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How Big Tech created a data ‘treasure trove’ for police departments

Data compiled by four tech giants show law enforcement requests for calls, emails, texts, photos, shopping histories, driving routes have more than tripled in the U.S. since 2015.

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Kennedy-King College launches new tech program

"While opportunities in tech are lucrative, women, African-Americans, Latinx and other underserved populations are grossly underrepresented within the IT sector," Kennedy-King President Gregory Thomas said Monday in announcing the creation of Tech Launchpad.

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Want a job? Employers say, talk to a computer

The pandemic has heightened demand for online services that interview job applicants remotely and use artificial intelligence to assess their skills. But is that a good thing?

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Entrepreneur learned coding at after-school program; now, he’s paying it forward

The Department of Family and Support Services has been granted authority to enter into a $250,000 contract with Adam Wiesniewski’s EX3 Labs to develop a mobile application for a year-old city website, My CHI My Future.

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US drops Trump order targeting TikTok, plans own review

A new executive order directs the Commerce Department to undertake what officials describe as an "evidence-based" analysis of transactions involving apps that are manufactured or supplied or controlled by China.

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Fastly blames global internet outage on software bug

The problem at Fastly meant internet users couldn’t connect to a host of popular websites early Tuesday including The New York Times, the Guardian, Twitch, Reddit and the British government’s homepage.

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France fines Google for abusing “dominant” ads position

Google, based in Mountain View, California, did not dispute the facts and opted to settle after proposing some changes, according to a prepared statement from the Competition Authority.

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Facebook suspends Trump accounts for 2 years

Social platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become indispensable tools for politicians to get their messages out and to raise small-dollar donations. Without the megaphone of Twitter and the targeted fundraising appeals his campaign mastered on Facebook, Trump could be at a serious disadvantage relative to other politicians.

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EU, UK investigate Facebook over classified ad competition

The coordinated effort represents an escalation by European regulators in their battle to rein in the dominance of big tech companies.

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Largest meat producer getting back online after cyberattack

JBS notified the federal government the ransom demand came from the ransomware gang REvil, which is believed to operate in Russia, according to a person familiar with the situation who is not authorized to discuss it publicly.

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Microsoft: SolarWinds hackers target 150 orgs with phishing

The effort targeted about 3,000 email accounts at more than 150 different organizations, at least a quarter of them involved in international development, humanitarian and human rights work

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Facebook won’t remove posts claiming COVID-19 is human-made

There is rising pressure worldwide to investigate the origins of the pandemic, including the possibility that it came from a lab.

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Gaza-based journalists in Hamas chat blocked from WhatsApp

The Associated Press reached out to 17 journalists in Gaza who confirmed their Whatsapp accounts had been blocked since Friday. By midday Monday, only four journalists — working for Al Jazeera — confirmed their accounts had been restored.

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A new reason to swipe right? Dating apps adding vax badges

The Biden administration said Friday it’s teaming up with dating apps to showcase the benefits of getting a shot.

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Seller of vaccine disinformation has YouTube channel removed

The Truth About Vaccines YouTube channel was taken down this week, Ty and Charlene Bollinger said in a post Tuesday on the messaging app Telegram.

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Late drop leaves Wall Street indexes lower, led by tech

Apple, Facebook and Google’s parent company all lost 1% or more as technology stocks fell broadly. While they powered the market rebound last year, tech stocks are up only 2.6% this year, the lowest gain among the S&P 500’s 11 sectors.

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‘So I raped you.’ Facebook message renews fight for justice

The messages rocketed Shannon Keeler back to the life-shattering night in December 2013 when an upperclassman at Gettysburg College stalked her at a party, snuck into her dorm and barged into her room while she pleaded with him and texted friends for help.

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Army of fake fans boosts China’s messaging on Twitter

Liu Xiaoming, who recently stepped down as China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, is one of the party’s most successful foot soldiers on this evolving online battlefield. He joined Twitter in October 2019, as scores of Chinese diplomats surged onto Twitter and Facebook, which are both banned in China.

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Attorney generals urge Facebook to drop ‘Instagram for kids’ proposal

The attorneys general said they are concerned about social media’s effects on the physical and emotional well-being of children, the potential for increased cyberbullying, possible vulnerability to online predators, and what they called Facebook’s "checkered record" in protecting children on its platforms.

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Facebook board upholds Trump ban, just not an indefinite one

Trump has also been permanently banned from Twitter.

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Facebook board’s Trump decision could have wider impacts

On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s fate on Facebook will be decided. If it rules in Trump’s favor, Facebook has seven days to reinstate the account. If the board upholds Facebook’s decision, Trump will remain "indefinitely" suspended.

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Technology shares sink broader market in afternoon trading

Most sectors in the benchmark S&P 500 index fell as investors continue to focus on corporate earnings and gauge the economic recovery’s progress.

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Apple’s ‘walled garden’ faces Epic attack in app store trial

While Apple depicted its app store as an invaluable service beloved by consumers and developers alike, Epic Games attacked it as a breakthrough idea that has morphed into an instrument of financial exploitation that illegally locks out competition.

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Wary Supreme Court weighs student’s Snapchat profanity case

The justices, hearing arguments in the case of a 14-year-old high school freshman’s Snapchat F-bombs, struggled to fit the need to protect students’ political and religious expression with the ability of schools to get at disruptive, even potentially dangerous, speech that occurs outside the school setting.

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Apple’s iPhone privacy clampdown arrives after 7-month delay

The new privacy feature, dubbed "App Tracking Transparency," rolled out Monday as part of an update to the operating system powering the iPhone and iPad.

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Student’s Snapchat profanity leads to high court speech case

At issue is whether public schools can discipline students over something they say off-campus. The topic is especially meaningful in a time of remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic and a rising awareness of the pernicious effects of online bullying.

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Instagram users could soon hide ‘like’ counts, a move also being considered for Facebook

Facebook will test — again — an option letting a few, randomly chose people hide ‘likes’ on Instagram to see whether that might lessen the pressure of being on social media.

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High court sides with Google in copyright fight with Oracle

Google had argued that what it did is long-settled, common practice in the industry, a practice that has been good for technical progress. And it said there is no copyright protection for the purely functional, noncreative computer code it used.

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Do you get lost at the airport or the mall? Google Maps will help you find your way

The tech giant has announced several features coming soon to its Maps platform. Among them is an augmented reality feature to help find your way inside a mall or airport.

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Facebook finds Chinese hacking operation targeting Uyghurs

The company said the sophisticated, covert operation targeted Uyghur activists, journalists and dissidents from China’s Xinjiang region, as well as individuals living in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the U.S., Syria, Australia, Canada and other nations.

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Extremist groups thrive on Facebook despite bans: report

Avaaz, a nonprofit advocacy group that says it seeks to protect democracies from misinformation, identified 267 pages and groups on Facebook that it says spread violence-glorifying material in the heat of the 2020 election to a combined following of 32 million users.

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Google gets into sleep surveillance with new Nest Hub screen

New sleep-sensing technology will be a key feature on Google’s latest version of its Nest Hub, a 7-inch smart screen unveiled Tuesday.