The case for Broadband for All
Sep10

The case for Broadband for All

Since the pandemic set in, Grace Riario and Melissa Morrone have witnessed a similar phenomenon at the libraries they work at in New York: people gathering around to try to catch the wifi outside their doors because indoor service is largely shut down. “People sit in the parking lot and on the benches outside, and they sit there for hours trying to do work,” Riario said. Riario oversees nine libraries in the Catskills region, where...

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Apple wants to change the way digital ads work. Facebook hates that idea. You’re in the middle.
Aug26

Apple wants to change the way digital ads work. Facebook hates that idea. You’re in the middle.

Sometime next month, iPhone users will start seeing a new question when they use many of the apps on their devices: Do they want the app to follow them around the internet, tracking their behavior? It’s a simple query, with potentially significant consequences. Apple is trying to single-handedly change the way internet advertising works. That will affect everyone, from Apple’s giant tech rivals — most notably, Facebook, which...

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The company behind Fortnite is daring Apple to shutter its game on iPhones
Aug13

The company behind Fortnite is daring Apple to shutter its game on iPhones

The company that owns Fortnite is making an in-your-face challenge to Apple: We’re not going to obey the rules you’ve set for your powerful App Store. And we dare you to do something about it. It’s a fascinating standoff between a very profitable, highly valued gaming company and one of the most powerful companies in the world. The way it plays out could have consequences for Apple, its tech rivals — and antitrust regulators. Epic...

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The hidden trackers in your phone, explained
Jul08

The hidden trackers in your phone, explained

In the earlier days of the coronavirus pandemic, an animated map from a company called Tectonix went viral. It showed spring breakers leaving a Florida beach to return to their homes across the US, as a series of tiny orange dots congregating on a beach in early March scattered across the country over the following two weeks. “It becomes clear just how massive the potential impact of just one single beach gathering can have in...

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Facebook’s war against one of the internet’s worst conspiracy sites
Jun25

Facebook’s war against one of the internet’s worst conspiracy sites

It’s been a year since Facebook deleted the page for Natural News for violating the company’s rules about spam. This was a big deal for Natural News, a conspiracy site that had attracted about nearly 3 million followers on its Facebook page. Then in May, Facebook took further action by banning the Natural News domain, so that any link to the site would be blocked, along with some pages that frequently shared its content. Still,...

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How to make sure Google automatically deletes your data on a regular basis
Jun24

How to make sure Google automatically deletes your data on a regular basis

Google is making it easier to delete the data it collects about you — though you might still have to do a little work to enable the feature. The company announced on Wednesday that auto-delete will be the default setting for user account activity settings. That said, this “default” setting only applies to new accounts or existing accounts that now turn on data retention after having it disabled. And the default auto-delete time still...

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