Twitter Dec 13

Twitter Brings Back Election Labels for 2020 US Candidates

Twitter is bringing back special labels to help users identify accounts and tweets from U.S. political candidates.

The company, which first used such labels for the midterms last year, said it is trying to provide users with original sources of information and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling voters.

Many political candidates already have blue checkmarks to indicate that Twitter has

  • YouTube Dec 11

    YouTube Cracks Down on Racist, Sexist and Similar Insults

    YouTube is taking another step to curb hateful and violent speech on its site. The video streaming company said it will now take down videos that lob insults at people based on race, gender expression or sexual orientation. The Google-owned company will also prohibit veiled threats at violence. YouTube has been accused of allowing and fostering hate speech and extremism

  • Amazon Dec 7

    New Amazon Lease for NY Space Renews Debate Over Failed Deal

    Amazon has signed a lease for a new office space in Manhattan that will house more than 1,500 employees, less than a year after pulling out of a deal for a larger headquarters in the borough of Queens after politicians and activists objected to nearly $3 billion in incentives. The new office almost immediately renewed a debate over whether the…

  • Dec 6

    Attorney Suggests $190 Million Settlement for Man Elon Musk Allegedly Branded ‘Pedo Guy’ on Twitter

    An attorney told a Los Angeles federal jury Friday it would be reasonable to award $190 million in damages to a British cave explorer who is suing Elon Musk for allegedly branding him as a pedophile during a Twitter spat. Attorney Lin Wood said the suggested sum includes $150 million in punitive damages. Musk, who testified his stock in Tesla…

  • Dec 7

    Analysis: Let’s Cancel Cancel Culture in 2020, and the Humblebrag, Too

    Either loudly sing your own praises or don’t in the new year, but let’s leave the humble brag behind, along with a few other oversaturated, cloying or just plain silly cultural quirks that deserve a big goodbye. Among them are pop-up shops, cancel culture and the ever-present “OK Boomer” retort on social media. With much ado about something, here’s

  • Dec 6

    Uber Reports More Than 3,000 U.S. Sexual Assaults on 2018 Rides

    Uber reports more than 3,000 U.S. sexual assaults on 2018 rides in long-awaited safety report.

  • Dec 3

    Tesla CEO Musk Facing Defamation Trial for ‘Pedo Guy’ Tweet

    Elon Musk is going on trial for his troublesome tweets in a case pitting the billionaire against a British diver he allegedly dubbed a pedophile.

  • Dec 4

    Video Game Maker to Pay $10 Million in Gender Bias Case

    The maker of popular video game League of Legends has agreed to pay $10 million to female employees to settle a broad gender discrimination case. Los Angeles-based Riot Games will pay about 1,000 current and former female employees who have worked at the company in the last five years. The case against Riot Games claimed the company paid women less…

  • Dec 2

    Facebook Tests Tool to Move Photos to Google, Other Rivals

    Facebook has started testing a tool that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data.

  • Dec 1

    Couple Paid $100 for Abandoned Car They Found in Storage Unit—Elon Musk Bought It From Them for Nearly $1 Million

    In 1989, a couple from Long Island, New York paid roughly $100 for an unclaimed storage unit. It was a blind auction, meaning neither they nor the seller had any idea what was inside. When the couple opened the unit, they were in for what would likely be the surprise of their lives: Buried under some old blankets sat a

  • Dec 1

    ‘Grinch Bots’ Are Here to Ruin Your Holiday Shopping

    Consumers may think they’re avoiding the crush this holiday season by shopping online, unaware that as they’re trying to get through the digital doors, so too are hordes of bots. And they’re throwing elbows, NBC News reports. Up to 97 percent of all online traffic to retailer login pages this holiday shopping week comes from bots, largely operated by organized

  • Dec 1

    Self-Driving Cars Were Supposed to Be Here Already — Here’s Why They Aren’t

    More companies are trying to bring self-driving cars to the masses than ever before. Yet a truly autonomous vehicle still doesn’t exist. And it’s not clear if, or when, our driverless future will arrive. Proponents in the industry, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Waymo CEO John Krafcik and Cruise CEO Dan Ammann, touted an aggressive timeline but missed and reset

