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Rocket tests and wind farms. Jeff Bezos had more on his mind today than just who wants to host an Amazon HQ.

5 hours agoTechnology : Post Tech

On a day when cities across the country were scrambling to submit their bids to become the home to Amazon’s second headquarters, Jeffrey P. Bezos had something else on his mind: rocket engines and wind farms. In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, Bezos’s Blue Origin space company said that its first “hotfire” test of its BE-4 […]

Facebook and Google might be one step closer to new regulations on ad transparency

5 hours agoTechnology : Post Tech

Facebook, Google and Twitter are one step closer to facing new regulations that would place transparency requirements on a core aspect of their businesses: advertising. With support from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Mark R. Warner (Va.) unveiled a bill Thursday that would mandate greater disclosure of political ads that run on […]

Trump’s pick for a top consumer watchdog once represented Microsoft and MasterCard

5 hours agoTechnology : Post Tech

The White House said Thursday that President Trump intends to nominate Joseph Simons, a longtime expert in competition law, to head the Federal Trade Commission, America's top privacy and consumer protection agency. The announcement ends months of speculation over who might lead the FTC and its efforts to regulate perceived monopolies and unfair business practices, […]

Why Microsoft released a Windows update with a bunch of stuff you may never use

5 hours agoTechnology : Post Tech

Microsoft wants to set the agenda for the future of computing, with a new set of devices and a new Windows update released this week. For the tech giant, that future means augmented and virtual reality — whether we're all ready for it or not. Microsoft has bet hard on augmented and virtual reality, which it […]

Tell us where Amazon’s second headquarters should go, March Madness-style

Time's almost up: On Thursday, Amazon will stop taking pitches on where the online retailer should locate its newest headquarters. A bevy of local leaders representing Memphis, Philadelphia and New Jersey, among other metro areas, have already expressed interest in hosting the new facility, which is expected to lead to 50,000 new jobs. Show More Summary

tbh, Facebook’s new anonymous teen compliment app explained

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

tbh, a mobile app that lets high school and college students compliment each other anonymously has been acquired by Facebook, the company announced Monday. The app, which is currently available to iOS users, has only been around since August, in some states, but its popularity has quickly ballooned. tbh now counts over five million users who have […]

Here’s how a Las Vegas millionaire plans to build an orbiting space station for the moon

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

The moon — that cold, gray outpost that NASA last visited 45 years ago — is hot again. The vice president says so. So do Elon Musk and Jeffrey P. Bezos. And as the Trump administration sets its sights on the lunar surface, a growing number of companies say they are ready for the challenge. The […]

FCC chair on Trump’s NBC tweet: ‘The FCC will stand for the First Amendment’

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

The Federal Communications Commission doesn't have the power to revoke any NBC station's broadcast license over the content it produces, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Tuesday, putting a damper on recent suggestions by President Trump that NBC should be penalized for its critical coverage of the White House. Pai's remarks, delivered at a Washington conference, aimed […]

Google’s Pixel 2 gives you the best of Android — if you can find it

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Google’s Pixel 2 is the company’s latest attempt at a branded smartphone that it hopes can take on Apple’s iPhone, as well as a variety of smartphones running Google’s own Android operating system. The 5-inch Pixel 2 and 6-inch Pixel 2 XL are almost identical in terms of their features and basic specifications — the […]

Waiting to upgrade to the iPhone 8? You’re not alone.

3 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

We all know the drill: Every year, Apple introduces a new iPhone, and eager buyers rush to pick it up. At least, that's how it normally goes. But this year, the older model iPhone 7 is enjoying a new sales bump while the new iPhone 8 line isn't flying off shelves at the pace of its predecessors, according to an analyst […]

T-Mobile and Sprint may be getting close to a merger. Here’s what you need to know.

3 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

T-Mobile and Sprint appear to be edging ever closer to a merger, with a new report from CNBC suggesting that the two companies could announce a deal in late October or early November. Combining America's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers would leave the country with just three nationwide providers, including AT&T and Verizon. But a proposed merger […]

Every modern, protected WiFi network is vulnerable, warns government cyber watchdog

3 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

A top federal government cybersecurity watchdog issued an advisory on Monday, warning users to update their devices to protect against a newly discovered vulnerability that affects nearly every modern, protected WiFi network. The U.S. Show More Summary

Hackers have turned Politifact’s website into a trap for your PC

6 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

PolitiFact has been an invaluable resource for debunking politicians' misstatements and falsehoods. But now, it seems, some unknown actor is trying to profit off the website's popularity — by hooking visitors' computers into a virtual currency mining operation. Show More Summary

‘The ravages of cord-cutting’: AT&T’s race against time to save its TV business

6 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

AT&T's push to acquire DirecTV in 2015 looked like brilliance at first. Having captured most of the low-hanging fruit in the telephone and wireless markets already, AT&T's expansion into the television industry promised much more room for growth. By offering DirecTV directly to consumers, AT&T might gain new customers, hang onto old ones and take advantage of viewing […]

Equifax says it’s looking into another possible hack

Equifax has taken one of its Web pages offline following a report that an independent security researcher encountered malicious links during multiple visits to the company's website. “We are aware of the situation identified on the website in the credit report assistance link,” Equifax spokesman Wyatt Jefferies said in a statement. “Our IT and Security […]

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg criticizes Twitter over political ad censorship

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg criticized Twitter on Thursday over the company's decision to block Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) from promoting an advertisement on the social media site that Twitter had deemed “inflammatory.” “Marsha Blackburn ran an ad, which is launching her campaign for Senate. And in that ad there’s a lot of positions that […]

Facebook takes down data and thousands of posts, obscuring reach of Russian disinformation

Social media analyst Jonathan Albright got a call from Facebook the day after he published research last week showing that the reach of the Russian disinformation campaign was almost certainly larger than the company had disclosed. While the company had said 10 million people read Russian-bought ads, Albright had data suggesting that the audience was […]

How Russian content ended up on Pinterest

SAN FRANCISCO — Image-bookmarking site Pinterest is known as a place where people go to get ideas about home décor, fashion, and recipes.  Few would associate it with politics – let alone Russian trolls. But in the run-up to the 2016 election, the site became a repository for thousands of political posts created by Russian […]

Facebook announces a wireless $200 virtual reality headset

Facebook dropped a bombshell on the virtual reality world Wednesday: a $200 virtual reality headset that doesn't require wires or a smartphone to work. The headset could go a long way to helping Facebook get virtual reality into the hands of a “a billion people” — a (timeframe-free) goal chief executive Mark Zuckerberg set Wednesday […]

Facebook and Instagram are down

The feeds have stopped flowing across the world — at least for now. Facebook confirmed Wednesday that several of its users are having trouble accessing the social network and its sister network, Instagram. “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. We’re working to get things back to normal as […]

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