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Artist Probes Russia's Toxic Legacy Through Family History

Artist Probes Russia's Toxic Legacy Through Family History

By Kate de Pury | Feb 21
These personal stories are a telling counterpoint to the official Soviet narrative of "Glory to Labor and Science" in Dzerzhinsk, striking in the stoicism and often humor factory workers displayed in a hazardous environment.

Google's Nest Hub Has a Microphone it Forgot to Mention

Google's Nest Hub Has a Microphone it Forgot to Mention

By Rachel Lerman | Feb 21
Google said Wednesday it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in its Nest Secure home alarm system, the latest privacy flub by one of the tech industry's leading collectors of personal information.

Flynn Pushed to Share Nuclear Tech with Saudis, Report Says

Flynn Pushed to Share Nuclear Tech with Saudis, Report Says

Feb 20
Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report.

Samsung Poised to Unveil New Phones in Bid to Revive Sales

Samsung Poised to Unveil New Phones in Bid to Revive Sales

Feb 20
Samsung is expected to show off its latest smartphones Wednesday, the latest effort by a phone maker to come up with new features compelling enough to end a sales slump.

Exposed Chinese Database Shows Depth of Surveillance State

Exposed Chinese Database Shows Depth of Surveillance State

By Yanan Wang and Dake Kang | Feb 19
A Chinese database turns out to have been a compilation of real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts and notes on the places that they had most recently visited.

'Digital Gangsters': UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

'Digital Gangsters': UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

By Mae A and Jill Anderson and Jill Lawless | Feb 19
British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws.

Roger Stone Apologizes to Judge for Instagram Post About Her

Roger Stone Apologizes to Judge for Instagram Post About Her

Feb 19
President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone has apologized to the judge presiding over his criminal case for an Instagram post featuring a photo of her with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun.

Southern Baptist President Says Database of Abusers Possible

Southern Baptist President Says Database of Abusers Possible

By Travis Loller | Feb 19
More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders said on Monday night the possibility is on the table.

Berlin to Get Single Travel App for Public and Private Services

Berlin to Get Single Travel App for Public and Private Services

By Frank Jordans | Feb 18
Travelers in Berlin will soon be able to use a single app to switch seamlessly between public transport, rental bikes, car-sharing and taxis without signing up for each service individually.

'Digital Gangsters': UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

'Digital Gangsters': UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

By Mae Anderson And Jill Lawless | Feb 18
British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules on Facebook to keep it from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws.

Potential Privacy Lapse Found in Americans' 2010 Census Data

Potential Privacy Lapse Found in Americans' 2010 Census Data

By Seth Borenstein | Feb 17
An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from encrypted data, but with lots of mistakes.

New BitterWorld App Offers Platform For Venting

New BitterWorld App Offers Platform For Venting

Feb 16
A new app, BitterWorld, is designed to help users relieve their frustration from the disappointments associated with mediocre products, services, experiences, and relationships.

Report: Far Right Tried to Influence Bavarian Election

Report: Far Right Tried to Influence Bavarian Election

Feb 16
Far-right groups engaged in concerted social media campaigns to influence last year's election in the German state of Bavaria by promoting the Alternative for Germany party and smearing its opponents, according to a study published Friday.

Report: Facebook, FTC Discussing 'Multibillion Dollar' Fine

Report: Facebook, FTC Discussing 'Multibillion Dollar' Fine

Feb 15
A report says Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a "multibillion dollar" fine for the social network's privacy lapses.

Study: No Leaking Radiation from Alaska Island Nuclear Site

Study: No Leaking Radiation from Alaska Island Nuclear Site

By Rachel D'Oro | Feb 14
The latest round of testing on Alaska's remote Amchitka Island found no radioactive material has leaked from locations where the federal government conducted underground nuclear tests there decades ago, a federal official said Tuesday.

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