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House Endorses Net Neutrality, but the Outlook Remains Dim

House Endorses Net Neutrality, but the Outlook Remains Dim

US Representative Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania) sponsored the measure approved by the House Wednesday that would restore net neutrality.AlamyLegislation to restore the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules passed a big hurdle Wednesday. But it’s far from becoming law, and faces long odds.The House of Representatives approved the bill in a 232 to 190 vote. No…

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Facebook Is Changing News Feed (Again) to Stop Fake News

Facebook Is Changing News Feed (Again) to Stop Fake News

Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesFacebook is trying to redefine authoritativeness on the internet as part of its efforts to fight the spread of misinformation and abuse on its platforms.On Wednesday, the company rolled out a slew of announcements that aim to promote more trustworthy news sources, tamp down on Groups that spread misinformation, and give the public…

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‘Exodus’ Spyware Posed as a Legit iOS App

‘Exodus’ Spyware Posed as a Legit iOS App

Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty ImagesPrivate companies around the world have evolved a gray industry supplying digital surveillance and hacking tools to governments and local law enforcement. As the once little-known practice has grown, so too has the resulting malware. Researchers have now found that one of these spyware products, which had previously been found on the Google…

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The Plan to Save the Rhino With a Cervix-Navigating Robot

The Plan to Save the Rhino With a Cervix-Navigating Robot

TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe duck is famous for two things: really liking bread (even though they’re not supposed to be eating it), and wielding insanely complicated reproductive bits. More specifically, male ducks have corkscrew-shaped penises, while females’ reproductive tracts corkscrew in the opposite direction. It’s a disturbing consequence of an evolutionary arms race, the females’ countermeasure…

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Facebook’s Ad System Might Be Hard-Coded for Discrimination

Facebook’s Ad System Might Be Hard-Coded for Discrimination

Civil rights groups, lawmakers, and journalists have long warned Facebook about discrimination on its advertising platform. But their concerns, as well as Facebook’s responses, have focused primarily on ad targeting, the way businesses choose what kind of people they want to see their ads. A new study from researchers at Northeastern University, University of Southern…

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Facebook Won’t Stop Being Sketchy, and More Security News This Week

Facebook Won’t Stop Being Sketchy, and More Security News This Week

What a week for Facebook. The news blitz began over the weekend, as the company responded to multiple recent controversies, from livestreaming to disappearing blog posts. Then on Wednesday, security researchers at UpGuard found that two different third-party apps left more than 540 million Facebook records unprotected in the cloud. On Friday, we reported that…

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