Technology

Facebook Launches “Reactions” Worldwide

Feb 24 – Facebook users around the globe can now be more expressive. The social network rolled out “Reactions” – an extension of the “Like” button – worldwide on Wednesday, to allow users to express emotions such as sadness, anger and love. In a video accompanying a blog post, the five new buttons appear as

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Apple’s Fight with U.S. Could Speed Development of Gov’t Proof Devices

By Joseph Menn and Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 23 – The legal showdown between Apple Inc and U.S. law enforcement over encryption, no matter the outcome, will likely accelerate tech company efforts to engineer safeguards against government intrusion, tech industry executives say. Already, an emerging industry is marketing super-secure phones and mobile applications. An

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Los Angeles Hospital Pays Hackers $17,000 Ransom in Bitcoins

Feb 19 -While it was not the first hacked organization to acquiesce to attackers’ demands, the California hospital that paid $17,000 in ransom to hackers to regain control of its computer system was unusual in one notable way: It went public with the news. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center relented to the demands, President Allen Stefanek

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Is Daesh’s Reach Diminishing on Twitter?

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Feb 18 – Daesh’s English-language reach on Twitter has stalled in recent months amid a stepped-up crackdown against the extremist group’s army of digital proselytizers, who have long relied on the site to recruit and radicalize new adherents, according to a study being released on Thursday. Suspensions of English-speaking users affiliated

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Privacy vs Security at Heart of Apple Phone Decrypt Order

By Jim Finkle and Joseph Menn Feb 17 – A court order demanding that Apple Inc help the U.S. government unlock the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters is shaping up as a crucial test case of how far the government can go in forcing technology companies to help security and intelligence

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Twitter Not Reliable Predictor of Election Outcomes

By Amy Tennery NEW YORK, Feb 17 – In politics, it is said that all press is good press. But that does not necessarily apply to tweets, according to a study released this week. In fact, it is difficult to predict the outcome of an election based on the amount of Twitter buzz a candidate

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Apple Ordered to Aid FBI in Unlocking California Shooter’s Phone

By Dustin Volz and Joseph Menn WASHINGTON, Feb 17 – A U.S. judge on Tuesday ordered Apple Inc to help the FBI break into a phone recovered from one of the San Bernardino shooters, an order that heightens a long-running dispute between tech companies and law enforcement over the limits of encryption. Apple must provide

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Twitter to Change Homepage to Customize Tweet Displays to Individuals

By Yasmeen Abutaleb Feb 11  – Twitter Inc made a dramatic product change on Wednesday, saying it will recast the way it displays tweets on its homepage by customizing them to individual users, instead of uniformly displaying tweets in reverse chronological order. The change to the timeline – as the main page is known –

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To Silence Propaganda, Iraq Seeks to Take Daesh Offline

By Matt Smith DUBAI, Feb 4 – Iraq is trying to persuade satellite firms to halt Internet services in areas under Daesh’s rule, seeking to deal a major blow to the group’s potent propaganda machine which relies heavily on social media to inspire its followers to wage jihad. Social media apps like Twitter and Telegram

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