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The Supreme Court’s big ruling on ‘patent trolls’ will rock businesses everywhere

Tech companies and app developers everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief after Monday's major Supreme Court ruling on a topic that's close to their hearts: patents. More specifically, patent lawsuits — a rising number of which analysts say are bogus and threaten to strangle new start-ups and inventions before they have a chance to […]

Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff

SAN FRANCISCO — Google will begin using data from billions of credit and debit card transactions — including card numbers, purchase amounts and time stamps — to solve the advertising juggernaut’s long-standing quest to prove that online ads prompt consumers to make purchases in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said on Tuesday. The advance, which enables […]

Why Facebook’s censorship problem won’t get any better any time soon

Leaked documents on how Facebook deals with violent, explicit and harassing content, as published in the Guardian, further exposes the challenges the social network faces in policing the posts of its nearly 2 billion users. It also shows that its censorship problem may not be solvable any time soon. The Guardian's report illustrated how stressful and fast-paced […]

Twitter co-founder: I’m sorry if we made Trump’s presidency possible

3 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

If anyone knows how important Twitter is to Donald Trump, it's the president. “Without the tweets, I wouldn't be here,” he told the Financial Times last month. To which Twitter's co-founder says: Sorry about that, world. Evan Williams, who still sits on the company's board of directors, recently told the New York Times that he wants to repair the […]

Do you say ‘Thanks!’ or ‘Thanks.’? Google will tailor suggested email replies to your preferences.

5 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

If you use Google's Gmail app, you may have seen something new pop up on your screen this week: suggested responses for your emails. The move illustrates one way that Google is using its increased focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning. If you're wondering why and how Google can make these suggestions, here are some answers […]

Facebook will pay $122 million in fines to the E.U.

6 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Facebook will pay $122 million in fines to the European Union, over charges that it misled regulators during its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp. The fine, announced Thursday, is one of the largest the company has had to pay to any government. European regulators said Facebook was not honest about its ability to identify users who had […]

FCC votes to start rolling back landmark net neutrality rules

6 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to begin undoing a key decision from the Obama era. The move highlights the uphill battle for Democrats and consumer advocates, who say that weaker rules could allow Internet service providers to abuse their position as gatekeepers between customers and the rest of the Internet. The current net […]

The Republican push to repeal net neutrality will get underway this week

6 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Federal regulators will move to roll back one of the Obama administration's signature Internet policies this week, launching a process to repeal the government's net neutrality rules that currently regulate how Internet providers may treat websites and their own customers. Show More Summary

Google’s focus on AI means it will get even deeper into our lives

6 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. — Google kicked off its annual developers conference Wednesday by outlining a broad vision of how it thinks artificial intelligence will shape the way we communicate, travel, work and play. Chief executive Sundar...Show More Summary

Amazon refreshes its tablet lineup and drops the price on the Fire 8 HD

6 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Amazon has cut the price of its Fire HD 8 tablet by $10, with an upgraded model that will be available next month for $80. The company also announced a new version of the 7-inch Fire tablet, which will keep its $50 price tag. It also introduced two new versions of its tablet for children — a […]

The hacking group that leaked NSA secrets claims it has data on foreign nuclear programs

The hacking group that leaked the bugs that enabled last week's global ransomware attack is threatening to make public even more computer vulnerabilities in the coming weeks — potentially including “compromised network data” pertaining to the nuclear or missile programs of China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, as well as vulnerabilities affecting Windows 10, which […]

Your MP3s are going to be just fine

Let us now praise old music file formats, and the music cultures that begat us. The Internet is currently spilling many pixels over the fact that the MP3, the music file used on the original iPod, has been declared officially obsolete by its inventors at the Fraunhofer Institute. The German organization is a division of the group that helped […]

Hackers are reportedly holding a Disney film for ransom

Even as many businesses are worried about hackers taking control of their computers as part of the worldwide WannaCry ransomware crisis, Disney may be facing a slightly different ransom situation of its own. Hackers have obtained a copy of an upcoming Disney film and are threatening to release more and more snippets of it unless […]

Bill Gates told new grads to read this book. Now it’s surging on Amazon.

Since stepping down as Microsoft's chief executive in 2000, Bill Gates's reputation has transformed from that of a hard-nosed businessman intent on shutting out the competition — which produced comparisons to oil magnate John D. Rockefeller — to that of a wise, inspiring philanthropist who's sought to solve some of the world's toughest social challenges. Now, Gates […]

What you need to know about bitcoin after the WannaCry ransomware attack

Bitcoin is in the news again after Friday's worldwide ransomware attack. The malicious software locks down victims' computers and refuses to grant them access to their files unless they agree to pay at least $300 in bitcoin. Which may have you wondering: What is bitcoin? And why do the attackers want payment in that currency? Here's […]

How to protect yourself from the global ransomware attack

Security experts are bracing for more fallout from Friday's worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack, which has so far affected more than 150 countries and major businesses and organizations including FedEx, Renault and Britain's National Health Service. But if you're just hearing about this attack — or waking up to an unresponsive computer of your own — here's […]

Lyft and Waymo just teamed up on self-driving cars, taking aim at a common enemy

Two key players in Silicon Valley’s battle to define the future of transportation are teaming up, taking aim at a common enemy. Waymo, the self-driving division of Google’s parent Alphabet, and ride-hailing company Lyft are partnering to test driverless car technology, the companies confirmed on Sunday. Both companies face a bitter foe in Uber, and […]

One of the most important lessons of the crippling malicious software crisis

The massive online attack on Friday that seized control of computers at hospitals, shipping firms and telecom companies all around the world was totally preventable. With a few routine software updates, the security flaw linked to the...Show More Summary

Update your Windows systems now. Right now.

Are you one of those people who ignores prompts to update your Windows system? Well, Friday's massive international cyberattack may give you the best reason of all to hit “update” when prompted. Reports suggest that the vulnerability exploited by the worm responsible for the attack is the same one revealed in April by the hacker group […]

Twitter executive’s idea that Trump tweet more instead of holding press briefings sparks backlash

Twitter chief operating officer Anthony Noto threw out an idea Friday morning in response to President Trump's threat to cancel press briefings: @realDonaldTrump May I suggest questions submitted and answered via Twitter. A perfect record and we distribute to the world not just those with a TV — Anthony Noto (@anthonynoto) May 12, 2017 That did not […]

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