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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.

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New emojis from Apple and Google aim for inclusion, diversity

Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that of course include cute critters, but also expand the number of images of human diversity.

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This app shows you what you’ll look like when you’re old

Everyone’s suddenly posting pictures of what they might look like when they’re old. Here’s how to get in on the fun.

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Report: Google looking at sizable growth in its Chicago office

Expansion could bring it to 1 million square feet in the Fulton Market District.

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‘Robot umpires’ debut in independent Atlantic League to call balls and strikes

The plate umpire wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his pocket and relayed the call upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar.

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Restored Mission Control comes alive 50 years after Apollo

Recreated down to the tan carpeting, gray-green wallpaper, glass ashtrays and retro coffee cups, the room is intended "to capture the look and feel of July of ‘69," a NASA official said.

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Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp experiencing app issues

Online tracker DownDetector reported outages around the globe with 1,500 Facebook outages across the entire eastern half of the U.S. and throughout Europe alone.

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Flying car startups aim to begin test flights as early as next year

Uber is among one of several companies making plans for flying cars in the near future.

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Google Calendar down on desktop computers due to outage

Users trying to access Google Calendar from their computers instead received a "Not Found Error 404" message.

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You could have a personal robot follow you around and carry your things

The Illinois Senate passed a bill to pave the way for personal robots

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Pay a little extra to ride Uber in ‘Quiet Mode’

The setting is offered only for premium Uber rides.

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Facebook limits livestreaming to restrict broadcasting of hate, terror attacks

Facebook said it's tightening up the rules for its livestreaming service with a "one strike" policy applied to a broader range of offenses.

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Facebook co-founder: Zuckerberg’s power ‘unprecedented and un-American’

Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, said in an opinion piece for the New York Times that the government must hold the social networking giant accountable after a series of missteps and break it up. Hughes also said the power of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is "unprecedented and un-American."

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Google to use AI to help disabled communicate

Google researchers are working to train its speech recognition system to understand people with speech impairments.

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Louis Farrakhan banned from Facebook over policies on violence, hate

Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and others from its main service and from Instagram, saying they violated the company's policies on hate and violence.

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‘The future is private’ — Zuckerberg explains new privacy strategy

Zuckerberg and his lieutenant, Sheryl Sandberg, have apologized repeatedly for Facebook's ever-expanding list of mishaps over privacy, data misuse.

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Unplug your kids: WHO issues guidelines for limiting screen time

The World Health Organization has issued its first-ever guidance for how much screen time children under 5 should get: not very much.

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Samsung’s $2000 smartphone not ready after reports of breaking issues

Samsung is pushing back this week's planned public launch of the Galaxy Fold — its highly anticipated, $2000 folding phone — after reports that reviewers' phones were breaking.

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EDITORIAL: Alexa, are you snooping on me? Can lawmakers stop you?

It’s ludicrous in the #MeToo era that tech companies are arguing against informed consent.

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With five weeks to go, Emanuel strengthens ties between Chicago and Israel

Emanuel and Chemi Peres, son of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, will sign a deal focusing on "technology and innovation" in Chicago and Israel.

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Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went down across the US and UK

#facebookdown and #instagramdown are trending on Twitter as the sites experienced issues.

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Lyft’s shares soar as company goes public

The stock opened at $87.24, up 21 percent from its offering price of $72.

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US charges Facebook with high-tech housing discrimination

The civil charges filed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development could cost the social network millions of dollars in penalties.

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HUD: Facebook ad platform ‘enabling and causing’ housing discrimination

Facebook is again facing charges of housing discrimination because of its ad-targeting system.

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Abuse case shows few rules protect kids in online videos

Family video blogs are a multimillion-dollar industry that has allowed some parents to quit their jobs and be with their children full time.

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Facebook extends ban on hate speech to ‘white nationalists’

The social network says it hadn't applied its ban to expressions of white nationalism because it previously linked such expressions with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism — such as American pride or Basque separatism, both of which are still allowed.

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Verizon to offer free robocall blocking

The nation's largest wireless provider is expected to provide free spam alerting and robocall blocking tools for wireless customers with smartphones.