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1. European Union's new privacy law made some websites go dark today. Here's what else has changedПт., 25 мая[−]

The European Union's new data privacy regimen, the bloc's first major overhaul of rules governing people's data since 2005, took effect Friday after months of sometimes frantic preparations by virtually any company that operates a website accessible there.

While some European users complained about...

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2. California Supreme Court says social media firms must turn over some user communications to criminal defendantsПт., 25 мая[−]

Facebook and other social media companies should turn over users’ public communications to criminal defendants in response to subpoenas, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday.

The ruling, a victory for the criminal defense bar, overturned an appeals court decision that said...

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3. Bird's scooters have flooded the streets of major cities. But can the start-up control misbehaving riders?Пт., 25 мая[−]

Scooter rental start-up Bird wants customers to know its electric gadgets are not toys. It has produced educational videos and in-app notices to remind people to ride safely. It has given away helmets to anyone who wants one. And before a customer can even unlock a scooter, he or she has to agree...

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4. Amazon Echo recorded a couple's conversation, then sent audio to someone they knowПт., 25 мая[−]

A couple in Portland, Ore., received a nightmarish phone call two weeks ago.

“Unplug your Alexa devices right now,” the caller said. “You’re being hacked.”

Apparently, one of the Amazon.com Inc. Alexa-powered Echo devices in their home had silently sent recordings to the caller, without the couple’s...

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5. Snap Inc. launches accelerator program to invest in media start-upsСр., 23 мая[−]

Snap Inc. will dole out $150,000 investments to various media start-ups this fall as part of an accelerator program it announced Wednesday called Yellow.

For the first cohort of the program, which starts in September and goes for three months, the company is seeking start-ups that “have a vision...

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6. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg begins European leg of apology tourСр., 23 мая[−]

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the European leg of his contrition tour with an apology Tuesday at the European Parliament for the various controversies that have battered the social networking giant’s reputation.

“We haven’t done enough to prevent the tools we've built from...

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7. Using facial recognition tech at a pop concert, Chinese authorities catch a fugitiveВт., 22 мая[−]

Facial recognition cameras at a stadium led to the arrest of a fugitive at a Jacky Cheung concert in China, making it the third time in two months that the technology was used to catch a wanted person at one of the pop star’s concerts.

A man identified by the surname Yu was flagged among a crowd...

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8. ACLU asks Amazon to stop marketing face-recognition technology to policeВт., 22 мая[−]

The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to “easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.”

The tool, called...

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9. Microsoft pledges to extend European-style privacy and data rights worldwideВт., 22 мая[−]

Microsoft Corp. promised Monday to give users worldwide the same data and privacy rights Europeans will get under new regulations there. That's in contrast to some of its tech rivals, which are hedging on how much privacy protections will change for Americans and other non-Europeans.


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10. Adobe buys e-commerce firm Magento for $1.7 billion and announces stock buybacksВт., 22 мая[−]

Adobe Systems Inc. agreed to buy e-commerce company Magento for $1.68 billion, in a bid to capture a bigger slice of the digital-commerce industry from Salesforce.com Inc. and Oracle Corp.

The Photoshop software provider said Monday that it is making its third-biggest acquisition to create an end-to-end...

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11. Regulators crack down on suspicious cryptocurrency investment schemesПн., 21 мая[−]

Securities regulators across the United States and Canada announced dozens of investigations Monday into potentially deceitful cryptocurrency investment products, the largest coordinated crackdown to date by state and provincial officials on bitcoin scams.

As many as 70 investigations have been...

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12. Website flaw exposes real-time locations of U.S. cellphonesСб., 19 мая[−]

A website flaw at a California company that gathers real-time data on cellular wireless devices could have allowed anyone to pinpoint the location of any AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile cellphone in the United States to within hundreds of yards, a security researcher said.

The company involved,...

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13. Cambridge Analytica is liquidating in wake of Facebook scandalПт., 18 мая[−]

Cambridge Analytica, the beleaguered data collection agency that worked for President Trump's 2016 election campaign, is liquidating operations.

The British firm filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection late Thursday. It said in a New York court filing that its assets totaled $100,001 to $500,000....

