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Economy Jul 02Ransomware hits hundreds of U.S. companies, security firm says
A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday, according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company was responding to the incident.
Politics Jun 30WATCH: Microsoft executive calls it ‘routine’ for federal law enforcement to seek data on customers
Federal law enforcement agencies secretly seek the data of Microsoft customers thousands of times a year, according to congressional testimony Wednesday by a senior executive at the technology company.
Nation Mar 19U.S. charges Swiss ‘hacktivist’ for data theft and leaks
The Justice Department has charged a Swiss hacker with computer intrusion and identity theft, just over a week after the hacker took credit for helping to break into the online systems of a U.S. security-camera startup.
Politics Feb 10Biden backs off on TikTok ban in review of Trump China moves
A court filing Wednesday said the U.S. Commerce Department is reviewing whether Trump's claims about TikTok's threat to national security justified the attempts to ban it from smartphone app stores and deny it vital technical services.
Nation Jan 21Amazon doesn’t have to restore Parler web service, judge says
The U.S. district judge said she wasn't dismissing Parler's "substantive underlying claims" against Amazon, but said it had fallen short in demonstrating the need for an injunction forcing it back online.
Economy Jan 04Google workers form new labor union, a rarity in tech
About 225 employees at Google and its parent company Alphabet are the first dues-paying members of the Alphabet Workers Union.
Science Dec 06Despite promise, few in US adopting COVID-19 exposure apps
Six months ago, Apple and Google introduced a new smartphone tool designed to notify people who might have been exposed to the coronavirus, without disclosing any personal information. But for the most part, Americans haven’t been all that interested.
Economy Dec 01Salesforce to buy work chat service Slack for $27.7 billion
Business software pioneer Salesforce.com is buying work-chatting service Slack for $27.7 billion in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft.
Nation Nov 11TikTok asks court to intervene as Trump order looms
The popular video-sharing app TikTok, its future in limbo since President Donald Trump tried to shut it down earlier this fall, is asking a federal court to intervene.
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.