Happy weird mid-week 5th of July! Hope you didn’t eat too many hot dogs yesterday and that you’re feeling good enough to be back at work after a Wednesday holiday. Here are some of the tech stories we’re eyeing blearily today during our fireworks hangover:
Tinder officially rolls out “Loops”
The dating app that started the Swipe Right Era, Tinder, is adding very short-form video to its dating profiles. The two-second loops won’t feel like anything new to those who already use Boomerang on Instagram, but it will be another way for those seeking potential hook ups or more to express themselves in the app. The feature was tested a few months ago and is now going wide for users.
New iPhone X colors?
9to5Mac reports on new rumors about Apple’s next smart phones. The iPhone X will likely have more options, with 6.5-inch and 6.1-inch models in a variety of colors including white and gold on the high-end ($1,000+) model with an OLED screen and grey, white, blue, red and orange for a lower-priced LCD-screen model that’s more in the $700 price range. When will see them? My guess would be a September or October announcement.
EU copyright reform: back to the drawing board
Some tech companies are breathing a sigh of relief after the EU voted to reject copyright reform laws that could have cost YouTube, Facebook and others billions. A group of artists including Sir Paul McCartney says that companies such have these have exploited their work without paying the proper compensation. Expect to hear McCartney sing “You Never Give Me Your Money” at this year’s Austin City Limits Fest.
Uganda is taxing WHAT?!
Back in May, Uganda introduced a roughly 5-cents-a-day tax on citizens using social media and chat services. Now, the country’s president Yoweri Museveni is defending the tax, which is being protested by Amnesty International, claiming people just use these services for lying anyway. Interesting! Here’s a video about the situation in Uganda:
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