Germany bans smartwatches for kids and asks parents to destroy them

Germany’s telecommunication agency, the Bundesnetzagentur, has banned smartwatches for kids, and is asking parents to destroy them. According to Bleeping Computer, (via Gizmodo) the regulators have deemed smartwatches targeted at kids “prohibitive listening devices” and are asking parents to destroy any smartwatches their kids have and advising schools to pay closer attention to kids with them.

Germany is targeting the listening capabilities of smartwatches but strangely didn’t say anything about the European Consumer Organization’s (BEUC) announcement that smartwatches pose a security threat to kids’ privacy. The BEUC warned that GPS-tracking smartwatches could be hacked and attackers could track or spoof the GPS location of kids’…

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After white supremacist Jason Kessler was verified on Twitter, the company temporarily paused all account verifications while it clarifies its policy. Twitter verification gives public figures a blue checkmark next to their names, which has become a sort of status symbol. The controversy arose less than a month after CEO Jack Dorsey recommitted once again to eliminating “hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence” from the platform. Meanwhile, Dorsey says he “absolutely” willing to testify before Congress about Russia if he had been invited. But he was — repeatedly. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Contradicting earlier reports, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the Department of Justice did not ask him to sell CNN as a condition of acquiring Time Warner, and reiterated that he does not intend to sell CNN. If completed, the deal would transform AT&T into a colossus capable of both producing content and distributing it to millions of people via its wireless and satellite services. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women; last night’s scheduled premiere of his new movie, “I Love You, Daddy” was canceled, as was a scheduled appearance on Stephen Colbert’s show. And comedian Kathy Griffin, who lost high-profile jobs and was all but hounded out of the country after an ill-advised social media stunt about beheading Donald Trump, is on an international “Laugh Your Head Off” tour — and Trump’s condemnation is fueling her fierce new act. [The New York Times]

Wallpaper scored an interview with Apple design chief Jony Ive and Stefan Behling, one of the lead architects on the company’s new Apple Park HQ, which the design magazine calls “in some ways, the ultimate Apple product.” Ive goes into detail about how the unique circular structure functions, and muses on his concepts for the new iPhone X. Apple, meanwhile, released its latest diversity report, which notes that the overall racial and gender makeup of its workforce remains mostly unchanged since 2016. [Nick Compton / Wallpaper]

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Mobile data quick setting toggle asks if you really want to turn if off

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Uber asks drivers to pay $115 for a shot at extra Halloween earnings


A promotion from Uber offering drivers the chance to earn a 33 percent earnings boost in exchange for an upfront payment of $ 115 is causing controversy, and has lead some to accuse the controversial ridesharing company of charging drivers to work. One damning critique, from NYC-based technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat, argues that the format of the offer is deceptive, as the headline (“Celebrate Halloween early by earning 33% more”) is larger and bolder than the rest of the copy, which clarifies that this is at the expense of $ 115 from the previous week’s earnings. He also mentions that the format…

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Supreme Court asks Trump administration for thoughts on App Store pricing lawsuit

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The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the Trump administration for opinions on whether it should hear Apple’s attempt to dismiss a years-long class-action lawsuit, which claims the company has inflated App Store prices by charging developers a 30 percent commission and blocking sales elsewhere.
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