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Phone companies and state attorneys general join forces to fight robocalls

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links fizkes via Getty Images US consumers receive as many as 350,000 unwanted calls every three minutes, according to the FCC. Despite multiple efforts to end the onslaught, an estimated 4.7 billion robocalls hit American phones in July alone. Now, attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia […]

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How to effectively talk to kids about school shootings

Mashable As you head back to school, make sure you talk to kids about staying safe. Image: Mashable / Vicky leta By Katie Berohn2019-08-22 09:30:00 UTC In our Back to School series, Mashable tackles the big issues students face, from mental health to representation to respectful communication. Because returning to the classroom is about more […]

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Stephen King has a very bleak prediction for how Trump’s presidency will affect the U.S.

Mashable Stephen King has taken another shot at Donald Trump. Image: Leigh Vogel/WireImage/Alex Wong/Getty Images/mashable composite By Sam Haysom2019-08-22 08:52:39 UTC It’s been another odd couple of days for Donald Trump. There’s been that strange situation with him wanting to buy Greenland; whispers of a possible recession that have led to more angry tweets about […]

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Sean Spicer lied again: He’s doing ‘Dancing with the Stars’ after all

Mashable Sean Spicer caught in yet another lie. Image: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images By Nicole Gallucci2019-08-21 15:46:11 UTC Sean Michael Spicer has lied to the American people, again.  On July 24, 2018, Donald Trump’s former White House Press Secretary assured Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich that he would not be going on Dancing with the Stars […]

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Google and Mozilla to block web surveillance in Kazakhstan

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS Google and Mozilla are taking action against the government of Kazakhstan’s efforts to launch a surveillance operation against its own citizens. Both companies announced today that they are blocking a root certificate that the Kazakhstan government unveiled last month that effectively allowed it to monitor the encrypted internet […]

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Facebook’s Libra Association is being investigated by EU antitrust regulators

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project is being probed again, this time by European Union antitrust regulators. The European Commission said it is “currently investigating potential anti-competitive behavior,” related to the Libra Association, Bloomberg reports. In a questionnaire sent out this month, the EU authority expressed concerns that Libra would […]

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DOJ is working with states on antitrust investigations of tech companies

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana The Justice Department’s antitrust leader doesn’t see big tech as inherently bad, but he’s still content to investigate potential wrongdoing. Division chief Makan Delrahim told guests at a Colorado tech policy conference that the DOJ was working with state attorneys general on investigations of the market […]

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Nearby nuclear sensors went silent after Russia’s mystery explosion

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links REUTERS/Sergei Yakovlev Earlier this month, a rocket test explosion in Russia resulted in the deaths of five people and a radiation leak that affected nearby towns. Now, the operator of a global network of radioactive particle sensors says that sites closest to the explosion mysteriously went offline shortly afterwards. The […]

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Facebook pulls propaganda accounts demonizing Hong Kong protesters

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images It’s not just Twitter cracking down on attempts to undermine Hong Kong protesters through social networks. Facebook has pulled seven Pages, five accounts and three Groups allegedly involved in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” meant to blast Hong Kong demonstrators, including the use of fake accounts […]

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Study finds US carriers aggressively throttle video streams

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Verizon Brendan McDermid/Reuters US carriers engage in far more aggressive throttling practices than they’ve led their subscribers to believe, claims a new study. Verizon (Engadget’s parent company), AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have long said they reserve the right to slow down traffic to manage congestion on their networks. When exactly […]

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