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(NEWS) Examples of Out-of-Control Vendors
(a collection of reasons to change things up.)
by @News, april 23, 2019, 12:09am utc

2019-04-03 Facebook Demanding Some New Users' Email Passwords
https://www.thedailybeast.com/beyond-sketchy-facebook-demanding-some-new-users-email-passwords

'Beyond Sketchy': Facebook Demands Users' Email Passwords

"Mark Zuckerberg admitted recently that Facebook doesn't have a 'strong reputation' for privacy. An odd new request for private data probably won't help with that rep.

Last year Facebook was caught allowing advertisers to target its users using phone numbers users provided for two-factor authentication; users handed over their numbers so Facebook could send a text message with a secret code when they log in. More recently the company drew the ire of privacy advocates when it began making those phone numbers searchable, so anyone can locate the matching user "in defiance of user expectations and security best practices," wrote the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group."


2019-04-29 Amazon Has Gone From Neutral Platform to Cutthroat Competitor
https://onezero.medium.com/open-source-betrayed-industry-leaders-accuse-amazon-of-playing-a-rigged-game-with-aws-67177bc748b7

...AWS is striking at the Achilles' heel of open source: "lifting" the work of others, ...These critics see Amazon's decision to recreate Elasticsearch as ...


2019-05-14 Adobe is now telling its users they can be sued for using old versions of photoshop
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a3xk3p/adobe-tells-users-they-can-get-sued-for-using-old-versions-of-photoshop

If you are still using CC, it might be time to consider alternatives which let you actually own software instead of renting it:

https://www.diyphotography.net/using-older-adobe-cc-apps-could-get-you-sued-adobe-warns/


2019-05-10 Adobe is no longer allowing subscribers to download previous versions of Premiere and is even sending notices to people who still have them installed to say they're no longer allowed to use them. pic.twitter.com/8t0tx8FTeO -- ASHLEY LYNCH (@ashleylynch) May 10, 2019


2019-05-23

Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access to Spy on Users
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xwnva7/snapchat-employees-abused-data-access-spy-on-users-snaplion

Snapchat

Multiple sources and emails also describe SnapLion, an internal tool used by various departments to access Snapchat user data.

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