  • Dec 2

    How NASA Is Evolving Through Partnerships With Private Space Companies

    Companies are increasingly looking to space as a place of business, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been changing in several different ways, especially by partnering with corporations to develop new technologies. Earlier this year NASA announced it would open the International Space Station to private astronauts, with short missions beginning as soon as 2020. Additionally, NASA said

  • Nov 30

    Merry Clickmas: Black Friday Online Sales Hit Record $7.4B

    This year’s Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales, as fewer people hit the stores and shoppers rang up $7.4 billion in transactions from their phones, computers and tablets. That’s just behind the $7.9 billion haul of last year’s Cyber Monday, which holds the one-day record for online sales, according to Adobe Analytics. Adobe measures sales at 80

  • Nov 28

    How to Protect Yourself From Online Holiday Shopping Scams

    Online shoppers, beware. Scammers could be going after your money this holiday season as you try to take advantage of online deals.

  • Nov 28

    Facebook Restoring Service After Major Outage

    Facebook’s family of apps experienced a ‘major outage’ Thursday, with users from around the world taking to social media to complain that they were having trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram in particular. Instagram, in a post on Twitter, said it is aware that people are having issues accessing Facebook’s family of apps, and said it was working to restore service

  • Nov 26

    Google Fires Four Staffers After Protest, Accusing Them of Data Security Breaches

    Google has terminated four employees for allegedly sharing sensitive information after weeks of internal dissent related to the mistrust of leadership. At least one of the employees was at the center of recent worker protests in San Francisco. In a memo sent to staffers on Monday, three members of Google’s Security and Investigations Team wrote that the four workers were

  • Nov 25

    Uber Loses License in London Over Safety, Vows to Appeal

    London’s transit authority on Monday refused to renew Uber’s operating license over concerns about impostor drivers, with the ride-hailing company vowing to appeal the decision as it struggles to secure its future in the British capital. It’s the latest chapter in Uber’s rocky history with London transport officials, who have subjected the San Francisco-based tech company to ever tighter scrutiny

  • Nov 25

    Grocery Carrying Robots Are Coming. Do We Need Them?

    The first cargo-carrying robot marketed directly to consumers is on sale this holiday season. But how many people are ready to ditch their second car to buy a two-wheeled rover that can follow them around like a dog? Corporate giants like Amazon, FedEx and Ford have already been experimenting with sending delivery robots to doorsteps. Now Piaggio, the Italian company

  • Nov 24

    Elon Musk Touts 146,000 Orders for Tesla’s Electric Pickup Truck

    Elon Musk says Tesla has received nearly 150,000 orders for its new electric pickup truck since the automaker revealed the futuristic vehicle earlier this week to mixed reviews.

  • Nov 21

    Google Changes Rules on How Political Ads Target Audiences

    Google is making it harder for political advertisers to target specific types of people. The company said that as of January, advertisers will only be able to target U.S. political ads based on broad categories such as gender, age and postal code. Currently, ads can be tailored for more specific groups — for instance, using information gleaned from public voter

  • Nov 20

    Uber to Let Users Record Audio of Rides in Brazil, Mexico

    Uber will let passengers and drivers record audio of their rides in an attempt to improve its safety record.

  • Nov 17

    HP Rejects $33.5 Billion Takeover Offer From Xerox

    HP Inc. says its board has rejected a roughly $33.5 billion takeover offer from Xerox.

  • Nov 16

    Apple Nixes Vape-Related Apps for iPhone Users

    In an effort to cease the promotion of vape culture with related deaths on the rise, Apple has announced that it will no long offer vape-related apps for iPhones.

  • Nov 14

    States’ Google Antitrust Probe to Expand Into Search, Android Businesses

    The 50 attorneys general investigating Google are preparing to expand their antitrust probe beyond the company’s advertising business to dive more deeply into its search and Android businesses, people familiar with the matter tell CNBC. The development comes as politicians on both sides of the aisle, including President Donald Trump, increasingly tee off on Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate

  • Nov 14

    New Jersey Seeks $640M From Uber for Misclassifying Workers

    New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-hailing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. The decision is the latest setback for Uber and other companies in the so-called “gig economy” that rely heavily on contract labor to deliver the services at the heart of their popular apps.

  • Nov 11

    SpaceX Launches 60 More Satellites for Global Internet

    The Falcon rocket blasted off Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The compact flat-panel satellites — just 575 pounds (260 kilograms) each — will join 60 launched in May.

