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How the internet is clogging up city streets

Traffic in New York is slowing down. Jams are endemic in Manhattan, especially in its business districts. Daytime traffic in the busiest areas now moves almost 20% more slowly than it did five years ago. It seems a place ripe for wide use of ride-hailing apps that, you might think, would alleviate some of the […]

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Facebook Is Adding Privacy Wording To Its Policies And Wants Your Feedback

SAN FRANCISCO ― Facebook Inc. plans to revise the written policies that people agree to when they use the social network, it said on Wednesday, adding language about the protection of personal data as it prepares to comply with a strict new European law. The world’s largest social media company has been hammered by investors and […]

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Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica two-and-a-half years ago but they didn't check

NBCFacebook COO Sheryl Sandberg got an uncomfortable grilling from the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie. Facebook knew Cambridge Analytica was mishandling user data two-and-a-half years ago, COO Sheryl Sandberg told NBC. But when the company discovered the problem, execs relied on CA’s assurances that they had deleted the data. The company could have done an audit, […]

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Scammers abused Facebook phone number search

Facebook was warned by security researchers that attackers could abuse its phone number and email search facility to harvest people’s data. On Wednesday, the firm said “malicious actors” had been harvesting profiles for years by abusing the search tool. It said anybody that had not changed their privacy settings after adding their phone number should […]

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Everything you need to know about Fortnite and why it’s so popular

When the University of Maryland-Baltimore County basketball team pulled off the greatest upset in NCAA history, player Nolan Gerrity had the perfect metaphor for what he was feeling. “It’s like your first Fortnite victory, honestly,” he told reporters. [ Final Fortnite: College hoops is wild for popular video game ] For those out of the […]

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Sears, Delta Air Lines Say Customers' Payment Info May Have Been Exposed

(Reuters) – Department store chain Sears Holding Corp and Delta Air Lines Inc said on Wednesday some of their customer payment information may have been exposed in a cybersecurity breach at software service provider [ 24]7.ai. Sears said it was notified of the incident in mid-March and the incident led to unauthorized access to the […]

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YouTube shooting: Female suspect 'angry over video postings'

Media playback is unsupported on your device The suspect in a gun attack at YouTube’s HQ in California had expressed anger over its treatment of her video postings, media reports say. Police have named Nasim Aghdam, 39, as the suspect but say they are still investigating a motive. US media say Aghdam was angry that […]

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Retailers Race Against Amazon to Automate Stores

SEATTLE — To see what it’s like inside stores where sensors and artificial intelligence have replaced cashiers, shoppers have to trek to Amazon Go, the internet retailer’s experimental convenience shop in downtown Seattle. Soon, though, more technology-driven businesses like Amazon Go may be coming to them. A global race to automate stores is underway among […]

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Explosive Facebook Memo Defended Company's Strategy, Even If It Got People Killed

A top Facebook executive wrote an internal memo in 2016 that defended the company’s growth as necessary and justified, even if the social network was used to bully someone to death or help plan a terrorist attack. The leaked document, obtained by BuzzFeed News and published Thursday, was written by Vice President Andrew “Boz” Bosworth. […]

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Spotify is set to go public, but its unusual approach comes with some risks

(Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Spotify will make its highly anticipated Wall Street debut on Tuesday, potentially raising billions for company employees and existing investors, and luring some Silicon Valley heavyweights to follow them onto the public markets. Spotify’s market debut, however, will be unusual. The streaming service, which will trade under the symbol SPOT, is bypassing many of the traditional steps of […]

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Facebook Employees Are Outraged About — Wait For It — Their Own Online Privacy

A years-old, highly revealing bit of sensitive Facebook data ― one that could do damage in the wrong hands ― has made it to the open internet. Judging by the howls from Facebook employees, including Mark Zuckerberg, it seems the company really does care about the improper handling of private information — but only when […]

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Silicon Valley Warms to Trump After a Chilly Start

Tech companies have slowly grown more comfortable with President Trump, who was initially a target of Silicon Valley criticism. Chief executives including Apple’s Tim Cook, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos met with the president in June. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — Two days after Donald J. Trump won the 2016 […]

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Met Police chief: Social media leads children to violence

The UK’s top police officer has blamed social media for normalising violence and leading more children to commit stabbings and murders. Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick told The Times social media sites “rev people up” and make street violence “more likely”. Fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at their highest levels since 2011. Ms […]

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Lindsay Lohan loses GTA V privacy case appeal

The actress Lindsay Lohan has failed in her latest attempt to sue the maker of the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Six judges at New York state’s Court of Appeals unanimously rejected her privacy case after dismissing a claim that one of the title’s characters was based on her. Instead, the judges said, the […]

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Facebook 'ugly truth' growth memo haunts firm

A Facebook executive’s memo that claimed the “ugly truth” was that anything it did to grow was justified has been made public, embarrassing the company. The 2016 post said that this applied even if it meant people might die as a result of bullying or terrorism. Both the author and the company’s chief executive, Mark […]