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Google Opens German Center to Improve Data Privacy

Google Opens German Center to Improve Data Privacy

| May 15
Google says it's opening a privacy focused engineering center in Munich, Germany, in its latest move to beef up its data protection credentials.

Facebook Limits Livestreaming Ahead of Tech Summit in Paris

Facebook Limits Livestreaming Ahead of Tech Summit in Paris

| By Sylvie Corbet and Masha MacPherson | May 15
Facebook toughened its livestreaming policies Wednesday as it prepared to huddle with world leaders and other tech CEOs in Paris to find ways to keep social media from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast terror attacks.

Report Links Vast Online Disinformation Campaign to Iran

Report Links Vast Online Disinformation Campaign to Iran

| By Raphael Satter | May 14
In a report published Tuesday, Citizen Lab said a years-old, multilingual campaign was aimed at seeding anti-Saudi, anti-Israel and anti-American stories across the internet.

WhatsApp Discovers Spyware That Infected with A Call Alone

WhatsApp Discovers Spyware That Infected with A Call Alone

| By Frank Bajak and Raphael Satter | May 14
Spyware crafted by a sophisticated group of hackers-for-hire took advantage of a flaw in the popular WhatsApp communications program to remotely hijack dozens of phones, the company said late Monday.

Apps Cost Too Much? Court Allows Suit Adding to Apple's Woes

Apps Cost Too Much? Court Allows Suit Adding to Apple's Woes

| By Mark Sherman and Michael Liedtke | May 14
Consumers can pursue a lawsuit complaining that iPhone apps cost too much, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, adding to Apple's woes that already include falling iPhone sales and a European investigation.

How Uber and Other Digital Platforms Could Trick Us Using Behavioral Science — Unless We Act Fast

How Uber and Other Digital Platforms Could Trick Us Using Behavioral Science — Unless We Act Fast

| By Abbey Stemler | May 13
Manipulation through behavioral psychology techniques can occur quietly and leave little trace. If we don't establish rules of the road now, it'll be much harder to detect and stop later.

San Francisco May Ban Police, City Use of Facial Recognition

San Francisco May Ban Police, City Use of Facial Recognition

| By Matt O'Brien and Janie Har | May 13
San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that's creeping into airports, and motor vehicle departments.

Want Free TV? Owner of 'Chicken Soup' Books is Betting on It

Want Free TV? Owner of 'Chicken Soup' Books is Betting on It

| By Tali Arbel | May 13
Costs for cable and video services like Netflix are rising. One alternative is a free service such as Pluto, Tubi or Popcornflix. They have ads and stream shows and movies that tend to be older, like the original "Roseanne" or "Fight Club."

Manning Refusing to Testify At Grand Jury Probing WikiLeaks

Manning Refusing to Testify At Grand Jury Probing WikiLeaks

| May 12
Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning says she'll refuse to testify on Thursday before a second grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. But if a judge finds her in contempt of court again, she could wind up back in jail.

Facebook and France Haggle over Regulating Online Hate

Facebook and France Haggle over Regulating Online Hate

| May 12
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting French President Emmanuel Macron as the tech giant and France try to pioneer ways of fighting hate speech and violent extremism online.

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