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Facebook disclosed its findings after The New York Times reported on them earlier Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Facebook finds 'sophisticated' efforts to disrupt elections

Facebook set off a firestorm Tuesday, announcing that it had uncovered "sophisticated" efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to manipulate U.S. politics and by extension the upcoming midterm elections.

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Employees walk past logos of the Samsung Electronics Co. at its office in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday its second-quarter earnings rose 2 percent over a year earlier, missing expectations due to sales of

Samsung Electronics misses forecast on lower phone sales

Samsung Electronics Co. reported a lower-than-expected gain in the second-quarter earnings Tuesday, indicating an end to its streak of record-breaking financial results as sales of smartphones and display panels slowed while memory chip profit stabilized.

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The Overwatch League is making a grand gamble: that its deep pockets and massive infrastructure can keep it atop the esports mountain even as Fortnite comes charging for the crown. (AP Photo/Terrin Waack)

Fending off Fortnite: Can Overwatch stay atop esports world?

The Overwatch League has planted its flag atop the esports mountain. But just like its twitchy-thumbed superstars, the premier circuit can't afford to sit still.

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Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Facebook plummeted 19 percent Thursday, July 26, 2018, after warning of slower growth ahead, erasing more than $100 billion in value. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

UK lawmakers recommend tougher rules on Facebook

The U.K. government should increase oversight of social media like Facebook and election campaigns to protect democracy in the digital age, a parliamentary committee has recommended in a scathing report on fake news, data misuse and interference by Russia.

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 Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 17 cents per share. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Bad week in social media gets worse; Twitter hammered

Cracking down on hate, abuse and online trolls is also hurting Twitter's standing with investors.

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Shows a plastic pistol that was completely made on a 3D-printer at a home in Austin, Texas.

Texas company cleared to put 3D-printed gun designs online

They look futuristic, the type of firearms that would-be assassins use in movies: 3D-printed guns made of a hard plastic that are simple to assemble, easy to conceal and tough to trace.

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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 file photo, a man enters his Facebook page at a restaurant in Brasilia, Brazil.

Facebook nixes Brazil pages, profiles that spread fake news

Facebook has removed a network of pages and profiles in Brazil that the social media company says were used to spread misinformation and foment divisiveness.

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Copies of the  New York Daily News are for sale at a news stand in New York.

Newspapers endure more cuts, hope for brighter future online

U.S. newspapers are battered and broken, and this week's layoffs at the New York Daily News serve as the latest blow.

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But it’s not going to happen, at least not while he’s president. Twitter’s view is that keeping up political figures’ controversial tweets encourages discussion and helps hold leaders accountable. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

No, Twitter will not ban Trump, here's why

Calls to ban Donald Trump from Twitter are at least as old as his presidency. But it's not going to happen, at least not while he's in office.

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Facebook has been facing increased scrutiny over how third-party firms use its data since news broke in March 2018 that data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user data. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Facebook suspends Boston analytics firm over data usage

Facebook said Friday that it has suspended Boston-based analytics firm Crimson Hexagon while it investigates how it collects and shares Facebook and Instagram's user data.

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FILE - This image provided by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals shows the birth control implant Essure.

Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the U.S., the only country where it remains available.

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Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, told Recode's Kara Swisher in an interview that although he finds Holocaust denial

Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook. Calling for a mob to kill Jews is not.

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The European Union's antitrust chief has fined Google a record $5 billion for abusing the market dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps.

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Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in 4Q

Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.

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Netflix logo on an iPhone in Philadelphia. Netflix, Inc. reports earnings Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Netflix drops dud on Wall St. as subscriber growth flops

Netflix is adding subscribers at a slower pace than envisioned, renewing fears that its growth may sputter as the video streaming service tries to fend off fiercer competition.

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This means Twitter users are likely to see a reduction in their follower counts in the coming days The company said Wednesday, July 11, 2018, that the move will not affect its number of monthly or daily active user figures. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Twitter to remove suspicious accounts from follower counts

 Twitter says it will begin removing suspicious accounts it has locked from its counts of users' followers. Twitter users are likely to see a reduction in their follower counts in the coming days.

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FILE - This March 19, 2018 file photo shows Apple's App Store app in Baltimore.

How Apple's app store changed our world

 A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps, unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile devices their own.

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The logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Twitter's fake account purge drags stock lower

It's no secret that Twitter has been purging fake and malicious accounts in an attempt to make its platform more welcoming for real people.

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Facebook ad preferences pages in San Francisco. When California lawmakers return from their summer recess, in August, they say they plan to fix problems in a data privacy law they passed last month. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,file)

California lawmakers face dozens of key bills in final month

California lawmakers left for summer recess with most of the year's major bills still on their to-do list. So far in 2018, they have passed first-in-the-nation data privacy regulations and a ban on new local soda taxes.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin urges closer international cybersecurity cooperation

President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for closer international cooperation in fending off cyberattacks.

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