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State regulators unveil nationwide crackdown on suspicious cryptocurrency investment schemes

The sweep targets dozens of alleged scams in the biggest coordinated state enforcement action yet.

Saturday, May 19


Fake Facebook accounts and online lies multiply in hours after shooting

It has become a familiar pattern in the all-too-common aftermath of American school shootings: A barrage of online misinformation, seemingly designed to cloud the truth or win political points. But some were still surprised at the speed…

Friday, May 18


Elon Musk doesn’t want anyone slowing down his plan to dig tunnels under Los Angeles

His plan for Loop - a zero-emission, high speed rail project - sounds like it should have been a sure thing in a stalled city. Instead, some residents and city officials are voicing opposition.


Lawmakers are nudging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify before Congress on privacy

Lawmakers on Thursday sought to convince Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey to testify before Congress as part of their probe into the privacy practices of the country’s largest tech companies. Dorsey, in his first-ever visit to the U.S.…

Thursday, May 17


In the battle for online music, YouTube enters a crowded field

YouTube will split its premium service in two, creating a music-streaming service called YouTube Music and another for its original video content called YouTube Premium.


ICE just abandoned its dream of ‘extreme vetting’ software that could predict whether a foreign visitor would become a terrorist

Immigration officials originally wanted artificial intelligence that could continuously track foreign visitors' social media. They're giving the job to humans instead.


The Boston restaurant where robots have replaced the chefs

The debate about whether cooking is more art or science is a never-ending one. But at Spyce, the latest culinary experiment in automation, that debate feels pretty well settled. Started by a group of 20-something robotics engineers from…


Federal investigators are looking into Tesla's latest autopilot crash in Utah


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into a crash involving a Tesla Model S that was reportedly in autopilot mode when the accident occurred, according to the agency. The crash last week in South…

Wednesday, May 16


Senate approves bipartisan resolution to restore FCC net neutrality rules

The congressional effort to undo the sweeping act of deregulation undertaken last year by the Federal Communications Commission comes less than a month before the rules are officially expected to expire.


Facebook’s Zuckerberg will meet with European regulators probing Cambridge Analytica

The meeting, which will occur as soon as next week, comes as the region's leaders and data-protection authorities continue to scrutinize the company’s privacy practices and its previous entanglement with Cambridge Analytica.

Tuesday, May 15


Facebook disabled 583 million fake accounts and millions of spam, sex and hate speech posts

Facebook revealed Tuesday that it removed more than half a billion fake accounts and millions of pieces of violent or obscene content during the first three months of 2018, pledging more transparency while shielding its chief executive…

Monday, May 14


I want my data back, data back, data back: Chili’s hit by data breach

If you have eaten at Chili's restaurants within the past two months, then you might want to check your credit report and card statements. Chili's parent company, Brinker International, announced over the weekend that customers' payment…


Efail: Your email app could be exposing your encrypted messages

Security researchers said Monday they have discovered a critical flaw in the way certain email programs handle a popular encryption technology that safeguards emails from prying eyes. The flaw, known as Efail, affects applications such as…


Facebook suspends 200 apps following Cambridge Analytica scandal

The social media giant did not immediately provide details on which apps were suspended or how many people had used them in its first update since announcing the internal audit in March.


ZTE penalties become bargaining chip in trade talks

Washington Post

The White House and senior Chinese officials are discussing a targeted deal that would relax severe penalties on ZTE in exchange for unspecified demands from President Trump, two people briefed on the discussions said.

Saturday, May 12


Robot dogs that terrified people by opening doors may soon come to a building near you

A dog-like robot could become more common in construction and security settings, its makers say.

Friday, May 11


Kids’ advocates raise questions about Amazon’s Echo Dot

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood said the presence of voice-activated speakers on children's nightstands could prove intrusive or disruptive to their development.


AT&T CEO: Hiring Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was ‘a big mistake’

Washington Post

AT&T's chief executive said Friday that the company made a “serious misjudgment” to seek advice from President Trump's personal attorney and announced that its top lobbying executive in Washington would be leaving the firm. “There is no…

Snapchat rolls out a redesign of its redesign

Snapchat stories will move back to the right side of the app, following user backlash over a troubled redesign.


I am #DeleteUber. Can Uber’s new boss win me back?

Video-recording rides? Coming clean about accident and assault rates? New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has ideas for how to make Uber “the safest mobility platform.” Buckle up.

I took an Uber with Uber’s new CEO to ask some difficult questions

The Post's Geoffrey A. Fowler took an Uber with Dara Khosrowshahi, the new CEO who took over after Travis Kalanick's rocky tenure. He's very different from Kalanick, but can he convince you to stick with Uber?


Video of a humanoid robot jogging is ‘terrifying’ the Internet

The Boston Dynamics robot — which can climb stairs, open doors and do back flips — is seen by some as an apocalyptic sign that humanity is hastening its own demise.

Thursday, May 10


China’s ZTE telecom firm suspends major operations after U.S. export ban

ZTE, one of China's leading technology companies, announced recently that it will end “major operating activities” after the U.S. government barred American firms from doing business with the telecom equipment maker. The announcement by…

Elon Musk’s latest innovation attempt: A SpaceX rocket that can fly twice in one day


The latest version of the Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX was to launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Thursday afternoon is designed to be reused so quickly that it would eventually mimic a commercial airliner, according to SpaceX’s…


‘Pro-Beyoncé’ vs. ‘Anti-Beyoncé’: 3,500 Facebook ads show the scale of Russian manipulation

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released about 3,500 Facebook ads purchased by Russian agents around the 2016 presidential election on issues from immigration to gun control, a reminder of the complexity of the…


Ford suspends F-150 production after fire at supplier plant

Ford was forced to temporarily halt production of its popular F-150 pickup truck Wednesday after a fire at a supplier last week caused a parts shortage. Production at Ford's truck plants in Dearborn, Mich., and Kansas City, Mo., were set…

Wednesday, May 9


Nintendo changes its repair policies after an FTC warning about its warranty stickers

Nintendo has changed its warranty policies after the U.S. government warned it that it was violating the law. The Japanese game company is one of six firms the Federal Trade Commission has told to change its policies because it wrongly…


Why the Internet is suddenly protesting on net neutrality all over again

Internet activists and tech companies are kicking off a series of protests Wednesday to draw attention to net neutrality once again. What's at stake now is a key piece of legislation on the hot-button issue that Senate lawmakers on…


A Google program can pass as a human on the phone. Should it be required to tell people it's a machine?

Google's new AI can carry on phone conversations that are so lifelike that even a human listener can be fooled.

Google wants to cure your smartphone addiction

“Wind down” and “shush” modes are coming to Android phones. Here’s what we think of Google’s new ideas to help us detox from our beloved glowing screens.