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Facebook Wrestles With the Features It Used to Define Social Networking
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Facebook Wrestles With the Features It Used to Define Social Networking

Likes and shares made the social media site what it is. Now, company documents show, it's struggling to deal with their effects.

Russia Is Censoring the Internet, With Coercion and Black Boxes
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Russia Is Censoring the Internet, With Coercion and Black Boxes

A former head of State Department programs on Internet freedom said, "Russia's censorship model can quickly and easily be replicated by other authoritarian governments...

A Rare Win in the Cat-and-Mouse Game of Ransomware
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A Rare Win in the Cat-and-Mouse Game of Ransomware

A team of private security sleuths, in their first public detailing of their efforts, discuss how they used cybercriminals' mistakes to quietly help victims recover...

Russia Challenges Biden Again With Broad Cybersurveillance Operation
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Russia Challenges Biden Again With Broad Cybersurveillance Operation

The new campaign came only months after President Biden imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to a series of spy operations it had conducted around the world....

How to Talk to the World Through Free Translation Apps
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How to Talk to the World Through Free Translation Apps

Open up Google Translate or Apple's Translate and your mobile device turns into your personal language interpreter.

Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers
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Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers

The claims were part of an effort by the Trump administration to push the country's biggest tech companies to hire more U.S. workers.

Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy
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Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current...

Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans
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Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans

Over a dozen cybersecurity experts have criticized proposals by Apple and the European Union to scan phones for illegal content.

The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy
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The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy

The Hectar venture hopes to address France's farmer shortage by nurturing technologically adept next-generation growers.

'Potentially Disastrous' Data Breach Hits Livestreaming Site Twitch
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'Potentially Disastrous' Data Breach Hits Livestreaming Site Twitch

A spokesman for Check Point said it was the company's "strong suspicion" that Twitch's code had truly been leaked, which was "potentially disastrous."

Venice, Overwhelmed by Tourists, Tries Tracking Them
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Venice, Overwhelmed by Tourists, Tries Tracking Them

The leaders of Venice, Italy, are gathering the cellphone data of tourists and are using it, along with surveillance cameras, to monitor them.

Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company
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Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company

Frances Haugen, who left the social network in May and leaked internal documents, gave senators rare insight into its inner workings.

Facebook Is Weaker Than We Knew
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Facebook Is Weaker Than We Knew

A trove of leaked documents, published by The Wall Street Journal, hints at a company whose best days are behind it.

Gone in Minutes, Out for Hours: Outage Shakes Facebook
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Gone in Minutes, Out for Hours: Outage Shakes Facebook

When apps used by billions of people worldwide blinked out, lives were disrupted, businesses were cut off from customers — and some Facebook employees were locked...

'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself
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'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself

These spyware apps record your conversations, location and everything you type, all while camouflaged as a calculator or calendar.

The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over
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The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over

Of the 37 new emojis approved this year, one stood out as a visual proxy for our collective malaise.

How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community
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How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in...

Biden Administration Combating Ransomware with Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Payments
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Biden Administration Combating Ransomware with Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Payments

Cybersecurity experts see exchanges as a weak point for ransomware gangs that otherwise operate wholly in on the Internet, all but untouchable by law enforcement...

The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet
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The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet

As Apple and Google enact privacy changes, businesses are grappling with the fallout, Madison Avenue is fighting back and Facebook has cried foul.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw

Apple released emergency security patches after researchers in Canada found a flaw that allows spyware from Israel's NSO Group to infect any Apple product.
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