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Facebook's Cryptocurrency Ambitions Face Privacy Concerns, Political Backlash  Gadgets 360 · 2 hours
Facebook announced ambitious plans to launch a new global cryptocurrency called Libra, part of an effort to expand into digital payments that immediately raised privacy concerns. more
San Francisco closer to ban on e-cigarette sales  ABC NEWS · 8 hours
San Francisco supervisors have voted unanimously to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes more
Louisiana governor: Abortion ban decision wasn't political  ABC NEWS · 9 hours
Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, says he's not concerned about losing support among his party's voters because of a strict abortion ban he signed into law more
Top Democrat calls for Facebook to halt cryptocurrency plans until Congress investigates  THE VERGE · 10 hours
Hours after Facebook announced its plans for a global cryptocurrency project, a top House Democrat is calling for Facebook to halt its plans until... more
Top Democrat calls for strict oversight on Facebook’s new cryptocurrency  THE VERGE · 12 hours
The top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee blasted Facebook’s Tuesday announcement that it would be... more
Boeing's troubled 737 MAX gets huge vote of confidence from IAG  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
US aircraft giant Boeing got a welcome vote of confidence in its beleaguered 737 MAX plane on Tuesday when International Airlines Group, owner of British Airways,... more
Talking honestly about the carbon tax requires serious political courage: Neil Macdonald  CBC · 15 hours
Catherine McKenna just confirmed that the carbon tax will stop once it reaches a piffling $50 a tonne, three years from now. Why? Because... more
Bernie Sanders applauds the gaming industry’s push for unionization  THE VERGE · 15 hours
For the past few years, game developers have increasingly sought to unionize amid growing concerns over layoffs and... more
How to answer the argument that Australia's emissions are too small to make a difference  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
After a recent foray into the debate over Australia's so-called "climate election", I received plenty of critical replies... more
Human rights treaties benefit the world's most oppressed  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
International human rights treaties really do work, and they work most effectively against the most repressive governments, argues Emily Hencken Ritter, associate professor of political science, in a new book called Contentious... more
Oregon Democrats rally behind cap-and-trade emissions plan  ABC NEWS · 1 day
Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program more
Pakistani politician accidentally wears cat filter during livestream - CNET  CNET · 1 day
In an SNL skit come to life, an information minister and two colleagues show up with whiskers and cute pointy ears. Fur real. more
Oregon Democrats advance sweeping climate policy  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Oregon Democrats are on the brink of passing a progressive climate policy that would make their state the second after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program more
Cat filter derails Pakistani politician’s live-streamed press conference  THE VERGE · 2 days
Most political press conferences can be sort of a bore, but during last week’s live-streamed presser by Pakistani regional minister... more
EU leaders to debate push for zero emissions by 2050  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
EU leaders will this week discuss setting a target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, European officials said Monday, following elections that highlighted climate fears. more
Showing ‘Animals as friends’ affected people’s attitudes about eating pork but not beef  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
People find the idea of eating pork less appealing after being exposed to the idea that pigs have some human-like characteristics, but... more
Ethiopian Airlines rejects 'pilot error' claim in US  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A US politician who blamed pilot error for contributing to the deadly crash of a Boeing 737 Max flown by Ethiopian Airlines was "seriously misinformed", the carrier's boss has said. more
Depicting animals as friends makes people feel guilty about eating pork but not beef  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
People find the idea of eating pork less appealing after being exposed to the idea that pigs have some human-like... more
Why CBC News is doing a series on climate change  CBC · 2 days
Climate change is a critical issue for our readers, viewers and listeners, and recent polling suggests... more
Election hacking has never been cheaper, easier or more profitable - CNET  CNET · 4 days
Cybercrime could be a $6 trillion business by 2022. Emerging tech like AI might be the only way to one step ahead. more
Oklahoma governor, GOP leaders: drug settlement violates law  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders are raising concerns about the state's proposed $85 million settlement with an opioid manufacturer that has yet to be approved by a judge more
Black Hat scraps Rep. Will Hurd as keynote speaker amid voting record controversy  TechCrunch · 5 days
Rep. Will Hurd will no longer give the keynote address at the Black Hat security conference amid questions about his voting record... more
Russia used social media to keep EU voters at home, report finds  THE VERGE · 5 days
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released... more
How Sweden went from 'least democratic' to welfare state  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In a new study, Lund University economic historian Erik Bengtsson debunks the myth that Sweden was destined to become a social democratic country. Instead, he argues that it was actually... more
Moulton signs fellow 2020 hopeful Gillibrand's cyber pledge  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand says fellow challenger Seth Moulton has agreed to sign her cyber pledge not to use stolen or hacked material for political gain more
The rise of the grey vote: cultural backlash?  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Explanations of why people voted for Brexit, Donald Trump or so-called populist parties in the EU are often characterised as either 'cultural' or 'economic' – that is, values or identity-based, versus social... more
AMA adopts new policies aimed at improving health of the nation  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
The American Medical Association, the premier national physician organization in the country, voted this week to adopt new policies aimed at improving the health of the... more
Tim Cook met with Trump to discuss China, investment, immigration & privacy  9to5Mac · 5 days
Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Donald Trump yesterday to discuss trade, US investment, immigration and privacy. The meeting was initially revealed by the... more
'Deepfakes' called new election threat, with no easy fix  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
"Deepfake" videos pose a clear and growing threat to America's national security, lawmakers and experts say. The question is what to do about it, and that's not easily answered. more
Ebola spread to Uganda could threaten international health  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
After smouldering in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for almost a year, killing near 1,000 people, the deadly Ebola virus crossed the border to Uganda in June 2109. This virus causes... more
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits White House for jobs meeting, report says - CNET  CNET · 5 days
Cook was in Washington for a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, Bloomberg reports. more
Rep. Will Hurd to keynote Black Hat draws ire for voting record on women’s rights  TechCrunch · 5 days
A decision to confirm Rep. Will Hurd as the keynote speaker at the Black Hat security conference this... more
Rep. Will Hurd to keynote Black Hat draws ire for women’s rights voting record  TechCrunch · 5 days
A decision to confirm Rep. Will Hurd as the keynote speaker at the Black Hat security conference this year has... more
'Deepfakes' called new election threat, with no easy fix  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Lawmakers and experts say "deepfake" videos pose a clear and growing threat to America's national security more
The Latest: NY moves to end religious vaccine exemption  ABC NEWS · 5 days
The New York state Assembly has voted to eliminate a religious exemption to vaccine mandates for schoolchildren in the face of its worst measles outbreak in decades more
Florida law lets autonomous vehicles drive without humans  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Self-driving vehicles will be able to operate in Florida without a human on board under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. more
Congress grapples with how to regulate deepfakes  THE VERGE · 6 days
Top House Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued a warning on Thursday that deepfake videos could have a disastrous effect on the... more
House Democrats move to block part of Trump’s fetal tissue policy  Science Magazine · 6 days
Spending bill amendment would bar the Department of Health and Human Services from convening ethics review boards more
New campaign seeks to put Medicaid expansion up for a vote  ABC NEWS · 6 days
A statewide coalition has launched a campaign to put the issue of expanding Medicaid coverage to thousands of uninsured Oklahoma residents before voters more
Deepfake debunking tool may protect presidential candidates. For now. Sometimes. - CNET  CNET · 6 days
Researchers discredited all kinds of video forgeries targeting political leaders by creating pseudo-fingerprints of their unique manners of speaking. more
Lawmakers say doctored videos pose national security threat  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Lawmakers and experts are warning that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election more
Twitter deletes accounts linked to foreign governments  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Twitter says it has deleted nearly 4,800 accounts linked to the Iranian government which served to promote state actions without disclosing their political connection more
Lawmakers warn doctored videos pose national security threat  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Lawmakers and experts are warning that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election more
Wait, There’s More podcast: Meddling with elections  Global News · 6 days
Craig Silverman, a media editor from Buzzfeed News, talks to Tamara Khandaker on the 'Wait, There’s More' podcast about media manipulation and online disinformation. more
Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into Washington's political scene. The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top think tank and a who's-who network of pundits and experts, from the... more
Why old-school climate denial has had its day  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The Coalition has been re-elected to government, and after six years in office it has not created any effective policies for reducing greenhouse emissions. Does that mean the Australian climate change debate... more
Japan outlaws flying drones while drunk  BBC · 6 days
Flying a drone while drunk is as bad as drink-driving say Japanese politicians who backed the law. more
Top AI Researchers Race to Detect 'Deepfake' Videos: 'We Are Outgunned'  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
Top artificial-intelligence researchers across the US are racing to defuse an extraordinary political weapon: computer-generated fake videos. more
Telegram CEO Pavel Durov Links DDoS Cyber-Attack to Hong Kong Unrest, China  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
Telegram suffered a major cyber-attack that appeared to originate from China, the company's CEO said Thursday, linking it to the ongoing political unrest in... more
House Armed Services Committee votes to create a U.S. Space Corps  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
HASC creates a United States Space Corps led by a four-star commandant. SpaceNews.com more
Telegram hit by cyber-attack, CEO points to HK protests, China  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Encrypted messaging service Telegram suffered a major cyber-attack that appeared to originate from China, the company's CEO said Thursday, linking it to the ongoing political unrest in Hong... more
Uber, Lyft must continue to limit size of fleets in New York City - CNET  CNET · 6 days
To fight congestion, the city council votes to indefinitely extend a cap on the number of ride-hailing vehicles... more
Canada should regulate social media firms to protect election, says international group  CBC · 7 days
The federal government should regulate social media giants to better protect the next election from attempts at foreign disruption, a blue-ribbon international group will say next... more
Ebola makes much-feared jump into Uganda  Science Magazine · 1 week
Boy from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who crossed border with family has a confirmed infection more
Missouri election head rejects petition for vote on abortion  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Missouri's top election official has rejected a third petition for a public vote on a new law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy more
Former Bush, Reagan EPA heads warn on Trump rollbacks  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Former Environmental Protection Agency heads from three Republican administrations are telling lawmakers they're concerned about the way the Trump administration is rolling back environmental protections more
