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Deepfake Videos Pose A Threat, but 'Dumbfakes' May Be Worse

Deepfake Videos Pose A Threat, but 'Dumbfakes' May Be Worse

By Beatrice Dupuy and Barabra Ortutay | Jul 21
Sophisticated phony videos called deepfakes have attracted plenty of attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the 2020 U.S. presidential contest may be "dumbfakes" — simpler and more easily unmasked bogus videos.

Instagram Expands Hiding 'Likes' to Make You Happier

Instagram Expands Hiding 'Likes' to Make You Happier

Jul 21
Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others.

Virgin Orbit in Launch Deal with UK's Royal Air Force

Virgin Orbit in Launch Deal with UK's Royal Air Force

Jul 21
Virgin Orbit says it has been selected by the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force to provide launches of small satellites on short notice.

Netflix Subscriber Drop Hints at Streaming-Service Fatigue

Netflix Subscriber Drop Hints at Streaming-Service Fatigue

By Mae Anderson | Jul 20
A dramatic slowdown in worldwide growth at Netflix — including the first quarterly drop in its U.S. subscribers since 2011 — is raising questions about just how much are people willing to pay for streaming services.

Fast-Growing Web of Doorbell Cams Raises Privacy Fears

Fast-Growing Web of Doorbell Cams Raises Privacy Fears

By Rachel Lerman | Jul 20
Critics complain that the home video security systems turn neighborhoods into places of constant surveillance and create suspicion that falls heavier on minorities.

Is Google Watching Your Every Porn-Surfing Move?

Is Google Watching Your Every Porn-Surfing Move?

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 20
You might think that using "incognito" mode is a good way to secure a little privacy while seeing what's new in porn online, but that's not necessarily the case, a new study reveals.

Real Estate Agents Use Digital Strategy to Get Buyers

Real Estate Agents Use Digital Strategy to Get Buyers

By Joyce M. Rosenberg | Jul 19
When the internet replaced newspapers as a primary way to advertise homes and other property for sale, real estate brokers learned they had to be increasingly strategic about marketing online.

Trump's Harsh Words on 'Squad' Reinforce Dark Posts Online

Trump's Harsh Words on 'Squad' Reinforce Dark Posts Online

By Jill Colvin and Amanda Seitz | Jul 19
Long before President Donald Trump turned up the heat on four Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should "go back" to their home countries, hateful rhetoric and disinformation about the self-described squad was lurking online.

Stats Show How AOC Dominating Social Media Attention

Stats Show How AOC Dominating Social Media Attention

By David Bauder | Jul 18
The Democratic representative from Queens dwarfed the Democrats who are seeking President's job in a measurement of social media interactions with news articles by the tracking firm NewsWhip.

Myths and Risks in App that Gives You Peek into Older Self

Myths and Risks in App that Gives You Peek into Older Self

By Rachel Lerman | Jul 18
Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present? That concern was pushed to the spotlight this week with the resurgence of a smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger and older selves.

Finance Execs Meet in Paris to Haggle over Tech and Trade

Finance Execs Meet in Paris to Haggle over Tech and Trade

Jul 17
The top finance officials of the Group of Seven rich democracies are arriving at Chantilly, in a chateau north of Paris, at the start of a two-day meeting aimed at finding common ground on how to tax technology companies and other issues.

Sex Tech in, Skimpy Outfits Out as CES Show Seeks Diversity

Sex Tech in, Skimpy Outfits Out as CES Show Seeks Diversity

Jul 17
The CES gadget show is cracking down on its dress code, introducing more sessions focused on women and minorities and creating a new "sex tech" category after a debacle over a robotic personal massager for women.

Congress Grills Big Tech over Competition, Money and Power

Congress Grills Big Tech over Competition, Money and Power

By Barbara Ortutay and Matt O'Brien | Jul 17
Big Tech faced tough questions Tuesday as federal lawmakers focused on issues of potentially anticompetitive behavior by technology giants and expressed bipartisan skepticism over Facebook's plan for a new digital currency.

Cyberattacks Inflict Deep Harm at Technology-Rich Schools

Cyberattacks Inflict Deep Harm at Technology-Rich Schools

By Michael Melia | Jul 17
The kind of attacks more commonly reserved for banks and other institutions holding sensitive data are increasingly targeting school systems around the country.

Trump Voters Cringe and Shrug at Tweets While Democrats Rage

Trump Voters Cringe and Shrug at Tweets While Democrats Rage

By Scott Bauer | Jul 17
Across the country, in states critical to Trump's reelection, the reaction to Trump's racist tweets exposed two vastly different views on race politics in America.

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