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AT&T offered this deal to 1,000 competitors to address concerns over Time Warner. Twenty have accepted.

15 hours agoTechnology : Post Tech

As it became clear in November that the Department of Justice was heading for a legal  showdown with AT&T over its Time Warner merger, the telecom giant offered a proposal that it said would address the government’s concerns about competition. But thus far, only 2 percent of AT&T's rivals have expressed support for that plan, according to lawyers […]

Apple is fighting to regain its position in America’s classrooms

Apple’s next splashy product announcement won’t be from its new campus in Cupertino, Calif. It will take place at a magnet high school on the North Side of Chicago — a signal that Apple isn’t ready to let go of the education market it once dominated. Apple has not said what products will be introduced at its event, […]

Google announces plan to combat spread of misinformation

Google announced Tuesday that it plans to spend $300 million over the next three years to help combat the spread of misinformation online and help journalism outlets. The company said it has adjusted its systems and rankings to lead people to “more authoritative content” on Google search and YouTube, especially when it comes to breaking […]

FTC opens investigation into Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scrapes millions of users’ personal information

The Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Facebook following reports that a data analytics firm that had worked with the Trump campaign had improperly accessed names, “likes” and other personal information about tens of millions of the social site’s users without their knowledge. The FTC probe – confirmed by a source familiar with the […]

Cambridge Analytica CEO appears to talk about using bribes and sex workers to sway elections on secretly recorded news video

A British television station broadcast video Monday apparently showing the head of the data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Trump’s 2016 campaign, talking about using bribes, traps involving sex workers and other unethical tactics to swing elections around the world. Show More Summary

Hey, Melania Trump, here’s how you could actually help stop cyberbullying

Melania Trump set off a nationwide eye roll when she announced she would fight cyberbullying as first lady. Taking a hammer to the tweeter in chief’s smartphone would certainly send a message. Irony aside, what if she’s being earnest? After a year of little more than speeches and school photo ops, the first lady is […]

Calls for Facebook to testify to Congress are growing louder — and bipartisan

Congressional calls for Facebook to testify on Capitol Hill grew louder and more bipartisan Monday, as lawmakers demanded that the tech giant explain how a data analytics firm that worked for President Trump’s campaign obtained names, “likes” and other personal information on 50 million people. The increasingly sharp and personal tenor of the requests — […]

AT&T and the government face off in court today. Here’s everything you need to know.

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

White House intrigue. Silicon Valley-backed disruption. The future of the information economy. And the power of government to hold large and dominant companies accountable. All of these have become defining factors in a historic lawsuit involving AT&T and the Justice Department, and it reaches a crescendo this week as the two sides head to trial. Show More Summary

CACI seeks to acquire CSRA, setting off a Beltway bidding war

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

CACI International, an Arlington-based defense contractor, is making a move to acquire CSRA, a government IT services conglomerate, in a $7.2 billion deal that could set off a Beltway bidding war between a pair of major Washington-area defense contractors. The potential deal comes a month after General Dynamics said it sought to swallow up CSRA […]

Facebook may have violated FTC privacy deal, say former federal officials, triggering risk of massive fines

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Two former federal officials who crafted the landmark consent decree governing how Facebook handles user privacy say the company may have violated that decree when it shared information from tens of millions of users with a data analysis firm that later worked for President Trump’s 2016 campaign. Such a violation, if eventually confirmed by the […]

U.S. and British lawmakers demand answers from Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Lawmakers in the United States and Britain are calling on Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to explain how the names, preferences and other information from tens of millions of users ended up in the hands of a data analysis firm connected with President Trump's 2016 campaign. The demands came in response to news reports Saturday about how […]

A voter profiling firm hired by Trump likely grabbed data for tens of millions of Facebook users

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Facebook revealed on Friday that a voter profiling firm hired by Donald Trump and other Republicans had improperly used data from 270,000 users of the social media platform. But what Facebook didn’t say may be more important: The number of people affected by this aggressive form of data grabbing likely numbered in the tens of […]

Facebook bans Trump campaign’s data analytics firm for taking user data

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is suspending the Trump-affiliated data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, after learning that it failed to delete data that it had taken inappropriately from users of the social network, Facebook said late Friday. Show More Summary

The FTC is cracking down on ‘deceptive cryptocurrency schemes’

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

One of the nation's top consumer watchdogs is trying to put a stop to alleged cryptocurrency scams that promised victims massive rewards for recruiting new members into the schemes. The lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission takes aim at what's known as “chain referral” schemes involving cryptocurrencies, a first for the consumer protection agency. It marks […]

They were searching for videos. Facebook thought they wanted videos of child abuse.

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Facebook users said Thursday night they were confronted with disturbing and sexually graphic search recommendations on the social network, leading the company to apologize without offering a full explanation. After typing in “video of” into the Facebook search bar, some users said the tool suggested obscene terms that included sex acts and child abuse. Facebook's […]

Here’s who could become one of Trump’s top science and tech advisers

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

More than a year after entering the White House, President Trump still has not selected his top science and technology adviser, leaving unfilled a critical policy post that guides the administration on issues as varied as artificial intelligence,  climate change and cancer research. While the White House maintains that it is unconstrained in its work — and has […]

Apple has tips for parents wrestling with screen time, but still no new tools to help them

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Shareholders and parents have been asking Apple for months to address how addictive smartphones are and to offer tools to deal with the problem. Late Wednesday, Apple posted a new resource page outlining what parents can do now to monitor their kids' iPad and iPhone use. There are no new features on this resource page, though Apple in January […]

Why almost no one is making a living on YouTube

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

One of the main attractions of YouTube is that anyone can become a star: There are no gatekeepers, no talent agents and no television executives who need to be won over. Stars can come from anywhere — and they do. Forbes’s recent list of the richest YouTubers is proof: It’s filled with people who post […]

Why a crackdown on Facebook, Google and Twitter could come from the states before Congress

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

Alonzo Washington delivered a dire warning to his fellow delegates in Maryland’s legislature last month: Russia might try to influence their elections, too. So the Democratic veteran set about doing something that’s eluded his federal counterparts in the nation’s capital: advancing legislation to regulate tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter. At a time when […]

Uber and Lyft think they can solve one of medicine’s biggest problems

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

Ride-sharing companies have plunged into the health-care business, seeing a big opportunity in ferrying the 3.6 million people who miss medical appointments each year to their doctors' offices. On Thursday, Uber announced the public launch of Uber Health, a dashboard that will allow health-care providers to schedule rides for patients. Show More Summary

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