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a user signing in to Facebook on an iPad, in North Andover, Mass. Facebook has a problem it just can’t kick: People keep exploiting it in ways that could sway elections and even undermine democracy. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Facebook's recurring nightmare: Helping muddy up elections

Facebook has a problem it just can't kick: People keep exploiting it in ways that could sway elections, and in the worst cases even undermine democracy.

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Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia.

Trump-linked data analysis firm taps 50M Facebook profiles

A data analysis firm employed by President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign tapped the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, allowing it to capitalize on the private social media activity of a large portion of the U.S. electorate, newspapers reported Saturday.

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Shows a call log displayed via an AT&T app on a cellphone in Orlando, Fla.

Appeals court nixes some FCC rules on robocalls

A federal appeals court rolled back rules intended to deter irritating telemarketing robocalls, saying they were too broad.

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Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Only one of 118 gender discrimination complaints made by women at Microsoft was found to have merit, according to unsealed court documents. The Seattle Times reports the record

Microsoft finds few gender discrimination complaints valid

Only one of 118 gender discrimination complaints made by women at Microsoft was found to have merit, according to unsealed court documents. The Seattle Times reports the records made public Monday illustrate the scope of complaints from female employees in technical jobs in the U.S. between 2010 and 2016.

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iHeartRadio, owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., is shown during an album release party with Maroon 5 in Burbank, Calif. IHeartMedia, one of the world’s largest radio and billboard companies, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The San Antonio-based i

Radio giant iHeartMedia files bankruptcy plan to reduce debt

IHeartMedia, one of the world's largest radio companies, is seeking bankruptcy protection as part of an agreement with its lenders to reduce debt it took on to become a privately held company.

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YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles.YouTube says it’s cracking down on conspiracy videos, though it’s scant on the details. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said at a conference on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, that the company will work to debunk videos espousi

YouTube tries to crack down on conspiracy videos

YouTube says it's cracking down on conspiracy videos, though it's scant on the details. Conspiracy videos abound on YouTube, whether it's about the Earth being flat or school shootings being staged.

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This undated product image provided by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. shows March Madness Live on a laptop. The men’s college basketball tournament begins Tuesday, March 13, 2018. All 67 games will be available online. On desktops and laptops, the March

Shhh! How to stream March Madness when the boss isn't around

March Madness begins Tuesday. And that may mean strategizing to sneak in some games when the boss isn't looking. Fortunately for you — though not your boss — all 67 games in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament will be available online.

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Apple logo during a preview event at a new Apple Michigan Avenue store in downtown Chicago. Apple has bought digital magazine distributor Texture to extend its subscription services beyond music and online storage. The deal announced Monday, March 12, 201

Apple adds more 'Texture' to its services with magazine deal

Apple has bought digital magazine distributor Texture to extend its subscription services beyond music and online storage. The deal announced Monday puts Apple in control of a service often described as a Netflix of magazines.

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Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, Twitter Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett and Google Senior Vice President and General Counsel Kent Walker are sworn in for a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian election activity and technology, on Ca

Digital ads, social media hide political campaign messaging

The main events in a political campaign used to happen in the open: a debate, the release of a major TV ad or a public event where candidates tried to earn a spot on the evening news or the next day's front page.

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred gestures while speaking at an owners meeting in Glendale, Ariz.

Facebook to stream 25 MLB games in exclusive deal

Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, partnering with Major League Baseball to air 25 weekday afternoon games in an exclusive deal.

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Twitter sign outside of the company's headquarters in San Francisco. A new study published Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the journal Science shows that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far mor

Study finds false stories travel way faster than the truth

Twitter loves lies. A new study finds that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. And you can't blame bots; it's us, say the authors of the largest study of online misinformation.

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Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook is investing $750 million over the next five years to build a huge data center outside of Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal held a news conference Wednesday, March 7, 2018, to announce that the social media g

Georgia gov: Facebook to put $750M data center near Atlanta

Facebook is investing $750 million over the next five years to build a huge data center outside of Atlanta as the demand for data storage continues to increase.

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Alana Koer, of Parkland, Fla., shows text messages she received from her son the day before, during a community vigil at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla., for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Koer's son Kai Koer, surv

School shootings spur real-time reaction, survivor support

"My school is being shot up and I am locked inside." The scared student's tweet was jarring, but what really grabbed Britnee Webb as she scrolled through Twitter were the accompanying photos, taken from the floor and shared live as students hid along a wall and under desks at their Florida school.

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Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, speaks at the company’s F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The Associated Press recently spoke with Schroepfer about changes in the way Facebook handles fake news and foreign influence. (Faceb

Q&A: Facebook's CTO talks about fake news, Russia

Under fire for Russian abuse of its service during the 2016 presidential election, the spread of fake news and more, Facebook has promised to right the ship this year. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated his personal goal for 2018 is "fixing" problems like these at Facebook, rather than taking on something more personal like learning Mandarin or reading 25 books.

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Google office building on Ninth Avenue in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. Google has been quietly expanding its footprint in the city and is reportedly close to reaching a $2.4 billion deal to add the landmark Chelsea Market building in the Meatpacking D

Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub

As New York City waits to hear whether it's been chosen as the site for Amazon's second headquarters, recent moves by another tech giant, Google, to expand its footprint in the city are helping to legitimize New York's claim to be Silicon Valley East.

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The Vero app, center, is displayed on an iPhone in New York.

Vero: Hot Instagram alternative - but will it stick around?

Instagram users fed up with the service becoming more and more like Facebook are flocking to a hot new app called Vero.

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Coins are displayed next to a Bitcoin ATM in Hong Kong.

Bitcoin heist: 600 powerful computers stolen in Iceland

Some 600 computers used to "mine" bitcoin and other virtual currencies have been stolen from data centers in Iceland in what police say is the biggest series of thefts ever in the North Atlantic island nation.

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Amazon Echo and Echo Plus devices, behind, sit near illuminated Echo Button devices during an event announcing several new Amazon products by the company in Seattle.  Amazon is expanding its home-security business by buying Ring, the maker of Wi-Fi-connec

Amazon to buy Ring, maker of Wi-Fi--connected doorbells

Amazon is expanding its home-security business by buying Ring, which makes Wi-Fi-connected cameras and doorbells. The deal comes months after the online retailer started selling its own Wi-Fi-connected indoor security cameras, which work with its voice-assistant Alexa.

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Google self-driving car is on exhibit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Driverless cars will be tested on California roads for the first time without a human being behind a steering wheel under new rules for the fast-developing techn

California OKs autonomous car testing without backup drivers

Driverless cars will be tested in California for the first time without a person behind a steering wheel under new rules that state regulators approved Monday for the fast-developing technology.

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Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France. Microsoft has an eye on its international customers as it confronts the Trump administration in a Supreme Court fight about turning over emails to investigators. The justices will hear argument

Microsoft fights US in high court to protect global business

Microsoft has an eye on its international customers as it confronts the Trump administration in a Supreme Court fight about turning over emails to investigators.

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