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Here’s Why California Is One Of The Few States Staying Mum On Probes Targeting Big Tech

California is one of two states not to publicly announce an antitrust investigation into some of the largest big tech companies in the country. The Golden State is home to Google, Facebook and other companies under investigation. Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s decision not to go public is apparently standard operating procedure for the state, which has refused to make public ...

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Texas AG Ken Paxton Leads The Way On Google Antitrust Investigation: ‘It’s Creating National Interest’

A total of 50 attorneys general from across the U.S. have signed onto a probe into Google and its potential to stifle market competition. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the investigation, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the goal of the investigation is to “have an open, fair and free market.” Google responded to the investigation ...

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Apple’s Labor Practices To Build New iPhones Violated Even Chinese Standards

Apple and its manufacturing partner, Foxconn, violated Chinese labor rules by hiring temporary workers to produce its latest iPhone model, a Chinese Labor Watch (CLW) report revealed Monday. The report found that Apple’s Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, China — the largest iPhone factory in the world — violated China’s rule that bars temporary workers from exceeding 10% of a factory’s ...

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New York Attorney General Leads Eight State Coalition To Open Antitrust Probe Into Facebook

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday morning an eight-state coalition to open an investigation into Facebook that will focus on the social media titan’s alleged anticompetitive business practices. The probe will include the attorneys general from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio, among others, James’s office said in a statement. The probe “focuses on Facebook’s dominance ...

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Facebook Integrates Instagram into First of a Kind Dating App

Facebook officially launched its new dating feature, Facebook Dating, in the United States on Thursday. The tech giant says the new feature will take “the work out of creating a dating profile and gives you a more authentic look at who someone is” in a Thursday newsletter. The feature will allow users to connect their Dating profiles with their Instagram ...

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Thieves Used Voice-Mimicking Software To Pull Off An Incredible Heist, Raising Concerns About Deepfakes

Thieves used voice-mimicking software to dupe a company’s employees into putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into a secret account, the company’s insurer said, marking a first for the growing artificial intelligence industry. The managing director of a British energy company followed orders one day in March from the supposed CEO to wire more than $240,000 to an account in ...

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What Could Go Wrong? Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft Meet With Intel Agencies To Prep For 2020

Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft met with U.S. intelligence in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to discuss plans to avoid the spread of misinformation ahead of 2020. The tech giants met with officials from the FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and Department of Homeland Security to explore ways to avoid security threats during the next presidential election, ...

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‘He Hurt A Lot Of People’: Ron Wyden Floats Putting Mark Zuckerberg In Prison For Facebook’s Alleged Privacy Violations

Sen. Ron Wyden is floating the possibility that imprisoning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might be the best way to hold the social media company responsible for privacy violations. “I think he ought to be held personally accountable, which is everything from financial fines to—and let me underline this—the possibility of a prison term,” Wyden said in an interview published Saturday on ...

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The brain, the criminal and the courts

By Eryn Brown, Knowable Magazine On March 30, 1981, 25-year-old  shot President Ronald Reagan and three other people. The following year, he went on trial for his crimes. Defense attorneys argued that Hinckley was insane, and they pointed to a trove of evidence to back their claim. Their client had a history of behavioral problems. He was obsessed with the ...

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Allegedly Hacked, Tweets Offensive Posts About Black People [NSFW]

Warning: This article contains images displaying graphic language. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey alleges that he was hacked Friday afternoon when his account began posting offensive tweets insulting African-Americans. “[email protected]#k [email protected]@RS,” a tweet from his account states. Dorsey’s account also posted “[email protected]#k Voku black s$!t.” Dorsey’s account has tweeted roughly 18 tweets that appear to be suspicious, including a retweet of ...

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Want To Skip The Genius Bar? Apple Plans To Offer Independent Repair Shops iPhone Parts

Apple said it plans to provide supply parts to independent repair shops in an effort to ease pressure on its stores to fix millions of out-of-warranty iPhones in a Thursday statement. The tech giant announced the plan after nearly a decade of officially allowing only its Genius Bar experts to repair products as part of its Apple Authorized Service Providers ...

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Apple Apologizes For Listening To Users’ Conversations With Siri

Apple apologized Wednesday for listening to recordings of people talking to Siri, the company’s digital voice assistant. The tech giant’s grading program allowed under .2% of audio Siri requests and their transcripts “to measure how well Siri was responding and to improve its reliability,” according to Apple. “We realize we haven’t been fully living up to our high ideals, and ...

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Facebook Clamps Down On Political Ad Buyers Ahead Of The 2020 POTUS Election

Facebook announced Wednesday a new policy requiring people and groups who buy ads promoting political candidates or hot-button issues to provide more information about who is responsible for paying for them. The Silicon Valley company’s decision comes after several high-profile examples of governments placing misleading disclaimers on ads, which critics say undermines Facebook’s desire to be transparent about spending on ...

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Facebook’s New ‘Clear History’ Tool Hits A Legal Roadblock Over Criminal Evidence Concerns

A Texas judge temporarily blocked Facebook’s new “Off-Facebook Activity” tool Monday over concerns of erasing evidence connected to criminal suspects. Injury trial lawyer Annie McAdams, requested the decision because she is working on a “significant human trafficking case” that relies on potentially “relevant evidence that can be found on Facebook.” Social media and technology lawyer Brad Shear said McAdams “has ...

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