Friday, 08 June 2018 13:59

Facebook still struggling with privacy problems, McDonald's restructuring

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STATEWIDE - Facebook's latest apology and promise and Amazon's new device for TV watching are among the happenings in Friday's business news.

The Wall Street Journal reported that McDonald's plans to restructure its regional offices and streamline operations. There was no word on how many layoffs are coming.

 

The restructuring is part of an effort to reduce costs by $500 million and compete with fast food casual chains like Shake Shack.

 

A mea culpa from Facebook: The social network says a software glitch made private posts public for as many as 14 million users last month. Facebook said it has fixed the problem. The news follows recent furor over the sharing of user data.

 

Google is pledging it won't use artificial intelligence in surveillance or weapons apps. The announcement comes on the heels of a decision not to renew a contract with the Pentagon in which artificial intelligence helped analyze drone footage.

 

In other Google news, the company recently unveiled Duplex, a human-sounding digital concierge that books appointments with receptionists.

 

And being a couch potato is about to get a whole lot easier.

 

Amazon's new Fire TV Cube streaming device will let users shout when they want to turn on the TV or change the channel, thereby relieving all the strain of picking up the remote. The Cube will be available later this month for $120.