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Facebook and Twitter in DC: What the congressional hearings looked like up close

You know that feeling when something is important to you but other people just don’t care? That’s how some congressional lawmakers felt this week after Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and, notably, no one from Google testified for a combined eight hours before two committees. The hearings were kind of important, given

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. Picture: Andrew Harnik

Facebook has secret trust ratings but it won’t tell you your score

Facebook scores users based on how ‘trustworthy’ they are. Picture: Tobias SchwarzSource:AFP FACEBOOK is rating users based on how “trustworthy” it thinks they are. Users receive a score on a scale from zero to one that determines if they have a good or bad reputation — but it’s completely hidden. The rating system was revealed


GoFundMe returns $403,000 to donors in NJ scam

GoFundMe has returned $403,000 to 14,000 people who believed they were helping a homeless veteran. The crowdfunding site said Monday that all donations have now been refunded, as have processing and administration fees, according to CBS News. A New Jersey couple, Katelyn McClure and Mark D’Amico, started a fundraising campaign on the site in November

The original scene from Love Actually. Source: Love Actually

AFP charms with hilarious Love Actually spoof

Australia’s federal police force has gotten into the Christmas spirit with a hilarious Love Actually spoof that’s charming thousands of Aussies online. Ripping off the famous scene from the 2003 movie, it begins with an AFP officer knocking on a woman’s door with a bunch of signs. Only instead of ‘Say it’s carol singers’, the

Huawei has come under increased pressure from Western governments in recent years. Picture: Andy Wong

Charges laid against tech giant Huawei

The US Justice Department has charged Chinese tech giant Huawei, two of its subsidiaries and a top executive, who are accused of misleading banks about the company’s business and violating US sanctions. The company is also charged in a separate case with stealing trade secrets from US telecom T-Mobile, according to federal prosecutors. Prosecutors are


China just got a huge spike in internet users

China’s population is big — 1.4 billion big — and its internet user population is creeping toward similar heights. A government department called the China Internet Network Information Center ran a report to find out just how many citizens were jumping online. The result was 802 million, and the agency estimates that 29.68 million of


New York expands probe into fake FCC comments on net neutrality

New York has expanded its investigation into fake public comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission last year on the agency’s proposal to roll back net neutrality rules.  The probe underway by the New York Attorney General’s Office is now scrutinizing telecom trade groups and DC-based advocacy organizations that were both for and against the

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Google Chrome 69 redesign rolling out in September

Google’s browser will be getting a redesign when its Chrome 69 update arrives on September 4. We don’t know the details of visual changes, but they’re likely to be the rounded tabs of Material Design overhaul shown in July. The company’s Enterprise release notes mention some of the new features, which focus on Windows integration,