Tech
TikTok Jan 19

‘TikTok Saved My Life,’ User Says After Viewers Tipped Him Off to Problem Mole

A California man says social media might have saved his life, NBC News reports. Alex Griswold, 24, says that after he posted a lighthearted video on TikTok last month, viewers urged him to have the mo...

  • Amazon Jan 12

    Amazon Fires Employees for Leaking Customer Email Addresses and Phone Numbers

    For the second time in a week, Amazon has acknowledged that its employees improperly accessed customer data. The company notified customers Friday that it fired several employees after they shared customer email addresses and phone numbers with third parties. The news was first reported by TechCrunch. “The individuals responsible for this incident ...
  • Microsoft Jan 12

    Microsoft Looks to Detect Sex Predators in Video Game Chats

    Microsoft says it has developed a technique to detect online predators using video games to try to sexually exploit children. The chat function in online multiplayer games is one place where predators have tried to groom children for sexual purposes.

  • CES 2020 Jan 10

    Pizza From Robots, Underwater Scooters at CES 2020

    The annual CES technology conference in Las Vegas runs through Friday and offers a forum for companies to unveil their products and services for the coming year.

  • facebook Jan 9

    Facebook Again Refuses to Ban Political Ads, Even False Ones

    Facebook is reaffirming its freewheeling policy on political ads, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people. Instead, Facebook will offer users slightly more control over how many political ads they see and make its online library of such ads easier to use.

  • facebook Jan 9

    Facebook Riles Tiny Oregon Town With Plan for Undersea Cable

    A battle playing out in Oregon is pitting residents of a tiny coastal town with no stoplights or cellphone service against a tech giant. Locals in Tierra del Mar are trying to stop Facebook from using property in their community as a landing spot for an undersea cable connecting America with Asia.

  • Autonomous Vehicles Jan 8

    New US Plan Keeps Autonomous Vehicle Standards Voluntary

    The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its most recent round of guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers that rely on voluntary standards despite calls for specific regulations. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the proposed guidelines in a speech at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, saying in prepared remarks that “AV 4.0” wil...
  • CES 2020 Jan 8

    Kitchens Get Smarter at CES Tech Show, Not Yet in Many Homes

    Tell your refrigerator about your dietary preferences and it’ll concoct a recipe plan for the coming week, sending a shopping list to your smartphone when it notices you’ve run out of the right ingredients. Counter-top robotic arms help chop veggies. Artificially intelligent oven cameras and internet-connected meat thermometers keep track of what’s...
  • CES Jan 8

    Invitation to Ivanka Trump Draws Backlash at Big Tech Show

    The nation’s largest consumer electronics show on Tuesday hosted Ivanka Trump as a keynote speaker — a choice that drew scorn from many women in technology.

  • CES 2020 Jan 7

    CES 2020: No to Junk Food; Machines Make Cocktails; Robot Friend

    A wristband that will help you say “no” to junk food. A machine that will mix drinks for you. These were among the gadgets showcased this week at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas. The four-day show, which opened Tuesday, is a place for companies to unveil their products and services for the coming year, though Apple, Googl...
  • SPACEX Jan 7

    SpaceX Launches 60 More Satellites But With Dark Coating

    SpaceX launched 60 more mini internet satellites late Monday, this time testing a dark coating to appease stargazers.

  • CES 2020 Jan 7

    Flying Taxis, Toilet Paper Robots and More at CES 2020

    Flying taxis and a robot that can fetch toilet paper when you’re stranded on the loo were among the technologies showcased this week at the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas.

  • CES 2020 Jan 10

    CES Gadget Show: Surveillance Is in – and in a Big Way

    From the face scanner that will check in some attendees to the cameras-everywhere array of digital products, the CES gadget show is all-in on surveillance technology — whether it calls it that or not. Nestled in the “smart home” and “smart city” showrooms at the sprawling Las Vegas consumer tech conference are devices that see, hear and track the p...
  • TV Jan 5

    How Watching TV Will Change in the 2020s

    What will watching TV be like in the 2020s? Amid new gadgets and glitz, the CES tech show in Las Vegas aims to offer some answers, many of which boil down to more streaming and more efforts to glue you to your phone. The show’s keynote addresses, once dominated by computer and chip makers, will this year feature executives...

