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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye
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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages.

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap
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Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap

When you're browsing a website and the mouse cursor disappears, it might be a computer glitch—or it might be a deliberate test to find out who you are.

The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views
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The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views

Martin Vassilev makes a good living selling fake views on YouTube videos. Working from home in Ottawa, he has sold about 15 million views so far this year, putting...

Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?
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Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?

Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite...

A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter
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A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter

Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in...

Pentagon Restricts Use of Fitness Trackers, Other Devices
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Pentagon Restricts Use of Fitness Trackers, Other Devices

Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas won't be allowed to use fitness tracker or cellphone applications...

Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine
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Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine

Google withdrew from China eight years ago to protest the country's censorship and online hacking.

Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts
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Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts

Facebook said on Tuesday that it had identified a political influence campaign that was potentially built to disrupt the midterm elections, with the company ...

Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots
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Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots

Science fiction writers and technologists have been predicting the arrival of robot butlers for the better part of a century. So far domestic robots have been relatively...

"I Was Devastated": Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets
From ACM Opinion

"I Was Devastated": Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

"For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on top of it," Tim Berners-Lee told me one...

Private Messaging Apps Increasingly Used for Public Business
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Private Messaging Apps Increasingly Used for Public Business

One app promotes itself as a way to discuss sensitive negotiations and human resources problems without leaving a digital record.

Animals Teach Robots to Find Their Way
From Communications of the ACM

Animals Teach Robots to Find Their Way

Navigation research demonstrates bio-machine symbiosis.

The Emergence of Cyberpsychology
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The Emergence of Cyberpsychology

Studying why, and how, people interact online.

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives
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Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives

When you sign up for Facebook on your phone, the app isn't just giving you the latest updates and photos from your friends and family.

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War
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How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War

Amanda Lacaze grabbed her iPhone and rattled off the names of the special minerals needed to make it.

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms
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Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities...

Why Are Countries Creating Public Random Number Generators?
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Why Are Countries Creating Public Random Number Generators?

In Chile, politicians resent the Comptroller General, which audits government officials to prevent corruption.

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World
From Communications of the ACM

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World

A growing number of low-cost (and free!) solutions aim to open the Internet to developing regions.

You've Got Mail!
From Communications of the ACM

You've Got Mail!

And that's not all. Email is not what it used to be.

The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records
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The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records

The Supreme Court has handed down what may be the most important privacy case of the digital era, ruling on Friday that the government cannot force cellphone service...
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