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How Much Time Does Trump Spend Tweeting? Too Much

What has he tweeted now? Odds are you’ve asked yourself this question in the wee hours of the morning with a knot in your stomach or a tightness in your chest. And while there’s no way to anticipate what horrors await—threat of nuclear war? Personal attack on a private citizen? The possibilities are endless!

October 20, 2017
Fake news is on the rise on Facebook

Is Facebook Blocking Access To Data For Reporters Seeking To Probe Russian Infiltration In 2016 Election?

The mystery is deepening over how much Facebook knows about Russian use of the social media platform to inject content and messaging intended to influence voters during the 2016 presidential election.

October 16, 2017

The Tech Revolution May Take Your Job Next

Today’s proliferation of industrial robots is an advanced generation of powerful, autonomous machines driven by artificial intelligence. The profiteers and techies propelling us into the deep unknown of a robot economy concede that the fast-evolving machines will be radically disruptive, not just in the workplace, but throughout society.

October 14, 2017

Mike Pence’s Private Email Account Will Remain Secret

The former Indiana Governor used a personal AOL account during his four years in the office, but state officials are refusing to release an unknown number of emails tied to the account after giving The Associated Press heavily redacted emails requested under the Freedom of Information Act shortly after Pence was named Donald Trump’s running mate in July 2016.

October 12, 2017

Facebook’s Reform Takes A Very Odd Turn In New ‘Partnership’

As Media Matters has documented, Facebook has served as a conduit for the flow of fake news stories to spread. The platform has recently faced scrutiny for having such lax advertisement policies that a Russian company was able to buy political ads during the 2016 election.

October 10, 2017
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6 Ways We Can Begin To Rein In Facebook’s Immense Power Over Media And Our Society

On Monday, a senior Facebook executive repented some more, reporting that $100,000 from Russian-sponsored troll farms bought 4.4 million page views before the 2016 election. “We understand more about how our service was abused and we will continue to investigate to learn all we can,” said vice president Elliot Schrage.

October 4, 2017
Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Privacy

Was Facebook Fooled By The Russians, Or Did It Know All Along?

Facebook’s political troubles do not appear to be anywhere near ending, despite mea culpas by founder Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg that the global social media giant now recognizes its platform was used by Russian troll accounts to influence the 2016 election and its automated advertising platform can be gamed to foment racist messaging.

September 28, 2017

Get The Smartwatch That Can Also Control Your Amazon Alexa — at 55% Off

Cool new smartwatches like the Martian mVoice (now $129.99, 55% off in The National Memo Store) are upping the game, adding voice command technology so you can run your Amazon Alexa and all its voice-controlled functions right off your wrist.

September 25, 2017

What We Do And Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative

On Thursday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced several steps to make political ads on the world’s largest social network more transparent. The changes follow Facebook’s acknowledgment earlier this month that $100,000 worth of political ads were placed during the 2016 election cycle by “inauthentic accounts” linked to Russia.

September 25, 2017

Facebook Agrees To Give Congress Russian Ads And Pledges To Dig Further

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg bowed to mounting public pressure Thursday and announced that the social media giant would turn over to congressional investigators about 3,000 ads purchased during the 2016 presidential campaign by a mystery-shrouded Russian company with links to the Kremlin.

September 22, 2017
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How Matt Drudge Became The Pipeline For Russian Propaganda

On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 passengers and crew. The next day, President Barack Obama alleged that the responsible parties were Russian-backed separatists seizing territory in the region following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Obama’s statement came amid a furious effort by Russian propaganda outlets to foster confusion about the act. In their telling, the tragedy had actually been a failed attempt by Ukrainians to shoot down President Vladimir Putin’s plane.

September 21, 2017
Facebook, Fake News

Facebook Moves To Prevent Advertisers From Targeting Haters

In the wake of ProPublica’s report Thursday that Facebook advertisers could have directed pitches to almost 2,300 people interested in “Jew hater” and other anti-Semitic topics, the world’s largest social network said it would no longer allow advertisers to target groups identified by self-reported information.

September 17, 2017

The iPhone X Confirms The Unabomber Was Right

Not about blowing people up in an effort to advance his social goals. Ted Kaczynski’s campaign to kill and maim chosen victims with explosives was horrific in the extreme and beyond forgiveness. But his 35,000-word manifesto, published in 1995, provided a glimpse of the future we inhabit, and his foresight is a bit unsettling.

