TechSummit Rewind 182

This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

UK porn users will soon have to verify age with credit card


The UK’s government has laid its first commencement order for the recently passed Digital Economy Act, which confirmed that an age checker system for access to porn sites will be brought in next spring.

“We have taken steps to implement the new age verification requirement for online pornography as part of our continuing work to make the Internet safer. The new scheme is complex and will not be fully in place until April 2018, but today we are bringing into force powers to designate the regulator and powers to allow guidance to be issued.”

-Matt Hancock, UK digital minister

Under the measures, all porn operators will be required to insert age checkers on their UK sites, forcing users to dish up their credit card details to prove that they are 18 or over before being granted access to the site’s contents.

Sites that refuse to cooperate will face the British Board of Film Classifications’ wrath. It will have the power to dish out fines of up to £250,000 ($326,393) for noncompliance; cut misbehaving operators loose from their payment providers, advertisers, and other ancillary services that they use in the UK; or they could be blocked by ISPs.

“Age verification could lead to porn companies building databases of the UK’s porn habits, which could be vulnerable to Ashley Madison style hacks.

“The government has repeatedly refused to ensure that there is a legal duty for age verification.”

-Jim Killock, Open Rights Group director

Notably, the rules won’t extend to free content ad networks such as Twitter.

Microsoft launching dedicated LinkedIn app for Windows 10

LinkedIn Windows 10

Microsoft is launching a dedicated LinkedIn app for Windows 10, six months after finalizing its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn. “LinkedIn notifications within the Windows action center” was one of the things promised by Redmond at that time.

The app looks like a basic web wrapper version for Windows 10, with notification support and a Live Tile. Notifications can be managed within the app, so you don’t have to get a pop-up for every part of LinkedIn or spammed with emails. Microsoft is starting to roll the app out in the Windows Store today, and it will be available in all LinkedIn markets by the end of the month.

Samsung Pay adds PayPal as payment method

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay will now accept PayPal as a payment method.

Braintree, PayPal’s subsidiary for merchants, will add Samsung Pay as a checkout option as part of the partnership. The update is available now for customers in the US, with a more global expansion coming “soon.”

Netflix Q2 earnings: Revenue of $2.79B; 104M total streaming subs

Earns Netflix

Netflix added 4.95 million overall streaming subscribers in the second quarter of 2017, up from the company’s forecast to add 3.2 million subs in the period.

Financially, the company reported $2.79 billion in revenue and a net profit of $0.15.

“In Q2, we underestimated the popularity of our strong slate of content which led to higher-than-expected acquisition across all major territories.”

-Netflix, in their Q2 letter to shareholders

Leap Motion raises $50M Series C funding round

Leap Motion

Hand-tracking company Leap Motion has raised $50 million in Series C funding led by clients advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The San Francisco-based startup has billed its hand-tracking technologies as a replacement for the mouse and keyboard.

HTC unveils Alexa app for U11 in US


HTC U11 owners can download the HTC Alexa app from the Google Play Store – localized versions of the Alexa app are coming to other countries in the coming weeks.

This brings the U11’s virtual assistant count to three along with Google Assistant and HTC’s Sense Companion.



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