• Facebook Portal isn't listening to your calls, but may track data

    7 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    When the initial buzz of Portal finally dies down, it's the timing that will be remembered most. There's never a great time for a company like Facebook to launch a product like Portal, but as far as optics go, the whole of 2018 probably should have been a write-off.
    Our followup headline, “Facebook, are you kidding?” seems to sum up the fallout nicely.
    But the company soldiered on, intent to launch its in-house hardware product, and insofar as its intentions can be regarded as pure, there are certainly worse motives than the goal of connecting loved ones. That's a promise video chat...
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  • We Tried Facebook's New Portal Device

    We Tried Facebook's New Portal Device

    8 days ago - By NY Times

    Here's what happened when two Times tech reporters installed Facebook's new Portal video-calling gadgets in their bedrooms.
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  • Facebook says its new Portal device is not a 'data-gathering operation' despite previously acknowledging that it might use your call info to target ads

    Facebook says its new Portal device is not a 'data-gathering operation' despite previously acknowledging that it might use your call info to target ads

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Facebook's new video-chat and smart-speaker device, Portal, goes on sale in the US today.
    But Facebook can't shake privacy concerns over its always-on microphones and camera.
    Consumer hardware boss Andrew Bosworth said Portal is not a "data-gathering operation."
    This is despite Facebook previously acknowledging that it will collect information on calls to better target advertising.
    Facebook today launches its $199 video-chat and smart-speaker device, Portal. But it can't seem to shake concerns that the new piece of hardware will double as a surveillance system.
    The company unveiled the...
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