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Los Angeles 1st in U.S. with Subway Body Scanners

Los Angeles 1st in U.S. with Subway Body Scanners

Aug 17
Los Angeles' subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives. The scanners do a full-body screening of passengers without slowing them down.

Tighter Regulations Could Take Bite out of Airbnb Profits

Tighter Regulations Could Take Bite out of Airbnb Profits

By Verena Dobnik | Aug 17
Airbnb faces tightening regulations in New York City that could take a big bite out of its profits, and on Wednesday the short-term rental company offered a counter-measure designed to appease hostile politicians: a $10 million contribution to charities.

Tesla's Musk Says Stress, Overwork Taking Heavy Toll

Tesla's Musk Says Stress, Overwork Taking Heavy Toll

Aug 17
Electric car maker Tesla's CEO Elon Musk admitted to The New York Times that stress is taking a heavy toll on him personally in what he calls an "excruciating" year.

APNewsBreak: Google Clarifies Location-Tracking Policy

APNewsBreak: Google Clarifies Location-Tracking Policy

By Ryan Nakashima | Aug 16
Google clarified how it tracks users even if they've disabled a "location history" setting, revising a help page that erroneously said turning off that setting would stop the tracking.

FBI Eyes Cybersecurity Threats to U.S.

FBI Eyes Cybersecurity Threats to U.S.

Aug 16
Roughly nine months into his job as special agent in charge of the New Orleans office of the FBI, agent Eric Rommal is keenly aware of the danger that cyber-criminals pose to Mississippi River-related businesses and infrastructure.

Twitter Suspends Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones for 1 Week

Twitter Suspends Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones for 1 Week

Aug 15
Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company's rules against inciting violence.

 NASA Astronauts, SpaceX COO Talk 'Crew Dragon'

NASA Astronauts, SpaceX COO Talk 'Crew Dragon'

Aug 15
NASA astronauts who will be riding in the SpaceX Crew Dragon mission discussed the challenges they've faced and what they're looking forward to in the upcoming mission while speaking at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California on Monday.

How to Find and Delete Where Google Knows You've Been

How to Find and Delete Where Google Knows You've Been

Aug 14
Even if you have "Location History" off, Google often stores your precise location . Here's how to delete those markers and some best-effort practices that keep your location as private as possible.

Americans Spend Half Their Time Looking at Screens

Americans Spend Half Their Time Looking at Screens

Aug 14
A new study shows that Americans spend nearly half of their waking hours (42 percent) looking at a screen.

Transgender Activism Group Adopts Lobster Emoji for Advocacy

Transgender Activism Group Adopts Lobster Emoji for Advocacy

Aug 13
A transgender activism group is promoting use of Maine's lobster emoji while it rallies for an emoji to represent the transgender community.

AP Exclusive: Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not

AP Exclusive: Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not

By Ryan Nakashima | Aug 13
Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

Advocates Condemn Psych Techniques Used to Keep Kids Online

Advocates Condemn Psych Techniques Used to Keep Kids Online

By Lindsey Tanner and Matt O'Brien | Aug 12
Children's advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry's practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens.

 Tech Giants Still Stumbling in the Social World They Created

Tech Giants Still Stumbling in the Social World They Created

By Barbara Ortutay | Aug 11
Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology's brightest minds should have seen that coming.

Facebook Fight Between 'Keyboard Gangsters' Ends in Shooting

Facebook Fight Between 'Keyboard Gangsters' Ends in Shooting

Aug 11
A political argument on Facebook led to a 44-year-old Florida man driving to the home of a stranger he'd been arguing with and shooting him.

Pence Outlines U.S. Space Force Plan for 'Next Battlefield'

Pence Outlines U.S. Space Force Plan for 'Next Battlefield'

By Lolita C. Baldour | Aug 11
Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military warfighting service by 2020.

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