Senators Ask The FTC To Investigate How Social Networks Curate Their Content

How do websites like Facebook, Google, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter determine topics that are supposedly relevant to you? Presumably, this is based on how you use their websites, where based on your searches, history, browsing habits, and so on, it will surface information that it thinks is most suitable for you.


Germany Bans Schools From Using Microsoft Office 365

When it comes to productivity software, there aren’t that many around, with most people turning to Microsoft Office as their software of choice. However, it seems that over in Germany, schools will no longer be allowed to use Microsoft Office 365, the cloud version of Microsoft’s Office software.


US Companies Could Start Business Dealings With Huawei In The Next Few Weeks

Thanks to a recent reversal, it was announced that Huawei could once again do business with US companies. However, it does not mean that the company has been taken off the Entity List, but rather it meant that unless the business poses a risk to national security, US companies can apply for licenses to do business with Huawei.


Facebook Hit With $5 Billion Fine Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Last year, Facebook was hit with its biggest scandal of all time when it was revealed that an organization called Cambridge Analytica misused data that Facebook had granted them access to. This resulted in a huge breach of privacy for many of Facebook’s users, which ultimately led to calls to break up the company.


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Teens Who Vandalized Their School Were Identified By Automatic WiFi Login

There are many criminals out there who think that donning a mask and hiding their faces will help them avoid getting caught. However, sometimes there are certain clues that they leave behind that can lead to their arrest, such is the case with a group of four teens from Maryland who were recently charged with hate crimes.


YouTube To Revamp Its Copyright Infringement System

We’re sure that we’ve all come across YouTube videos which have either its music removed or the entire video taken down due to alleged copyright infringement. Sometimes these takedowns are legit and are at the request of record labels or movie studios, but sometimes, they are taken down by trolls who report videos even if there are no issues.


FCC Wants To Ban Caller ID Spoofing For Text Messages

Spoofing phone numbers is a common way for scammers to make you think that someone else is calling you. For example, you could receive a call from a number that claims to be from your bank, when in reality, it isn’t. This is the same that applies to text messages as well, but the good news is that the FCC is finally looking to do something about it.


Philly Park Installs A Device That Emits A Frequency That Only Annoys Young People

The frequency of sound is wide and as we get older, there are certain frequencies that we will no longer be able to hear or hear as well compared to when we were young. This seems to be something that Philadelphia officials are taking advantage of when they decided to install a device called the Mosquito in its parks.


New Ruling Means That Amazon Can Be Held Liable For Defective Third-Party Products

Amazon’s platform not only sells products that the company stocks in its own warehouses, but they are also home to third-party retailers who want to leverage Amazon’s reach and customer base to sell their products. However, if you buy a defective product from a third-party retailer from Amazon, the question is, who should be held liable?


China’s Border Guards Are Reportedly Installing Surveillance Apps On Phones Of Tourists

As you might have heard, applicants for US visas are now required to provide their social media information during the application process. Presumably, this is used as a means of a background check of sorts, to see what kind of people are applying for visas and if there might be anything in their social media to indicate that they could be a threat to national security.


Electric Cars In The EU Now Required To Emit Noise For Safety

Regular cars can get pretty noisy due to its engine. This is one of the advantages that electric cars have over regular cars, but at the same time, it can be dangerous. This is because regular cars can be loud enough where pedestrians will know when a car is near or behind them, but this isn’t the same for electric cars.


White House Considering Banning End-To-End Encryption

These days end-to-end encryption has become a standard feature that we can expect from messaging apps these days. However, governments aren’t too thrilled with the feature because it means that it would be hard for them to break into devices, which they claim is for national security purposes.


FAA Discovers A New Flaw In Boeing’s 737 Max Planes

We put a lot of faith in airplanes to stay in the sky while it is flying, but unfortunately, accidents do happen from time to time, and that is why Boeing’s 737 Max planes are currently grounded due to some flaws which some believe could have been the reason behind the recent crashes. The company is working on a fix, but it seems that it could take longer than we […]


San Francisco Has Voted To Officially Ban E-Cigarettes

According to a report from last week, it was suggested that the city of San Francisco could be the first city in the US to officially ban e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, for those who are fans of e-cigarettes and were hoping that this would not come to pass, it looks like it did as the city has since voted in favor of banning the sales and deliveries of e-cigarette products.