  • Nov 11

    Google Digitizes Artworks in Puerto Rico for 1st Time

    The 1953 painting by Rafael Tufiño Figueroa features his mother with a red scarf on her head, a determined look on her face and heavy expression lines, a depiction of a working-class woman that broke from conventional portraits of the time that focused largely on wealthy men.

  • Nov 10

    FBI: Cybercrimes on the Rise Because of Sophisticated Scams

    In 2015, $220 million was lost to wire fraud in the United States. In 2019, losses will surpass $1.5 billion, according to WFG National Title Insurance Company. In the past, attempts to trick people were often clumsy, FBI agents told journalists on Friday. Now they can be sophisticated. If people are asked via email to transfer money under a deadline,

  • Nov 10

    Self-Driving Uber Car That Hit and Killed Woman Did Not Recognize That Pedestrians Jaywalk

    A self-driving Uber car that struck and killed an Arizona woman was not able to recognize that pedestrians jaywalk, the National Traffic Safety Board revealed in documents released earlier this week. Elaine Herzberg, 49, died after she was hit in March 2018 by a Volvo SUV, which had an operator in the driver’s seat and was traveling at about 40

  • Nov 9

    NASA Unveils Experimental Electric Plane

    NASA is developing an experimental aircraft that may pave the way for greener and less noisy flights.

  • Nov 8

    Friends, Family Support Twitter Employee Charged in Spy Case

    Family and friends of a former Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia call him a dedicated husband and father who has overcome recent mental health struggles, according to letters of support filed to federal court. Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen and a media partnership manager for Twitter’s Middle East region, is charged with acting as an agent of

  • Nov 8

    Facebook Is Deleting the Name of the Potential Whistleblower

    Facebook says it is deleting the name of the person who has been identified in conservative circles as the whistleblower who triggered a congressional impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions. The company said Friday that mention of the potential whistleblower’s name violates Facebook’s “coordinating harm policy,” which prohibits material that could identify a “witness, informant, or

  • Nov 8

    Got a Weird Text? A Telecom Vendor Says It’s to Blame

    If you woke up to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren’t alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America’s phones overnight, delivering confusing messages from friends, family and the occasional ex. Friends who hadn’t talked to each other in months were jolted into chatting. Others briefly panicked. A telecom vendor called Syniverse said a server

  • Nov 8

    Saudi Recruitment of Twitter Workers Reflects Insider Risks

    Allegations that two former Twitter employees spied on users for the Saudi government have spotlighted the threat posed by insiders who exploit their access to the mountains of sensitive data held by tech companies.

  • Nov 7

    Board of Directors for Google’s Parent Company Investigating Executives Over Inappropriate Relationships

    Alphabet’s board of directors has opened an investigation into how executives handled claims of sexual harassment and other misconduct, including behavior of Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, who has been accused of having relationships with employees. The board has formed an independent subcommittee to look into the issues and has hired a law firm to assist with the investigation, according

  • Nov 6

    California Discloses Probe on Facebook Privacy Practices

    California’s attorney general says he has been investigating Facebook’s privacy practices since 2018.

  • Nov 4

    Google Employees Call for Corporate Climate Change Action

    Google employees are demanding the company issue a climate plan that commits it to zero emissions by 2030.

  • Nov 4

    From Toast of Town to Toxic: Facebook CEO on Outs With Dems

    Mark Zuckerberg’s social network in Washington is shrinking. Bipartisan hostility against Facebook has been building for months, fueled by a series of privacy scandals, the site’s role in Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign and accusations that Facebook crushes competitors. Now, with the 2020 elections approaching, Democrats especially are homing in on the conduct of the social media giant

  • Nov 1

    US Launches Review of China-Owned Video App TikTok: Reports

    Multiple published reports say that the U.S. government has launched a national-security review of the China-owned video app TikTok, popular with millions of U.S. teens and young adults. The reports Friday from Reuters,The New York Times and others said that the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which reviews acquisitions by foreign firms, has opened an inquiry

  • Nov 1

    US Launches Review of China-Owned Video App TikTok: Reports

    Multiple published reports say that the U.S. government has launched a national-security review of the China-owned video app TikTok, popular with millions of U.S. teens and young adults. The reports Friday from Reuters,The New York Times and others said that the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which reviews acquisitions by foreign firms, has opened an inquiry

  • Oct 31

    Apple Is Laying the Groundwork for an iPhone Subscription

    Apple investors have speculated for years about the possibility that Apple could sell hardware, like the iPhone, on a subscription basis. It’s been a hot topic of conversation among analysts because investors tend to value the predictability of recurring revenue.

