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Washington Post Tech
Sep 18, 2019

Housing companies used Facebook's ad system to discriminate against older people, according to new human rights complaints
The watchdog group behind the complaint says it's the first time specific housing companies have been named in a civil rights action.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 18, 2019

Housing companies used Facebook's ad system to discriminate against older people, according to new human rights charges
The watchdog group behind the complaint says it's the first time specific housing companies have been named in a civil rights action.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 18, 2019

The Facebook page ‘Vets for Trump' was hijacked by a North Macedonian businessman. It took months for the owners to get it back.
The takeover of Vets for Trump underscores how money, politics and online misinformation remain deeply and often invisibly entangled ahead of the 2020 presidential election, despite years of promises by government officials and technology companies to combat such problems.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 18, 2019

The Technology 202: Senators grill agency officials over infighting in push to regulate big tech
They want the turf fighting to stop.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 18, 2019

Facebook is still trying to make the Portal happen
Facebook announced three new Portal devices with cameras in its quest to take on Google and Amazon.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 18, 2019

Facebook unveils charter for its ‘Supreme Court,' where users can go to contest the company's decisions
Facebook on Tuesday unveiled its blueprint for an independent oversight board of 40 people who will review the company's decisions about the posts, photos and videos it takes down or leaves online.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 18, 2019

You watch TV. Your TV watches back.
In our latest privacy experiment, we tracked how four of the most popular TV brands record everything we watch.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 17, 2019

The Technology 202: Snap launches political ads library
But lawmakers want rules that apply to all social media companies.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 16, 2019

The Technology 202: Facebook and YouTube content pushing steroids raises more platform policing questions
Washington is watching.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 16, 2019

Drug dealers are peddling steroids on Facebook and YouTube
The sale of illicit wares across social media platforms raises questions about how well the tech giants are policing their sites.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 15, 2019

TikTok's Beijing roots fuel censorship suspicion as it builds a huge U.S. audience
Social media has been a quintessentially American journey rooted in ideas about creative expression and freedom of speech. But the rise of the Chinese video app TikTok could signal an end to Western dominance of the Internet's megaphones — and an ideological change in what people see on the Web.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 15, 2019

For NASA contractors, lunar landing failures by Israel and India hit close to home


Washington Post Tech
Sep 14, 2019

Google and Facebook's latest efforts to ‘save' journalism are already getting eye rolls
Google and Facebook are racing to elevate quality journalism in the lead-up to the 2020 elections, but some fear the changes could have unintended consequences for news media.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 13, 2019

Meet the queer, nonbinary, pansexual characters of ‘Borderlands 3'


Washington Post Tech
Sep 13, 2019

NASA contractors share the grief of Israeli and Indian lunar failures


Washington Post Tech
Sep 13, 2019

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Washington Post Tech
Sep 13, 2019

The Technology 202: Venture capitalists aren't laughing about Andrew Yang's ‘freedom dividend' proposal
They applauded his idea to give $1,000 a month to 10 families.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 13, 2019

House lawmakers ask Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google to turn over trove of records in antitrust probe
The requests ask each of the tech giants to provide detailed information about their internal operations, including copies of key communications between top-level executives and records related to "any prior investigation" they have faced on competition grounds.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 13, 2019

Cities, not rural areas, are the real Internet deserts
The "digital divide" is back in the news, with both Democratic presidential candidates and incumbent government officials promising billions to provide high-speed Internet to millions of Americans in rural areas who don't currently have access to it at home. The digital divide, however, is not a rural problem.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 13, 2019

Amazon starts crowdsourcing Alexa responses from the public. What could possibly go wrong?
"Alexa, are you trolling me?" Amazon opens its Alexa Answers project to the public and gambles on the good will of the internet.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

Apple makes changes to kids app guidelines after criticism from developers
Apple modified privacy rules that developers of apps for children said would hurt their ability to make money and improve their products.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

‘Astral Chain': Wacky, complicated and, ultimately, enjoyable
If only more big-league developers dared to be this bonkers.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

‘Storm Area 51' creator pulls out of his own event, calling it Fyre Festival 2.0
The weird story of a viral Facebook event that became a festival has gotten even weirder.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

50 U.S. states and territories announce broad antitrust investigation of Google
More than 40 state attorneys general on Monday officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

California could become the largest state to ban facial recognition in body cameras
The legislation has earned praise from privacy and civil rights advocates.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

California Senate passes ride-hail bill that has divided Democrats over the future of Uber and Lyft drivers
Former Obama officials have gone to work for Uber and Lyft. With a new ride-hail bill, they're pitted against presidential candidates and fresh faces in Congress.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

From helicopter repairman to leader of the Internet's ‘darkest reaches': The life and times of 8chan owner Jim Watkins
How Jim Watkins took over one of the Web's most notorious hate sites.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

