there have been too many wrongfully flagged posts since we announced the policy change,” the company wrote in a blog post earlier this week. However, this didn’t help the situation, as user took to the platform to write about their frustration.

Google Photos Limits Storage Space

Google Photos no longer hosts unlimited storage space for unsupported video types. Currently, the supported types include .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, etc. This changes leaves some file types out, however there will be no impact in the amount of users the program has.

LG’s Rollable TV

Recently, LG unveiled the first prototype for a rolling TV. Earlier this week, they announced that they are ready to put the TV on sale as a product in 2019. This new technology can be stowed away easier and can hide part of the screen to prevent letterboxing. Currently, there is no expected price of the device.

In addition, LG and Sprint teamed up to release a 5G phone in the first half of the year. There is no info on whether or not the phone will be revealed at next years CES.