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Facebook suspends another data-analytics firm for potential policy violations

LOS ANGELES - Facebook, still dealing with fallout from the scandal over user data improperly obtained by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, has suspended another data-analytics firm over possible policy violations.<p>Facebook said it has temporarily suspended the firm, Crimson Hexagon, while it …

Social Media

This Stunning Story of Kindness on Southwest Airlines Shows: Always Talk to Strangers on Airplanes

This is an incredible lesson on why you should always be nice to other airline passengers.<p>Many of us spend a lot of time on airplanes. So, imagine you're a passenger on Southwest Airlines.<p>You find an open aisle seat in Row 14. You stow your bags and settle in. You get comfortable. And then, the …

Southwest Airlines

Officers suspended for failing to investigate 911 call

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has suspended two officers who didn't get out of their patrol car to investigate a 911 call while a man lay dying outside a home.<p>Police say 44-year-old Robert Fason and another man were shot during an argument outside a Brooklyn bar on Saturday morning.<p>…

Corruption

Is Facebook a publisher? In public it says no, but in court it says yes

For years, Facebook has been saying publicly ... that it's not a media company. ​This is a complete 180<p>Facebook has long had the same public response when questioned about its disruption of the news industry: it is a tech platform, not a publisher or a media company.<p>But in a small courtroom in …

Social Media

Archbishop Wilson convicted of covering up sex abuse avoids prison

<b>Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (CNN) —</b> The highest ranking Catholic official to be convicted of covering up sex abuse was spared prison Tuesday and sentenced to six months' home detention in Australia, due to his ailing health and age.<p>The Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was found guilty …

Crime

Doctors botch blood pressure readings more often than you think

High blood pressure is a silent killer. Here’s why doctors often fail to catch it.<p>Picture the last time your doctor checked your blood pressure. Were you sitting in a chair? Were you relaxed? Were you silent? Did your doctor or nurse take more than one reading?<p>Chances are, the answer to one or more …

Diabetes

US court rules that using online photos can be considered 'fair use'

In the real world, copyright legislation seems simple enough -- don't steal something and claim it as your own work. Online, however, things are murkier. The EU Parliament recently passed a law that would stop users from uploading copyrighted content -- but in the digital age, what does 'copyright' …

Film Festivals

Gmail and other services let third parties read users' emails

<b>Privacy matters</b> Google may have promised to stop scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for ad-targeting purposes last year, but it still lets …

Apps

This Is the One Company That Amazon Can't Disrupt

And investors are rewarding it for beating back the 'Amazon Effect'<p>Investors know all too well to steer clear of companies that are in Amazon’s …

Streaming Media

App developers are going through your email — here is how to stop them

The Wall Street Journal reports that application developers, both mobile and desktop, are busy rummaging through the email of thousands and thousands …

Apps

Officials Say Illegal Pesticide Caused Deaths Of 13 Bald Eagles In Maryland

Robert Edgell has grown accustomed to seeing bald eagles soar over the family farm in Federalsburg, Md., so, when he discovered the carcasses of more than a dozen dead raptors on the property two years ago, he "was dumbfounded," he told <i>The Washington Post</i>.<p>"Usually you see one or two soaring over …

EPA

Large Methane Leaks Threaten Perception Of 'Clean' Natural Gas

A new study published in the journal <i>Science</i> finds that methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas operations are 60 percent higher than previous estimates from the federal government.<p>This comes at a time when U.S. is getting more and more of its power from natural gas; in 2017, 31.7 percent of U.S. …

Fossil Fuels

Facebook’s ‘lack of accountability’ in its data scandal spurs European sustainability fund to dump shares

The sustainability practice of a large European asset management firm is banning investments in Facebook shares.<p>Nordea's head of group sustainable …

Social Media

America's poor becoming more destitute under Trump, UN report says

<b>Atlanta (CNN) —</b> Americans born into poverty are more likely than ever before to stay that way, according to a United Nations report on poverty and inequality in the US.<p>"The United States, one of the world's richest nations and the "land of opportunity," is fast becoming a champion of inequality," …

Human Rights

Amazon employees protest sale of facial recognition software to police

The workers also want Amazon to stop selling AWS services that support deportations by ICE<p>Workers at Amazon have demanded that their employer stop the sale of facial recognition software and other services to the US government. In a letter addressed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and posted on the …

Surveillance

In Major Privacy Win, Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Track Your Cellphone

<b>Updated at 5:32 p.m. ET</b><p>In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that police must obtain a search warrant to access an individual's cellphone location information. The 5-4 decision imposes new limits on law enforcement's ability to get at the increasing amount of data that private …

Privacy

Baltimore is mired in violent crime. Could part of the solution be found in reclaimed wood?