  • Iran Jan 5

    Apparent Pro-Iran Hackers Deface Federal Library Program Site

    The website for a federal library program was hacked by an apparent pro-Iranian group late Saturday night, officials said. A spokesperson for the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) said an intrusion was detected on the website for the Federal Depository Library Program and that the site was later taken down. There is no confirmation yet that I...
  • Iran Jan 4

    Iranian Cyberattacks Feared After Killing of Top General

    One of the biggest threats to the United States after the targeted killing of Iran’s top general is likely to be cyberattacks. The U.S. power grid is supposed to be quite resilient, but Iranian state-backed hackers could inject malware that triggers major disruptions to the U.S. public and private sector.

  • Tesla Jan 3

    3 Crashes, 3 Deaths Raise Questions About Tesla’s Autopilot

    Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company’s Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk has planned to put fully self-driving cars on the streets.

  • AirPods Jan 3

    Boy Swallows AirPod Wireless Earbud, Ends Up in Hospital

    An Atlanta mother is sharing a cautionary tale about AirPods, the wireless earbuds that became hugely popular Christmas presents this year.

    Kiara Stroud’s 7-year-old son had an AirPod in his mouth, choked on it and ended up accidentally swallowing it, she posted on Facebook on Saturday.

  • Amazon Jan 2

    Amazon Threatens to Fire Employees Who Speak Out on Climate Change

    A group of Amazon employees say the company has threatened to fire them for speaking out against the company’s environmental policies. In a statement posted to Twitter on Thursday, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice said that several employees were contacted by legal and HR representatives, who said they were in violation of the company’s externa...
  • Tech News Jan 1

    TikTok Releases ‘Transparency Report’ Amid Scrutiny Over Chinese Ownership

    The short video app TikTok this week released its first “transparency report,” which included the number of requests for user information it received from governments during the first half of 2019, NBC News reported. India led in the number of those requests from Jan. 1 to June 30, with 107 — which specified a total of 143 accounts. The...
  • computer security Dec 30, 2019

    Here Are the Worst Passwords of 2019

    We worry about criminals breaking into our digital accounts, and yet we make it easy for them to do it by using appallingly poor passwords, NBC News reports. SplashData, a company that sells secure password managers, has released its list of the worst passwords for 2019 based on an analysis of more than 5 million leaked passwords. No. 1 on......
  • YouTube Dec 29, 2019

    YouTube Actually Steers People Away From Radical Videos, Researchers Say

    Examining millions of YouTube recommendations over the course of a year, two researchers have determined that the platform in fact combats political radicalization. The researchers said that, as of late 2019, YouTube’s recommendation algorithm appears to be designed to benefit mainstream media and cable news content over independent YouTube creator...
  • iPhone Dec 25, 2019

    Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your New iPhone

    If you got a new iPhone for the holidays, you’ve probably already gone through some of the initial setup and configured things like Face ID. But, there’s a whole lot more you can do with your new iPhone, thanks to the latest iOS 13 update that rolled out in September. You can do a lot more than just install...

  • Amazon Dec 25, 2019

    Here Are a Bunch of Fun Tips and Tricks to Help You Get the Most Out of Your New Amazon Echo

    You may have just received a new Amazon Echo for the holidays. Maybe it’s your first one, or maybe it’s the second or third you’ve ever owned. Echos range in price from around $25 (when the Echo Dot is on sale) up to $199.99.The speaker gets better as you go up in price, but the stuff Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa can...

  • Christmas Eve Dec 25, 2019

    It Takes a Tech Village to Track Santa on Christmas Eve

    Depending on which country they’re from, the kids may ask about Father Christmas, Papa Noel, Saint Nick or Santa Claus. But they all want to know one thing: where in the world the jolly old man and his sleigh full of gifts are on Christmas Eve.

