Jules Wight

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FCC Chairman Has ‘Serious Concerns’ With Sinclair-Tribune Deal

Ajit Pai says evidence suggests proposed station divestitures would leave Sinclair in control of them ‘in practice, even if not in name’<p>WASHINGTON—A top federal communications regulator said Monday that he had “serious concerns” about Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s $3.9 billion acquisition of …

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Uber Faces Federal Investigation Over Alleged Gender Discrimination

EEOC investigators have been seeking information related to hiring practices, pay disparity and other matters<p>Uber Technologies Inc. is being investigated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after a complaint about gender inequity, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>The …

Gender Discrimination

Sexual harassment in photojournalism

Photojournalism has a severe problem with sexual harassment, with women in the profession being subjected to assault, unwanted advances and more from …

Sexual Harassment

Congress steps up efforts to reverse newsprint tariffs

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are increasingly working on finding relief for the newspaper industry, which has been hit hard by tariffs imposed on Canadian groundwood paper imports by the Trump administration.<p>This morning, 16 congressional lawmakers will testify against the …

Tariffs

House Republican backs effort to restore net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday he will back an uphill battle to try to force a vote to restore net neutrality rules that were overturned by the Trump administration.<p>Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado said he would become the first …

Net Neutrality

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren’t very compelling. A handful of companies …

Health Care

Apple gives its leadership site a Memoji overhaul in celebration of World Emoji Day

Apple is truly going all-out for World Emoji Day. After showing off the 70 new emoji characters coming to iOS later this year, the company has also overhauled its Apple Leadership webpage with new Memoji avatars…<p>As you can see, every executive listed on the Leadership webpage now features a Memoji …

iOS

Apple adding 70 new emoji including super hero, cupcake, and redheads to iOS 12

At last, we have an emoji for lettuce<p>Ahead of World Emoji Day tomorrow, Apple just shared the latest details about new emojis that are coming to iOS later this year. More than 70 new characters — including emoji for bald people, redheads, and those that have gone gray — were created based on …

iOS

5 Ways Companies Use Your Cellphone Location Data

U.S. wireless carriers said they would cut off two middlemen, but they aren’t the only firms using your location data<p>The smartphones at the center of consumers’ lives generate vast streams of data on where they live, work and travel, and how wireless giants like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications …

Verizon

The Trans Man Whose Pioneering Surgery Was A State Secret For Decades

Russia’s current record on LGBT rights is extremely poor. But 40 years ago, the USSR witnessed a pioneering moment in transgender history.<p>RIGA, Latvia — Dr. Viktors Kalnbērzs still remembers the day in the winter of 1968 when the phone in his office rang and changed his life forever.<p>On the other …

Russia

Canadian Central Bank Bitcoin Survey Reveals Worrying Crypto Trends

A bitcoin survey carried out by the Canadian central bank has revealed that though people in the North American country are increasingly aware of bitcoin and cryptocurrency, they aren’t using it.<p>The survey of 2,500 people in Canada, catchily named the Bitcoin Omnibus Survey, was carried out during …

Cryptocurrency

FCC Takes First Step Toward Easing Children’s TV Mandates on Broadcasters

WASHINGTON — The FCC took the first step toward easing rules on the amount and type of children programming that broadcasters must provide to …

Net Neutrality

Mobile cybersecurity is a hellish nightmare that’s getting worse by the day

Despite screaming headlines about the growing vulnerabilities of mobile devices and promises to take the matter seriously, both individuals and corporations alike are still essentially walking around with their pants around their ankles.<p>Over the past two years, the use of mobile devices, …

Cybersecurity

Trump opens rift in press corps as he disses CNN as ‘fake’ and Fox News as ‘real’

President Donald Trump’s attack on CNN as “fake news” and his quick pivot during a news conference in Britain to “real network” Fox News opened a rift among the press corps, with some journalists saying Fox should have come to the defense of the rival news outlet.<p>During the news conference …

