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Google Engineer Says He Was Bullied, Fired For Conservative Views

A former Google engineer went public Thursday with allegations that the tech giant discriminates against employees with conservative political views. Kevin Cernekee, who worked on Google‘s laptop products, says he was called ‘insubordinate,’ bullied and eventually fired for his conservative views, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Cernekee, 41, says the treatment began shortly after he started ...

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These Social Media Scams Affect the Military

Nowadays, you have to be cautious of everything you do online. Scammers are always trying to get money, goods or services out of unsuspecting people — and military members are often targets. Here are some scams that have recently been affecting service members, Defense Department employees and their families. Romance Scams In April, Army Criminal Investigation Command put out a ...

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Hawley Seeks To Ban Certain Social Media Features In Effort To Curb ‘Addiction’

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation Monday that would ban autoplay and endless scrolling on social media in an effort to curb what he called addiction. The Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act would also require social media companies to restrict users to 30 minutes per day unless the user manually changes the time limit. The legislation would ...

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First Human CRISPR Trial in the US Aims to Cure Inherited Blindness

Gene editing is advancing at a faster pace than most of us can keep up with. One significant recent announcement was gene-editing tool CRISPR’s application to non-genetic diseases thanks to a new ability to edit single letters in RNA. Even as CRISPR reaches milestones like this, scientists continue to find new uses for it to treat genetic conditions. The next ...

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SpaceX Dragon Resupply Arrived at ISS

Dragon arrived at the International Space Station on July 27, 2019 and was captured at 6:11 a.m. PDT while flying about 267 statute miles over the coast of southern Chile. The spacecraft was then installed on the Harmony module for the duration of its four-week stay at the orbiting laboratory. Filled with approximately 5,000 pounds of supplies and payloads, Dragon ...

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Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes Making Efforts In Washington DC To Break Up Big Tech

Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes, who left the social media company in 2007, is making moves in Washington to regulate big tech. “I hope that my speaking out provides cover to a lot of other folks, whether former employees or current ones, to express ambivalence or concern about what’s going on,” Hughes told The Washington Post on Thursday. “And I think ...

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SpaceX Launched Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-18) Thursday

At 6:01 p.m. EDT, or 22:01 UTC, on Thursday, July 25, SpaceX launched its eighteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-18) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about nine minutes after liftoff. The Dragon spacecraft supporting the CRS-18 mission previously supported the CRS-6 mission in April 2015 ...

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Former Facebook Exec Explains Why Media Are Botching Coverage Of Company’s Settlement

Former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos said Wednesday that people are missing the most important element involved in holding the Silicon Valley company responsible for alleged privacy rights violations. “The real threat to the tech giants is competition, not regulation, and everybody is missing what really happened today,” he told his Twitter followers. He was responding to a tweet from ...

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Facebook Agrees to Pay $5 Billion and Implement Robust New Protections of User Information in Settlement of Data-Privacy Claims

The Department of Justice, together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), today announced a settlement that requires Facebook to implement a comprehensive, multi-faceted set of compliance measures designed to improve user privacy and provide additional protections for user information. The settlement also requires Facebook to pay an unprecedented $5 billion civil penalty — the most ever imposed in an FTC ...

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Facebook Plows Record Amount Of Cash Into DC Lobbyists As Its Algorithm Changes Crush Media Outlets

Facebook spent several million dollars on lobbying efforts over the past few months as the Silicon Valley company’s algorithm changes continue to wallop small media outlets. The big tech company dropped more than $4 million during the second financial quarter, a record for Facebook up to this point, Washington Post writer Tony Romm noted in a tweet Tuesday. Google and ...

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Google Makes Chrome Update After Study Reveals It Tracks Visits To Porn Sites — Even In Incognito Mode |

93% of porn websites leak personal user data to tech giants like Facebook and Google, even when users watch in “Incognito Mode,” according to a Tuesday study. Google announced an update to Chrome Thursday that will close to “loophole” companies use to know when people are browsing in incognito. A researcher who conducted the study told The DCNF that the ...

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United Launch Alliance Interns to Launch 35-Foot-Tall Sport Rocket

Program to Inspire Future STEM Professionals Honors 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing Centennial, Colo. (July 19, 2019) – As the world commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a group of United Launch Alliance (ULA) interns will launch their own rocket containing payloads built by Ball Aerospace interns and K-12 students from across the country. The Student ...

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Tech Experts Raise Red Flag On New Face-Aging App, Say It’s Not What It Appears

An application allowing people to see what their faces will look like in five decades contains a clause giving developers unfettered access to users’ personal data, experts warn. FaceApp, created in 2017, places a filter over a user’s face that is designed to provide people a glimpse at what they will look like in 50 years. Experts say the Russian-made ...

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Facebook’s Former Security Chief Says It’s ‘Reasonable’ To Assume China Is Infiltrating Google

Facebook’s former security chief Alex Stamos suggested Tuesday that it is very possible that China and Russia have subverted Google’s employees. “It is completely reasonable to assume that MSS and SVR have subverted employees at all the major tech companies,” Stamos said in a Twitter thread Tuesday, noting tech billionaire Peter Thiel’s accusations that China’s Ministry of Security “likely” infiltrated ...

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