Facebook’s tracking of non-users ruled illegal again

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Another blow for Facebook in Europe: Judges in Belgium have once again ruled the company broke privacy laws by deploying technology such as cookies and social plug-ins to track Internet users across the web. Facebook uses data it collects in this way to sell targeted advertising. The social media giant failed to make it sufficiently clear
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Google’s Tez payments app now lets users handle their utility bills and more

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Google’s Tez payment service in India has got a major update that allows users to pay their utilities and other bills via the app. The service was launched last September for iOS and Android and it initially allowed for payments between bank accounts using India’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) protocol. Now the app has gotten support
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Facebook will verify the location of U.S. election ad buyers by mailing them postcards

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Facebook’s global director of policy programs says it will start sending postcards by snail mail to verify buyers of ads related to United States elections. Katie Harbath, who described the plan at a conference held by the National Association of Secretaries of State this weekend, didn’t reveal when the program will start, but told Reuters
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Technological solutions to technology’s problems feature in “How to Fix The Future”

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Larry Downes is a senior industry and innovation fellow at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He is the author of several books on the Internet and business. In this edition of Innovate 2018, Andrew Keen finds himself in the hot seat. Keen, whose new book, “How to Fix the Future”, was published earlier this
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Fake news is an existential crisis for social media 

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The funny thing about fake news is how mind-numbingly boring it can be. Not the fakes themselves — they’re constructed to be catnip clickbait to stoke the fires of rage of their intended targets. Be they gun owners. People of color. Racists. Republican voters. And so on. The really tedious stuff is all the also
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Trump cites Facebook exec’s comments downplaying Russian ad influence on election

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You’d be forgiven for missing Donald Trump’s multiple retweets of Facebook executive Rob Goldman over the weekend. Perhaps you were spending time with family, watching Black Panther or just attempting to forget politics for a moment by ignoring the manic flurry of social media updates from the leader of the free world. But in amongst
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A peek inside Alphabet’s investing universe

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Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: Chances are high you have heard of Google. You are likely a contributor to one of the 3.5 billion search queries the website processes daily. But unless you’re a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur or a slightly obsessive technology
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How ad-free subscriptions could solve Facebook

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At the core of Facebook’s “well-being” problem is that its business is directly coupled with total time spent on its apps. The more hours you pass on the social network, the more ads you see and click, the more money it earns. That puts its plan to make using Facebook healthier at odds with its
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Facebook didn’t mean to send spam texts to two-factor authentication users

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Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos apologized for spam texts that were incorrectly sent to users who had activated two-factor authentication. The company is working on a fix, and you won’t receive non-security-related text messages if you never signed up for those notifications. Facebook says it was a bug. But calling it a bug is
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Unknown Huawei phone gets leaked, looks like the Honor 7X [Update: Mate SE]

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Update: As our reader Hafiz Ng pointed out, the phone in question appears to be a Huawei Mate SE, which has a US support page, but not an actual product page just yet. The original article follows. Renders of a yet-to-be-announced Huawei phone have surfaced online – in high resolution and two color schemes. Now,
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Twitter is killing its Twitter for Mac desktop client

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On Friday, Twitter announced that it would abandon its lesser-loved Mac app, directing users to Twitter.com instead. The company declared that it will refocus its efforts on “a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms” rather than continuing development for Twitter for Mac, a message that doesn’t sound great for TweetDeck lovers. The Twitter for
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People are trolling iPhone users with the ‘killer symbol’ that crashes their apps

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Surprise! Assorted jerks on the internet have weaponized the Unicode-based bug we reported yesterday to insta-crash apps running on an iPhone or a Mac. The result is somewhere between the old Alt + F4 trick and a script kiddie stunt, and it ranges from being annoying to rendering a device unusable, depending on the tenacity of
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