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Politics Nov 04Did social media actually counter election misinformation?
Ahead of the election, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube promised to clamp down on election misinformation, up to and including unsubstantiated charges of fraud and premature declarations of victory by candidates.
Economy Aug 13Apple boots popular game Fortnite from app store after developers bypass payment plan
Apple has dropped the hugely popular Fortnite game from its App Store after the game's developer introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses Apple's platform. Apple takes a 30% cut from in-app revenue purchases, which has long been a sore…
Health May 01Women and minorities shoulder front-line work during pandemic
An Associated Press analysis of census data shows that the burden of keeping the country open has been borne unevenly across gender, racial and socioeconomic lines.
Economy Feb 19U.S. judge dismisses Huawei suit over government contracts ban
A federal judge in Texas has dismissed Chinese tech giant Huawei's lawsuit challenging a U.S. law that bars the government and its contractors from using Huawei equipment because of security concerns.
World Dec 20Twitter and Facebook delete foreign state-backed accounts
Twitter's and Facebook's announcements underscore the fact that misinformation concerns aren't limited to the U.S. and Russia.
Nation Dec 12FCC votes to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911
Once it's implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services.
Nation Aug 14Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users’ audio clips
Companies say the practice helps improve their services. But users aren't typically aware that humans and not just computers are reviewing audio.
Nation Aug 13CBS, Viacom to reunite as media giants bulk up for streaming
Viacom owns Paramount Pictures and pay TV channels such as Comedy Central, MTV and BET, while CBS has a broadcast network, television stations, Showtime and a stake in The CW over-the-air network.
Arts Jul 18Netflix raised its prices and its subscriptions slowed
A recent price increase seems to have spooked Netflix subscribers. The company lost 126,000 subscribers in the U.S., less than 1% of its 60.1 million paid U.S. subscriptions, during the April-June period.
Nation Jun 12Facebook’s Zuckerberg is the latest target of doctored video
The somewhat crude video of the Facebook CEO, created as part of an art project and circulated on Facebook-owned Instagram over the past few days, combines news footage of Zuckerberg with phony audio.