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Facebook to label all rule-breaking posts - even Trump’s

Facebook says it will flag all ‘newsworthy’ posts from politicians that break its rules, including those from President Donald Trump

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Facebook removes Trump ads with upside-down triangle symbols once used by Nazis

Trump campaign claims symbol has been used by antifa. Facebook says it does not permit ‘symbols of hateful ideology’

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CPD no longer using Clearview AI facial recognition software, department says after ACLU sues controversial firm

The lawsuit seeks to protect the privacy of residents, specifically survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse which are "uniquely harmed by face recognition surveillance," the civil rights group said.

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Google facing onslaught of antitrust cases in US: report

The Wall Street Journal reported that federal and state regulators are preparing to file antitrust lawsuits alleging that Google has abused its dominance of online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost its profits.

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Quibi’s little shows add up to mostly satisfying entertainment

The new streaming service brings us Liam Hemsworth being hunted and Chance the Rapper punking stars in short episodes for your phone.

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Facebook admits a bug was incorrectly blocking news posts about the coronavirus

Users complained that links to news stories were blocked on the grounds that they violate "our community standards on spam."

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Is your doorbell or thermostat eavesdropping on you in the privacy of your own home?

Sensors recognize when you are home. They know what you buy, the music you enjoy, the movies you watch and even what your voice sounds like compared to others. They can record you without your knowledge.

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State legislators want to tame ‘wild, wild west’ of smart technology data

The Protecting Household Privacy Act would require makers of smart devices to tell customers how their information is shared.

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‘Glaring’ lack of diversity at city’s tech giants drives creation of new pipeline for people of color

Re:work training helps companies like Google, LinkedIn and Groupon find candidates outside of their traditional recruitment pipelines.

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Lightfoot urged to pull the plug on facial recognition technology

A coalition of 75 civil liberties groups led by the Lucy Parsons Project calls the system used by the Chicago Police Department "racially-discriminatory, inaccurate and highly-biased."

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CPD using controversial facial recognition program that scans billions of photos from Facebook, other sites

Critics say Clearview AI’s software is an invasive overreach because it grabs the photos without the consent of those pictured or even the websites that post them.

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Chicago’s 911 emergency center to get a $75 million upgrade

The 20-year-old computer-aided dispatch system that forms the guts of Chicago’s 911 center will be replaced by a new system that accepts texts, photos and videos from emergency scenes.

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Quibi thinks you’ll pay for its big-time, Hollywood-backed video bites

The company is preparing to offer movies, shows and other short form video designed for viewing in short bursts on mobile devices. It has backing from all the major movie studios and entertainment companies and $1 billion invested in original programming.

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CES 2020: Cool gadgets that caught our attention — and Amazon Fire TV headed to your car

With few exceptions, you’ll likely never get to buy any of these things. One is way too expensive for the average U.S. consumer. One isn’t even really ready to be used yet. And the other, well, that one you can buy on Amazon.

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Will Apple kill off the Lightning charging port on its iPhones?

The iPhone giant is reportedly planning to launch a high-end smartphone in 2021 without a charging cable port.

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Airbnb announces changes after Vice uncovers Chicago rental scam

The company is trying to improve user trust and make it easier for guests and hosts to report problems and obtain refunds when things go awry.

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TV streaming services: All the major options, from Netflix to Apple TV+, ranked

Not all streaming services are created equal. Before you subscribe to the latest, consider these, ranked from best to worst. We’ve included only services not available as a cable channel.

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Uber to launch on-demand staffing business in Chicago

Uber Works will launch Friday, handling employee screening while it’s partner, staffing agency TrueBlue, will handle payments and worker benefits, an Uber spokesperson confirmed Wednesday evening.

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Coming soon: Alexa in your ear and on your finger — and if you like— with Samuel L. Jackson’s voice

The online shopping giant said Wednesday that it will soon start selling wireless earbuds, finger rings and prescription eyeglasses with its Alexa voice assistant built in. It also launched its first celebrity voice for Alexa: actor Samuel L. Jackson.

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Airbnb, NAACP seek to bolster economic opportunity on South Side

The tech company wants to increase diversity among its workforce while creating economic empowerment on the South Side.

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Chicago cops could have access to video from thousands of new cameras — on residents’ front doors

Police are starting a pilot program with doorbell camera company Ring, which could aid in solving crime but which raises privacy fears.

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Amazon to hire 400 in downtown Chicago

The expansion would double the size of its local tech hub.

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Walmart debuts grocery delivery subscription

The service will charge an annual membership fee of $98 for subscribers to access unlimited same-day delivery, which will be offered in 1,400 stores in 200 markets.

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Apple’s new $5-a-month streaming services takes on Netflix, Disney

Apple TV Plus debuts Nov. 1. and will only carry original Apple programming.

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New iPhone is barely different, except for a price cut

The company’s new models are so similar to last year’s lineup they may be upstaged by Apple TV Plus.

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Major carriers, state AGs will work to combat robocalls

The state attorneys general say phone companies will offer call-blocking tools free to all but traditional landline users.

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Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users’ audio clips

The practice was, until recently, common in the tech industry.

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Are violent video games to blame for gun violence?

Video games have often been blamed for acts of violence, but the correlation is tenuous.

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Air-board inventor makes it halfway across English Channel before crashing into water

Unharmed and undeterred, 40-year-old Franky Zapata said he plans to try again. Perhaps within days.

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Facebook discloses FTC antitrust investigation

Hours after the Federal Trade Commission slapped Facebook with a $5 billion fine, Facebook announced is was under investigation. The FTC confirmed this, but did not give additional details.

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Instagram expands test of hiding ‘likes’ to make users feel better

The Facebook-owned site has been hiding likes as part of a test in Canada since May. Now the test will expand to other countries — but not the U.S. yet.

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Russian app doesn’t upload all your photos, but could expose images to hackers

People raised fears that FaceApp, a Russian smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger and older selves, would be able to see and upload all your photos. That’s not actually true.