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We talked to the professor who fought Cambridge Analytica to get his data back in Netflix’s ‘The Great Hack’ about why privacy rights in the US are lagging behind the rest of the world

Netflix/YouTubeDavid Carroll is one of the main subjects in “The Great Hack,” a Netflix documentary about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the fight for data rights.Netflix/YouTube A new Netflix original documentary, “The Great Hack,” provides an inside look into the Cambridge Analytica scandal as it unfolds, with exclusive interviews from …

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2 privacy crises in one week prove Facebook still hasn’t solved its privacy woes, even after a $5 billion fine

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Facebook has been collecting audio from some voice chats on Messenger and paying contractors to listen to and transcribe them

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Josh Edelson/Getty Images Facebook has been collecting audio from users’ voice chats and paying outside contractors to transcribe them, Bloomberg’s Sarah Frier reported on Tuesday. Users affected are those that opted into having their voice chats transcribed, Facebook told Bloomberg. But the company doesn’t disclose in its …

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‘Ad models break everyone’s brains’: How Patreon and Substack are trying to make the internet a better place with membership and subscriptions

Shutterstock For digital creators, Patreon and Substack provide an alternative model to making money on the internet. Both platforms allow users to pay monthly fees to support their favorite artists, writers, podcasters, and gamers through subscriptions and membership – as opposed to relying on the ad-based revenue model from larger …

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Google has an indexing issue that means old news stories are at the top of search results

Greg Sandoval/Business InsiderGoogle I/O 2018Greg Sandoval/Business Insider If your Google search results are seeming a bit stale today, you’re not alone.  Google announced early Thursday morning that it was experiencing indexing issues on its search service, which affects new content from appearing in search results.  Similar indexing issues plagued the …

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The owner of 8chan is being summoned to testify before Congress regarding its link to mass shootings, but no one seems to have his mailing address

YouTube8chan owner, Jim WatkinsYouTube On Tuesday, the House Committee on Homeland Security requested that 8chan’s owner, Jim Watkins, testify regarding the message board’s links to multiple mass shootings.  The letter comes in the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas where the suspect reportedly posted a manifesto on …

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Facebook is rebranding Instagram and WhatsApp as ‘Instagram from Facebook’ and ‘WhatsApp from Facebook’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana Instagram and WhatsApp are getting rebranded to “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook.” The new names will show up in app stores and inside the …

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Amazon will now let Alexa users decide if they want the company to listen in on their conversations for testing purposes

Mike George, VP Alexa, Echo and Appstore for Amazon, speaks during the LG press conference at CES in Las Vegas, U.S., January 4, 2017.Rick Wilking/Reuters If Alexa users don’t want Amazon to listen in on their conversations as a part of its human review process, there’s now an option for …

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Amazon is disabling its Dash buttons, the little buttons that let people re-order groceries with a push

Amazon; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Amazon is turning off its Dash buttons at the end of this month. The company stopped selling the buttons earlier this year, but had continued to support ones already in customers’ hands. The gadgets allowed customers to order particular products from dozens of brands at the …

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President Trump finds no reason to be concerned over Google’s ‘very, very limited work’ in China according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinChip Somodevilla/Getty Images Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that he and President Trump had found no evidence of Google working with the Chinese government in a way that raised concerns.  Mnuchin’s comments come after tech billionaire Peter Thiel said earlier this month that Google been …

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