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Thousands of apps are illegally collecting data about kids

In the U.S., privacy legislation is supposed to protect kids from having their personal data collected and shared. But a new study found that more than half of apps directed at children potentially violated those privacy rules.

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Apps directed at kids are violating US children's privacy laws. Your data plays a vital role in research. Loreena McKennitt is leaving Facebook. Uber and others are bringing 'dockless' bike sharing to North America.

Why Loreena McKennitt is leaving Facebook and half a million followers

The musician, known around the world for her Celtic-inspired melodies, believes there need to be some controls put on Facebook.

It's not just about targeted ads. Your data plays a vital role in academic research

The Cambridge Analytica scandal left many Facebook users concerned about how their data is being used. But that same data can have great value for academic researchers.

Uber and others are bringing 'dockless' bike sharing to North America

'Dockless' bike sharing promises 'mobility as a service.'

The internet has turned into a giant shopping mall

In a year of Fake news, DDoS attacks, and Cambridge Analytica, how did 2017 rate for the internet?

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The internet has turned into a giant mall. Lying to Facebook could protect your data. Will Chinese "super apps" succeed in the West? How one woman is helping others overcome "hacking abuse".

How one woman is helping others overcome "hacking abuse"

Abusers threaten to compromise online accounts as a way of ensuring silence.

Will Chinese super apps succeed in the West?

In many ways, the Chinese tech scene was sort of a parallel world that flourished in isolation from the West. But as of late, some Chinese tech companies have been looking to expand their services into North America and Europe.

Lying to Facebook could help protect your data

Information security expert Chad Loder, suggests employing what he called "active deception" — flooding these services with fake data to make it impossible for them to tell what data is relevant.

Facial recognition technology is tracking billions in China. Could it happen here?

Jaywalkers receive a fine by text--moments after they commit the offence

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Twitter isn't the voice of the people. HAL might be the best A.I. has to offer. Twitter asks for help to fix the 'health' of its conversations. The surveillance potential of facial recognition.

Twitter asks for help to fix the 'health' of its conversations

The social media giant turns to social science to solve its toxic culture

Twitter isn't the voice of the people, and media shouldn't pretend it is

Mass media love to include ordinary peoples' tweets in stories, but they may not be ordinary, or even people.

Fifty years after Kubrick's 2001, HAL might be the best A.I. has to offer

Today's intelligent machines make HAL look good.

Why do we take so many pictures of our kids?

Photographer and videographer Andrew Budziak tries to explain.

The hidden history of the women who built the computer age

Women dominated early computer programming, but they've been overlooked by history.

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Programs with empathy. A new old computer. When women dominated coding.

Reviving a 70's computer for modern life

The Altairduino lets people relive the era of early computing.

Ready Player One revisited

A look back at our conversation with author Ernie Cline.

Why guess someone's mood when an AI can tell you?

AIs now feel empathy. What could go wrong?

The latest Facebook scandal is no surprise

The social platform is made to collect your data.

Energy poverty: the hidden technology gap

Two activists are working to make sure that everybody has access to affordable energy.

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And then there were 5 Gs. How musicians can thrive in the streaming era. Zeynep Tufekci on why the latest Facebook scandal is no suprise. 'Energy poverty' is expanding the digital divide.

How musicians can thrive in the streaming era

In the age of Spotify, musicians have to be tech-savvy and cultivate a strong fan base.