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Honest Ads Act wants tech companies to reveal who buys political ads

Honest Ads Act wants tech companies to reveal who buys political ads

Russian-linked online advertisements have snowballed into a new bill called the Honest Ads Act that would force tech companies like Google and Facebook to disclose when political advertisements are bought on their platforms. This disclosure bill was drafted by Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner; soon after Republican Sen. John McCain signed onto it. The bill aims to increase transparency about who is funding online political advertisements and, potentially, revealing what kind of motives may lie behind them.

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Leaked Twitter email details bigger plan to tackle abusive users

Leaked Twitter email details bigger plan to tackle abusive users

Twitter has once again vowed to deal with its problematic users, and once again users are skeptical. The company's CEO Jack Dorsey recently tweeted about this topic, talking about the company's efforts to deal with the issue over the last couple of years. More revealing, though, is a leaked Twitter email which goes into more details about how the company will be enforcing its rules.

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Google boosts security for high-risk users (but you can get it too)

Google boosts security for high-risk users (but you can get it too)

Hardly a week goes by without a high-profile hacking story, and now Google is launching a new security system for those who take their data really, really seriously. The Google Advanced Protection Program builds on the company's existing two-factor authentication with a more stringent system. Despite the target audience, though, there's some good news for the rest of us.

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Pirate Bay returns to mining cryptocurrency with visitors’ CPUs, no opt-out option

Pirate Bay returns to mining cryptocurrency with visitors’ CPUs, no opt-out option

Just over a month ago The Pirate Bay's website was found to be using visitors' CPU cycles to mine cryptocurrency while they browsed the site. At the time, the practice was said to be a limited test in order to see if digital currency mining could be a new source of revenue to replace traditional advertising. However, without notice Pirate Bay has returned to mining and offers no opt-out option to visitors.

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Facebook adds food ordering to fuel your social addiction

Facebook adds food ordering to fuel your social addiction

Hungry and have a Facebook addiction? Mark Zuckerberg can help, with the addition of take out ordering directly within the social network. It's part of Facebook's attempt to get you to stay within the clutches of its app empire, rather than allowing you loose to do something as mundane as feed yourself.

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Facebook Stories will arrive for all Pages soon

Facebook Stories will arrive for all Pages soon

Facebook has revealed that it will launch Facebook Stories for Pages. The move would mark the latest evolution of the cloned feature, though whether companies will utilize it is anyone's guess. Facebook Stories works just like Instagram Stories, itself being a cloned feature from Snapchat's original -- and largely successful -- offering.

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Russian trolls used Pokemon GO to incite violence in the USA

Russian trolls used Pokemon GO to incite violence in the USA

Russian government-linked internet troll accounts aimed to use Pokemon GO to stir several political bees nests over the past year. Using the then mega-popular game to lure users to participate, Russian-linked operatives attempted to draw foot traffic to physical locations where events involving police brutality had occurred. Operatives promised that once Pokemon gamers had arrived at these locations, they were to snap a photo and send it in to win prizes.

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Hulu on the Web gets a simple Live TV channel guide

Hulu on the Web gets a simple Live TV channel guide

Hulu has announced an update that, among other things, brings a channel guide to Live TV subscribers who access the service through the Web. The channel can be found via a small menu button added near the playback bar on the Web interface; it opens in a simple left-hand menu that presents the channels with info about whatever is currently playing.

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Facebook is down for users around the world

Facebook is down for users around the world

If you're currently having troubles using Facebook, you can take solace in the fact that it isn't just you. Facebook seems to be dealing with an outage on a worldwide scale at the moment, leaving many people without access to the social media service. For now, there's no word on when service might return to the website.

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YouTube bans videos showing how to add a bump stock to rifles

YouTube bans videos showing how to add a bump stock to rifles

Following the deadly Las Vegas shooting that involved a firearm containing a bump stock, YouTube has banned videos that show how to modify rifles so that they contain this particular feature. The videos recently disappeared from the service, and the guidelines were updated alongside this to reflect the new restriction. Until now, such modification videos were allowed on the site.

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Project Loon cleared to deliver LTE to Puerto Rico

Project Loon cleared to deliver LTE to Puerto Rico

This is what Project Loon was made for. Well, perhaps not exactly the dire situation facing Puerto Rico at the moment. But the balloon-powered Internet delivery dream was meant to bring connectivity to places where traditional lines can't reach. And that is more or less what the hurricane-battered Caribbean US territory is going through after Maria caused massive destruction, affecting both power and Internet services. Thankfully, the FCC just gave Alphabet's X an experimental license to help Puerto Rico repair its network grid.

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Zillow’s new 3D home tours are captured with iPhone

Zillow’s new 3D home tours are captured with iPhone

Real estate website Zillow plans to let users explore potential homes in a more immersive way -- in 3D. These 3D tours will be made available on for-rent and for-sale listings, giving interested buyers a way to explore the home in a more life-like way. The tours will be made possible via an upcoming iOS app that enables real estate agents and home owners to create the tours using an ordinary iPhone.

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