Telex: Google is working on its own trackers, Microsoft script resurrects bad Defender rule, Class action lawsuit against AI image generators

– Google is working on its own trackers. The Mountain View firm is working on a competitor tracker for Apple’s AirTag. This localization device, in development under the codename Grogu, should work like the model of the firm at the apple thanks to a bluetooth LE connectivity (low consumption) combined with a UWB signal (ultra wide band) to ensure as much the precision of the localization as to preserve the autonomy of this plotter. Google should probably say more in the coming months, why not in May 2023 during its I/O developer conference.

– A Microsoft script resurrects a bad Defender rule. On January 13, 2023, Microsoft released a Microsoft Defender Signature Update. This included a change to the Attack Surface Reduction (ASR) rule known as “Block Win32 API calls from Office macro” in Configuration Manager and “Win32 imports from Office macro code” in Intune. Issue: A bug in the updated rules caused Microsoft Defender to show false positives, removing application shortcuts from the desktop, Start menu, and Windows taskbar. An awkward situation to which the publisher responded via a PowerShell script to implement.

– Class action against AI image generators. A class action has been launched in the United States at the initiative of artists Sarah Andersen, Kelly McKernan and Karla Ortiz, against several companies (Stability AI, Midjourney and DeviantArt). According to them, billions of copyrighted images were used to train their AI technologies to produce their creations. “The lawsuit alleges direct copyright infringement, indirect copyright infringement related to infringements, violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), violation of band members’ publicity rights, breach of contract related to DeviantArt’s Terms of Service and various violations of California law and unfair competition laws,” a statement read.

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