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Digital Trends Live: Apple WWDC lead-up, Tesla pickup, and more

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, it’s all about the kickoff to Apple’s Worldwide Development Conference (WWDC). Host Greg Nibler and Nicole Raney, managing editor of The Manual, discuss what that could mean for legacy Apple products, and what new products might be on the horizon.

In other trending tech news, we talk about the upcoming Tesla pickup, in-display smartphone selfie cams, robotic lunar landers, and the future of untethered soft robots, and we go on a safari with Google Search.

DT Video Producer Riley Winn joins us all the way from Australia to interview Scott Vandonkelaar, co-founder of Zero Latency VR. They’ll talk about the latest in virtual reality, and how they are creating environments that let you experience untethered VR.

Senior Editor of News Mathew Katz then discusses Facebook’s privacy problem. Despite its public declaration that privacy will be the company’s main focus, a Facebook lawyer pointed out that users should have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Katz breaks down what that means for Facebook, and for users.

We then speak with Richard Burke, chief executive officer of Envoy Global, about the role of immigration and a global workforce, and how companies can access talent from around the world.

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The U.K.'s Competition and Market Authority (CMA) is opening an investigation into Apple and Google's dominance of the mobile browser and cloud gaming markets, the body announced today. Both companies could face fines and additional regulation if found guilty of anticompetitive behavior.

The investigation comes as a result of a consultation the body had launched in June, finding that Apple and Google's duopoly on mobile allowed them to control not just operating systems, but app stores and web browsers. The CMA says that both companies controlled 97% of all mobile browsing experiences in the U.K. in 2021 and notes that they could effectively control cloud gaming through browser restrictions. The consultation revealed support from browser vendors and cloud gaming service providers who claim to be limited by the duopoly, with about 86% requesting for an in-depth investigation.

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Your iPhone may be collecting more personal data than you realize
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It's widely believed that iPhones are among the most secure smartphones you can buy — and that's largely true. But what if your iPhone was collecting more personal data about you than you were led to believe? According to security researchers Tommy Mysk and Tala Haj Bakry, that's exactly what's happening.

Late in the evening on November 20, Mysk and Bakry published a series of tweets digging into something called "Directory Servicers Identifier" — or "DSID" for short. When you set up your iPhone for the first time, Apple asks if you want to share analytics data with the company to "help Apple improve and develop its products and services." You're then given a DSID if you agree to this, and upon doing so, Apple states that "none of the collected information identifies you personally." According to Mysk and Bakry, however, that may not be entirely accurate.

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Google has agreed to pay $391.5 million to 40 U.S. states to settle a dispute over location tracking.

The tech giant misled its users into believing they had turned off location tracking in their account settings, when Google actually continued to collect their location information, the Oregon Department of Justice (DoJ) said in a post on its website on Monday, November 14.

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