On topic: Tech news to know now

Here are your end-of-the-week tech news links.

Google agrees to better inform users about its catch-all privacy policy, which Britain’s data protection regulator says is too vague.

East Coast vs. West Coast: Rapper Jay-Z seems to be taking on Dr. Dre’s Beats Music (now Apple-owned), is buying music-streaming services Tidal and WiMP for $56 million.

Speaking of streaming, Spotify is seeking to raise $500 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. It could postpone the company’s expected IPO.

Verizon Wireless says it will allow customers to completely opt out of being tracked by “supercookies,” which are unique codes it assigns to its customers that can be exploited by third parties.

China is cracking down on VPNs, which many had used to get around the great firewall.

Tesla software update supposedly makes the Model S P85D even faster.

He said, he said: Bill Gates said in a Reddit AMA that he’s in the camp that sees artificial intelligence as a threat, unlike the Microsoft Research chief who earlier this week had a more optimistic view.


Photo of Jay-Z from AFP/Getty Images archives


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