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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism exposes tech giants’ social engineering

The book retraces the history of the internet industry, from the moment Google first realised its users were inadvertently giving its search engine more information than was needed to simply answer the search query, to where we are today, when a handful of companies have now "amassed an unprecedented concentration of knowledge" about billions of…

The stakes are higher for women when claiming Social Security

One potential change to Social Security rules that could reduce that pressure on women: Caregiver credits, according to the Center for Retirement Research. The idea is not new. Caregiver credits are available to citizens of other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany. The credits could work one of two ways,…

I quit Instagram and Facebook and it made me a lot...

The first time I truly took a break from social media was in 2015, at a summer camp for burned-out adults called "Camp Grounded." There were three rules: Take a camp name of your choosing, like Luna or Huckleberry, avoid talking about "W," meaning work, and ditch all electronics at the door. At an arrival…

Shut Up and Watch: LeBron Doc Explores NBA’s Gradual Embrace of...

B/R As LeBron James sat with director Gotham Chopra and watched old footage of Isiah Thomas being interrogated on national TV during the 1987 NBA Finals, all he could do was shake his head. In the raw footage that Chopra's production team had unearthed, that's more or less what Thomas did when the interview ended—bowed…

Irish data watchdog to request information from Google about social network...

Ireland's data protection regulator will ask Google to provide more information about a security glitch that compromised the data of 500,000 users, a spokesman told CNBC Tuesday. On Monday evening, the tech giant disclosed publicly that its social media platform, Google Plus, had experienced a "bug" that gave developers to a user's information, including their…

White House drafts order to investigate social media platforms

by Ben Brody and Jennifer Jacobs The White House has drafted an executive order for President Donald Trump's signature that would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open investigations into the business practices of Alphabet's Google, Facebook and other social media companies. The order is in its preliminary stages and hasn't yet been…
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