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Comcast Loses Cable Users, but Internet Subscribers Rise

Comcast Loses Cable Users, but Internet Subscribers Rise

Jan 23
Comcast continues to lose its U.S. cable customers, but racked up more internet subscribers and got a revenue boost from Sky, its big bet on European TV.

EU's Antitrust Cop Lays Groundwork for More Tech Scrutiny

EU's Antitrust Cop Lays Groundwork for More Tech Scrutiny

By Kelvin Chan | Jan 21
Silicon Valley's notorious nemesis, Margrethe Vestager, plans to end her term as the European Union's antitrust enforcer this year with a bang, laying out a long-term plan to intensify scrutiny of the world's big tech companies.

The Best Rx for Teens Addicted to Vaping? No One Knows

The Best Rx for Teens Addicted to Vaping? No One Knows

By Matthew Perrone | Jan 20
The nation's top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted.

Facebook Shuts Hundreds of Russia-Linked Pages, Accounts

Facebook Shuts Hundreds of Russia-Linked Pages, Accounts

By Kelvin Chan | Jan 20
Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations, in its latest effort to fight fake news.

Why U.S. Classrooms Are Starting to Resemble Arcades

Why U.S. Classrooms Are Starting to Resemble Arcades

By Michael Melia | Jan 19
It's 1 o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers. It's all part of a Home Ec lesson.

New U.S. Strategy Foresees Sensors in Space to Track Missiles

New U.S. Strategy Foresees Sensors in Space to Track Missiles

By Deb Reichmann and Lolita C. Baldour | Jan 18
The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China.

Apps Let Everyone Help Track Health of Insect Populations

Apps Let Everyone Help Track Health of Insect Populations

By Katherine Roth | Jan 18
Concern about dwindling native insect populations is one reason why. And new technology has made it easier to log insect sightings and become part of wide-reaching "citizen-scientist" projects.

Saudi Women Runaways Turn to Social Media, Rebel Against System of Male Control

Saudi Women Runaways Turn to Social Media, Rebel Against System of Male Control

By Aya Batrawy | Jan 18
While their circumstances are different, the claims of abuse by the two women mirror those of other female Saudi runaways who have used social media to publicize their escapes.

Reports: 'Conversion' App Kicked Off Apple, Amazon Lingers on Google Play

Reports: 'Conversion' App Kicked Off Apple, Amazon Lingers on Google Play

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 17
An app shilling so-called "conversion therapy" to LGTBQ youth was dropped by Apple and Amazon after outrage erupted, but that same app is still up at Google Play. Advocates for the targeted demographic want to know why.

Battle Lines Forming Ahead of A Looming U.S. Privacy Law Fight

Battle Lines Forming Ahead of A Looming U.S. Privacy Law Fight

By Rachel Lerman and Tali Arbel | Jan 17
Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight this year over what kind of federal privacy law the U.S. should have.

House Republicans Question Telecoms on Location Tracking

House Republicans Question Telecoms on Location Tracking

By Tali Arbel | Jan 17
Several House Republicans asked T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint how they share their users' cellphone location data, citing a recent report that telecoms are selling that information to shadowy companies without customer knowledge.

Grocery Robots Detect Spills - with Some Far-Off Human Help

Grocery Robots Detect Spills - with Some Far-Off Human Help

By Matt O'Brien | Jan 16
A wheeled robot named Marty is rolling into nearly 500 grocery stores to alert employees if it encounters spilled granola, squashed tomatoes or a broken jar of mayonnaise.

U.S. Gambling Operators Have 90 Days to Comply with New Rules

U.S. Gambling Operators Have 90 Days to Comply with New Rules

Jan 16
The Department of Justice will wait 90 days to implement a legal opinion that will affect online gambling.

In Era of News Deserts, No Easy Fix for Local News Struggles

In Era of News Deserts, No Easy Fix for Local News Struggles

By David Bauder | Jan 16
The local news industry hasn't been the subject of much good news itself, lately.

Feds to Ease Rules on Drone Flights over Crowds and At Night

Feds to Ease Rules on Drone Flights over Crowds and At Night

By David Koenig | Jan 15
Federal officials plan to ease restrictions on flying small drones over crowds and at night, which would give a boost to the commercial use of unmanned aircraft.

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