Tech

Facebook fights spread of misinformation about virus online

  • Feb 01, 2020

Facebook says it’s working to limit the spread of misinformation and potentially harmful content about the coronavirus as bogus claims about the ongoing outbreak circulate online. Kang-Xing Jin, Facebook’s head of health, 

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Trump order seeks to reduce online sales of counterfeits

  • Feb 01, 2020

NEW YORK  — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that his administration hopes will cut down on the number of counterfeits sold online. Peter Navarro, director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, also urged websites such as Amazon, eBay and Walmart.com t

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FCC: At least 1 phone company broke law by sharing location

  • Feb 01, 2020

At least one U.S. phone company likely broke the law by sharing data that can pinpoint the location of smartphone users, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a letter to Congress that one or more wireless companies apparently violated federal law and could be subje

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Ginni Rometty, 1st female CEO at IBM, to step down in April

  • Jan 31, 2020

ARMONK, N.Y.  — Ginni Rometty, the first female CEO in IBM’s century-long history, is leaving the helm in April. Rometty, 62, will remain IBM’s executive chairwoman until the end of the year. Her departure, announced Thursday, caps nearly 40 years with a technology giant famous for its

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Twitter, Pinterest crack down on voter misinformation

  • Jan 31, 2020

Twitter and Pinterest are taking new steps to root out voting misinformation designed to suppress participation in the November elections. Twitter unveiled a new tool Wednesday that

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Amazon’s latest milestone: 150 million Prime members

  • Jan 31, 2020

NEW YORK  — Amazon had another prime holiday season. The online retailer said Thursday it has more than 150 million Prime members worldwide who pay $119 a year for faster shipping and other perks. That’s up 50% from the last time Amazon disclosed the number in 2018. It also surpasses Netflix

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Dating apps face US inquiry over underage use, sex offenders

  • Jan 31, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO  — A House subcommittee is investigating popular dating services such as Tinder and Bumble for allegedly allowing minors and sex offenders to use their services. Bumble, Grindr, The Meet Group and the Match Group, which owns such popular services as Tinder, Match.com and OkCupid, are

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Bloomberg unveils Super Bowl ad focused on gun violence

  • Jan 31, 2020

WASHINGTON  — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will use his Super Bowl ad to highlight his efforts to combat gun violence as he blankets the airwaves against President Donald Trump. Trump and Bloomberg will be airing dueling ads during Sunday’s NFL championship game, with

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Uber, Lyft confirm Phoenix airport business as usual for now

  • Jan 31, 2020

PHOENIX  — Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they won’t change their service at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport until Arizona’s highest court rules on proposed fee increases that prompted threats to stop picking up and dropping off customers at one of the nation’s largest

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