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Friday, Jul 19, 2019 at 06:00 AM PDT

Why Facebook Immortalized an Illegal Crosswalk With Nine Gray Stripes at Its Headquarters

Why Facebook Immortalized an Illegal Crosswalk With Nine Gray Stripes at Its Headquarters

In the middle of Facebook’s Menlo Park campus there’s an open courtyard with the word “Hack” written in enormous letters. This area is known as Hacker Square. Above “Hack” are nine large, thick, gray stripes....

Thursday, Jul 18, 2019 at 10:22 PM PDT

Richard Branson Inspired by Apollo, His Own Space Shot Soon

Richard Branson Inspired by Apollo, His Own Space Shot Soon

Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson said Thursday his spaceship has just a few more test flights before he jumps on board for the first tourist trip. The British billionaire celebrated his 69th birthday at NASA's...

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 at 10:49 PM PDT

Hawaii Expands Power to Block Telescope Protesters

Hawaii Expands Power to Block Telescope Protesters

Thousands of protesters have joined a swelling effort to stop construction of a telescope they have long tried to keep off a mountain considered sacred to some Native Hawaiians, but state officials doubled down...

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 at 02:04 PM PDT

With Big Tech's Dominance Under Scrutiny, EU Probes Amazon

With Big Tech's Dominance Under Scrutiny, EU Probes Amazon

While the U.S. Congress talks about reining in big tech companies, Europe is taking action. The European Union said Wednesday it is investigating whether Amazon uses data from independent retailers to gain...

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 at 07:02 AM PDT

Apple, Google Continue Inclusive Push With New Emojis

Apple, Google Continue Inclusive Push With New Emojis

Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that of course include cute critters, but the tech giants also continue to push the boundaries of inclusion and diversity. The announcement coincides with...

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 03:22 PM PDT

Facebook's Currency Plan Gets Hostile Reception in Congress

Facebook's Currency Plan Gets Hostile Reception in Congress

Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that...

Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 at 02:41 PM PDT

More to Come: FTC Fine Doesn't Spell Closure for Facebook

More to Come: FTC Fine Doesn't Spell Closure for Facebook

Facebook may be close to putting a Federal Trade Commission investigation behind it. But it faces a variety of other probes in Europe and the U.S., some of which could present it with even bigger headaches. Wh...

Friday, Jul 12, 2019 at 09:21 PM PDT

New US Election Systems Use Vulnerable Software

New US Election Systems Use Vulnerable Software

An Associated Press analysis has found that like many counties in Pennsylvania, the vast majority of 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program...

Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 at 04:36 AM PDT

Reports: Facebook Faces $5B FTC Fine, Largest Ever in Tech

Reports: Facebook Faces $5B FTC Fine, Largest Ever in Tech

At $5 billion, the fine the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is about to levy on Facebook is by far the largest it's given to a technology company, easily eclipsing the second largest, $22 million for Google in...

Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 at 07:13 PM PDT

Human Workers Can Listen to Google Assistant Recordings

Human Workers Can Listen to Google Assistant Recordings

Google contractors regularly listen to and review some recordings of what people say to artificial-intelligence system Google Assistant, via their phone or through smart speakers such as the Google Home. The...

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