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Astronaut Completes 2nd All-Female Spacewalk Without Helmet Camera, Lights

Spacewalking astronauts had to make do with fewer lights and camera views from one helmet Wednesday while performing critical battery work outside the International Space Station. It was the second pa...

  • 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 7, 2019

    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, 2019

    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...
  • Oct 6, 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 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.

  • Oct 1, 2019

    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 dr...
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