Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid

The hacking group, Energetic Bear, is among Russia’s stealthiest. It appears to be casting a wide net to find useful targets ahead of the election, experts said.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #federal-security-service, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #united-states-politics-and-government

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To Recognize Misinformation in Media, Teach a Generation While It’s Young

There is no silver bullet to slay internet lies and fictions. But students can be taught to know when information is reliable.

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What We Know and Don’t About Hunter Biden and a Laptop

President Trump’s allies have promoted claims of corruption aimed at the former vice president’s son in an effort to damage the Biden campaign.

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F.T.C. Decision on Pursuing Facebook Antitrust Case Is Said to Be Near

Any action would follow the Justice Department’s landmark suit this week against Google, as a bipartisan tech backlash ramps up.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Don’t Watch Porn at Work and Other Tips

The line between professional and personal feels blurred this year. Let’s make sure we don’t get fired — or worse.

#computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #customs-etiquette-and-manners, #sexual-harassment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-selfcare

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Forget Antitrust Laws. To Limit Tech, Some Say a New Regulator Is Needed.

Even as the Justice Department sued Google, some antitrust experts wondered whether a different government response would be more effective.

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Top Investigator in Google Case Says There ‘Was Not a Rush’ to Sue

Jeffrey A. Rosen, the deputy attorney general, said the Justice Department knew the company would use its many resources to fight the agency.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #innovation, #justice-department, #rosen-jeffrey-adam-1958, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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The Government’s Lawsuit Is Unlikely to Dethrone Google

The federal government’s lawsuit isn’t likely to derail the company’s market dominance.

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Big Tech’s Professional Opponents Strike at Google

An unlikely collection of lawyers, activists, economists and academics is fueling the tech backlash, armed with funding from billionaire sponsors.

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Google Antitrust Fight Thrusts Low-Key C.E.O. Into the Line of Fire

Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google’s parent company for less than a year, already faces the internet giant’s biggest threat in its 22 years.

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False Political News in Spanish Pits Latino Voters Against Black Lives Matter

On family WhatsApp groups and in Spanish-language media, misinformation paints 2020 as a zero-sum game.

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How to Break the Hold of Conspiracy Theories

The big lesson of 2020 is that everything keeps getting more dishonest.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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Voters in Two States Report Threatening ‘Vote for Trump’ Emails

One of the emails, obtained by The Times, seemed to suggest that it was sent by an American far-right group, but its metadata showed that it originated from an Estonian server.

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As Election Nears, Government and Tech Firms Push Back on Russia (and Trump)

The goal is to disrupt Russia’s well-honed information-warfare systems, whether they are poised to hack election systems or influence the minds of voters.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #gru-russia, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-cyber-command, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Google Up Against Laws That Thwarted Microsoft (and Others Since 1890)

The Justice Department’s antitrust case points to restrictive contracts, a focus that a professor said “is as old as the Sherman Act.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #hemphill-scott, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #microsoft-corp, #search-engines, #software, #wu-timothy

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The Google Antitrust Lawsuit Explained

The suit is the first antitrust action against the company to result from investigations by American regulators.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #search-engines, #software, #united-states-politics-and-government

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It’s Google’s World. We Just Live In It.

Googling something was all we once did with Google. Now we spend hours a day using its maps, videos, security cameras, email, smartphones and more.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #google-inc, #home-automation-and-smart-homes, #maps, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #privacy, #search-engines, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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What Is The Google Antitrust Lawsuit?

The suit is the first antitrust action against the company to result from investigations by American regulators.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #search-engines, #software, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. to Accuse Google of Protecting Illegal Monopoly

A victory for the government could remake one of America’s most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #barr-william-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Apple iPhone 12 Review: Superfast Speed, if You Can Find It

The new iPhone has an improved design, but it’s undermined by the wireless industry’s messy rollout of ultrafast 5G networks.

#5g-wireless-communications, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #iphone, #san-francisco-calif, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #verizon-communications-inc, #wireless-communications

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When Start-Ups Go Into the Garage (or Sometimes the Living Room)

Labs closed in the pandemic, but innovation doesn’t stop. So while some workers have the home office, engineers have the garage.

#batteries, #cerebras-systems, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #engineering-and-engineers, #innovation, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #natron-energy, #relocation-of-business, #shutdowns-institutional, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #voyage

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Intel Casts Off More Memory Chip Business in $9 Billion Deal

The sale to SK Hynix of South Korea includes a major factory in China and follows the company’s decades-long shift into microprocessors.

#computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #hynix-semiconductor, #intel-corporation, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures

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As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place

A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #online-advertising, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #timpone-brian

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Remote but Inclusive for Years, and Now Showing Other Companies How

Ultranauts has been developing creative ways to hire, manage and motivate a far-flung and diverse work force for seven years.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #autism, #computers-and-the-internet, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #start-ups

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The Facebook-Twitter-Trump Wars Are Actually About Something Else

Our institutions have failed to rein in Donald Trump. So people look to Big Tech.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

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Paleontologists See Stars as Software Bleeps Scientific Terms

When their annual conference was moved online, they were amused to find seemingly benign words blocked and replaced with asterisks during virtual sessions.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #convey-services, #dinosaurs, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #paleontology, #society-of-vertebrate-paleontology, #thomas-r-holtz-jr

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How Ransomware Puts Your Hospital at Risk

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the potential consequences of cyberattacks are terrifying.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #hospitals, #medical-devices

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In Reversal, Twitter Is No Longer Blocking New York Post Article

The latest change underlined how rapidly social media platforms are shifting their positions in the days leading up to the election.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Facebook and Twitter Dodge a 2016 Repeat, and Ignite a 2020 Firestorm

The companies have said they would do more to stop misinformation and hacked materials from spreading. This is what that effort looks like.

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YouTube Cracks Down on QAnon Conspiracy Theory, Citing Offline Violence

YouTube has played a bigger role in moving QAnon from the fringes to the mainstream than most platforms.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #google-inc, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #youtube-com

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Hunter Biden Allegation Prompts Pushback from Facebook, Twitter

Joe Biden’s campaign rejected assertions made in a published report that were based on unverified material from Trump allies. Facebook and Twitter found the story dubious enough to limit access to it on their platform.

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How the Pandemic Is Affecting What Babies and Toddlers Learn

Without preschool and playgroups, the youngest children are missing out on important educational opportunities.

#babies-and-infants, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Why Students Can’t Get Laptops

A surge in worldwide demand for low-cost laptops has created shipment delays and pitted desperate schools against one another.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Speaks Out Against Harmful Online Behavior

She said the birth last year of Archie, her son with Prince Harry, had compelled her to take a stand against online bullying and misinformation.

#archie-earl-of-dumbarton, #computers-and-the-internet, #great-britain, #harry-duke-of-sussex, #hate-speech, #markle-meghan, #royal-families

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Riled Up: Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day

Baseless claims are circulating online about a Democrat-led coup, inflaming tensions in an already turbulent election season.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Google Employees Are Free to Speak Up. Except on Antitrust.

A company operating in the shadow of government regulators has some very particular rules about what workers can say about it.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-mail, #google-inc, #justice-department, #labor-and-jobs, #pichai-sundar, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines

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Facebook Bans Anti-Vaccination Ads, Clamping Down Again

The social network, which prohibits misinformation related to the coronavirus, has also banned other types of content in recent days.

#advertising-and-marketing, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

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When to Buy a New Phone. Or Not.

If you’re wondering if you should buy a new smartphone, ask yourself these questions first.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #smartphones, #social-media

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Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”

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July Is the New January: More Companies Delay Return to the Office

From Ford to Microsoft, white-collar companies are increasingly extending working from home through next summer.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #summer-season, #telecommuting, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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An Italian Teenager Could Become the First Millennial Saint

Carlo Acutis, who died at 15 in 2006 and was an early adopter of the internet, was beatified over the weekend, putting him on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church.

#acutis-carlo, #assisi-italy, #beatifications-and-canonizations, #computers-and-the-internet, #death-and-dying, #francis, #millennial-generation, #roman-catholic-church, #social-media, #youth

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Twitter is Showing That People Are Anxious and Depressed

Researchers are looking at online behavior to gauge public mental health. The results aren’t pretty.

#anxiety-and-stress, #computers-and-the-internet, #happiness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychology-and-psychologists, #social-media

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Facebook Bans Content About Holocaust Denial From Its Site

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, once cited Holocaust denial as something he would allow on the social network for free speech reasons.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #vigilantes, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Global Talks on Taxing Tech Firms Will Slip Into 2021

The talks at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have progressed on several fronts, but a dispute remains between the Trump administration and key allies.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #corporate-taxes, #customs-tariff, #federal-taxes-us, #international-trade-and-world-market, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017

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Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same

Fearing Russian ransomware attacks on the election, the company and U.S. Cyber Command mounted similar pre-emptive strikes. It is not clear how long they may work.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #elections, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #russia, #united-states-cyber-command, #united-states-politics-and-government

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