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Bug May Have Exposed Photos from 7M Facebook Users

Bug May Have Exposed Photos from 7M Facebook Users

By Barbara Ortutay and Michael Liedtke | Dec 15
Facebook's privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended.

Skip Fights About Digital Devices over the Holidays — Instead, Let Them Bring Your Family Together

Skip Fights About Digital Devices over the Holidays — Instead, Let Them Bring Your Family Together

By Sheila R. Cotten | Dec 15
Older adults, who are often lonely and socially isolated, can look forward to reconnecting with family and friends during the holidays. However, when technology enters the picture, gatherings may not be quite so positive.

Billionaire Builds Beach Access App After Violating Rules

Billionaire Builds Beach Access App After Violating Rules

Dec 15
A tech billionaire whose elaborate wedding in a redwood grove violated California rules has helped create a smartphone app that shows users a map of more than 1,500 spots where people can get to the coastline.

Iran Hackers Hunt Nuclear Workers, U.S. Targets

Iran Hackers Hunt Nuclear Workers, U.S. Targets

By Raphael Satter | Dec 14
As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them.

Business Owners Need to Teach Staffers About Password Safety

Business Owners Need to Teach Staffers About Password Safety

By Joyce Rosenberg | Dec 14
It may seem obvious: Companies' computers, mobile devices and accounts need secure passwords. But many small business owners don't take the time to educate staffers about these very basic forms of cybersecurity.

Dutch Court Upholds Maximum Sentence for Cyberbully

Dutch Court Upholds Maximum Sentence for Cyberbully

Dec 14
A Dutch appeals court has upheld a prison sentence of nearly 11 years for a man convicted of cyberbullying dozens of young women and gay men around the world.

California Mulls Texting Fee to Help Poor People Get Phones

California Mulls Texting Fee to Help Poor People Get Phones

Dec 14
California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.

Report: 'High-Tech' Robot on Russian TV Was Man in Suit

Report: 'High-Tech' Robot on Russian TV Was Man in Suit

Dec 14
Russian media say a contraption presented by Russian state television as a high-tech robot was in fact a man in a commercially available robot costume.

Liz Weston: 4 Tech Tasks to Keep Your Parents Safer Online

Liz Weston: 4 Tech Tasks to Keep Your Parents Safer Online

By Liz Weston | Dec 13
When you're home for the holidays, or the next time you visit your folks, offer to help with a few tasks that can keep your parents safer online.

China Suspected in Huge Marriott Data Breach, Official Says

China Suspected in Huge Marriott Data Breach, Official Says

By Michael Balsamo | Dec 13
Investigators believe hackers working on behalf of China's main intelligence agency are responsible for a massive data breach involving the theft of personal information from as many as 500 million guests of the Marriott hotel chain.

Fake Amazon Boxes and GPS Used to Catch Would-Be Thieves

Fake Amazon Boxes and GPS Used to Catch Would-Be Thieves

By David Porter | Dec 13
Police in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from New York, are teaming up with Amazon to install doorbell cameras and plant dummy boxes with GPS tracking devices at homes around the city.

Trump Campaign Russia Contacts Alarm Intelligence Experts

Trump Campaign Russia Contacts Alarm Intelligence Experts

By Susannah George | Dec 12
From suggestions of "political synergy" and offers of business deals to contact with more than a dozen people in then-candidate Donald Trump's orbit, Russian outreach to the Trump campaign has a familiar and alarming pattern to experts in the intelligence

Carbon Conscious: How One Man is Shrinking His Footprint

Carbon Conscious: How One Man is Shrinking His Footprint

By Frank Jordans and Daniel Niemann | Dec 12
Dirk Gratzel counts his carbon emissions. He's among a small but growing number of people looking for ways to cut their personal greenhouse gas emissions from levels that scientists say are unsustainable if global warming is to be curbed.

U.S. Military's Aegis System Intercepts Test Missile in Hawaii

U.S. Military's Aegis System Intercepts Test Missile in Hawaii

Dec 12
The U.S. military's land-based Aegis missile defense system has intercepted an intermediate range ballistic missile in a test near Hawaii.

Spacewalking Astronauts Check Site of Capsule Leak

Spacewalking Astronauts Check Site of Capsule Leak

By Marcia Dunn | Dec 12
Spacewalking astronauts ripped through thick insulation on a capsule docked to the International Space Station on Tuesday, looking for clues to a mysterious drilled hole that leaked precious cabin air four months ago.

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