politics

The Trump administration plans to ban flavored e-cigs to curb teen vaping

The Trump administration announced today that it may ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in an attempt to curb teen vaping, The New York Times reports. In a press release, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shared that the FDA p… Source: Engadget | The Trump administration plans to ban flavored e-cigs …

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US and Poland agree to rigorously evaluate foreign 5G equipment

The US and Poland declared today that suppliers of 5G network equipment should be rigorously evaluated for foreign government control. Vice President Mike Pence and Polish President Andrzej Duda signed an agreement to tighten guidelines of 5G network… Source: Engadget | US and Poland agree to rigorously evaluate foreign 5G equipment

Study finds changes in Cuban diplomats' brains, but no sign of attack

Scientists are still unsure of why a group of US diplomats in Cuba experienced mysterious neurological symptoms, but they're still looking for answers. A new study published today in JAMA by the University of Pennsylvania reveals that brain changes w… Source: Engadget | Study finds changes in Cuban diplomats' brains, but no sign of attack

Justice Department launches sweeping review of competition in tech

The US is intensifying its already stepped-up scrutiny of the tech industry. The Department of Justice is launching a comprehensive antitrust review of "market-leading online platforms" to see if they're abusing their leading positions. There's no… Source: Engadget | Justice Department launches sweeping review of competition in tech

A new bill could ban facial recognition in federally-funded housing

Now that facial recognition is more common, so are the laws aiming to limit its scope. San Francisco, Oakland, Calif. and Somerville, Mass. have all passed laws prohibiting city use of facial recognition. Now, a group of Congresswomen hope to pass th… Source: Engadget | A new bill could ban facial recognition in federally-funded housing

FTC to accuse Facebook of misusing phone numbers and facial recognition

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reportedly plans to issue a complaint over Facebook's handling of phone numbers and facial recognition. According to The Washington Post, the FTC plans to allege that advertisers managed to target users who provided… Source: Engadget | FTC to accuse Facebook of misusing phone numbers and facial recognition

Apple News debuts a guide to the 2020 Democrat hopefuls

Apple wants you to take its news service seriously. To demonstrate its potential beyond a simple headline aggregation platform, it's launched its own candidate guide ahead of the 2020 Democratic debates. The guide contains facts, biographies and cand… Source: Engadget | Apple News debuts a guide to the 2020 Democrat hopefuls

Twitter banned 2,600 Iran-linked accounts for election meddling

Since September, Twitter has suspended 2,617 accounts linked to Iran, it said in a report on its US midterm election efforts. Some of the accounts claimed they were American news outlets and discussed US political and social issues. Twitter claims it… Source: Engadget | Twitter banned 2,600 Iran-linked accounts for election meddling

Ubisoft Sends Out Political Email For The Division 2, A Game That Is Definitely Not Political

Ubisoft would like you to know that The Division 2, a game with a deeply political setting, is not a political statement. Which is weird, because earlier today the publisher sent out a political email about it.Read more… Source: Kotaku | Ubisoft Sends Out Political Email For The Division 2, A Game That Is Definitely …

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New York settles with company selling fake social media followers

The state of New York's Attorney General has settled a case with a company that made millions of dollars selling likes, comments and followers on social media, according to CNN. The activity of the now-defunct Devumi was discovered as part of a probe… Source: Engadget | New York settles with company selling fake social media …

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Canada doesn't trust social networks to warn of election interference

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have set up war rooms and disclosure systems to warn of potential election meddling, but the Canadian government doesn't believe that's good enough. The country's Democratic Institutions Minister has establis… Source: Engadget | Canada doesn't trust social networks to warn of election interference

US prisons are reportedly creating 'voice print' databases

Prisons across the United States are reportedly building biometric databases that include voice recordings of incarcerated people, according to The Intercept. The report cites contracting documents for the state of New York's prison system, as well a… Source: Engadget | US prisons are reportedly creating 'voice print' databases

US will map and disrupt North Korean botnet

The US government plans to turn the tables on North Korea-linked hackers trying to compromise key infrastructure. The Justice Department has unveiled an initiative to map the Joanap botnet and "further disrupt" it by alerting victims. The FBI and t… Source: Engadget | US will map and disrupt North Korean botnet

New York investigates Apple's Group FaceTime privacy bug

You knew it was just a matter of time before Apple's Group FaceTime 'eavesdropping' bug drew the attention of politicians. New York Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation into the FaceTime flaw in hopes of understanding both its… Source: Engadget | New York investigates Apple's Group FaceTime privacy bug

Lyft will reportedly sue over New York's minimum pay for drivers law

Lyft is planning to file a lawsuit today against the city of New York in an attempt to block a new law that would require ride-hailing guarantee a minimum wage floor for drivers, according to The Verge. Lesser known ridesharing service Juno is joinin… Source: Engadget | Lyft will reportedly sue over New York's minimum …

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