  • Boeing Dec 22, 2019

    Boeing Capsule Returns to Earth After Aborted Space Mission

    Boeing safely landed its crew capsule in the New Mexico desert Sunday after an aborted flight to the International Space Station that threatened to set back the company’s effort to launch astronauts for NASA next year. The Starliner descended into the Army’s White Sands Missile Range in the frigid predawn darkness, ending a two-day demo...
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Dec 19, 2019

    Federal Study Finds Face-Scanning Tech Stumped by Race, Gender

    A study by a U.S. agency has found that facial recognition technology often performs unevenly based on a person’s race, gender or age.

    This is the first time the National Institute of Standards and Technology has investigated demographic differences in how face-scanning algorithms are able to identify people.

  • Instagram Dec 18, 2019

    Facebook, Instagram Ban Influencers From Promoting Vaping and Guns for Money

    Facebook and Instagram will no longer allow influencers to promote vaping, tobacco products or weapons on its platforms using “branded content.”

    Instagram announced Wednesday it would no longer allow “branded content” that promotes those goods on either platform.

  • YouTube Dec 16, 2019

    Controversial Streaming Megastar PewDiePie Announces He Will Take a Break From YouTube, Says ‘I’m Tired’

    Mired by allegations of racism and anti-Semitism, one of YouTube’s biggest stars, PewDiePie, announced he will take a break from the platform in 2020. The 30-year-old Swedish vlogger, whose legal name is Felix Kjellberg, rose to prominence with his commentary on gaming culture. In recent years, though, Kjellberg has found himself at the center of c...
  • Kaufman County Dec 16, 2019

    Hackers Terrorize Children Through Ring Camera in Texas

    A family from Kaufman County, Texas, said someone hacked into their Ring security camera and terrorized their children on Wednesday. Lue Mayora was stuck in traffic on Highway 80 when her Ring camera was hacked. Her children were home alone, waiting for Mayora to come home. Mayora said that someone set off her home alarm around 5:30 p.m., and her&#...
  • Scams Dec 15, 2019

    Imposter Scams Employ New Tech to Target Retirees’ Savings

    Across the nation, crimes of fraud targeting senior citizens are on the rise, and many of the attempts have become more advanced through the use of new technologies. In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission reported that imposter scams, which involve impersonating a person or an entity, were the most common type of fraud in the United S...
  • Dungeons & Dragons Dec 13, 2019

    New ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Video Game Based on R.A. Salvatore Characters Coming in 2020

    A new video game based on “Dungeons and Dragons” is coming to computers and consoles in the fall of next year. Wizards of the Coast, the Hasbro-owned company behind the popular 45-year-old tabletop game, and video game company Tuque have partnered to create “Dark Alliance,” a third-person action role-playing game. “Once you roll initiative, th...
  • Twitter Dec 13, 2019

    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 candidate...
  • facebook Dec 11, 2019

    Facebook Rebuffs US AG Over Encrypted Messages

    Facebook is rebuffing efforts by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages. The heads of Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger services told Barr and his U.K. and Australian counterparts that Facebook is moving forward with plans to enable end-to-end encryption on all of its messaging services. End-to-e...
  • television Dec 11, 2019

    How Streaming, Diversity, #MeToo Shaped TV’s Decade of Change

    As the decade draws to a close, it’s clear that we’re looking at TV differently. We binge it, take it with us and find new stories to watch. Streaming is behind the biggest media revolution in 30 years, since cable TV’s rapid growth in the 1980s, and it is looking to expand. New services include Disney Plus and Apple TV...

  • YouTube Dec 11, 2019

    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 hat...
  • Elon Musk Dec 6, 2019

    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&#8230...
  • cancel culture Dec 7, 2019

    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...
  • Uber Dec 6, 2019

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

    More than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report. That figure includes 229 rapes across the company’s 1.3 billion rides. Uber noted that drivers and riders were both attacked, and that some assaults occurred between riders. In 2017, the company said 2,936 sexual ass...
  • sexual harassment Dec 4, 2019

    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...
  • NBC Dec 1, 2019

    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...

