Google Plus is Shutting Down After Users’ Data Has Been Exposed
Google is shutting down a part of its social network, Google Plus after recent users’ data was exposed. A bug in the software meant that certain information was private, however, it’s been accessible to third parties. According to Google, almost 500 000 users have been affected. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google knew about these issues back in March of this year but did not disclose the information. The Wall Street Journal quoted an internal Google memo where it was stated that disclosing the information would lead to “immediate regulatory interest.” Google released a statement saying the issue was not serious enough to inform the public:
“Our Privacy and Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response. None of these thresholds were met here.”
Google Plus was launched in 2011 and it quickly became famous as a failed attempt to compete with Facebook. After several years of speculations that Google Plus will be shut down, it seems that Google Plus will see its end.
Google stated they will continue to offer private Google+ for businesses.
“It has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps,” wrote Ben Smith, Google’s vice president of engineering.
Windows Update May Lead to Files Getting Lost
Microsoft paused the update of its Windows 10 operating system after some users reported their documents disappeared once they installed the new version. On their support page, Windows asks for the affected customers to use their devices as little as possible and to call the local helpline. They also asked people who downloaded the update not to install it:
The company stated: “Microsoft has paused the roll-out of the update while we continue to investigate reports from some customers.”
One consumer, Stuart Dole wrote on Microsoft’s forum:
“Last night I updated to 1809, and it all went smoothly, but then I find that all my files in Documents are deleted. Gone. Poof. This included many crucial documents and financial info.”
At the moment, there are 470 users who had the same question on Microsoft’s forum. They also reported some other issues.
Analyst Nick McQuire, from CCS Insight, said that the recent issue could significantly affect people’s trust in Microsoft.
“Microsoft wants to encourage people to update quite often. They have the facility to push down updates quickly, but this goes to show there is going to be continued resistance from users to download the latest and greatest update if they can’t ensure their quality control. They need to build trust with the community.”
Parkinson’s Diagnosis Could be Speed Up with AI
Chinese tech giant company Tencent and London medical company Medopad have teamed up to use artificial intelligence in the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. A camera can capture the way patients’ hands move in order to determine the severity of symptoms. The research team trained the system with videos of patients who have been already assessed by doctors. Dr. Wei Fan, head of the Tencent Medical AI lab explained: ”
“We use the AI to measure the deterioration of Parkinson’s disease patients without the patient wearing any sensors or devices.”
The main goal is to speed up an assessment process.
With the smartphone technology developed by Medopad, patients could be assessed within three minutes and they might not even have to attend a hospital. Currently, the assessment process can last for half an hour.
Medopad is a company based in London which works on developing apps and wearable devices to monitor people who have various medical conditions.
Dan Vahdat, Medopad’s chief executive said that there was no British company that could match what the Chinese company, Tencent offered as a partner:
“Our ambition is to impact a billion patients around the world – and to be able to get to that kind of scale we need to work with partners that have international reach.”
The combination of medical and tech companies working together could be beneficial to overall human health, including assessments and treatments.