Facebook and Twitter Announce Stricter Rules for Political Ads

Facebook and Twitter have announced new measures aimed at combating efforts by foreign sources to interfere in U.S. elections. The moves target the kind of efforts used by Russian-linked agents in the 2016 presidential election and largely aim to increase transparency around political ads and the people that pay for them. All political and issue […]

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Civil Liberties Groups Push Amazon to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Software

The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the CEO of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, urging him to halt the sale of facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies this week. The worry, according to the roughly forty civil liberties organizations that co-signed the letter, is that software is too easy to abuse. The software, […]

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Cable Has Lost 3.4 Million Subscribers in the Last 6 Years

Cable companies have lost about 3.4 million subscribers in the last six years according to the latest numbers from Leichtman Research Group, a firm that specializes in the analysis of the U.S. broadband, media and entertainment industries. “The number of pay-TV subscribers for the top providers peaked six years ago. Since 1Q 2012, top providers […]

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Google Assistant Can Make Your Phone Calls

Google assistant can now make real phone calls, and the difference between it and real-life human conversation is virtually indistinguishable. The technology was demonstrated last week at Google I/O the tech giant’s annual developer conference. Different from voice-recognition software that one can now hear when calling a customer service helpline, for example, Google Assistant is […]

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U.S. Government Pushes for Access to Smartphones

The Trump administration is pushing for legislation that would allow law enforcement to gain access to smartphones when the owners are the subjects of criminal investigations. Tech companies, such as Apple and Google have up until now been largely resistant to the changes. “Increasingly, the tools we use to collect evidence run up against technology […]

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YouTube’s Recommendations Seem to Favor Fringe Content

It starts with an innocent search of the day’s headlines on YouTube. While things seem normal at first, the site eventually pulls you further and further away from mainstream content and more towards fringe content designed, above all, to keep you watching. Before you know it, you have fallen down a rabbit hole full of […]

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