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Expecting to pay up to $5B for Cambridge Analytica, Facebook sets aside $3B for FTC fines

04/24/2019, 05:04 pm

Facebook is preparing to pay a record-setting fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations following the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, as the social network is earmarking $3 billion to go towards its expenses and a potential $5 billion fine, depending on how it negotiates with the regulator.

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Qualcomm and Apple settle, Samsung folds, Facebook failing at security, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

04/19/2019, 08:04 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, William and Victor close the books on the Qualcomm suit, Samsung has problems with a folding phone, and Facebook steals contacts from 1.5M people.

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Facebook admits millions of Instagram accounts affected by unencrypted password storage blunder

04/18/2019, 02:04 pm

Facebook has admitted its major security breach from March where the social network stored "hundreds of millions" of plain-text passwords on internal servers was worse than first thought for users of Instagram, advising it may have affected millions of accounts on the image-sharing service and not the "tens of thousands" it initially reported.

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Facebook 'unintentionally' harvested email contacts from 1.5M users

04/17/2019, 11:04 pm

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it "unintentionally uploaded" the email contacts of some 1.5 million users without their express consent since May 2016, a mistake for which the company is taking steps to correct.

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Facebook confirms plans for voice assistant to match Siri, Alexa & Google Assistant

04/17/2019, 05:04 pm

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it's working on its own voice assistant, carving out a space among competitors like Apple's Siri and Amazon Alexa.

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Leaked docs show Facebook weaponized user data against competitors, with little regard for privacy

04/16/2019, 01:04 pm

In the past, Facebook executives including CEO Mark Zuckerberg regularly wielded user data as a tool to reward partners and smash rivals, according to some 4,000 pages of leaked emails, messages, and other documents spanning from 2011 to 2015.

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UK proposes creating regulator to fine tech firms slow to take down harmful online content

04/08/2019, 10:04 am

Apple and other tech companies may face fines and have their services blocked if they are not able to handle harmful online contact in an effective manner, the United Kingdom government has suggested, proposing the creation of a regulator that could create new rules social networks and other online entities should follow concerning terrorist messages and abuse images.

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Survey claims 86 percent of US teens plan to choose iPhone as next smartphone

04/08/2019, 08:04 am

A newly-published survey of 8,600 U.S. teens found that a higher number than ever, 86 percent, are hoping to make Apple's iPhone their next smartphone.

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How to block spam calls, texts, and social media messages on your iPhone

04/05/2019, 10:04 am

You know how to use messaging and emails, and you use them to get things done, but far too many just want to sell you things or annoy you with them. Here's how to get persistent callers and emailers out of your hair so that you can get some work done.

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Latest Facebook-related security breach finds millions of records exposed on Amazon servers

04/03/2019, 02:04 pm

Security researchers have uncovered multiple instances of Facebook user data being exposed publicly on Amazon cloud servers, though it's not immediately clear to what extent either company is to blame.

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Mark Zuckerberg joins Tim Cook in calls for privacy, electoral integrity legislation

04/01/2019, 08:04 am

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg is following Apple CEO Tim Cook and other major privacy advocates in calling for governments to "regulate the internet," by offering up suggestions for how lawmakers and regulators could create new rules that the social network and other tech firms should follow to protect elections, reduce harmful content, and to enhance privacy.

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Facebook stored 'hundreds of millions' of unencrypted passwords on internal servers

03/21/2019, 12:03 pm

Adding to multiple security controversies, Facebook is reportedly investigating problems which led to "hundreds of millions" of unencrypted, plain-text passwords being stored on internal servers.

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Facebook faces criminal investigation over data sharing deals

03/14/2019, 01:03 am

The federal government has initiated a criminal investigation into Facebook for its data dealings with some of the world's largest technology companies, adding to the company's woes as it clamors to mitigate fallout from recent revelations regarding potentially unscrupulous business practices.

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Editorial: Senator Warren's stance on big tech breakup is dangerous politics

03/13/2019, 10:03 am

Running for President, Senator Warren proposes plans to break up big technology companies, that ignore real security concerns. You can't apply simplistic solutions to complex problems just because it's politically expedient, and you can't conveniently dance around Apple being included, then bring it in when you're forced to give a soundbite.

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Elizabeth Warren confirms Apple is on her big tech breakup list

03/10/2019, 09:03 am

Speaking at SXSW, presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren explicitly called out Apple's App Store as one example of what would need to be split away from the company to comply with her big tech breakup plan, if Apple wanted to continue to distribute its own apps and services.

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Elizabeth Warren calls for tech giant breakup, with Apple in the cross-hairs

03/08/2019, 11:03 am

On Friday, Democratic Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren advocated for breaking up major tech companies with large services, specifically naming Amazon, Facebook, and Google -- but Apple fits in the targeted category as well.

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Rumored MacBook health sensors, Huawei sues the US, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

03/08/2019, 08:03 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, William and Victor talk about rumored health sensors in MacBooks, Huawei suing the US government, and Facebook's claim again that they value users' privacy.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pledges 'privacy-focused' future amid ongoing scandals

03/06/2019, 03:03 pm

Facebook is embarking on a "privacy-focused" roadmap, shifting away from the public focus that has landed it in multiple scandals, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

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Facebook embroiled in yet another privacy scandal, this time involving your phone number

03/04/2019, 08:03 am

Facebook has come under fire yet again for another privacy issue, with the social network not providing its users with any way to opt out of having their phone number, submitted to enable two-factor authentication to secure the account, used by others to look up their profile.

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New York state demands info on iPhone apps sharing private data with Facebook

03/01/2019, 08:03 am

The New York state government sent out a barrage of letters this week, asking for documents and other information from Facebook and the developers of at least 11 iPhone apps accused of sending private data to the social network.

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