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Apple health teams rely on bad data

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Doctors are concerned that Apple is more interested in promoting its health products than in actual medical care.

Apple employees who expressed concern that misleading data was being used to support the company’s new healthcare products were fired or greeted with hostility. Lack of structuredness in the health product teams, coupled with other organizational issues, are slowing and complicating Apple’s efforts to enter the healthcare market. Former and current employees of the company reported this to Apple Insider.

Concerns include clinics that provide health care to Apple employees and provide a way for the company to integrate data collected from Apple devices.

One of the doctors involved in the project, Will Poe, said in his resignation letter to Tim Cook that he was concerned that his team was passing on misleading, overly rosy information to Apple COO Jeff Williams. (Williams is responsible for Apple’s collaboration with the healthcare industry).

In particular, Poe was worried that team members reassured the COO of providing patients with high quality care, even though the quality of that care was not monitored in a standardized way.

Other employees expressed similar concerns to Cook and Williams, but the company took no action.

“The company doesn’t need help. She is completely satisfied with her status quo, “said a former Apple employee.

In June of this year, the Wall Street Journal also reported problems with Apple’s in-house clinics and said employees are concerned about how data is collected and provided.

Apple engineers are focused on building apps and products for consumers, not medicine, making it difficult for healthcare teams to build a sustainable primary care program through in-house clinics. The company views its in-house clinics as a sales engine for Apple Watch rather than a standalone project, an informed source said.

According to former and current employees, healthcare teams lack a clear strategy and corporate culture does not provide for feedback.

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Chinese TikTok adds 5-second pauses between videos to combat addictions

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5-second warning clips will remind you to “put the phone away” or “go to bed”.

Douyin, the Chinese app “twin” of TikTok, owned by the same ByteDance company, is introducing measures to combat its own algorithms, tuned to keep users’ attention as long as possible. Now those who “stick” in the application for too long will be revived by forced pauses between clips. Reported by the South China Morning Post.

On the social network, there are five-second pauses between videos that cannot be missed. During such pauses, users will be forced to watch videos reminding them of the need to “put the phone away”, “go to bed” or that “work tomorrow”. They will appear when the user spends too much time in the application.

Previously, Douyin had already limited video viewing – then the changes affected the children’s audience. Teenagers under 14 were allowed to watch videos for a maximum of 40 minutes a day, and were also banned from entering the application from 10 pm to 6 am.

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Trump’s social network developers accused of illegal use of program code

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The Software Freedom Conservancy claims Trump Media and Technology Group copied the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon, created a new social network based on it.

The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a not-for-profit organization that enforces the rights of open source software developers and the rules for using open licenses, accused in violation of the AGPLv3 license of the Trump social network developers Truth Social.

The Software Freedom Conservancy says that the developers of the service used the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon in violation of the license agreement.

Although the Mastodon code is free and free, the projects using it must comply with the terms of the Affero General Public License (or AGPLv3), among which is the mandatory availability of the project source code for all its users. Trump’s media company does not yet provide such an opportunity to TRUTH Social users and calls the social network a proprietary development.

The Software Freedom Conservancy gave Trump Media and Technology Group 30 days to improve, writes The Verge. Otherwise, the use of open source Mastodon will be prohibited for the company.

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Facebook end-to-end encryption will give foreign intelligence services surveillance capabilities

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Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen criticized the company’s decision to transfer correspondence in its services to end-to-end encryption.

The introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook messengers could negatively affect the privacy of users and lead to increased surveillance by intelligence agencies. This opinion was expressed by a former employee of Mark Zuckerberg’s company, Frances Haugen, reports TASS.

According to her, after the launch of encryption in the Messenger application and the social network Instagram, which are owned by Facebook, the company will lose the ability to track possible “malicious operations of special services representatives.” “End-to-End Encryption Will Allow Facebook to Eliminate [от модерирования контента] and serve as an excuse for inaction, “Haugen said ahead of her October 25 speech in the British Parliament as part of discussions on online security bill.

The social network itself does not agree with this point of view. In their opinion, the introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook Messenger and Instagram applications, on the contrary, is aimed primarily at protecting the privacy of users and will protect them not only from foreign surveillance, but also from hackers.

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