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The Morning After: Apple and Google team up to combat Bluetooth tracker stalking

Samsung and Tile are backing the proposed industry standards.

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Apple and Google have announced a partnership to tackle unwanted tracking through the likes of AirTags and Tile devices. The companies have proposed industry standards "to help combat the misuse of Bluetooth location-tracking devices for unwanted tracking."

Apple and Google submitted the draft specification to the Internet Engineering Task Force, a notable standards development organization. Over the next three months, interested parties will review the documentation and weigh in on it. Beyond Apple and Google, the proposal has received backing from Samsung, Tile, Chipolo, Anker's Eufy brand, Pebblebee, and several safety and advocacy groups.

– Mat Smith

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Watch the first ‘Gran Turismo’ movie trailer

‘Days of Thunder’ meets ‘War Games’ meets a tired-looking Orlando Bloom.

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Hollywood writers are officially on strike

Streaming services have led to a "gig economy" for writers, the union said.

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More importantly, there's actually a chance you can buy one.

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