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Facebook won’t let Firefox thwart political manipulation, Mozilla complains to EU

Mozilla has joined the list of organizations displeased with Facebook’s new restrictions on outsiders analyzing political ads, lodging a complaint with European regulators that the move blocks its plan to help people understand who’s trying to influence them during coming elections. ‘Transparency cannot just be on the terms with which the world’s largest, most powerful …

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Google’s CEO says it may never launch that censored search engine it made for China

Google has been experimenting with a censored search engine that would work in China, but it’s not sure if it will ever launch the service, CEO Sundar Pichai said Monday.  Pichai, speaking during the Wired25 conference at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco, said Google started the internal project — dubbed Project Dragonfly — to …

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Vitamin Water will pay you big bucks to give up your phone for a year

One year, a full 365 days. No smartphone. No tablet. No using other people’s smartphones. Does that sound doable? If so, you might want to enter Vitamin Water‘s $100,000 #NoPhoneForAYear contest. The Coca-Cola Company drink brand will give one US resident a shot at kicking a smartphone addiction cold turkey, but the requirements are sure …

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Instagram’s new tools improve account transparency

It’s all about being transparent now for Instagram. The Facebook-owned photo app announced three new tools Tuesday. As well as enabling two-factor authentication via third-party apps, users can now see more information about other Instagram accounts through a feature called ‘About the Account.’ A new verification request form found under settings will also let users …

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German watchdog will reportedly order Facebook to stop gathering some data

A German antitrust watchdog will order Facebook to stop gathering some user data, according to a report. The Federal Cartel Office, known locally as the Bundeskartellamt, is mainly concerned about the data sharing with apps and sites outside Facebook — including Twitter and the Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday. …

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FCC will suspend most activity as government shutdown drags on

The Federal Communications Commission will shut down most of its operations on Thursday, if President Trump can’t reach an agreement with Democrats over the federal government’s partial shutdown. The FCC said Wednesday that without funding it will cease most activities as of midday Jan. 3, ‘other than those immediately necessary for the protection of life …

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Twitter launches prototype app, ‘twttr,’ to improve conversations

  Twitter on Monday launched its prototype app, ‘twttr,’ which lets testers try out new features and provide feedback. Twttr is the social network’s original name. The Twitter Prototype Program will try to make conversations easier to find and follow. Users can apply to join the program on Twitter’s site. They’ll get an email within …

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George H.W. Bush’s service dog lies by his casket in touching photo

Former President George H. W. Bush passed away on Friday, but his service dog is still by his side. Jim McGrath, spokesman for H.W. Bush, on Sunday tweeted a photo of the 41st president’s service dog, Sully, lying in front of a casket draped in the American flag. ‘Mission complete. #Remembering41,’ the caption read. The Facebook …

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Amazon unveils yet another store concept: Amazon 4-star

Amazon apparently isn’t done testing out new store concepts. On Wednesday, the company introduced Amazon 4-star, a physical store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood that includes products that’re rated 4 stars and above, are top sellers, or are new and trending on Amazon’s website. The new location will include devices, consumer electronics, kitchen wares, home …

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New Firefox suggests ways to get more out of the web

Starting Tuesday, Firefox will nudge you to try out options designed to make the web more interesting, more useful or more productive. Mozilla’s new Firefox 64 keeps an eye on what you’re up to and prompts you to try extensions and features that could help you with that activity, the browser maker said. For example, …