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Man Accused Of Making Millions Of Robocalls Faces Biggest-Ever FCC Fine

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:05:00 -0400

FCC proposed a $120 million fine for a Miami resident said to be single-handedly responsible for 97 million robocalls over a three-month period, scheming to sell "discounted" travel packages.

FCC Moves To Streamline Emergency 'Blue Alerts' For Threats To Law Enforcement

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:29:00 -0400

Created in 2015, Blue Alerts are similar to Amber Alerts, but aim to catch people who threaten or harm police officers. The DOJ asked the FCC to add a special code to the broadcast emergency system.

Moth Eyes Inspire Glare-Resistant Coating For Cellphone Screens

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:11:00 -0400

The scientists who developed the anti-reflective film were inspired by tiny, light-trapping structures on moth eyes that help the insects avoid predators.

What Hath Jobs Wrought?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Odds are, you're looking at this on a smartphone.

Is Big Tech Getting Too Big?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:06:30 -0400

Silicon Valley leaders like Uber's former CEO Travis Kalanick have unprecedented power. At what point should the rest of us push back?

How Facebook Uses Technology To Block Terrorist-Related Content

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:55:00 -0400

Social media firms are under pressure to block extremist activity on their sites. Facebook is hiring thousands more people to review content, but artificial intelligence also plays a role.

After CEO Resignation, Is Uber Kalanick-less Or Kalanick-free?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:46:00 -0400

Few companies have had such a rapid fallout from such a vast number of crises stemming from the workplace culture perpetuated from the top, while appearing to be at the peak of its success.

Intel Signs On As An Olympic Sponsor, Promising Virtual Reality And 360-Degree Video

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:07:00 -0400

Intel's CEO says it "will accelerate the adoption of technology for the future of sports on the world's largest athletic stage."

Jump Rope Heroes: Watch School Kids Set A One-Minute Guinness World Record

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:56:00 -0400

In a blur of coordination, a team of 14 students blew away the old record for most skips through a single jump rope in one minute.

What's Washington Got To Hide?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:06:30 -0400

It seems like more and more of the U.S. government's business is taking place behind closed doors. What aren't we being told, and why?

U.S. Elections Systems Vulnerable, Lawmakers Told In Dueling Hearings

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:52:00 -0400

Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security secretary during the 2016 election, testified before the House Intelligence Committee while the Senate Intelligence Committee heard from cybersecurity experts.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from his post after pressure from shareholders. His leadership at the company proved controversial. David Greene talks with Mike Isaac of The New York Times.

Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns Under Pressure As CEO

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:19:00 -0400

Five of Uber's major investors reportedly demanded Kalanick resign immediately. His departure plunges one of the largest private companies on Earth into an even bigger leadership vacuum.

Mexico's Government Is Accused Of Targeting Journalists And Activists With Spyware

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:35:00 -0400

"Like any good attack, this one begins with deception," says an investigator. Phishing text messages, including one that appeared to come from the U.S. embassy, were sent to a dozen targets.

Upworthy Was One Of The Hottest Sites Ever. You Won't Believe What Happened Next

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:35:00 -0400

After popularizing sensational headlines and taking your news feed by storm, Upworthy seemingly fell off a cliff. Its story reveals just as much about Facebook as it does about why we click.