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Iranian Hackers Tried To Infiltrate A Presidential Campaign, Microsoft Says

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Iranian hackers have been trying to get into the email accounts of at least one presidential campaign, multiple American journalists and current and former U.S. government officials according to Microsoft. The hackers have support from Iran’s government and made over 2,700 attempts to identify email accounts of various individuals, a Friday Microsoft report says. Microsoft did not name the targeted ...

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Barr Asks Facebook To Halt A Program Officials Believe Will Prevent Them From Busting Sex Predators

Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday asking him to halt a privacy program that could potentially hide criminal evidence by encrypting messages. Barr’s letter says that while encryption is important, Facebook must take necessary steps to ensure that such a program does not hurt law enforcements’ efforts to catch criminals who operate ...

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REPORT: Row Over Abortion, Climate Change Spurs Facebook To Exempt Opinion, Advocacy From Fact Checks

Facebook plans to exempt opinion content and political advocacy organizations from the social media giant’s independent fact checking efforts, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing anonymous sources. The company plans to also allow publishers of information found to be false to appeal directly to Facebook, sources told TheWSJ, adjusting previous operating procedure that restricted brands and individuals to appealing ...

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Trump Administration Burns Google Before Supreme Court In Copyright Dispute

The Trump administration is urging the Supreme Court to stay out of a years-long copyright dispute between tech giants Google and Oracle.  Oracle says Google impermissibly copied its computer code to build its Android operation system, which services over 2 billion smartphones.  Google is facing a damages award that could total $8 billion. The Trump administration urged the Supreme Court ...

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Watch Live: Musk to Deliver an Update on Starship Development

SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle is a fully, rapidly reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and anywhere else in the solar system. On Saturday, September 28 at the SpaceX launch facility in Cameron County, Texas, SpaceX Chief Engineer and CEO Elon Musk will provide an update on the ...

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FTC Sues Parent Company Of Popular Dating Platforms Match.com, Tinder For Falsely Guaranteeing Love |

The Federal Trade Investigation sued Match Group — the parent company of popular dating platforms Match.com, Tinder and others — on Wednesday The FTC alleges that Match Group “conned people into paying for subscriptions via messages the company knew were from scammers.” Match Group said FTC “misrepresented internal emails and relied on cherry-picked data to make outrageous claims” in its ...

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Facebook Removed False Label After Scientists Said Climate ‘Alarmist’ Fact Checkers Are Targeting Them

Facebook dinged a fact check after climate scientists said a partisan fact-checking group the company uses is defaming them. Another Facebook fact checker came under criticism after dinging an editorial from a pair of climatologists about the problems with climate models. “Facebook is on a slippery slope,” one of the scientists said, referring to the company’s decision to allow supposedly ...

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Hackers Using Snowden’s Book to Steal Financial Data, Install Viruses: Report

Hackers are using former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s latest book to steal financial data and install viruses on victims’ computers, according to a malware company’s analysis. A spam email that includes what looks like an attachment of Snowden’s “Permanent Record” claims the book has been banned and encourages recipients to download, read and share it, according to Bloomberg, ...

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Apple Boosts Production In Texas After Trump Exempts Company From Some Import Tariffs

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Apple will begin producing the new wave of Mac desktop computers in Texas days after the Trump administration exempted the tech company from being subject to brutal tariffs. Most of Apple’s products are assembled in China and are facing tariff threats. The company received exceptions Friday that enable it to import parts without paying import tariffs. The new Mac Pro models include ...

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‘Startling’ Study Finds Drug Dealers Turning To Facebook, Twitter, Google To Sell Steroids

Drug dealers are using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to sell illicit appearance and performance-enhancing drugs (APEDs). The Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) and cyber-intelligence firm GiPEC purchased some of the drugs being promoted on these sites and found some drugs contained potentially harmful steroids or were altogether fake. The social media sites’ policies state it ...

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YouTube Revoked Streaming Privileges from Conservative Video Channel RSBN Just Before Trump Rally

YouTube has revoked the live streaming privileges of RightSide Broadcasting Network (RSBN) on the evening before President Trump’s rally in New Mexico. RSBN live streams of President Trump’s rallies are heavily featured on Conservative Daily News and other news outlets. According to RSBN, YouTube has offered no explanation for the censorship and in a video on their channel show that ...

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Facebook Dings Netanyahu’s Account For Saying Arabs Plan To ‘Annihilate’ Jews

Facebook suspended a feature on Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s account Thursday after someone managing the profile posted comments suggesting Arabs plan to destroy all Jewish people. The move, which Facebook says will last for 24 hours, comes after chatbot messages were sent from Netanyahu’s page stating that “Arabs want to annihilate us all,” Israeli publication Haaretz reported. The message ...

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Hawley, Cruz And Lawmakers Challenge Facebook Over Live Action Fact-Check

Lawmakers sent a letter to Facebook challenging a fact check on the pro-life organization Live Action’s content. Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and  Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were among the lawmakers who sent the letter. Live Action has said that they were targeted by pro-abortion fact checkers, and that Facebook “took sides” and “called us the spreaders of false news.” ...

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