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Google Fiber Won't Accept Any New Cities For Its Superfast Internet Network

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:47:00 -0400

Google says it will honor its existing commitments to support or deploy gigabit-speed Internet. But it's scaling back the work on fiber optics to focus on "new technology and deployment methods."

The Twitter Paradox: How A Platform Designed For Free Speech Enables Internet Trolls

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:43:00 -0400

Charlie Warzel, who covers technology for BuzzFeed, has written a series of articles about Twitter's response to hate speech. He says the platform's community guidelines are enforced haphazardly.

Harassed On Twitter: 'People Need To Know The Reality Of What It's Like Out There'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:43:00 -0400

After he criticized Trump and the alt right, National Review writer David French was bombarded with hateful tweets — including an image of his child in a gas chamber. "It was unbelievable," he says.

Twitter's Dual Challenges: Taming The Trolls, Attracting More Users

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:06:00 -0400

Twitter is a powerful platform for news and conversation, but lingering problems with hate speech hamper its efforts to grow, says Emily Bell of the Columbia Journalism School.

Researchers Build 'Nightmare Machine'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:46:00 -0400

An MIT project rolled out just in time for Halloween uses artificial intelligence to generate horror images.

Applying A Silicon Valley Approach To Jump-Start Medical Research

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:14:00 -0400

Neuroscientist Cori Bargmann is leading the new Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's $3 billion effort to cure or prevent "all diseases" by the end of this century. She talks about that daunting task.

Many 'Worn Out' By Campaign, Survey Of Social Media Users Shows

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:28:00 -0400

A Pew Research Center survey says most Americans on social media are stressed out by online political interactions — and those feelings appear to be bipartisan.

AT&T Deal For Time Warner Casts Renewed Attention On CNN

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:36:00 -0400

AT&T's chief promises to maintain CNN's journalistic independence after parent Time Warner merges with the telecom giant. CNN got a $100 million boost this year, propelled by coverage of Donald Trump.

The AT&T-Time Warner Merger: What Are The Pros And Cons For Consumers?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:44:00 -0400

AT&T positions itself as the future competitor to cable, promising an era of experimentation and innovation. But consumer advocates raise a raft of concerns. Regulators will weigh both sides.

WATCH: Obama Reads 'Mean Tweets' — Including One From Trump

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:47:00 -0400

President Obama returned to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday. He took 140-character admonishments for his dancing, his alleged condiment preferences and someone else's poor choice of conditioner.

It Ain't Me, Babe: Researchers Find Flaws In Police Facial Recognition Technology

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:38:00 -0400

Nearly half of American adults have been entered into law enforcement facial recognition databases, a new report shows. But problems with the accuracy of the technology could affect innocent people.

Buick Up, Honda And Subaru Down, Says Consumer Reports

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:24:00 -0400

Consumer Reports has released its Annual Reliability Survey. Lexus and Toyota are the top two, followed by Buick. The company ranks car brands based on a survey of more than a half-million car owners.

20 Years Later, Humans Still No Match For Computers On The Chessboard

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:36:00 -0400

IBM's Deep Blue beat chess great Garry Kasparov in 1997. Humans and computers play the game differently, but have computers taught humans much about the game?

Presidential Campaigns Blast AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:25:00 -0400

Donald Trump said it put "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few" and Tim Kaine called for "less concentration, especially in the media."

Waste, Families Left Behind As Nuclear Plants Close

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:36:00 -0400

The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska shuts down Monday, 17 years ahead of schedule. It is just the latest U.S. nuclear plant to close because it can't compete with other cheaper energy.