  • Oct 31

    Apple Is Laying the Groundwork for an iPhone Subscription

    Apple investors have speculated for years about the possibility that Apple could sell hardware, like the iPhone, on a subscription basis. It’s been a hot topic of conversation among analysts because investors tend to value the predictability of recurring revenue.

  • Oct 31

    Hackers Plead Guilty in Data Breach That Uber Covered Up

    Two computer hackers have pleaded guilty to concocting an extortion scheme that entangled Uber in a yearlong cover-up of a data breach that stole sensitive information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service’s passengers and drivers. The pleas entered Wednesday in a San Jose, California, federal court by Brandon Charles Glover and Vasile Mereacre resurrected another unseemly episode in Uber’s

  • Oct 30

    Freebies Are the Key Hook in New ‘Streaming Wars’

    If you make it free, will they come? Apple, Disney and AT&T’s WarnerMedia want to jump-start their challenges to Netflix by offering freebies and deep discounts on emerging streaming plans. That includes a free year of Apple TV Plus for customers of new Apple devices and a free year of Disney Plus to higher-tier Verizon customers. Some existing HBO subscribers

  • Oct 30

    Twitter Bans Political Ads After Facebook Refused to Do So

    Twitter is axing political ads from its site, CEO Jack Dorsey announced Wednesday.

  • Oct 30

    Twitter Bans Political Ads After Facebook Refused to Do So

    Twitter is axing political ads from its site, CEO Jack Dorsey announced Wednesday.

  • Oct 29

    Apple Resumes Human Reviews of Siri Audio With iPhone Update

    Apple is resuming the use of humans to review Siri commands and dictation with the latest iPhone software update. In August, Apple suspended the practice and apologized for the way it used people, rather than just machines, to review the audio. While common in the tech industry, the practice undermined Apple’s attempts to position itself as a trusted steward of

  • Oct 29

    With Each Pitch at World Series, Call Gets Louder for Robot Umps

    With every pitch at the World Series hurtling toward that strike zone box superimposed on TV screens, the call gets louder and louder: Bring on the robot umps!

  • Oct 29

    Survey: Kids’ Appetite for Online Video Doubles in 4 Years

    The number of young Americans watching online videos every day has more than doubled, according to survey findings released Tuesday. They’re glued to them for nearly an hour a day, twice as long as they were four years ago. And often, the survey found, they’re seeing the videos on services such as YouTube that are supposedly off limits to children

  • Oct 28

    Facebook Will Now Remind You to Get Flu Shots and Medical Checkups

    Facebook is now going to start reminding you when to get a medical checkup. The company is rolling out a tool to remind its users in the U.S., based on demographic factors such as age and gender, to get a screening or health test. The company is making this move, according to Freddy Abnousi, a cardiologist who runs Facebook’s health

  • Oct 25

    Google Digs Into Deeper Meanings of Searches

    Google is paying more attention to the small words in your searches. Want to figure out how to park on a hill with no curb? Google now takes that “no” into account, and shows top results that include parking instructions without curbs. The company is rolling out the change to English language searches in the U.S. starting this week. Google

  • Oct 25

    Facebook Launches a News Section – And Will Pay Publishers

    Over the course of its 15 year history, Facebook has variously ignored news organizations while eating their advertising revenue, courted them for video projects it subsequently abandoned, and then largely cut their stories out of its newsfeeds . Now it plans to pay them for news headlines — reportedly millions of dollars in some cases. Enter the “News Tab,” a

  • Oct 24

    A Century After Black Sox, Baseball Cheating Goes High-Tech

    A century after the Black Sox scandal that tarnished the World Series and ushered in major changes in baseball, the notion that millionaire ballplayers would take money to throw a game — much less the World Series — is all but unthinkable. But that doesn’t mean cheating in baseball is a thing of the past, and there are still concerns

  • Oct 24

    Watch: AOC Grills Zuckerberg Over Facebook Allowing Lies in Political Ads

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about his company’s complex policies involving false information in political advertisements during a congressional hearing on Wednesday. Earlier this month, Facebook said it would allow politicians to run advertisements on its social networks even if they include false information, but this week, the company said that it would not allow anyone

