Top news this week, 19th-23rd of February 2024

Top news this week

Top interesting announcements


FTC fined Avast $16.5 million for selling users’ browsing data to advertisers

The FTC’s investigation states that between 2014 and 2020, Avast antivirus software collected and sold the web browsing information of the users without their knowledge. In addition to the fine, Avast is required to notify affected customers that their data has been sold without their consent.


Apple will reportedly receive a €500 million fine in EU after Spotify’s antitrust complaint

The Financial Times wrote that the European Commission will accuse Apple of abusing its power and will ban its “unfair trading conditions” in regard to its music service subscription policies. The fine is expected to be announced next month.


Samsung will add AI features to Galaxy Smartwatches

The company wants to use AI to enhance digital health and wellbeing. Samsung has taken into account the concerns by providing both on-device and cloud-based AI processing, so users will be able to decide if they want data to be sent to the company’s servers for processing or not.


Reddit reportedly will allow its data to be used to train AI models

Reddit posts, from the most popular subreddits to the comments of small accounts, could build up already-existing LLMs or provide a framework for the next generative AI models.


Law enforcement agencies from 11 countries have disrupted the LockBit ransomware group

LockBit collected over $120 million in ransom payments. The UK’s National Crime Agency says it has taken control of the group’s internal servers as well as its public website. Also, two arrests have been made, in Ukraine and in Poland.


Top new products


Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro

Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro will have a 12.4-inch screen, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 16 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of storage. It will come with a 10,000mAh battery.


Samsung Galaxy A55

Galaxy A55 will have a 6.5-inch screen, Exynos 1480 processor, 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. It will come with a 5000 mAh battery.


Nothing Phone (2a)

Nothing Phone (2a) will have a 6.7-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen, Dimensity 7200 Pro processor, 12 GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. It will come with a 5,000mAh battery.

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