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Hoverboard recall expands after two more house fires

Hoverboard recall expands after two more house fires

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a new round of recalls concerning various hoverboards, a move that follows two new house fires resulting from faulty boards. The issue of poorly made hoverboards catching on fire span back years now, but news on that front has been somewhat quiet. That changes with the CPSC's latest announcement.

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You should absolutely be worried about the AT&T Time Warner deal

You should absolutely be worried about the AT&T Time Warner deal

It's been quite some time since we heard about AT&T's planned acquisition of Time Warner, but today the deal is forcing its way back into the spotlight. As it turns out, there might be some strife between AT&T and US regulators when it comes to the merger. That much should hardly be surprisingly, as Time Warner and AT&T are two already monolithic companies, so having the two in talks to become one would definitely get regulators' attention.

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Meuller Trump investigation unfolds on Twitter [UPDATES]

Meuller Trump investigation unfolds on Twitter [UPDATES]

We're living through a day that'll be remembered in history books, and we're getting in-the-minute updates from Twitter. News on the ground comes from the same online social media platform current-President Donald Trump used over the past half-decade to build himself up and tear others down - this is where we see everything happen in real time. Connections are made as revelations from the news media appear, especially from one Law Professor and Attorney Seth Abramson.

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FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

It's no secret that lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous if they overheat, and now the FAA is warning that they pose a serious risk for airplanes if checked into baggage. Aircraft cargo sections are equipped with a system designed to put out any fires that start. However, a series of 10 tests conducted by the FAA determined that if a fire happens next to an aerosol can, it could ignite an explosion that happens before the system puts out the fire.

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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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Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Regina Dugan just announced that she'll be leaving Facebook's Building 8. She is now officially ex-Facebook, Google, and DARPA. Today we're having a quick peek at what she's done over the past couple of decades - and have a guess at what she might be doing next. How long does it take to prepare for a run for State Representative in 2018? How about the Senate?

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IRS halts Equifax fraud prevention contract

IRS halts Equifax fraud prevention contract

Just yesterday, we told you about a malicious prompt that was appearing on Equifax's website when customers tried to dispute errors on their credit reports. The pop-up prompted users to download a new version of Flash player, only to install tough-to-identify adware instead. It looks like Equifax may be paying the price for that particular oversight, as the IRS has temporarily suspected a fraud prevention contract it awarded the company earlier this month.

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Google Russia ads buys found in 2016 Election Interference

Google Russia ads buys found in 2016 Election Interference

It's Google's turn to face the idea that Russia may have exploited their advertisement business to spread disinformation over the past year. Facebook was the subject of scrutiny in recent weeks over revelations of similar significant Russian exploits of the social network during the 2016 US Presidential election in the USA. Word comes from sources familiar with Google's investigation who've spoken on condition of anonymity with The Independent.

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Japanese banks prep J-Coin digital currency in move against cash

Japanese banks prep J-Coin digital currency in move against cash

Cash is king in Japan, but the nation's biggest banks are hoping to change that. A new report out of The Financial Times reveals that Japan's central bank is planning to launch a cryptocurrency called J-Coin, one that will be based on blockchain technology. Assuming everything goes according to plan, J-Coin will co-exist alongside yen with a one-on-one value.

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Homeland Security plans to monitor all immigrants’ social media accounts

Homeland Security plans to monitor all immigrants’ social media accounts

The Department of Homeland Security has been slowly encroaching upon social media, having first done things like asking visitors to voluntarily provide their social accounts to more direct things like authorizing the examination of social media accounts as part of background checks for visa applicants. Now that people have grown accustomed to that news, the DHS is again invading the social space, this time for all immigrants.

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FTC breaks trend to confirm it is investigating Equifax breach

FTC breaks trend to confirm it is investigating Equifax breach

The FTC has just bucked its own trend, eschewing its tendency to avoid talking about on-going investigations so that it could talk about one investigation in particular: its own probe into the Equifax data breach. The breach is a severe one, potentially affecting approximately 143 million people throughout the US and select other locations.

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ACLU and EFF sue DHS over warrantless gadget searches at border

ACLU and EFF sue DHS over warrantless gadget searches at border

Controversy over warrantless laptop and smartphone searches at the border abound, and now the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are going after the Department of Homeland Security over it. Both organizations have filed a lawsuit against the DHS on behalf of 11 people -- 10 US citizens and one green card holder -- who were subjected to these warrantless devices search when attempting to enter the US from abroad.

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