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Trump-linked data analysis firm taps 50M Facebook profiles

18 Mar 2018 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A data analysis firm employed by President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign tapped the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, allowing it to capitalize on the private social media activity of a large portion of the U.S. electorate, newspapers reported Saturday. One of the largest data leaks in Facebook history allowed Cambridge Analytica, which had ties to Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon, to develop techniques that formed the Read more [...]

UK lawmaker: Facebook misled Parliament over data leak risk

18 Mar 2018 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- The head of the British Parliament's media committee on Sunday accused Facebook of misleading lawmakers by downplaying the risk of users' data being shared without their consent. Conservative legislator Damian Collins said he would ask Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg or another executive to appear before his committee, which is investigating disinformation and "fake news." Collins said Facebook has "consistently understated" the risk of data leaks and given misleading Read more [...]

Facebook’s recurring nightmare: Helping muddy up elections

18 Mar 2018 0 Comments
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook has a problem it just can't kick: People keep exploiting it in ways that could sway elections, and in the worst cases even undermine democracy. News reports that Facebook let the Trump-affiliated data mining firm Cambridge Analytica abscond with data from tens of millions of users mark the third time in roughly a year the company appears to have been outfoxed by crafty outsiders in this way. Before the Cambridge imbroglio, there were Russian agents Read more [...]

Facebook bans Trump-affiliated data firm Cambridge Analytica

17 Mar 2018 0 Comments
Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data-analysis firm that worked for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, over allegations that it held onto improperly obtained user data after telling Facebook it had deleted the information. The social network issued a blog post explaining its decision, although the tale is convoluted. Years ago, Facebook said, Cambridge Analytica received user data from a Facebook app that purported to be a psychological research tool, though the firm wasn't authorized Read more [...]

UK probing Facebook after Cambridge Analytica suspension

17 Mar 2018 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's information commissioner is investigating whether Facebook data was "illegally acquired and used," after the social network suspended Cambridge Analytica, a firm that worked for U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. Facebook suspended the company over allegations it retained improperly obtained user data after claiming it had deleted the information. The British probe is part of a broader inquiry into how political parties, data companies and social Read more [...]

Rapid building technique gets scrutiny after bridge collapse

17 Mar 2018 0 Comments
As the 950-ton concrete bridge section was swung into place over a highway last weekend, Florida International University officials were beaming with pride. The pedestrian bridge on the edge of the Miami-area campus was a signature achievement of the school's Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, a research group set up with federal funding a few years ago to show how spans could be built faster and cheaper in the U.S. "FIU is about building bridges and student safety. Read more [...]

French court issues mixed ruling in Facebook nudity case

16 Mar 2018 0 Comments
PARIS (AP) -- A French court ruled Thursday that Facebook failed to fulfill its contractual obligations by closing without prior notice the account of a user who posted a photo of a famous 19th century nude painting. But the Paris civil court also refused to order the company to restore the account or pay damages as requested by the user, a primary school teacher and art lover. The court said no damages were warranted because he didn't prove any harm suffered due to the account's Read more [...]

A media giant in the balance: AT&T antitrust trial kicks off

16 Mar 2018 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- On Monday, ATT squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get - and how much you pay for - streaming TV and movies. ATT says it needs to gobble up Time Warner if it's to have a chance against the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google in the rapidly evolving world of video entertainment. The Justice Department's antitrust lawyers say that if ATT and Time Warner are allowed to combine, consumers will end up paying more to watch their Read more [...]

Toys R Us closing stirs up memories, a little guilt

16 Mar 2018 0 Comments
You could argue I had already grown out of Toys R Us by the time I first set foot in one. It was 1991. I was 13, a Hungarian immigrant, new to America. New to breakfast cereal, to dozens of channels on the TV and to big stores with endless shelves of toys. Now that it might be nearly gone, I feel a strange pang of nostalgia. Even though I am a teeny bit to blame for its demise, thanks to my penchant for one-click ordering and free two-day shipping. As a working parent, I rarely go to physical stores Read more [...]

Fertility clinic failures forge lost legacies, heartbreak

15 Mar 2018 0 Comments
Many of them had already endured their share of heartache. Some had been trying for years to get pregnant, suffering through multiple miscarriages. Others had undergone cancer treatments that destroyed their fertility. Now, hundreds of these women and couples have learned that the eggs and embryos they froze for eventual use in starting or expanding a family may have been destroyed by storage tank failures March 4 at two fertility clinics in suburban Cleveland and San Francisco. Authorities are investigating Read more [...]
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