The Morning After: How to Claim Your Share of Meta’s $725 Million Class Action Settlement
A federal judge recently gave initial approval to a $725 million settlement between Meta users and Facebook alleging the company shared their personal data without proper consent. If you used Facebook between May 2007 and December 2022 and lived in the US during that time, you are eligible to receive cash from the settlement. However, it will not be money that changes your life. Given the number of users, expect to get a few dollars.
The complaint form recommends adding “firstname.lastname@example.org” to your contact list to ensure that no important correspondence ends up in your spam folder, even if it sounds like a spam account.
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This is the automaker’s sixth price cut for the year.
Tesla has cut prices on its electric vehicles for the sixth time this year, ahead of its next earnings report. It’s quietly dropped the price of the Model 3, so the rear-drive variant now starts at $39,990, $2,000 less than what buyers paid earlier this month.
Earlier this year, Tesla slashed prices across its entire lineup, with some models dropping as much as 20 percent. As Tesla points out on its website, the rear-wheel-drive model now only qualifies for $3,750 in tax credits after the government’s change in guidelines went into effect on April 18. Tesla’s other cars are still eligible for the full $7,500 tax credits, including Model Y vehicles, which also got a price cut.
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Google Fi has announced a series of updates and a name change. From now on, the mobile virtual network operator will be Google Fi Wireless. And if you have an eSIM-enabled device, you can try Google Fi Wireless for free during your seven-day free trial. Google started the trial last month and it’s now more widely available. If you don’t cancel your Google Fi Wireless trial within a week, you’ll join the Simply Unlimited plan (which you can still cancel at any time).
The Pixel Fold may ship in June for $1,700.
CNBC claims that the Pixel Fold will be announced at the I/O conference on May 10 and will ship in June. The device will reportedly cost around $1,700 and will have a similar form factor to the Galaxy Z Fold series, unfolding like a book, not a foldable phone. The Pixel Fold will have a 5.8-inch external display and a 7.6-inch foldable screen and claims the “longest-lasting hinge” of any foldable, according to the report. Google apparently says it will include a larger battery that lasts up to 24 hours in normal use.
Universal Music Group says the song violates copyright.
Over the weekend, a song called “Heart on My Sleeve” went viral for featuring AI-generated vocals that do a pretty good imitation of Drake and The Weeknd singing about a recent breakup. On Monday, Apple Music and Spotify pulled the song following a complaint from Universal Music Group, the label that represents the real-life versions of the two Toronto-born artists. A day later, YouTube, Amazon, SoundCloud, Tidal, Deezer, and TikTok followed suit. In a statement, Universal Music Group argued that training a generative AI using the voices of Drake and The Weeknd was “a breach of our agreements and a violation of copyright law.”