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Facebook’s New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers

Wired - 41 min 49 sec ago
It was already hard for researchers to use Facebook's data. It looks like it's about to get harder.

Cambridge Analytica breach results in lawsuits filed by angry Facebook users

Ars Technica - 1 hour 10 min ago

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In the wake of the ongoing Cambridge Analytica debacle, Facebook has now been sued in federal court in San Francisco and San Jose. These new cases claim violations of federal securities laws, unfair competition, and negligence, among other allegations.

The pair of cases stem from recent revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a British data firm that contracted with the Donald Trump presidential campaign, retained private data from 50 million Facebook users despite claiming to have deleted it. New reporting on Cambridge Analytica has spurred massive public outcry from users and politicians with CEO Mark Zuckerberg calling it a "breach of trust."

These two cases, which were filed on March 20, could be just the first among what could be a coming wave of similar lawsuits.

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AI can quickly and accurately analyze heart scans, study says - CNET - News - 1 hour 30 min ago
Researchers find machine learning can classify heart anatomy on an ultrasound scan faster, more accurately and more efficiently than a human.

Mark Zuckerberg answers key questions in scandal, but many remain - CNET - News - 1 hour 34 min ago
Facebook’s CEO says that he's sorry about the Cambridge Analytica scandal affecting "tens of millions" and that he'd be willing to testify before Congress.

Huawei dealt a blow, loses Best Buy as retail partner - CNET - News - 1 hour 41 min ago
The Chinese company, the world's third-largest smartphone maker, won't be able to sell its smartphones, smartwatches and laptops at Best Buy. It's already shut out by the US carriers.

Atlanta computer systems held hostage in ransomware attack - CNET - News - 1 hour 42 min ago
Files on city computer systems have been encrypted, according to a ransom note that demands payment in bitcoin.

Trump’s Latest China Tariffs Could Hurt Tech—and Even Social Media

Wired - 1 hour 46 min ago
President Trump says he will impose tariffs on about $60 billion of Chinese goods in response to "tremendous intellectual property theft."

Deadpool 2 trailer is out, and the Merc is just as mouthy - CNET - News - 1 hour 47 min ago
Star Ryan Reynolds is as inappropriate and snarky as before in the first traditional trailer for the sequel.

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica face lawsuit over privacy loss - CNET - News - 1 hour 48 min ago
Maryland resident Lauren Price has sued over the handling of her personal information. The case could become a class action.

Chris Evans is done playing Captain America after 'Avengers 4' - CNET - News - 1 hour 48 min ago
The actor is moving on, and it's unclear what this means for his character's onscreen fate. But fans have more than a year to speculate about it.

Gun channel moves to Pornhub after YouTube gun video ban - CNET - News - 1 hour 53 min ago
InRange TV cites new YouTube policy cracking down on gun videos as reason for move.

City of Atlanta's IT gear thoroughly pwned by ransomware nasty

The Register - 2 hours 1 min ago
Data gone with the wind as attacker goes full Sherman

Updated IT systems used by the City of Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia, have succumbed to a ransomware attack, cutting off some online city services and potentially putting the personal information of employees and citizens at risk.…

Facebook: Threat to sue journalists was 'not our wisest move' - CNET - News - 2 hours 3 min ago
With a Cambridge Analytica exposé nearing publication, Facebook should "have probably not threatened to sue the Guardian," Facebook exec Campbell Brown says.

Is Facebook's apology over Cambridge Analytica enough? (The 3:59, Ep. 374) - CNET - News - 2 hours 4 min ago
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg goes on an apology tour, Huawei loses a key partner in Best Buy, and Etsy lays out its plan for the future.

'Westworld' unveils new poster, teaser a month before season 2 - CNET - News - March 22, 2018 - 11:46pm
Sure the poster for the second season of the HBO show is nice, but check out what's hidden inside.

What's the point of a smart weather station? - CNET - News - March 22, 2018 - 11:30pm
Besides better forecasts, smart weather stations can roll local conditions into your home-automation scheme.

Apple must warn about China privacy risk, says Amnesty International - CNET - News - March 22, 2018 - 11:25pm
The human rights group launches a campaign to pressure Apple after it moved iCloud data controls to China. But Apple says it's been very clear with its customers.

Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

The Register - March 22, 2018 - 11:19pm
Big Blue's five-year effort to weed out elders detailed after deep-dive investigation

IBM for the past five years has been pushing older employees out of the company and replacing them with younger staffers in the US or moving the jobs overseas, it is claimed.…

Galaxy S9 owners are running into touchscreen dead zones - CNET - News - March 22, 2018 - 10:38pm
Some people are reporting that the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus won't respond to their touch.

China's Tiangong-1 satellite isn't the only space junk above us - CNET - News - March 22, 2018 - 10:21pm
It's not just China's Tiangong-1 space station that poses a potential threat. An informal census of debris in orbit finds lots of explosive potential floating around up there.

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