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Mediaeater Digest Thursday 3nd January, MMXIX
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Todays newspaper roundup

Popular Weather App Collects Too Much User Data, Security Experts Say [wsj ]The app, called “Weather Forecast—World Weather Accurate Radar,” collects data including smartphone users’ geographic locations, email addresses and unique 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers on TCL servers in China, according to Upstream Systems, the mobile commerce and security firm that found the activity. Until last month, the app was known as “Weather—Simple weather forecast.”

Spotify’s plan to beat Apple: sign up the rest of the world [FT] None of these services have had success in persuading people to pay for music in India. Although 216m people were using streaming services in the country at the end of 2017, only 1m of them actually paid for them, according to Midia

There’s so many different things!’: How technology baffled an elderly Congress in 2018 [wapo] These hearings were live-streamed to the general populace, more than half of whom are younger than 40, many of whom were horrified to discover that a country being revolutionized by technology is apparently overseen by people whose worldview calcified in the previous century.


Childhood’s End – The digital revolution isn’t over but has turned into something [edge] The genius — sometimes deliberate, sometimes accidental — of the enterprises now on such a steep ascent is that they have found their way through the looking-glass and emerged as something else. Their models are no longer models.