Hashtag Trending Jan 26 – Apple awards $100K for bug hunting; Google to block targeted ads for teens; Nvidia may leave its Arm deal

Apple awards cybersecurity student for discovering a vulnerability in Mac’s webcams, Google is planning on blocking targeted ads for people under 18, and Nvidia is apparently leaving its Arm acquisition.

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Apple awarded a cybersecurity student $100K for discovering a vulnerability in Mac’s webcams. The student, Ryan Pickren, found that a vulnerability in Mac webcams gave attackers access to web-based accounts such as iCloud and PayPal, as well as access to the device’s microphone, camera, and screen sharing. According to Apple Insider, Apple has not commented on the bug, but has awarded Pickren the money as a part of its bug bounty program. Currently, it’s not known if this vulnerability has been exploited.

Google is planning to block ad targeting based on age, gender or interest for people under 18. The company reiterated its commitment to protecting vulnerable groups, and that it will prevent age-sensitive ads from being shown to teens. Users can already turn off ads related to alcohol and gambling on YouTube, but Google recommends reporting ads users believe that violate policies and mute advertisements they aren’t interested in. Additionally, Google is continuing to collaborate with Privacy Sandbox to make digital marketing more private.

Nvidia is reportedly planning to abandon its purchase of Arm. Nvidia had originally announced that it would purchase Arm for $40 billion from SoftBank in 2020. But according to unnamed sources to Bloomberg, it made almost no headways in getting the approval of regulators. The deal has been steeped in regulatory turmoil as it’s under close investigation in both the U.S. and the U.K. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission even sued to block the transaction due to concerns of antitrust. Still, Nvidia and SoftBank, which currently owns Arm, remain hopeful that the deal can be moved forward. If it falls through, though, SoftBank will likely put Arm up for an IPO.

YouTube’s CEO has doubled down on YouTube’s controversial removal of dislikes from the platform. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki reiterated that hiding dislikes prevent harming parts of YouTube’s ecosystem through dislike attacks, which often target small creators. She also argued that dislikes do not discourage a user from watching a video since they aren’t displayed on the home screen. She did not, however, say whether users would enter and immediately leave a mostly-disliked video.

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Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT Business. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected]

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