Former Bush, Reagan EPA heads caution on Trump rollbacks  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Former Environmental Protection Agency heads from three Republican administrations are telling lawmakers they're concerned about the way the Trump administration is rolling back environmental protections more
Uber hurt by political 'market swirl' after IPO, CEO says  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said Tuesday the company's slump following its share offering last month was due to a "market swirl" over tariffs that won't affect its... more
Artificial intelligence-enhanced journalism offers a glimpse of the future of the knowledge economy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Much as robots have transformed entire swaths of the manufacturing economy, artificial intelligence and automation are now changing information work, letting humans... more
Republican governor signs bill protecting abortion rights  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Vermont's Republican governor has signed a bill into law that protects a woman's access to abortion services more
Foxconn Announces Leadership Overhaul as Chairman Seeks Taiwan Presidency  Gadgets 360 · 1 week
Foxconn on Tuesday announced a leadership overhaul that will see more executives involved in the running of its daily operations, as Chairman Terry Gou seeks to run in Taiwan's 2020... more
WarnerMedia greenlights Dune TV series with director Denis Villeneuve  THE VERGE · 1 week
WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service has given the go-ahead to produce a series based on Frank Herbert’s Dune novels,... more
White House budget chief looks to delay Huawei ban  TechCrunch · 1 week
The already complicated U.S./Huawei situation gets a few more wrinkles this week. Acting director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell T. Vought sent a letter to VP Mike... more
HBO cancels daily news show ‘Vice News Tonight’  TechCrunch · 1 week
Just ahead of the 2016 presidential election, HBO announced its plans to carry a nightly news show courtesy of Vice News, called “Vice News Tonight.” That show is now being canceled, which... more
Necklace Made of Defleshed Human Skull Discovered in Mayan Warrior Tomb  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Grisly war trophies made from the heads of vanquished enemies certainly grab attention. But archaeologists are more interested in what they may tell about a tumultuous... more
Donald Trump on tech antitrust: ‘There’s something going on’  THE VERGE · 1 week
In an interview with CNBC on Monday, President Donald Trump criticized the antitrust fines imposed by the European... more
Dramatic change in ancient nomad diets coincides with expansion of networks across Eurasia  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Strengthening of political networks coincided with the intensification of agricultural production, resulting in the widespread adoption of millet by populations across Eurasia. more
White House Seeks Delay on Huawei Ban for Contractors  Gadgets 360 · 1 week
The White House Office of Management and Budget has asked the US Congress for more time to phase in a ban on federal contracts with companies that do business with... more
White House official wants to delay Huawei ban, report says - CNET  CNET · 1 week
He reportedly wants another two years before the company is completely banned. more
Luxembourg to get €100M investment from Chinese payments startup Pingpong  TechCrunch · 1 week
For financial services firms looking to enter Europe, Luxembourg has historically been a popular anchoring point for its political and economic stability as well as a favorable regulatory... more
Virginia city to divest budget funds from fossil fuels  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, have voted to divest the city's operating budget investments from any entity involved in the production of fossil fuels or weapons more
Facebook launching political ad transparency tools ahead of Canadian federal vote  Global News · 1 week
The roster of additional tools will include ad authorization functionalities to verify advertisers on the platform and an ad library, which will provide users additional information... more
Top voting machine maker reverses position on election security, promises paper ballots  TechCrunch · 1 week
Voting machine maker ES&S has said it “will no longer sell” paperless voting machines as the primary device for casting ballots in a jurisdiction.... more
White House Reiterates Human Moon Missions on the Path to Mars  SPACE.COM · 1 week
A day after President Trump appeared to cast doubt on NASA's plans to send humans to the moon, a White House official said the moon remained... more
Trump Tweet Appears to Throw Cold Water on NASA Moon Push  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
There are probably some frantic emails flying between NASA headquarters and the White House right now. more
Hyde Amendment, abortion debate haunt 2020 Democrats  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Hyde Amendment and abortion debate haunt 2020 Democrats, Biden most of all more
President Trump Appears to Throw Cold Water on NASA Moon Push  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
There are probably some frantic emails flying between NASA headquarters and the White House right now. more
FCC passes measure urging carriers to block robocalls by default  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
The FCC voted today to adopt an anti-robocall measure, but it may or may not lead to any abatement of this maddening practice — and it might not... more
Joe Biden reverses position on federal dollars for abortions  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden says he can no longer support a congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions more
What will be the motivation for terrorism by 2040?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Manuel Ricardo Torres Soriano, professor from the Politic Sciences, Public Law and Administration Department at Universidad Pablo de Olavide, who specializes in jihadist terrorism analysis, insurgent forces and radical movements,... more
Protecting the integrity of US elections will require a massive regulatory overhaul, academics say  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Ahead of the 2020 elections, former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos and his colleagues at Stanford University have unveiled... more
Gould urges Twitter to take more responsibility for content as election approaches  CBC · 2 weeks
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould delivered a scolding to Twitter today, urging the social media platform to take more responsibility for its content ahead... more
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