Donald Trump

Mueller indicts 12 Russians for DNC hacking as Trump-Putin summit looms

The indictment details the Kremlin's 2016 election meddling days before President Donald Trump is set to meet the Russian leader.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military officials on Friday and accused them of hacking into two Democratic Party computer systems to sabotage the …

Donald Trump

Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition

Microsoft on Friday became the first tech giant to join a growing call for regulations to limit the use of facial recognition technology.<p>In a lengthy blog post about the potential uses and abuses of facial recognition, Bradford L. Smith, the company’s president, compared the technology to products …

Privacy

12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation

WASHINGTON — The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election issued an indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign. The indictment came only three days before President …

Donald Trump

Trading app Robinhood adds two new cryptocurrencies despite bear market

Despite a sluggish cryptocurrency market, stock trading app Robinhood is adding two new digital currencies to its platform.<p>The company will add …

Cryptocurrency

India just approved net neutrality rules that ban "any form" of data discrimination

India’s Department of Telecommunications has approved net neutrality rules that ban blocking, throttling, and zero-rating internet data, with some exceptions. The framework, published last year as a recommendation from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), is the culmination of a …

Net Neutrality

Hackers caught selling access to airport security systems for $10

Researchers at McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research team have discovered that credentials for systems at a major international airport are being sold on the dark web for just $10. Airport admins verified the authenticity of the credentials, which would have allowed control of “systems linked to …

Selling

4 cryptocurrency trends to watch out for

The cryptocurrency market has survived a lot of things: major exchange hacks, involvement from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), ban on cryptocurrency ads by Google, Facebook, Twitter and other online giants, and unpredictable government intervention and attempts at regulation.<p>All …

Cryptocurrency

FCC Proposes Changing Comment System After WSJ Found Thousands of Fakes

Chairman Ajit Pai tells two senators he wants to ‘re-engineer’ online commenting system to create ‘safeguards against abusive conduct’<p>The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission proposed an overhaul of the agency’s online comment system after millions of fake comments were posted about a …

Net Neutrality

America's mysterious concrete arrows

<b>(CNN) —</b> Picture the scene: you're driving through the arid American desert. There's been nothing around for miles. Suddenly, up ahead, you spot a gigantic concrete arrow.<p>No, you're not hallucinating as you travel. These enigmatic structures are dotted across the length and breadth of the United …

Salt Lake City

As Migrant Families Are Reunited, Some Children Don’t Recognize Their Mothers

PHOENIX — One mother had waited four months to wrap her arms around her little boy. Another had waited three months to see her little girl again.<p>When the reunions finally happened Tuesday in Phoenix, the mothers were met with cries of rejection from their children.<p>“He didn’t recognize me,” said …

Immigration

Reuniting and Detaining Migrant Families Pose New Mental Health Risks

The chaotic process of reuniting thousands of migrant children and parents separated by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy poses great psychological risks, both short- and long-term, mental health experts said on Friday. So does holding those families indefinitely while they await …

Mental Health

‘They Were Abusing Us the Whole Way’: A Tough Path for Gay and Trans Migrants

TIJUANA, Mexico — Jade Quintanilla had come to the northernmost edge of Mexico from El Salvador looking for help and safety, but five months had passed since she had arrived in this border town, and she was still too scared to cross into the United States and make her request for asylum.<p>Violence …

Human Rights

Trump’s Reality TV Supreme Court Rollout, Slick and Substance-Free

I’ll spare you most of the jokes about how President Trump turned the Supreme Court nomination into a reality show. You’ve probably heard them already. (The process so mirrored “The Bachelor,” several folks quipped, that Mr. Trump would ask his nominee, “Will you accept this robe?”)<p>And look, it’s …

Reality TV

Facebook’s Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities.<p>“Face recognition technology allows us to help protect you from a stranger using your photo to impersonate you,” Facebook told its …

Privacy

How to See Who's On Your Wi-Fi

Is your internet sluggish? If you suspect a neighbor is stealing your Wi-Fi, these two apps can help you identify devices using your connection and …

Wi-Fi