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Google Fined $57 Million in Biggest Penalty Yet Under New European Law

23 hours 37 min ago
Google was fined $57 million by a French regulator—the biggest penalty levied yet under a new European privacy law—alleging the search-engine giant didn’t go far enough to get valid user consent to gather data for targeted advertising.

Facebook's WhatsApp Fights Fake News by Curbing Message Forwarding

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 11:37pm
The app is limiting users’ ability to forward messages across the platform, after criticism it has been used to spread misinformation and rumors, and sometimes has led to violence.

For Industrial Robots, Hacking Risks Are On the Rise

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 8:27pm
5G promises to make factories a lot smarter. And that means they’ll be a lot more vulnerable.

Russia Accuses Facebook, Twitter of Failing to Comply With Data Laws

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 4:14pm
Russia launched administrative action against Facebook and Twitter for failing to comply with its data laws, days after Facebook removed the accounts of what it said were two Russia-based misinformation campaigns.

Facebook, Germany to Collaborate Against Election Interference

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 8:54am
Facebook operating chief Sheryl Sandberg said the company will work with the German ministry for information security to guide policy throughout Europe on election interference.

China Moves to Punish Scientist Involved With Gene-Edited Babies

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 7:28am
He Jiankui, who has claimed to have engineered the world’s first gene-edited babies, is said to have violated national laws and forged documents.

The Public Face of Huawei's Global Fight

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 3:53am
Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s finance chief and daughter of its founder, helped lead the company’s effort to improve its image. With her arrest, she’s caught up in one of the probes ensnaring the company around the world.

The 'Hybrid' Skills That Tomorrow's Jobs Will Require

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 8:44pm
Jobs that tap both technical and creative thinking will be likely to pay well—and resist automation.

Every Gadget and App Should Have a Dark Mode

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 7:57pm
Dark Mode: It’s good for your eyes, your battery and maybe even your sanity, and it’s hidden in most of your devices and apps. Here’s how to turn it on almost everywhere.

American Railways Chug Toward Automation

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 9:46pm
Rio Tinto calls it the world’s largest robot: mile-long driverless trains traversing the sparsely populated Australian Outback. American railroad companies call it the future.

Spy Satellite Launched Amid Concerns Over Shutdown's Impact

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 6:16pm
A large U.S. spy satellite was successfully launched into orbit as concerns mounted that the continued government shutdown threatens to disrupt launch plans for future commercial, civilian and potentially even military payloads.

U.S. Close to Ending Its Facebook Probe

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 5:32pm
The federal government’s privacy investigation into Facebook appears to be nearing a conclusion, with the prospect of a large fine looming for the social-media giant.

The Hot New Channel for Reaching Real People: Email

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 8:28am
Frustrated and fatigued by social-media challenges, businesses and others looking for an audience turn to an old standby.

'Super Blood Wolf Moon' Makes Astronomers Howl

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 7:25pm
Scientists call it a total lunar eclipse, but everybody else has grabbed hold of its new name; ‘Sounds more at home in a vampire novel.’

Two Snap Executives Pushed Out After Probe Into Inappropriate Relationship

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 7:15pm
Snap in recent weeks pushed out two senior executives after an investigation found that one of them had allegedly engaged in an inappropriate relationship with an outside contractor.

Airbnb Has Held Talks to Buy Hotel Tonight

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 6:25pm
Airbnb has held talks to acquire hotel-booking site Hotel Tonight, as the home-sharing company seeks to bolster its offerings and make itself more attractive to investors ahead of an eventual IPO.

Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 5:46pm
One in seven Americans drink from private wells, which are being polluted by contaminants from manure and fertilizer. The problem pits neighbor against neighbor in rural communities across the country.

Tesla to Slash More Jobs in Effort to Lower Model 3 Price

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 5:09pm
Tesla is cutting its full-time workforce by 7% to help lower costs so it can sell the Model 3 sedan at a lower price. Shares fell 13%.

DNC Says Russia Tried to Hack Its Computers After Midterms

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 3:51pm
The Democratic National Committee said it was targeted by an unsuccessful cyberattack eight days after the 2018 midterm elections—and believes one of the Russian hacking groups that broke into its network during the 2016 presidential campaign was behind the attempted intrusion.

Driverless Cars Tap the Brakes After Years of Hype

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:34pm
The hype that has consumed the nascent driverless car industry over the past few years has moved into a new period of cautious optimism.