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Google takes steps to crush tech support scams

November 15, 2018

Google is planning to restrict ads for third-party tech support services following an increase in ‘misleading’ experiences. The search company will limit such ads globally while it prepares a verification program to make sure only ‘legitimate providers’ can offer their services, according to a weekend blog post. ‘For many years, we’ve consulted and worked with […]

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Dwayne Johnson will play steel-drivin’ man John Henry in Netflix film

October 21, 2018

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is adding yet another giant role to his resume. He’ll star in John Henry and the Statesmen for Netflix, he announced Tuesday. In the film, Johnson will lead a group of ‘the most popular folklore figures and legends from different cultures around the world.’ Johnson himself will work as a producer […]

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Movies and shows on Amazon: September 2018

October 16, 2018

Fall is nearly here and as we slowly slide into Halloween season, you may as well start on your horror binge. Amazon Prime picked up a few good horror films including The Amityville Horror, Pumpkinhead and Jigsaw. Or, if you’d prefer to watch something a little less scary, there’s Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.  A few classics […]

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CES 2019: The schedule so far

October 1, 2018

CES 2019, the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, has a show floor that spans at least three venues and runs from Tuesday, Jan. 8 through Friday, Jan. 11 with keynotes, events and announcements all day and night. However, the conference actually gets rolling on Sunday, Jan. 6 before the show floors even open, […]

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Facebook’s and social media’s fight against fake news may get tougher

September 21, 2018

Facebook isn’t the same social network it used to be. A decade ago, status updates had to include the word ‘is.’ Catching up with friends meant writing on their Facebook digital walls.  Today’s social media couldn’t be more different. Users are sharing moments of their lives in vertical videos and photos that vanish in 24 hours […]

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Facebook shares progress on civil rights audit: ‘We need to do more’

September 2, 2018

Facebook has released a progress report on its civil rights audit, which shows it’s made some significant changes like strengthening efforts to fight voter suppression and cracking down on fake accounts seeking to influence political views. The social network unveiled on Tuesday the results of the first six months of the audit (PDF), which it launched in […]

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UK watchdog shows how political parties exploit Facebook, personal data

August 28, 2018

The UK’s official data protection watchdog has concluded an almost 18-month investigation into how political campaigns use online personal data to target voters, and it isn’t letting the various players off easy. In a 112-page report on the investigation, released Tuesday, the British Information Commissioner’s Office detailed how political campaigns have been buying marketing lists […]

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Facebook’s Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe is leaving

August 28, 2018

Brendan Iribe, the co-founder of Facebook-owned Oculus, is leaving the virtual reality company.  ‘This will be the first real break I’ve taken in over 20 years. It’s time to recharge, reflect and be creative. I’m excited for the next chapter,’ Iribe wrote in a Facebook post on Monday announcing his departure.  Iribe, who co-founded the virtual reality […]

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Online phishing sites skyrocket in number during past year

August 18, 2018

Be careful, online shoppers. The number of fake retail websites designed to phish for customer information is on the rise, according to a joint report published Wednesday by e-commerce fraud prevention company Riskified and cyber intelligence company IntSights.  Analyzing data from the third quarter of last year to Q3 2018, Riskified and IntSights found a […]

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US Centers for Disease Control to study e-scooter accidents

August 2, 2018

As more people fall victim to e-scooter accidents, specialists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are heading to Austin, Texas, to study the incidents and see what can be done. According to a slide deck by Austin’s transportation department, the department is partnering with Austin Public Health to bring three CDC epidemiologists […]

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