Apple launches new devices iPhone 11, Pro, iPad, Apple Watch, and services such as Apple TV
Apple on Tuesday unveiled new cheaper watches and iPhones and refreshed entry-level iPad. But it also announced the pricing and release dates for new subscription services, including its long-awaited Netflix rival Apple TV -- new ways for Apple to keep squeezing more money from consumers.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

How a video game is getting its players to rethink Brexit
A super-detailed soccer simulation is letting its users see the impact of the U.K.'s departure from the European Union in a whole new light. Data from the game is even being used to inform Parliament members on potential impact.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

iPhone 11 first look: That's an awful lot of cash for a camera
You can spend almost half as much on a new iPhone if a three-lens "pro" camera isn't a priority. But what does a third lens buy you?

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

Lyft announces safety changes advocated by victims in wake of scrutiny
The company will mandate driver safety education and use prediction to determine if riders or drivers need help.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

PewDiePie, the biggest star on YouTube, waged a war against his critics. When he tried to make peace, his fans rebelled.
"I feel like I've finally come in terms with the responsibilities I have as a creator," he said in a video celebrating 100 million subscribers.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

The Technology 202: Democrats face litmus test on economic inequality with California gig economy bill
We're watching tonight's debate.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

The Technology 202: Here's how Apple could get drawn into Washington's antitrust firestorm
The new iPhone is hot today. The App Store is Washington's priority.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

The Technology 202: Here's how Congress plans to pressure Big Tech this fall
They're back.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

These apps may have told Facebook about the last time you had sex
A new report found that some period-tracking apps shared intimate information with Facebook. In some cases, that data included when the user reported last having sex.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

These Dutch vloggers wanted to visit Area 51. They wound up in jail instead.
The two YouTube stars from the Netherlands were arrested for allegedly trespassing outside the government facility famed for conspiracies about aliens and UFOs.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

The Technology 202: It's not just Google bracing for an antitrust war with state attorneys general
Any large tech company is at risk.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

This year's Apple event was more diverse than ever. But underrepresented minorities were still left out.
Usually, Apple's events are heavily white and male. This year, things changed. Was it enough?

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

Uber announces 435 layoffs on its product and engineering teams
The company said the changes amounted to roughly 8 percent of the product and engineering staffs.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

Watched by millions, ‘vape influencers' worry they will become collateral damage in Trump's new ban
On YouTube and elsewhere, an ecosystem of users says the government is overreacting, harming livelihoods and driving people back to tobacco cigarettes.

Washington Post Tech
Sep 12, 2019

Why Apple's newest iPhones might not generate the buzz of years past
Last year's iPhone launches attracted about a quarter of the attention these Apple events did in the heyday of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6. What happened?

Washington Post Tech
Aug 29, 2019

How the surveillance state, loss of intimacy, and Metroid inspired Sam Barlow's ‘Telling Lies'
Sam Barlow explains his path to becoming a game designer and why he likes mixing video with a gaming experience.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 29, 2019

‘Control': A space-warping science fiction game with much to like but not a lot to love
'Control' is a weird game that would have benefited from being a lot weirder.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 29, 2019

Doorbell-camera firm Ring has partnered with 400 police forces, extending surveillance concerns
The home-security firm has made it easier than ever for local police to request homeowners' video. "If the police demanded every citizen put a camera at their door and give officers access to it, we might all recoil," one legal expert said.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 29, 2019

Internal data shows Uber's reputation hasn't changed much since #DeleteUber
The ride-hailing giant launched a half-billion dollar marketing campaign last year to rebuild its image. It didn't pay off.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 28, 2019

Maryland was never in play in 2016. The Russians targeted it anyway.
The Internet Research Agency, the Russian troll factory U.S. prosecutors blame for the massive disinformation campaign during the 2016 campaign, devoted enormous attention and preparation to its Maryland campaign, all in a likely effort, experts say, to widen racial divisions and demoralize African American voters.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 28, 2019

'Similar item to consider:' How Amazon pushes its own products over competitors'
Amazon is pushing its own private-label brands just before customers add products from competitors to their shopping carts. Here's how it works.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 28, 2019

'Similar item to consider:' How Amazon pushes its own products over competitors
Amazon is pushing its own private-label brands just before customers add products from competitors to their shopping carts. Here's how it works.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 28, 2019

Aggressive Amazon tactic pushes you to consider its own brand before you click ‘buy'
The tactic shows how the e-commerce giant can use its powerful platform to favor its brands just as shoppers are about to purchase rival items.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 28, 2019

Doorbell-camera firm Ring has partnered with 400 police forces, extending surveillance reach
The home-security firm has made it easier than ever for local police to request homeowners' video. "If the police demanded every citizen put a camera at their door and give officers access to it, we might all recoil," one legal expert said.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 28, 2019