  • Oct 24

    DNA Website’s Privacy Policy Change Spells End to Cold Case Arrests

    In April 2018, California authorities revealed that they’d used a novel investigative technique to arrest a man they called the Golden State Killer, a serial murderer who’d escaped capture for decades. For the first time, police had submitted DNA from a crime scene into a consumer DNA database, where information about distant relatives helped them identify a suspect, NBC News

  • Oct 23

    Most States Not Giving Driver’s License Data to Washington

    An effort by the U.S. Census Bureau to collect state driver’s license records as part of President Donald Trump’s order to gather citizenship information has been a bust so far. As of Wednesday, the vast majority of state motor vehicle agencies had not agreed to share their records with the bureau, according to an Associated Press survey of the 50

  • Oct 23

    Hikers in NJ Say Apple Watch Saved Their Lives By Calling 911 After Fall From Cliff

    Two hikers in New Jersey say that an Apple Watch is to thank for saving their lives after a terrifying fall.

  • Oct 23

    Google Claims Breakthrough in Blazingly Fast Computing

    Google announced Wednesday it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing, saying it has developed an experimental processor that took just minutes to complete a calculation that would take the world’s best supercomputer thousands of years. The feat could open the door someday to machines so blazingly fast that they could revolutionize such tasks as finding new medicines, developing vastly

  • Oct 23

    Zuckerberg Defends Facebook’s Currency Plans Before Congress

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endured hours of prickly questioning from lawmakers Wednesday as he defended the company’s new globally ambitious project to create a digital currency while also dealing with widening scrutiny from U.S. regulators. Representatives also grilled Zuckerberg on Facebook’s track record on civil rights, hate speech, privacy and misinformation — not surprising given the litany of scandals Facebook

  • Oct 21

    Sick of Your Commute? Silicon Valley Company Pitches Flying Car-Like Contraption to Jersey City

    We’ve seen all kinds of innovative (and not always legal) ways to commute in the New York City area — from paddleboarding across the Hudson River (in a suit) to chasing a bus 20 blocks, begging the driver to open the door, but this is new.

  • Oct 21

    Amazon Is Shipping Expired Food, From Baby Formula to Old Beef Jerky, Scaring Consumers and Putting Big Brands at Risk

    Amazon’s sprawling marketplace, consisting of millions of third-party sellers, has become a go-to site for many grocery shoppers, especially since the company’s acquisition of Whole Foods over two years ago. But an increasing number of consumers are finding that, just as the broader Amazon Marketplace has a major issue with counterfeits and unsafe products, the grocery section is littered with

  • Oct 18

    Google Affiliate Begins Drone Deliveries in Virginia Town

    A Google affiliate is using drones to deliver customers’ Walgreens purchases in a test being run in a Virginia town. Wing, which is owned by Google parent Alphabet, received federal approval earlier this year to make commercial deliveries by drone. It was the first drone company to receive the approval in the U.S., beating out Amazon’s Prime Air.

  • Oct 18

    Uber Debuts Text-to-911 Pilot in LA

    Ride-hailing service Uber debuted a text-to-911 feature on its phone app Thursday in Los Angeles County, Minnesota and Indiana, allowing riders and drivers to quickly and discreetly contact law enforcement in the event of an emergency.

  • Oct 15

    Google Reveals New Pixel Buds, Pixel 4 Phone, Gaming System and More

    Google held their annual “Made By Google” event in New York City Tuesday, where they introduced a new phone, computer, home system, earphones and even a game-streaming platform. “Our mission is to bring a better Google for you,” said Rick Osterloh, the company’s senior vice president of hardware. Matt Vokoun, Google’s director of product management, said that the new offerings

  • Oct 15

    How to Change Your Google Calendar Settings to Avoid Scam

    There’s a new warning for consumers who use Google’s popular calendar app as scammers are trying to trick users into giving up their personal information.

  • Oct 15

    Google Debuts Pixel 4 Phone, Wireless Earbuds With A1

    Google unveiled a new Pixel smartphone and other hardware devices Tuesday, all aimed at getting people even more dependent on its artificial-intelligence services.