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14. Uber stops requiring sexual misconduct victims to quietly use arbitration instead of suingВт., 15 мая[−]

As Uber continues its makeover from Silicon Valley bad boy to good corporate citizen, the ride-hailing giant announced Tuesday that it will no longer require that drivers, employees or customers who allege sexual assault or harassment go through arbitration instead of suing the company.


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15. Facebook must face high-stakes trial over privacy and facial recognition, judge rulesВт., 15 мая[−]

A judge scolded Facebook Inc. for misconstruing his own rulings as he ordered the company to face a high-stakes trial accusing it of violating user privacy.

The social media giant has misinterpreted prior court orders by continuing to assert the “faulty proposition” that users can’t win their lawsuit...

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16. Facebook suspends 200 apps after Cambridge Analytica scandalПн., 14 мая[−]

Facebook Inc. said Monday that it has suspended roughly 200 apps amid an ongoing investigation prompted by the Cambridge Analytica scandal into whether services on the site had improperly used or collected users' personal data.

The social media giant did not immediately provide detail on which...

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17. Penalties against China telecom giant ZTE become a bargaining chip in potential trade dealПн., 14 мая[−]

The White House and senior Chinese officials are discussing a targeted economic deal that would relax severe penalties on ZTE, a major Chinese telecom company, in exchange for unspecified demands from President Trump, two people briefed on the discussions said Sunday.

The talks are fluid, and Trump...

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18. Trump says he's working with Xi to bring back China's banned ZTEВс., 13 мая[−]

President Trump has told the U.S. Commerce Department to get ZTE Corp., the massive Chinese telecom equipment maker, back into business after denying the company export privileges in April in a withering statement on ZTE’s “egregious” behavior.

Trump said in a Sunday morning tweet, posted minutes...

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19. Symantec stock dives 33% as mystery investigation has people imagining the worstСб., 12 мая[−]

For the last few years, Symantec Corp. seemed to have been doing everything right. The world’s top maker of cybersecurity software started selling more to corporations — chasing growth and balancing out its consumer-centric business. It made acquisitions and brought in a new chief executive. Its...

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20. Snapchat is making subtle changes to its redesigned appСб., 12 мая[−]

Snap Inc. is tinkering with the look of its video messaging app Snapchat months after introducing a massive redesign that drew scorn from some of its most loyal users.

The Venice company said Friday it was rolling out an update for iOS users that puts pictures, videos and chats back into reverse-chronological...

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21. Don't Skype me: How Microsoft turned users against its beloved video-chat programПт., 11 мая[−]

It's relatively easy these days to find critics of Skype, the popular online calling service that Microsoft Corp. acquired in 2011 for $8.5 billion. Former devotees routinely gripe on social media that the software has become too difficult to use. On the Apple App Store and Google Play store, negative...

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22. Should people know they're talking to an algorithm? After a controversial debut, Google now says yesПт., 11 мая[−]

Psychology professor Michelle Drouin wanted to know how people would react if a chatbot could emulate a human.

So she and her fellow researchers split 350 undergraduate students into three groups. One group was told they would be interacting with a bot. Another was told it was a real person. And...

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23. Every type of personal data Equifax lost to hackers: 145 million Social Security numbers, 99 million addresses and moreСр., 09 мая[−]

Ever since Equifax lost control of millions of Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, names, birth dates and other sensitive personal information in a massive data breach last year, the credit-reporting firm has gradually upped its estimates of the number of people affected. First it...

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24. Facebook does its biggest-ever management reshuffle and embraces blockchainСр., 09 мая[−]

Facebook Inc. has named new leaders for some of its main divisions — including the core social network, WhatsApp and Messenger — in the biggest management reshuffling since the company’s founding.

The Menlo Park, Calif., company also unveiled a new initiative to explore the use of blockchain, the...

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25. White House will host Amazon, Facebook, Ford and others to discuss artificial intelligenceВт., 08 мая[−]

The White House plans to convene executives from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel and 34 other major U.S. companies on Thursday as it seeks to supercharge the deployment of powerful robots, algorithms and the broader field of artificial intelligence.

The Trump administration intends to ask academics,...

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