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Facebook could face record fine from US regulators, report says - CNET

cNET.com - News - 13 min 34 sec ago
The fine hasn't been finalized but is expected to be larger than the record-setting $22.5 million the Federal Trade Commission imposed on Google in 2012, according to The Washington Post.

Verizon offers free robocall blocking, two years after AT&T and T-Mobile

Ars Technica - 13 min 34 sec ago

Enlarge / A Verizon logo at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Verizon yesterday said it will make spam and robocall blocking features free for all wireless customers starting in March, about two years after AT&T and T-Mobile began offering free robocall blocking.

"In March, we will be rolling out our free spam alerting and call blocking tools to all of our wireless customers whose smartphones support these features, including iPhone and Android devices," Verizon's announcement said. "There will be more information on how to sign up for the free service as we get closer to launch."

Verizon added call and spam screening features more than a year ago to its $2.99-per-month Call Filter product, which also lets customers see contact details for unknown callers. Verizon pointed to research showing that its system "correctly identified potential problem phone numbers approximately 93.6 percent of the time."

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Bird Box got Netflix to spill viewership numbers and now it can't stop - CNET

cNET.com - News - 18 min 2 sec ago
Netflix gets to throw shade at regular media companies and woo big-name talent, all in one move.

Ikea and Sonos to launch Symfonisk speakers in August, says report - CNET

cNET.com - News - 23 min 54 sec ago
The Swedish furniture company showcased prototype Symfonisk speakers last year.

Facebook may be hit with “record-setting fine” by FTC, report says

Ars Technica - 34 min 52 sec ago

Enlarge (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

According to a Friday report by The Washington Post, federal regulators have discussed imposing a "record-setting fine against Facebook" for violating the company’s 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission.

The Post, which cited "three people familiar with the deliberations," reported that the total amount is "expected to be much larger than the $22.5 million fine" that Google previously paid in 2012.

Facebook has come under significant scrutiny over the last year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that erupted in March 2018. That now-defunct British data analytics company was revealed to have retained data on 50 million Facebook users despite claiming to have deleted it.

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Canadian ban on Huawei's 5G tech will trigger 'repercussions,' says China - CNET

cNET.com - News - 35 min 11 sec ago
The Chinese telecom giant's 5G tech sales have come under scrutiny.

US midterms barely over when Russians came knocking on our servers (again), Democrats claim

The Register - 42 min 17 sec ago
Лучшая защита – нападение?

Russian hackers attempted to infiltrate the Democratic National Committee (DNC) just after the US midterm elections last year, according to a new court filing.…

Audi plans Q3-sized EV crossover, report says - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 8 min ago
The same source said an EV variant of the Q2 SUV will head to China.

Saturn's rings are a relatively new addition, NASA says - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 32 min ago
The Cassini spacecraft is long gone, but it's still helping scientists make new discoveries about the giant planet.

Qualcomm wouldn't release modems as often without Apple's business - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 41 min ago
Apple is the only smartphone company that buys a standalone modem, CTO James Thompson testified in the FTC case Friday.

Glass review: M. Night Shyamalan's superheroes aren't what you expect - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 46 min ago
Twenty years in the making, the sequel to Unbreakable has its powerful moments, but it ain't no Marvel movie.

Stop & Shop's grocery pods will bring the store to your house - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 56 min ago
It's a bit different than the grocery delivery robots we've covered in the past.

VR headsets, augmented windshields, and multiscreen infotainment at CES

Ars Technica - 2 hours 3 min ago

Enlarge / Yes, I am wearing VR in the backseat of an electric car. Yes, this is Peak CES. (credit: Aurich Lawson)

LAS VEGAS—I'd been on the ground for less than twelve hours before I strapped on the virtual reality headset. It was only 8pm but felt far later thanks to time zones and air travel. I had already been chauffeured about that afternoon by a self-driving car, and here I was sitting in the back seat of an Audi e-tron at a race track a little south of the city. I'd already reached Peak CES, yet the show wouldn't even officially start for another 36 hours.

We were at Speedvegas for a rather exclusive look at Holoride, which Audi thinks is the next big breakthrough in in-car entertainment. According to the company—which has spun Holoride as an independent startup—it's a "radically new way to entertain backseat passengers in a brand new way." The idea is deceptively simple: you take telematics info from the car in real-time and use it to construct artificial environments in VR. Or, to put it another way, imagine you're flying in a spaceship, and every time the car accelerates, brakes, or turns, your spaceship accelerates, brakes, or turns as well.

I know what you're thinking: "wearing VR in the back of a car is going to make me carsick!" Holoride's magic formula has been to better match the car's motion to what happens in VR. That means less conflict between the messages from your eyes and your vestibular system, which means less motion sickness. (Now, only 27 percent of users will experience severe nausea, down from more than one in two before Holoride worked out its digital magic. And 53 percent experience no nausea at all.)

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2019 Ram HD to offer a Sport package, but don't get too excited - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 22 min ago
The Ram HD's new Sport package ditches some chrome and adds parking sensors.

Walmart's rumored streaming service isn't going to happen, says report - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 22 min ago
The retail giant will focus on its Vudu division instead.

World's oldest periodic table chart emerges from obscurity - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 23 min ago
Germanium, discovered in 1886, is not included on the chart.

Sen. Marco Rubio wants to ban states from protecting consumer privacy

Ars Technica - 2 hours 28 min ago

Enlarge / Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks to reporters following a closed briefing on intelligence matters on Capitol Hill on December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Zach Gibson )

US Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has proposed a federal privacy law that would preempt tougher privacy rules issued by states.

Rubio's announcement Wednesday said that his American Data Dissemination (ADD) Act "provides overdue transparency and accountability from the tech industry while ensuring that small businesses and startups are still able to innovate and compete in the digital marketplace."

But Rubio's bill establishes a process for creating rules instead of issuing specific rules right away, and it allows up to 27 months for Congress or the Federal Trade Commission to write the actual rules.

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Protestors beg Google not to build censored Project Dragonfly search engine

The Register - 2 hours 32 min ago
Anti-censorship demo reaches Chocolate Factory's London HQ

A small handful of protesters turned up outside Google’s London HQ today to protest against the ad company’s censored search engine, developed as part of an unholy bargain to gain access to the Chinese market.…

Fortnite season 7, week 7 challenges and how to destroy flying X-4 Stormwings - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 33 min ago
The official week 7 Fortnite challenges are here and we can help you get through a few more tiers of your Battle Pass.

Zimbabwe blocks Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter amid crackdown

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 35 min ago
A coalition of human rights groups says at least 12 people have been killed in a week of protests.

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