European regulators have questions about Facebook data breaches, clubhouse payments have added and a robotics company has SPAC plans. This is your daily crunch for April 6, 2021. A data breach involving the personal data of more than 500 million Facebook accounts (such as email addresses and phone numbers) revealed over the weekend for a Business Insider story.
Although Facebook has said the breach linked to vulnerabilities such as being “discovered and fixed” in August 2015, the Irish Data Protection Commission – Facebook’s top data regulator in the European Union – has suggested it is seeking “complete information” on the matter. “The newly released dataset appears to be integrated with the original 2018 (pre-GDPR) dataset and will be combined with additional records that may be available later,” Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle said in a statement. “A significant number of users are EU users. Most of the data seems too scraped from Facebook’s public profiles. In addition, it looks like EU regulators could also look into the acquisition of customer service firm Customer’s Facebook.
Apple has launched an app for testing devices called ‘Find Me’ – Search My Certificate Support. The ID designed for use by Made for License for those who need to check their accessories’ interoperability with Apple’s Search My Network. Google joins the Cloud FinOps Foundation – The FinOps Foundation is a relatively new open source foundation that aims to bring companies together in the “Cloud Financial Management” space to establish best practices and standards.
Facebook has confirmed ‘testing’ of QR codes like Venmo for in-person payments in the U.S. – a feature that will allow users to scan a friend’s code on their smartphone’s camera, send, or request money.
Clubhouse starts paying so the creator can make money – it’s like a virtual tip jar, or a version of the Venmo Clubhouse-brand. Robotic exoskeleton maker Sarcos announces SPAC plan – the deal could cost the robotic exoskeleton maker and the blank check company a combined $1.3 billion. The founder of Hipmunk launched Flight Penguin to bring back Hipmunk-style flight search – I missed Hipmunk.