  • Oct 14

    It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No — Personal Human Flight Machine Demos in New Jersey

    It’s a bird! It’s plane! No – it’s a personal human flight machine!

  • Oct 13

    Costs Pile Up for Airlines as Boeing 737 Max Grounding Enters Eighth Month

    The worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, now in its eighth month, is driving up costs for airlines as they cancel thousands more flights into 2020. American and United this week joined Southwest in removing the planes, grounded since mid-March after two fatal crashes killed 346 people, from their schedules until January. Boeing executives have said they expect aviation

  • Oct 13

    Elizabeth Warren Ramps Up Battle With Facebook

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., ramped up her criticism of Facebook this weekend, taking aim at the company’s policy on political advertising and for having “contributed” to media job losses, NBC News reports. One of the leading 2020 Democratic candidates, Warren’s weekend of prodding Facebook comes amid continued scrutiny of the tech giant, which she has called to be broken up.

  • Oct 12

    Facebook’s Libra Currency Battered by Defections, Pushback

    Facebook faces a rough road ahead with Libra, but defections by high-profile partners are still unlikely to spell the end for the digital currency.

  • Oct 11

    Would You Give Up Google for $17K a Year? The Fed Wants to Know

    The Federal Reserve wants to know what the internet is worth to you. The answer could help the central bank solve one of the most puzzling paradoxes of the modern economy: The current expansion is the longest in history, yet productivity gains are weak and GDP growth, while steady, is far from stellar. In a speech this week, Fed Chairman

  • Oct 11

    Researchers Concerned by Florida’s Amassing of Student Data to Predict School Shootings

    Researchers from the Aspen Institute are raising concerns about a Florida initiative meant to collect and collate huge amounts of data on schoolchildren in the state, according to a report released Thursday. Florida schools are now required to collect, store and crunch data on students in the name of predicting school shootings. The Florida Schools Safety Portal, or FSSP, executive

  • Oct 10

    Man Admits Mailing Powder, Blood in Threats to OkCupid CEO

    A Beverly man has admitted to sending the CEO of a dating website letters containing white powder described as Anthrax and a red substance described as AIDS-infected blood. Liam MacLeod, 47, sent nine letters to the CEO of between September and December 2017, each of which contained threatening communications or suspicious substances, the district attorney said Thursday.

  • Oct 8

    Facebook to Settle Advertiser Lawsuit for $40 Million

    Facebook has agreed to pay $40 million to advertisers who said it inflated the amount of time its users watched videos.

  • Oct 7

    It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, It’s (Likely) a Loon, Google’s Flying WiFi Balloon.

    Some eagle-eyed humans looking skyward this weekend saw something against the brilliant-blue backdrop that had them questioning what the heck was flying above.

  • Oct 7

    Goodbye, iTunes: Once-Revolutionary App Gone in Mac Update

    It’s time to bid farewell to iTunes, the once-revolutionary program that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. That assumes, of course, that you still use iTunes — and many people no longer do. On iPhones, the functions have long been split into separate apps for music, video and books. Mac computers follow suit Monday

  • Oct 6

    How to Use Google’s New Shopping Tool to Get Alerts When Stuff Goes on Sale

    Google rolled out a new shopping search tool this week with a price tracking option that can help you save money. You can search for different products you might buy — a T-shirt, board game or new video game system — and Google will notify you with an alert on your phone when the price drops. Here’s how to search

  • Oct 5

    California Bans Distributing “Deepfake” Videos Before Elections

    The rush is on to fight so-called “deepfakes”—videos and audio altered to make a person falsely appear to say something that they did not. California has passed a ban that makes it illegal to share such videos within two months before an election.

  • Oct 5

    NASA Sets 1st All-Female Spacewalk After Suit Flap in Spring

    The first all-female spacewalk is back on, six months after a suit-sizing flap led to an embarrassing cancellation.

  • Oct 4

    At TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, Startups Take Aim at Modernizing Old Industries

    The name says it all: TechCrunch Disrupt is a conference for entrepreneurs looking to bring disruptive change to an industry, using all the tools of Silicon Valley. In past years, the San Francisco edition of the Disrupt conference has seen a flurry of activity around nascent fields of technology: virtual and augmented reality, robotics, and the smart home. But this

  • Oct 4

    French Bulldog Owners Sue Dog Walking Company Over Pet’s Death

    The owners of a 10 1/2-year-old French bulldog are suing a West Hollywood-based dog walking company after their pet was run over by an SUV in March and later died of its injuries, allegedly due to the inattentiveness of its walker.

