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Audit Clears Facebook Despite Cambridge Analytica Leaks

Audit Clears Facebook Despite Cambridge Analytica Leaks

| By Barbara Ortutay | Apr 21
An audit of Facebook's privacy practices for the Federal Trade Commission found no problems even though the company knew at the time that a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users.

Cell Phones, Biometrics Fuel Jump in Bank Account Ownership

Cell Phones, Biometrics Fuel Jump in Bank Account Ownership

| By Ken Sweet | Apr 21
Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now has some form of a bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, largely due to by the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts.

Amazon Reveals Its Prime Service Has 100 Million Members

Amazon Reveals Its Prime Service Has 100 Million Members

| By Michael Liedtke | Apr 21
Amazon has persuaded more than 100 million shoppers to subscribe to its Prime service that offers free two-day shipping and other perks that help bind people to the company and its ever-expanding empire.

 Russia Takes Heavy Hand to Internet to Block Messaging App

Russia Takes Heavy Hand to Internet to Block Messaging App

| By Nataliya Vasilyeva and Frances Ebel | Apr 20
Russian authorities are freezing up vast swathes of the country's online world in what critics call a heavy-handed - and so far unsuccessful - attempt to block a popular messaging app, Telegram.

Waze Causing LA Traffic Headaches, City Council Member Says

Waze Causing LA Traffic Headaches, City Council Member Says

| By Christopher Weber | Apr 20
Los Angeles should consider legal action against Waze over complaints that the traffic navigation app is recklessly guiding motorists off thoroughfares and into residential neighborhoods in search of shorter or quicker routes, a city council member said.

Amazon Brings Fitting Room Home with Prime Wardrobe

Amazon Brings Fitting Room Home with Prime Wardrobe

| By Joseph Pisani | Apr 19
Prime Wardrobe, which sends a box of fashions to try before you pay, basically bringing the fitting room home. It ships up to eight items and users are charged for whatever they don't send back.

BuzzFeed Publishes Exposé on 'Gay Sex for Rent' Facebook Groups

BuzzFeed Publishes Exposé on 'Gay Sex for Rent' Facebook Groups

| Apr 18
BuzzFeed is publishing a multi-part report exposé exploring the way in which Facebook allegedly facilitates landlords offering young men rooms in exchange for sex.

US, UK Say Russia Targets Internet Hardware for Espionage

US, UK Say Russia Targets Internet Hardware for Espionage

| By Frank Bajak | Apr 18
Washington and London on Monday jointly accused the Russian government of maliciously targeting global internet equipment for political and economic espionage.

UK Academic Says Data Firm Helped Trump Campaign Spread Fear

UK Academic Says Data Firm Helped Trump Campaign Spread Fear

| By Danica Kirka | Apr 18
A propaganda expert who has studied Cambridge Analytica says the company helped Donald Trump's presidential campaign use false statements and anti-Muslim messages to spread fear and resentment in swing states.

Web's Inventor Discusses Digital Monopolies, Privacy Threats

Web's Inventor Discusses Digital Monopolies, Privacy Threats

| By Michael Liedtke | Apr 17
Tim Berners-Lee gave away the technology that he used to invent the World Wide Web, so it's not surprising that he's worried about the current state of the internet as Google, Facebook and Amazon become increasingly dominant in the digital world.

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