  • NBC News Dec 1, 2019

    ‘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 ...
  • Dec 1, 2019

    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 mis...
  • Dec 2, 2019

    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 shor...
  • Nov 25, 2019

    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 hav...
  • Nov 21, 2019

    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...
  • Nov 14, 2019

    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 t...
  • Nov 4, 2019

    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, Democr...
  • Nov 1, 2019

    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 acquisi...
  • Nov 1, 2019

    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 acquisi...
  • Oct 31, 2019

    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, 2019

    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 30, 2019

    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...
  • Oct 30, 2019

    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 e...
  • Oct 30, 2019

    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, 2019

    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, 2019

    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...
  • Oct 29, 2019

    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, 2019

    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 ...
  • Oct 25, 2019

    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. Goo...
  • Oct 25, 2019

    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 &...
  • Oct 24, 2019

    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, 2019

    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 ...
  • Oct 24, 2019

    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 ...
  • Oct 23, 2019

    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 surve...
  • Oct 23, 2019

    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, 2019

    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 s...
  • Oct 23, 2019

    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 speec...
  • Oct 20, 2019

    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 ...
  • Oct 18, 2019

    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 ...
  • Oct 18, 2019

    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, 2019

    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 direct...
  • Oct 13, 2019

    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 hav...
  • Oct 12, 2019

    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, 2019

    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, 2019

    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...
  • Oct 10, 2019

    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 OKCupid.com between September and December 2017, each of which contained threatening communications or suspicious substances, t...
  • Oct 8, 2019

    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 5, 2019

    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, 2019

    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, 2019

    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, 2019

    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 sm...
  • Oct 4, 2019

    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, 2019

    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...
  • Oct 3, 2019

    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 Fa...
  • Oct 3, 2019

    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, ...
  • Oct 3, 2019

    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.

  • Jul 16, 2019

    ‘WeRescue’ App Allows For Pet Adoption on Your Phone

    Prospective pet owners can now choose the furry friend they want without having to leave their home. Five years after it first launched, the adoption app WeRescue has expanded its reach across the U.S. and in Canada, and has hundreds of thousands of pets available for adoption at over 3,000 rescue organizations. “We pull in data from all these diff...
  • Jul 12, 2019

    Reports: Facebook Faces $5B FTC Fine, Largest Ever in Tech

    At $5 billion, the fine the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is about to levy on Facebook is by far the largest it’s given to a technology company, easily eclipsing the second largest, $22 million for Google in 2012. The long-expected punishment, which Facebook is well prepared for, is unlikely to make a dent in the social media giant’s de...
  • Jul 12, 2019

    Human Workers Can Listen to Google Assistant Recordings

    Google contractors regularly listen to and review some recordings of what people say to artificial-intelligence system Google Assistant, via their phone or through smart speakers such as the Google Home. The company acknowledged that humans can access those recordings after some of its Dutch language audio snippets were leaked. Google product manag...
  • Jul 11, 2019

    Trump Applauds Far-Right Social Media Provocateurs

    President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views. Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a “social media summit” of like-minded critics of Big Tech, excluding repre...
  • Jul 11, 2019

    Twitter Users Across the World Report Outages

    If Twitter goes down, who is there to tweet about it? Twitter appeared to be out for many users for part of Thursday afternoon, with some taking to the social networking company’s page on rival site Facebook, Reddit and other places to spread the word. More than 24,000 users on downdetector.com reported problems accessing Twitter, as of 3:20 ...
  • Jul 8, 2019

    British Airways Faces $229 Million Fine Over Breach of Customers’ Data

    The U.K. data regulator is fining British Airways 183 million pounds ($229 million) over a breach that compromised information on half a million customers. The airline revealed in September that it had been the victim of a hack. The scam saw customers diverted to a fake website where credit card details were harvested by the attackers. Britain&#821...
  • Jun 30, 2019

    Sky5 Morning 630 – 06440013_31727864

    In early June, 125 people protested in the nude outside the New York City headquarters of Facebook and Instagram, covering themselves with stickers of photographed male nipples in protest of the long-argued double standard that only female nipples are against the company’s policies. The pressure campaign worked, NBC News reports. Facebook said it w...
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