Facebook to require buyers of political ads to provide more information about who paid for them
Facebook on Wednesday announced it would tighten some of its rules around political advertising ahead of the 2020 presidential election, imposing new requirements that candidates and campaigns submit more information about who actually paid for their ads.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 27, 2019

Former Google self-driving engineer, who prompted a lawsuit against Uber, gets hit with criminal charges
U.S. attorney's office files charges against former Google executive Anthony Levandowski, who allegedly stole self-driving car trade secrets and gave them to Uber.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 27, 2019

Facebook launches local alerts to disseminate safety information during local emergencies
Facebook is giving local emergency management agencies the ability to issue alerts about severe weather, traffic disruptions, crime and other local hazards.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 27, 2019

Alexa, who is Baidu? Chinese firm passes Google to become Amazon's top smart-speaker rival
In the second quarter, Chinese company Baidu beat out Google for the No. 2 spot in the global smart speaker market with its Xiaodu device.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 27, 2019

A secretive space drone just broke its own orbit record, and almost no one knows what it's doing
The Air Force X-37B is classified, but analysts have speculated its development heralds big advancements for reconnaissance satellites.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 27, 2019

Video game ‘loot boxes' are going away and it could crush Rocket League's black market
Players spend hundreds of dollars to customize their cars in community marketplaces.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 27, 2019

This Tesla owner wanted to control her Model 3. So she implanted a valet key in her arm.
A Texas woman wanted to control her Tesla Model 3. So she implanted part of the vehicle's valet key in her arm.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 26, 2019

People do grammar bad. Google's AI is hear too help.
AI-powered grammar tools from Google and others make sentence-parsing a thing of the past. Parents and teachers wonder if kids will suffer.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 26, 2019

The spy in your wallet: Credit cards have a privacy problem
In our latest privacy experiment, we bought one banana with the new Apple Card — and another with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa from Chase. Here's who tracked, mined and shared our data.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

Google says only talk about work at work — and definitely no politics
The company issued new guidelines in response to "a year of increased incivility on our internal platforms."

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

‘Telling Lies': One of the most brilliant video games of the year
"Telling Lies" threads a story around a government employee who gets paid to deceive others.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

Amazon ripped over product safety concerns
Despite internal policies to protect customers, the ecommerce giant listed thousands of items deemed unsafe by federal agencies, deceptively labeled or banned by regulators, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

Why so many of your favorite YouTube videos are secretly infomercials
YouTubers have to build businesses off their viral fame quicker than ever, and it's changing YouTube's content.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

Echo Fox partners fail in attempt to secure temporary restraining order against Rick Fox
The former Los Angeles Laker has been one of the most prominent figures in the mainstreaming of competitive video gaming but has been in a bitter internal battle over the future of his esports franchise.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

Facebook bans ads from the Epoch Times for violating transparency policies with pro-Trump ads
The conservative news outlet shifted its spending on Facebook in a way that blurred its links to $2 million worth of ads promoting President Trump.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

Buddhists unveil 'Mindar,' an android robotic priest at a 400-year-old temple in Kyoto, Japan
An android robotic priest was unveiled at Kodaiji temple, a 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

Meet ‘Mindar,' the robotic Buddhist priest
A Japanese temple has settled on a new plan for connecting with the masses, one that channels ancient wisdom through the technology of the future.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

Japanese researchers want to give granny a robotic monkey tail
Japanese researchers at Keio University have unveiled a robotic tail that has been designed to be worn by elderly people who struggle to maintain their balance.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

The Apple Card is a beautiful baby bird and should be handled as such
An Apple Card support page warns if the titanium credit card comes into contact with leather or denim, the interaction could cause "permanent discoloration that might not wash off."

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

Phone companies, state attorneys general announce broad campaign to fight robocalls
Twelve of the country's largest telephone companies on Thursday pledged to implement new technology that would spot and block robocalls while helping law enforcement officials track down criminals, part of an agreement brokered between the industry and 51 attorneys general.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

The Technology 202: Instagram's new fact-checking tool may have limited impact on disinformation
"In general, our misinformation efforts are focused on keeping our elections safe," says an Instagram spokeswoman.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 23, 2019

YouTube disables more than 200 channels for inauthentic activity around Hong Kong protests
Google announced Thursday it had taken down 210 channels on YouTube after discovering they "behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos" related to the protests in Hong Kong, an effort that the tech giant linked to recent, Chinese-backed operations on Facebook and Twitter.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 21, 2019

This viral Instagram hoax duped A-listers — and the man overseeing our nuclear arsenal
The ramifications of Instagram's supposed new "rule where they can use your photos" weren't totally clear.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 21, 2019

The Technology 202: Facebook attracts swift blowback from report on anti-conservative bias
Neither Republicans nor civil rights groups are happy.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 21, 2019