  • Oct 3

    Tiktok Bans Political and Advocacy Advertising From Its Platform

    TikTok announced Thursday that it is banning all political ads, a move that sets it apart from other social media platforms that have become destinations for political ad dollars, NBC News reports. TikTok is a smartphone app in which users can capture short videos of themselves, usually lip syncing or dancing to popular songs. The app has attracted a large

  • Oct 3

    US Authorities Seek Access to Facebook Encrypted Messaging

    U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. Facebook’s WhatsApp already uses so-called end-to-end encryption, which locks up messages so that even Facebook can’t read their contents. Facebook plans to extend that

  • Oct 3

    US House Panel Taps Defunct Startup for Facebook Files

    A U.S. congressional committee has requested a trove of internal Facebook documents that the company’s critics say will demonstrate how the social media giant unfairly leveraged its market dominance to crush or absorb competitors. The request by the House Judiciary Committee comes amid a flurry of new antitrust investigations of technology giants, including ones by the Federal Trade Commission and

  • Oct 3

    EU Court: Facebook Can Be Forced to Remove Content Worldwide

    The European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday that individual member countries can force Facebook to remove what they regard as unlawful material from the social network all over the world — a decision experts say could hinder free speech online and put a heavy burden on tech companies.

  • Oct 1

    UPS Gets Government Approval to Become a Drone Airline

    UPS has won government approval to operate a nationwide fleet of drones, which will let the company expand deliveries on hospital campuses and move it one step closer to making deliveries to consumers. Many regulatory obstacles remain, however, before UPS — or other operators who are testing drones — can fill the sky over cities and suburbs with drones carrying

  • Oct 1

    US Court: FCC Had the Right to Dump Net-Neutrality Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission can dump rules that keep internet providers from favoring some services over others, but couldn’t bar states like California from enacting their own prohibitions, a federal court ruled. While Tuesday’s ruling handed Trump-appointed regulators a partial victory, consumer advocates and other groups viewed the ruling as a victory for states and local governments seeking to put

  • Oct 1

    Zuckerberg Blasts Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Break Up Facebook and Says It’s an ‘Existential’ Threat

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the company’s challenges in two hours of leaked audio from internal meetings published in part by The Verge on Tuesday. The audio from two July Q&A meetings with employees provides a glance into Zuckerberg’s thoughts on key issues facing his company while not under the spotlight of press cameras or a congressional hearing. He also

  • Oct 1

    Engineer Admits Hacking Yahoo Accounts Searching for Images

    A former Yahoo software engineer has pleaded guilty to hacking into the accounts of some 6,000 Yahoo users in search of sexual photos and videos. The US Attorney’s Office says Reyes Daniel Ruiz admitted in court Monday that he mostly targeted accounts belonging to younger women, including his personal friends and work colleagues.

  • Sep 29

    UK’s Johnson Denies Any Wrongdoing in Ties With US Tech Exec

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied wrongdoing Sunday over his links to an American businesswoman who allegedly received money and favorable treatment because of their friendship during his time as mayor of London. Asked during a BBC interview about his ties to tech entrepreneur and model Jennifer Arcuri, Johnson sought to suggest that political motivations were behind the decision Friday

  • Sep 29

    Musk Unveils SpaceX Rocket Designed to Get to Mars and Back

    Elon Musk has unveiled a SpaceX spacecraft designed to carry a crew and cargo to the moon, Mars or anywhere else in the solar system and land back on Earth perpendicularly.

  • Sep 29

    Secret Tricks to Get the Most Out of Apple’s Latest iPhone Update

    Apple rolled out its big new iPhone update recently. It’s called iOS 13 and includes a bunch of new things you can do. Some of them are hidden, so it’s just a matter of knowing where to look. There’s a keyboard that lets you swipe to enter text, for example, and a new dark mode that you can set to

  • Sep 27

    Pope Warns Tech Executives to Use AI for the Common Good

    Pope Francis on Friday warned tech company executives, diplomats and financiers that the race to create artificial intelligence and other forms of digital development pose the risk of increasing social inequality unless the work is accompanied by an ethical evaluation of the common good.

  • Sep 27

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