DT Daily: Facebook deletes over a half-billion fake accounts

Today, Facebook revealed that is has disabled around 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018. For context, that’s about a quarter of the social network’s entire user base. Around 6.5 million fake accounts were created every day in the first 3 months of 2018. Luckily, most of these spam accounts were automatically disabled within just minutes of registration.

Facebook still estimates that between 3 and 4 percent of Facebook accounts are not real. That means that with 2.2 billion users, around 66 million of those accounts are fake.

Google Employees Resign

Around a dozen Google employees resigned recently, protesting Google’s continued participation in a military program known as Project Maven. That’s the Department of Defense’s artificial intelligence program that analyzes drone video footage. It’s not clear exactly what Google’s role is in the program but Google’s expertise in machine learning and image analysis are likely being used.

Employee’s voicing public concerns over DoD use of Google resources began in April when over 4,000 Googlers signed an open letter to CEO Sundar Pichai wanting out of what they term “the business of war.” As of now there is no indication that Google plans to stop participating in Project Maven.

Apple’s Video Aspirations

It’s no secret that Apple is looking to crack into the video streaming business. Tim Cook briefly addressed this yesterday saying the content business is clearly an area of interest… but it’s not ready to give any details on it, yet. What we do know is Apple is investing over a billion dollars into buying original series, outbidding both TV studios and Netflix in some cases. When you pair this ambitious spending with Apple Music’s rapidly expanding userbase, things start to come into focus.

Back in April, Apple announced that it had 40 million paid subscribers to its apple music service. Cook announced it’s actually over 50 million subscribers when you include trial memberships, and the company is converting about 4 million of those trials to paid memberships each month. That would give Apple 60 million subscribers at the end of 2018.

All of those users, and soon-to-be users, would provide a sizable initial audience for the rollout of Apple’s video service. With the option to add video for, say, $5 a month, plenty would sign up. Would you?

Cars

Mercedes wants to turn your car into a comfortable shopping mall on wheels

Mercedes-Benz designed its MBUX infotainment system with e-commerce in mind. Motorists can upgrade compatible cars via an over-the-air software updating system, but the brand wants to take this technology to the next level.
Cars

Say goodbye to Uber for good: Here's how to cut ties with the ridesharing service

If you thought that deleting the Uber app would also delete your account, think again. You'll have to deactivate your account, then wait 30 days in order to do so. Here, we outlined how to delete your Uber account once and for all.
Computing

Make the most of your toner with our five favorite color laser printers

Color laser printers have improved dramatically over the years, and today's models offer both blazing print speeds and great image quality. Here are our favorite color laser printers, from massive all-in-ones to smaller budget options.
Computing

Dropbox is now limiting users of free version to only three devices

Starting now, users with free Dropbox plans will be limited to linking only three devices to their account. Users that already have more than three devices will be able to keep them.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Double-folding phones, the best gaming laptops, and more

AirPod rumors and the latest news about foldable phones highlight Wednesday's episode of Digital Trends Live. We also sat down with Calvin Iverson to talk about how to travel on a budget and how millennials are changing the travel industry.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon Scout, Soraya Darabi, and Joey Ricard

On episode 53 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle discussed the latest in tech news, including Amazon's new delivery drone, CRISPR babies, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Facebook, flying taxis, and Tesla police car

On episode 54 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Caleb Denison discussed Facebook's plan to integrate Instagram, Boeing's experimental flying taxi, and more.
Digital Trends Live

DT Live: Super Bowl hangover, crypto disaster, and an electric plane

On episode 58 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle examined the tech news of the day, including the 2019 Super Bowl commercials, Chip Yates' incredible electric plane, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Facebook Messenger change, GoNation, and more

From new Facebook Messenger features to 5Ge coming to select smartphones, we discussed the latest in tech news on this episode of Digital Trends Live. We also welcomed Chaz Tanase of GoNation and Dan Ferguson of Groove Jones to the show.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Apple versus news industry, Alexa Skills, and the OGarden

On Episode 65 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Luke Larsen broke down the biggest new stories from the world of tech, including Apple's feud with news publishers, the OGarden, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon HQ, Guy Kawasaki, and when to buy a streaming stick

On Thursday's episode of Digital Trends Live, we discussed trending headlines like the latest news surrounding Amazon's new HQ plans to the Mars rover Opportunity. We also sat down with author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki to talk about his…
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Oscar visual effects, digital distractions, and more

On episode 72 of Digital Trends Live, we discussed news including the discovery that Google's Nest Secure has a hidden microphone, and welcomed author Brian Solis to the show to talk about his latest book.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: MWC 2019, ezCater, and an Apple streaming service

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we sat down with John Hall of Calendar.com and Briscoe Rodgers of EzCater. We were also joined by DT's Caleb Denison to discuss how Apple is looking to revolutionize TV streaming.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: New Twitter features, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and more

On episode 77 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Luke Larsen explored the biggest news stories from the world of tech, including the new Star Wars attraction, Twitter's experimental moderation tools, and more.