New Los Angeles County voting system highlights trade-offs between security and accessibility
L.A. County is about to challenge the voting machine industry

Washington Post Tech
Aug 21, 2019

Amazon's strategy to win over congressional critics: Tours of its giant warehouses
Amazon woos members of Congress to its warehouses even as President Trump and his would-be Democratic rivals rip the retailer for its treatment of the people who work there.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

Apple aims to protect kids' privacy. App makers say it could devastate their businesses.
Apple plans to change the rules it has for kids apps, raising concerns among some app developers about the way the tech giant wields power unilaterally over its App Store.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

Call of Duty league adds franchises in Los Angeles, Florida
The new franchises put the league at nine teams.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

Facebook makes small tweaks after anti-conservative-bias report. They're unlikely to make the issue go away.
Facebook has faced repeated criticism from conservatives that it is biased against them. It released an interim report Tuesday with its first findings on the topic.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

Facebook's ‘clear history' tool arrives with ambiguous data privacy controls
Facebook will allow users to see the mass of businesses, apps and other groups that collect data about them across the Web and pass it on to the social media giant — but the data won't be deleted.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

Overwatch League releases its 2020 schedule
The league will begin its new season with two homestands, one in New York and the other in Dallas.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

New Los Angeles County voting system highlights trade offs between security and accessibility
L.A. County is about to challenge the voting machine industry

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

Japanese researchers want to give your grandma a robotic monkey tail
Japanese researchers at Keio University have unveiled a robotic tail that has been designed to be worn by elderly people who struggle to maintain their balance.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

In accusing China of disinformation, Twitter and Facebook take on a role they've long rejected
China pushed back against claims by Twitter and Facebook that the government had run disinformation operations aimed at the Hong Kong protests. The comments underscored the challenging of setting global standards for online speech.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

The Technology 202: Facebook and Twitter's action on accounts tied to China show disinformation is going global
Amy Klobuchar says Congress needs to act now.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

Top DOJ official signals intensifying state and federal antitrust probe of big tech
The U.S. government is forging ahead with its review of online platforms for potential competition concerns, coordinating with state attorneys general and signaling it could soon send document demands to Silicon Valley and its critics.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

Twitter and Facebook take first actions against China for using fake accounts to sow discord in Hong Kong
The social media giants said they were taking action against what Twitter called a "significant state-backed information operation" related to the protests.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 20, 2019

Walmart sues Tesla over string of solar panel fires at its stores
In a complaint filed in New York court, Walmart alleged Tesla solar panels had caught fire at least seven times dating back to 2012.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 19, 2019

Going dark: Call of Duty esports circuit awaits Activision's next move
The players and teams at the world championships brace for a new era in the Call of Duty esports scene, one marked right now by an abundance of unknowns.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 15, 2019

Researchers just created a robotic lens that can be controlled by the eyes
A team of researchers at the University California San Diego have created a soft robotic lens that responds to eye movements.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 15, 2019

The Technology 202: Googlers demand company renounce working with Trump immigration agencies
The search giant faces criticism across the political spectrum.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 15, 2019

Washington Justice hires Analynn ‘bawlynn' Dang to be new GM
The Washington Justice, a new D.C.-based team created in this year's Overwatch League expansion, announced Analynn "bawlynn" Dang will start as their new general manager. She leaves her post at the Los Angeles Gladiators as director of social media and will stay on as GM of Team USA for the reminder of the Overwatch World Cup.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 15, 2019

Congress subpoenas 8chan owner to testify about mass shootings, online hate
The bipartisan subpoena of Jim Watkins marks the most significant action yet taken against a site derided as a cesspool of online hate.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 14, 2019

The Technology 202: The head of a Senate tech task force wants to focus on data privacy
Marsha Blackburn has some ideas.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 14, 2019

Warren calls for probe into whether FTC ‘misled' Americans into thinking they'd receive $125 from Equifax settlement
Not everyone is going to receive the money they might have expected out of a settlement between Equifax and state and federal regulators over its 2017 security breach -- and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is asking why.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 14, 2019

WeWork IPO filing follows uneven road for other companies going public
Large companies like Uber and Lyft have dampened much of the excitement around this year's IPOs. But analysts caution it may be too soon to make a call on WeWork.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 14, 2019

White House questions tech giants on ways to predict shootings from social media
The technology could serve as an early-warning system for potential attacks, White House officials proposed at the brainstorming session, perhaps compiling information from across social sites to identify attacks before they happen

Washington Post Tech
Aug 14, 2019

Uber posts record loss of $5.2 billion in the wake of going public
The steep loss reflected the punishing realities of competing as a public company in the gig economy.

Washington Post Tech
Aug 14, 2019

U.S. senators call on Google, Amazon and eBay to halt online gun accessory sales
Letters were sent to corporate CEOs after The Washington Post's discovery of ammunition and rifle magazines for sale online.

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