Apple recruits former smartlock developer Sam Jadallah to head up home initiatives

Jadallah’s status has already been updated on his LinkedIn profile, according to CNBC. Recent credentials include running Otto, a startup that produced a $700 smartlock with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The product wasn’t a success, forcing Otto to halt operations just four months after launch — a buyer for the firm may have pulled out at the last moment. … Read more

Twitter Explains Decision to Remove Support for ‘Outdated Developer Tools’

In its bid to deliver better experiences for its users, Twitter has removed support for some outdated but key developer tools in third-party apps. In a blog post on Thursday, Twitter said it will remove access to application programme interfaces (APIs) needed to power push notifications and an auto-refreshing timeline. “We’ve chosen to stop investing in other products including two … Read more

France to sue Google, Apple over developer contracts: minister

PARIS (Reuters) – France will take Google (GOOGL.O) and Apple (AAPL.O) to court over contractual terms imposed by the tech giants on startups and developers, said Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. FILE PHOTO: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire speaks during a news conference after a National Council of Industry at the Bercy Finance Ministry … Read more

A privacy-focused browser developer just bought Ghostery

Cliqz, the German developer of the privacy-focused browser of the same name, has acquired the tracker-blocking browser extension Ghostery and its development team from its creator, Evidon. Partly owned by Mozilla, Cliqz will combine Ghostery’s technology with similar functions in its browser, but plans to continue development of the extension for other browsers too, it … Read more