First Look -- Facebook expands new tool aiming to shrink 'news deserts' -- The company's "Today In" tool has been expanded from 400 cities and towns to 6,000 locations to help fill gaps in local news.
3 days agoFirst Look -- Big tech faces investigation from almost all 50 states -- In a rare show of cross-party cooperation, 48 state attorneys general have begun an antitrust investigation into Google for monopolistic practices.
6 days agoThe Explainer -- Debunking blockchain, currency's new frontier -- A blockchain is a kind of database shared across a network of computers. While its first widespread use was for Bitcoin, the technology can be used for much more.
13 days agoFirst Look -- Big tech workers follow their ethics, ditch privilege -- Concerned about the societal impact of their work, employees at some of the world's largest firms persist at reforming big tech from the inside out.
21 days agoFirst Look -- US Justice Department opens antitrust investigations on Big Tech -- The U.S. Justice Department is questioning tech companies over privacy and competitive practices. But existing antitrust laws don't obviously apply to companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google, which offer inexpensive goods or free online services.
21 days agoIn rise of brain implants, blurring lines between man, machine? -- Elon Musk and his company Neuralink see the prospect of humans "merging" with artificial intelligence, as brain-implant technology improves.
6 days agoFirst Look -- Doorbell cams raise privacy fears, concerns about profiling -- Doorbell cameras are increasingly popular among homeowners, creating what police call a "digital neighborhood watch." But some say the security increase also brings privacy risks and stokes fears and suspicion.
1 month agoFirst Look -- Florida cyberattacks highlight need for better security -- Three Florida cities have faced cyberattacks this month, two of which paid ransoms to recover their systems. While the FBI discourages paying off hackers, for many cities it's the easiest option.
2 months agoFirst Look -- How technology has improved rescue searches in the wilderness -- As GPS technology improves, rescue teams are using digital maps and phone applications to fine tune their searches. Volunteers, who attribute the success of recent rescues to these tools, are working to share their techniques more broadly.
2 months agoFace off? Americans fear privacy loss to recognition software -- Police departments and tech companies are using facial recognition software, and that has profound implications for privacy and anonymity.
6 days agoFirst Look -- Move over, Bitcoin. Facebook has its own plans for digital currency. -- Despite an ongoing investigation into its privacy policies and the first major antitrust probe into Big Tech, Facebook has announced its plans to establish its own digital currency.
2 months agoFirst Look -- House launches investigation into Big Tech -- The House Judiciary Committee will start its investigation into Silicon Valley and Big Tech this week. The investigation, which has bipartisan support, is the first major look into an industry that has been only lightly regulated for nearly a decade.
3 months agoFirst Look -- How to get teens to text less? Have other teens teach them how. -- A "media scout" program in Germany partners older and younger students in a mentorship effort aimed at teaching safe, sane technology use. Its success so far has many calling for it to be replicated elsewhere.
3 months agoFirst Look -- San Francisco may become first U.S. city to ban facial recognition -- If San Francisco adopts a ban, other cities, states, or even Congress could follow, with lawmakers looking to curtail government surveillance. But local critics say the technology is useful for police investigations in high-crime areas.
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