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YouTube's Dislike Button Rarely Shifts Recommendations
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YouTube's Dislike Button Rarely Shifts Recommendations

Mozilla Foundation researchers found pressing the "dislike" button on a YouTube video does little to improve the videos chosen by the YouTube platform's recommender...

Social Media Companies Still Boost Election Fraud Claims, Report Says
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Social Media Companies Still Boost Election Fraud Claims, Report Says

The report argues the companies fuel false conspiracies about election fraud despite promises to combat them.

Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands
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Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands

After a Florida man was accused of vehicular homicide, his lawyer used Clearview AI's facial recognition software to prove his innocence.

Biden Issues New Order to Block Chinese Investment in Technology in the U.S.
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Biden Issues New Order to Block Chinese Investment in Technology in the U.S.

The move reflects growing unease about China's ability to access the personal information that Americans hand over to mobile apps and other services.

California Governor Signs Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill
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California Governor Signs Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill

The bill could require many social media sites, games and other online services used by children to install protections for minors.

Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California
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Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California

The new rules, which would require many online services to increase protections for children, could change how popular social media and game platforms treat minors...

Remote Scan of Student's Room Before Test Violated His Privacy, Judge Rules
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Remote Scan of Student's Room Before Test Violated His Privacy, Judge Rules

A federal judge said Cleveland State University violated the Fourth Amendment when it used software to scan a student's bedroom.

Facebook, Twitter, Others Remove Pro-U.S. Influence Campaign
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Facebook, Twitter, Others Remove Pro-U.S. Influence Campaign

It was the first time that an influence operation promoting U.S. interests abroad had been discovered and taken down from the social media platforms.

TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes
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TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes

A privacy researcherfound the TikTok video application's Web browser can track users' keystrokes.

India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection
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India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection

A number of lawyers and experts say measures to safeguard citizens online are badly needed, but the bill was criticized by both privacy advocates and tech companies...

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer
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In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer

The sheer amount of tech tools and knowledge required to discreetly seek an abortion underlines how wide open we are to surveillance.

NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid
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NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid

Delays in setting up the spacecraft's navigation software mean the mission may not reach the asteroid until 2029 or 2030, rather than 2026.

Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says
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Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow's disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected...

Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.
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Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.

Meta agreed to change its advertising technology and to pay a penalty as part of a settlement over allegations it had discriminated against Facebook users.

Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking
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Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking

Paige Thompson's lawyers said she had been looking for cracks so they could be fixed. A jury found her guilty of wire fraud and hacking charges.

How 'Trustless' Is Bitcoin, Really?
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How 'Trustless' Is Bitcoin, Really?

In myth, the cryptocurrency is egalitarian, decentralized and all but anonymous. The reality is very different, scientists have found.

Thefts, Fraud and Lawsuits at the World's Biggest NFT Marketplace
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Thefts, Fraud and Lawsuits at the World's Biggest NFT Marketplace

OpenSea, one of the highest-profile crypto start-ups, is facing a backlash over stolen and plagiarized nonfungible tokens.

Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says
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Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

The campaign detailed by a cybersecurity firm highlights Beijing's increasingly sophisticated tactics to spy on an array of targets, including countries it considers...

Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies
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Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies

Two former officials said the hackers were able to gain access to taxpayers' information and interrupt Costa Rica's tax collection process.

F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations
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F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations

A 2018 letter from the bureau to the Israeli government is the clearest documentary evidence to date that the agency weighed using the spyware for law enforcement...
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