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Loot boxes, Marijuana apps and more were cracked down by Google Play

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Google came with new policies on  Wednesday. They were following a complaint done by FTC regarding privacy law children and other different rules. Kids apps were not only the main problem. As the seriousness of the complaint was increasing, Google started targeting the loot box and the apps related to marijuana. They are also working to block sexual contents, hate speech, and counterfeit goods.

There are two other significant changes regarding a ban on marijuana delivery apps and cracking down of loot boxes.  Google has confirmed that the service providers will remain intact, but the delivery should take place on the outside of the app. That means the users can’t get delivery through this app.

But Google took a firm decision to not allow any app to provide service on Marijuana delivery and collection. The decision is also for the products of THC.

This was not a big shock for anyone. Apple has already blocked those apps which sell and delivers marijuana, Tobacco, and other highly addictive substances. iOS already has Weedmaps but it does not allow the ordering function. Google will follow the same policy of Apple.

This issue is very tough to tackle for Apple and Google. There are various states which have the law to sell marijuana, but the law is not constant everywhere. According to federal law, it is still illegal. Standing out of these kinds of services is the right decision taken by Google.

Google does not intend to ban those apps which delivers marijuana because they know that those apps are very popular among the masses. So, Google has decided to give a 30 day grace period so that they can make changes. They are also working with the developers of the affected app to make the app proper.

A spokesperson said that-

 “These apps simply need to move the shopping cart flow outside of the app itself to be compliant with this new policy.”

He also added that:

“We’ve been in contact with many of the developers and are working with them to answer any technical questions and help them implement the changes without customer disruption.”

There was another big change which gave a big impact on the loot boxes apps. It is a kind of gambling app and it is very popular among gamers. Initially, the users have to pay a minimum fee to get access to the game items. These kinds of apps were hugely criticized for different reasons like marketing strategies which include children and effects of gameplay which are highly negative.

A new bill of Senate was introduced last week with the big support of bipartisan. The bill stated to take a ban on selling of loot boxes.

But Google play is not on its way to banning the loot box entirely. But they said to show the odds of getting different items.

In a mission to change, Google came up with more updates. It is given on the Developer policy center.

Google has already taken a stand on the apps which contains sexual contents illustrations, advertisement of sexual aids and articles regarding nudity.  It also added “content that is lewd or profane,” according to Android Police, which compared the old and new versions of the policy.

There are few definitions which can be openly interpreted. This is the thing which Apple uses commonly so that they can gain the best editorial cover. After banning profane and lewd, they have the option to say no to the apps which are not covering these type of examples.

Google is planning to expand its example list of speech which is filled with complete hatred which will have:

 “content or speech trying to encourage others to believe that people should be hated or discriminated against because they are a member of a protected group.2 It will also include “compilations of assertions intended to prove that a protected group is inhuman, inferior or worthy of being hated;” and “apps that contain theories about a protected group possessing negative characteristics (e.g. malicious, corrupt, evil, etc.), or explicitly or implicitly claims the group is a threat.”

There was an update to improve the intellectual property policy that has a clear indication to ban the sale of goods which are counterfeit. The users have already clarified about the policy regarding this.

A spokesperson of Google said that the updates are done regularly. It is a clear cut rule of developer policy.

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Microsoft finally brings its To-Do application to the Mac operating system

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Microsoft finally brings its To-Do application to the Mac operating system

In the year 2017, Microsoft said that it will be shutting down Wunderlist which was a company acquired by Microsoft in order to forge their to-do application.

After acquiring the company, Microsoft released its to-do app. It has launched the To-Do as the application is called on Windows, Android, and iOS and expanded its feature set. This application will now be available in Mac operating system too.

This morning, Microsoft announced that their To-Do application will now be available in the Mac operating system. All the core features of the application will be working with the application. Some of the handiest features of this application are utilized tags, share list, work offline and manage tasks. The Mac operating system will take advantage of the new platform which offers a handful of shortcuts.

There was a Worldwide Developer Conference this month where the company ended up announcing all their tools and they started calling it Project Catalyst. Under this project, Apple is trying to bring all the applications to release their products for the Mac operating system. The Project Catalyst helps developers build a new application with the help of the existing codebase which will is being used in iOS applications.

Microsoft was not ready to be a part of the Project Catalyst and this is why they went in a very different route. The company wants to ship totally brand new applications for the Mac operating system.

“We’re not currently working on new features for Wunderlist as we’re concentrating on our new app, Microsoft To-Do,” a spokesperson said. “Once we are confident that we have incorporated the best of Wunderlist into Microsoft To-Do, we will retire Wunderlist,” they added.

This is a big step for Microsoft to release a completely new software just for the Mac operating system.

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Google accused of copying lyrics of different songs from Genius for their search results

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Google accused of copying lyrics of different songs from Genius for their search results

In a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, there have been accusations made on Google by Genius Media by saying that Google copies song lyrics from their website to use them in their search results.

If you have ever looked for Google Search, then you have seen that there is a box appearing alongside the general search results. It basically shows the lyrics of the song. Some lyrics websites have taken issues with this because this means that they will receive less traffic from users.

Genius Media is accusing Google of copying all the lyrics directly from their website and using them in Google search results.

Genius made a change to its site back in 2016 where it started:

 “Alternating the lyrics’ apostrophes between straight and curly single-quote marks in exactly the same sequence for every song.”

This effectively acts as a watermark for the copy, and when the apostrophes are translated into Morse code, it spells out “Red Handed.”

Google has been notified by Genius multiple times in the last two years about the stolen lyrics. The company had already explained that all the lyrics were directly licensed from partners. Google also came out with an official statement that they will be looking over and investigating the whole matter. Google is not really at fault right now because past complains from Genius might have triggered an investigation far more sooner but nothing like this has happened yet.

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Amazon Spark, the two-year-old Instagram competitor has finally shut down

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Amazon Spark, the two-year-old Instagram competitor has finally shut down

The two-year-old Amazon Spark, the competitor of Instagram has finally closed its business. With the growing popularity of social media, Amazon has capitalized on the shopping trends and released Amazon Spark so that it can compete with Instagram. The experiment which is popularly known as Amazon Spark has finally come to an end.

The service which has been provided by Amazon Spark is very bland in nature. On Instagram, people can follow their friends, interests, and brands which makes it very engaging. Amazon Spark is much more focused on sale and shopping. The company had tried to mock Instagram previously with different fashion inspirations, but Instagram can win over them because the reach of Instagram is much more widespread.

Amazon, till now, has not commented anything about this and when they were asked about the company shutting down, they did not reveal anything. Amazon has decided that they need to comment on the apparent shutdown of the Spark but all the services which were present on the website are all gone now.

The URL of the site amazon.com/spark now redirects to the new site, #FoudItOnAmazon. The site is like a product discovery tool

There has been a lot of use for the interesting find tab since the year 2016 for people who are looking to make everything easy. This was the perfect way for the platform to let people browse all the different looks in a convenient manner.

The site Interesting Finds has a very clean look and it makes looking for products on the website very convenient. People who know about this option often use it and they are the one who has mentioned about the service being discontinued.

According to all the latest reports, from the company, it is evident that Spark is the one which is shutting down and Interesting Finds will still be available so that it feels convenient for the people.

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