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White duo behind app to avoid ‘sketchy’ neighborhoods is shocked to hear it’s racist

The developers of a new app which would allow users to identify “sketchy” neighborhoods have denied allegations that their product could lead to racial profiling, Crain’s New York reported. “We understand that people will see this issue,” said Allison McGuire, who designed the Sketch Factor app with Daniel Herrington. “And…

Facebook to acquire Internet security company PrivateCore

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Thursday it will to acquire a company that helps protect the computers and data centers that power Internet services. Facebook did not disclose financial terms for the acquisition of PrivateCore, which was founded in 2011 and is based in Palo Alto, California.…

China imposes new restrictions on instant messaging tools

By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) – China will force real-name registrations on public accounts of instant messaging tools and require those wishing to publish or reprint political news to seek prior approval, state media and Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Thursday. Last year, China launched a campaign to clamp down…

Communications watchdog OFCOM: ‘Six-year-olds understand digital technology better than adults’

Children, growing up with YouTube, Netflix and Spotify, learning to use smartphones or tablets before they are able to talk They may not know who Steve Jobs was or even how to tie their own shoelaces, but the average six-year-old child understands more about digital technology than a 45-year-old adult,…

Wikipedia edits made by British government sought to minimize high profile killings

Articles pertaining to Jean Charles de Menezes and Damilola Taylor were edited using devices on government internet Wikipedia articles about the killings of Damilola Taylor and Jean Charles de Menezes were among those edited using computers from inside government, it has emerged. One amendment made using the government’s IT system…

Samsung, Apple call off patent war outside US

Arch-rivals Samsung and Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL – news) decided Wednesday to drop all patent disputes outside the United States, marking a partial ceasefire in a long-running legal war between the world’s two largest smartphone makers. Both companies have been locked in a three-year battle of litigative attrition in close to…

Report: Cyber-security firm says Russian gang stole 1.2 billion Internet credentials

(Reuters) – A cybersecurity firm said it has uncovered about 1.2 billion Internet logins and passwords and more than 500 million email addresses amassed by a Russian crime ring, the largest known collection of such stolen data, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Hold Security of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which…

More than 17,000 sign up for class action against Facebook over NSA’s PRISM spying program

More than 17,000 Facebook members have joined a class action lawsuit accusing the social network of violating data protection law and supporting spying by America’s National Security Agency. The suit was launched on 1 August by a 26-year-old Austrian law student, Max Schrems, who filed his claim to be heard…

Light amount of electronic gaming linked to positive psychosocial adjustment

Playing video games for no more than one hour per day can have a small but positive impact on childhood development, according to new research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. …

LinkedIn and Labor Dept. reach $6 million settlement in unpaid overtime case

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – LinkedIn Corp agreed to pay about $6 million in back overtime and damages to 359 current and former employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the online career networking company violated the country’s wage law. In a settlement announced by the Labor…

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