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2 Cops Fired over Post Suggesting Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Shot

2 Cops Fired over Post Suggesting Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Shot

Jul 23
Two members of a police department in a New Orleans suburb were fired Monday — one for a Facebook post calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a "vile idiot" and suggesting that she be shot, the other for "liking" the post.

Olympic Robots Offer 'Virtual' Attendance, Help Out on Field

Olympic Robots Offer 'Virtual' Attendance, Help Out on Field

By Yuri Kageyama | Jul 22
A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for "virtual" attendance. The cute ones are, naturally, the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots.

GOP Group Removes Post Calling Congresswomen "Jihad Squad"

GOP Group Removes Post Calling Congresswomen "Jihad Squad"

Jul 22
An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Donald Trump and referred to them as the "Jihad Squad."

NY State Police Lag Behind Agencies Nationwide on Camera Use

NY State Police Lag Behind Agencies Nationwide on Camera Use

By Ryan Tarinelli | Jul 22
A highway shoulder is where New York state troopers spotted Luke Patterson, walking by himself around 2 a.m. after his car became disabled. By the end of the encounter, the 41-year-old chef would be killed by a trooper's gunfire.

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.

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