Facebook argues its own tool showing conservative dominance isn’t ‘fully representative’

Listen to Facebook, just not a Facebook-owned analytics tool designed to provide insight into Facebook.  That appears to be the argument made late Tuesday by Facebook’s Alex Schultz in a frankly confounding blog post titled “What Do People Actually See … Read more…

FBI and police departments say wildfire conspiracy theories spreading on Facebook aren’t true

As wildfires devastate the West Coast, the FBI and local officials in California, Oregon, and Washington are also fighting the spread of something else: rampant misinformation. Conspiracy theories about the wildfires are quickly spreading on Facebook. While they vary, most … Read more…

Russian state hackers suspected in targeting Biden campaign firm

WASHINGTON – Microsoft recently alerted one of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s main election campaign advisory firms that it had been targeted by suspected Russian state-backed hackers, according to three people briefed on the matter. The hacking attempts targeted staff … Read more…

Facebook reveals its impotence as Trump sows confusion about voting twice

In the friendly face-off between Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump, Zuckerberg just blinked. Again. On Thursday, mere hours after the Facebook CEO announced “additional steps” to “fight misinformation” ahead of the U.S. presidential election, Trump used the platform to spread … Read more…

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: Free Echo Dot, face masks better than 3M N95s, huge Amazon Labor Day sale, more

Happy Sunday, bargain hunters! We’ve got some terrific deals for you to take advantage of before you dive into what will hopefully be a relaxing Sunday, and the first two are divided into sections. Up first, we have face masks. … Read more…

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: Huge Amazon Labor Day sale, NIOSH KN95 masks, Anker accessory blowout, more

We’ve got an incredible roundup of daily deals for you to check out on Saturday, including the one sale everyone has been waiting for. That’s right… Amazon’s massive Labor Day 2020 sale has begun! The “Big Summer Sale” is transitioning … Read more…

Microsoft’s Surface Duo is a dual-screen ‘risk’ that might pay off. Just don’t call it a phone.

Microsoft is nervous.  That much was clear from an early morning (virtual) briefing which saw the company trot out select team members to discuss the upcoming not-a-phone, not-a-tablet, definitely-not-a-foldable Surface Duo. The dual-screened device, a stark departure from the Lumia … Read more…

Senate bans federal employees from using TikTok on government devices

The US Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill banning federal employees from using the social media app TikTok on government-issued devices. Authorities have raised security concerns about the video-sharing platform because it’s owned by the Chinese-based company ByteDance. The … Read more…

Face masks often aren’t enough to defeat facial recognition, study finds

Well, there goes the tiniest privacy silver lining on that otherwise dark coronavirus cloud.  A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that many commercially available facial-recognition systems are still able to correctly identify people … Read more…

Today’s best deals: 95¢ KN95 face masks, Purell, $8 wireless charger, $99 memory foam mattress, $15 headphones, more

We’ve got some truly terrific daily deals to share with you on Monday, so let’s get right to it. Highlights include 20-packs of best-selling MagiCare KN95 face masks for $ 18.99 instead of $ 70, Amazon’s top-selling 3-ply masks for … Read more…

Antitrust hearing with Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai indefinitely postponed

Big Tech CEOs’ lives just got a lot less stressful. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee announced Friday that it would postpone its virtual hearing on Big Tech and antitrust regulations. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and … Read more…

Most Americans accept they’ll probably only attend virtual parties for the rest of 2020

Six in 10 Americans only feel comfortable attending virtual parties for the rest of 2020, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 Americans found the majority are eschewing in-person events and parties — but there’s always an exception to … Read more…