September 15, 2017

5 Reasons You Need A VPN When You Travel — and Why You Should Use Disconnect

We’ve broken down five very simple ways a VPN is an essential travel partner literally anywhere you go.

September 8, 2017
White Supremacists March with Torches in Charlottesville

Pro-Russian Bots Take Up The Right-Wing Cause After Charlottesville

Angee Dixson joined Twitter on Aug. 8 and immediately began posting furiously — about 90 times a day. A self-described American Christian conservative, Dixson defended President Donald Trump’s response to the unrest in Charlottesville, criticized the removal of Confederate monuments and posted pictures purporting to show violence by left-wing counterprotesters.

August 24, 2017

Browse In True Privacy For Less Than $1 A Week

HBO is currently embroiled in headaches after hackers assaulted their systems and swiped Game of Thrones scripts, unaired TV episodes, and scads of internal company documents. If an entertainment giant like HBO isn’t safe, how does a little guy like you protect yourself against cyber-predators stalking across the interwebs? With rock solid, battle-tested security coverage, […]

August 23, 2017

Despite Disavowals, Leading Tech Companies Help Extremist Sites Monetize Hate

Because of its “extreme hostility toward Muslims,” the website Jihadwatch.org is considered an active hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. The views of the site’s director, Robert Spencer, on Islam led the British Home Office to ban him from entering the country in 2013.

August 20, 2017

5 Coding Courses Under $30 From One Of The Web’s Top Instructors

Courses are often only as good as their instructors. So to get the most from any web programming training, particularly online instruction, you need a teacher who knows his stuff and knows how to impart that intricate knowledge. Rob Percival is that guy.  A Cambridge University graduate with a degree in mathematics, Percival has become […]

August 14, 2017

The Dark Side Of The ‘Internet Of Things’

William Sabin, who describes himself as an “avid trader,” is effusive in his enthusiasm for these new technological developments. In an article evaluating the prospects of General Electric he writes, “The Internet of Things is the most exciting play and why I like GE as much as I do—connecting people, data and machines.” But the security-conscious crowd at DEFCON 25 are not fans.

August 7, 2017

Resistance Against Trump Is Just A Text Message Away—And Organizing Leaders Say It’s Working

About 3.2 million people around the world attended the D.C. Women’s March or one of its satellite marches, according to estimates from FiveThirtyEight. There are 4,000 (and counting) chapters of Indivisible. These are encouraging signs for Americans opposed to President Donald Trump and his policies…

August 5, 2017
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Privacy Hits The Dust: Data-Collecting Vacuum Cleaners

Privacy advocates cried in protest after a report that the maker of the Roomba, a robotic vacuum cleaner, will sell maps of customers’ homes to third parties. Investors, on the other hand, shouted buy orders for the company’s stock. Data has become the gold nugget buried in things and services connected to the internet.

August 5, 2017

Pick Up The Smartest Clock In The World — For $30 Off

With smart devices everywhere, smartwatches and other tech-enabled timepieces have become the standard. But why settle for smart when you could just go ahead and get the smartest…as in, the smartest clock in the world? The LaMetric Time programmable clock just may hold that title, so when the opportunity arises to get this aggressively power-packed timekeeper at 15 […]

July 31, 2017

WTF: Are Tech Moguls Trying To Hijack The Resistance?

Such is the dream of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Reid Hoffman and Mark Pincus. They are wealthy tech moguls, creators of LinkedIn, the professional networking platform, and Zynga, the social gaming company, respectively. With advance publicity from venture capital news feed Axios and tech news site Recode they have launched WTF, which doesn’t stand for “What the f**k,” but rather “Win the Future.”

July 7, 2017
Facebook, Fake News

Will Facebook Provide Data To Russia Collusion Inquiries?

A new report from The Guardian claims that Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller and Congress are likely looking into possible Russian collusion with pro-Trump websites and associates of President Donald Trump’s election campaign in order to spread fake news and misinformation on social media during the 2016 presidential election.

July 6, 2017

Learn How To Get Employed As An Ethical Hacker — For Less Than $40

Hacking and cyber-terrorism continue to dominate the news and may ultimately even help topple a presidency. With stakes like those, it’s not hard to see where acquiring the skills to be an ethical hacker could open up a world of job possibilities for anyone interested in stopping malicious cyber threats for a living. You can […]

July 5, 2017