BALTIMORE – A federal agency more commonly associated with its Smokey Bear mascot and tips on preventing forest fires thinks it may have part of the solution in big cities' fight on crime: urban wood.<p>The U.S. Forest Service has quietly launched a “matchmaking” effort to connect non-profits …

Abandoned Buildings

Factory Making Amazon Products in China Violated All Kinds of Labor Laws

Factory workers in China tasked with building Amazon’s popular Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers are exposed to horrendous work environments and …

Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together

The president's unofficial 'filing system' involves tearing up documents into pieces, even when they're supposed to be preserved.<p>Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out …

Donald Trump

Salmonella found in pre-cut melon sickens 60 people, CDC says

Officials urged people to throw out pre-cut melon sold in major supermarket chains after a salmonella outbreak linked to the fruit sickened 60 people in five states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.<p>Caito Foods, LLC recalled its packages of pre-cut watermelon, honeydew …

Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain

Creator of a breakthrough compression algorithm fights to keep it patent-free.<p>When Jarek Duda invented an important new compression technique called …

Patents

Navigating Amazon's increasingly complicated collection of Alexa-enabled devices

The Fire TV Cube is just the latest in Amazon's huge collection of Alexa-enabled gadgets.<p>This morning, Amazon announced a new device called the Fire TV Cube. As you might expect, it has Alexa built in, just like the “tens of millions” of other devices made by Amazon and third-party manufacturers …

Amazon leads $12M investment in India-based digital insurance startup Acko

Amazon appears to be restarting its funding efforts in India after Acko, the digital insurance startup in India, confirmed that the U.S. retail giant led a new round of funding for its business.<p>Amazon — which has been linked with an Acko investment since the start of this year — backed lending …

Jeff Bezos outlines Blue Origin's space colony ambitions

It's no secret that Jeff Bezos wants humanity to return to the Moon and otherwise spread its wings beyond Earth. Now, though, he's offering a clearer sense of what that entails -- and it's evident that his ideas stretch well into the long term. In an interview with <i>GeekWire</i>, he explained that he …

Stockton's young mayor has bold turnaround plan: Basic income and stipends for potential shooters

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs says that for way too long, his city has been known for headlines about bankruptcy, violent crime and the housing collapse.<p>In the future, he wants it to be known as a place willing to test bold solutions.<p>Bold, and a little controversial.<p>Tubbs, a Stockton native and …

Housing Market

The Most Important Retirement Chart You'll Ever See

Want to amass $1 million -- or more -- for your retirement? This very cool chart shows how you can do it.<p>For most of us, retirement will be only as …

Retirement

A JetBlue Passenger Wanted 'Ice.' A Flight Attendant Misheard 'ISIS!' (Violence, Jail and a Lawsuit Followed)

I spent years as a lawyer. This federal complaint seems like one of the craziest things I've ever read. But what if it's true?<p>This column is about a passenger's lawsuit against JetBlue. It's such a strange case that I'm just going to step out of the way and let you see what it claims.<p>It all started …

Hung Up

She came to the US for a better life. Shortly after her arrival, she was killed

<b>(CNN) —</b> Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez traveled 1,500 miles to the United States, hoping to find a job and a better future. Shortly after she set foot in Texas, a Border Patrol agent shot and killed her.<p>Gomez Gonzalez's shooting Wednesday drew international attention after a bystander posted video …

Los Angeles

Video shows officer punching woman in head on N.J. beach

UPDATE: Wildwood police say they've reassigned the officers in the video pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation. A video made its …

Social Media

If Cancer Can't Survive In An Alkaline Environment, Why Don't We Use That As A Treatment?

<i>If no disease, including cancer, can survive in an alkaline environment, then why aren’t doctors using this method to heal their patients? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Mike</b> …

Breast Cancer