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Equifax Chief Steps Down After Massive Data Breach

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:32:00 -0400

The credit reporting agency said Chairman and CEO Richard Smith is retiring — just weeks after Equifax acknowledged that hackers had accessed the personal information of up to 143 million consumers.



Russian-Linked Election Ads Highlight Scope Of Facebook's Power

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Facebook is facing pressure after news that Russia was behind a vast number of ads that tried to take votes away from Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election. People are now realizing the scope of the social media giant's power.



How Do You Turn Around A Tech Giant? With Empathy, Microsoft CEO Says

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:29:00 -0400

The CEO of Microsoft was hired to turn the company around. And now, just three years into the job, Satya Nadella has written a book reflecting on this monumental task — and the empathy it requires.



The Russia Investigations: Bad Week For Manafort, Social Networks In The Hot Seat

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:00:14 -0400

Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is in the special counsel's crosshairs. Facebook and Twitter are under the interrogation lights. Here's a look back at the past week in the Russia imbroglio.



London Officials Say Uber Is Unfit To Operate In City

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:41:00 -0400

The transport authority said Uber's approach and conduct "demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues that have public safety and security implications."



With Power Out And Phones Down, A Struggle To Reach Loved Ones In Puerto Rico

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:21:34 -0400

Two days after Hurricane Maria thrashed the island, most of Puerto Rico's cellular sites are down — along with the entire power grid — making it difficult to check on people there.



The Next Big Focus In The Russia Investigations: Social Media

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:00:12 -0400

Social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter played a larger role than first thought in Russia's influence campaign against the 2016 U.S. presidential race — and Congress wants answers.



Facebook To Turn Over 3,000 Ads To Congress In Russian Election Interference Probe

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:14:00 -0400

The ads ran during the 2016 presidential campaign. Facebook also will give users who see one attack ad the ability to find out who the company is targeting in others.



After Massive Data Breach, Equifax Directed Customers To Fake Site

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:13:36 -0400

The credit reporting agency set up a website to help people determine whether they had been affected by a cyberattack. But on Twitter, Equifax repeatedly pointed people to a phishing site.



SEC Says Cybercriminals Hacked Its Files, May Have Used Secret Data For Trading

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:37:00 -0400

The Securities and Exchange Commission says the "nonpublic information" might have given the intruders an edge in the markets, but didn't contain personally identifiable information.



Quantity Of 'Skills' Doesn't Mean Quality In Amazon Echo's Alexa

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:10:00 -0400

Amazon Echo's Alexa has helped people do all sorts of tasks. Although Alexa now has more than 15,000 so-called "skills," critics say that many of Amazon's skills are low-quality.



Rise Of The Beerbots: Is Tech Taking The Craft Out Of Homebrewing?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:44:00 -0400

Automated systems have turned the messy, ancient art of brewing into a tidy hobby requiring fairly minimal skill, and of course, a smartphone or tablet. Critics ask: Where's the craft in that?



Silicon Valley's Ellen Pao Tackles Sex Discrimination, Workplace Diversity In Memoir

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:21:00 -0400

The tech investor dives into the lawsuit that thrust her into the national spotlight and the workplace conditions that prompted it. She says firms are largely applying "tepid diversity solutions."



Cities Try Convincing Amazon They're Ready For Its New Headquarters

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:53:00 -0400

Atlanta, Denver and other cities are making their cases for the online giant to locate its second headquarters in their area. At stake: up to 50,000 well-paying jobs and billions in investments.



When Amazon Was Just A River In Brazil: An Early Chat With Jeff Bezos

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:45:22 -0400

Commentator Andrei Codrescu met with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 1995, back when the company was in its earliest days. We went to the archives to hear why Bezos was betting on the Internet to sell books.