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Payouts from Insurance Policies May Fuel Ransomware Attacks

Payouts from Insurance Policies May Fuel Ransomware Attacks

By Kathleen Foody | Sep 23
The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000.

'What is That, Man?' Navy Confirms Videos of Flying Objects

'What is That, Man?' Navy Confirms Videos of Flying Objects

By Ben Finley | Sep 23
The Navy is updating its guidelines to encourage pilots to more thoroughly report what they see, and investigators have been traveling to bases to talk to aviators.

Old Gays Try Grindr, Watch the Hilarious Results

Old Gays Try Grindr, Watch the Hilarious Results

Sep 23
In a new video released by intomore, four older gay men try Grindr for the first time. From setting up their profiles to exploring nearby matches, watch these 65 and ups learn the wild world of Grindr...

Facebook Suspends Thousands of Apps but User Impact Unclear

Facebook Suspends Thousands of Apps but User Impact Unclear

By Barbara Ortutay and Frank Bajak | Sep 21
Facebook said Friday that it has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps made by about 400 developers as part of an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Senate Tech Critic to Facebook CEO: Sell WhatsApp, Instagram

Senate Tech Critic to Facebook CEO: Sell WhatsApp, Instagram

By Marcy Gordon | Sep 20
Rather than moving users' personal data from properties such as WhatsApp and Instagram to the core Facebook platform, the company should put a wall around the services or, better yet, sell them off, a conservative lawmaker said he told Zuckerberg.

AP-NORC Poll: Americans Somewhat Confident in Climate Fight

AP-NORC Poll: Americans Somewhat Confident in Climate Fight

By Seth Borenstein and Emily Swanson | Sep 20
Most Americans are at least somewhat confident that the world will step up in its fight against global warming — but there are limits to their optimism.

Walgreens, Google Affiliate to Launch Drone Delivery Test

Walgreens, Google Affiliate to Launch Drone Delivery Test

By Tom Murphy | Sep 20
Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered.

Theater-Related Podcasts Find a Hub in New Digital Network

Theater-Related Podcasts Find a Hub in New Digital Network

By Mark Kennedy | Sep 20
Podcasts are exploding and the world of theater isn't immune. Now comes a digital hub that pulls together a lot of that theater talk — the Broadway Podcast Network.

Fishermen Demand A Say in Decisions on Offshore Wind Energy

Fishermen Demand A Say in Decisions on Offshore Wind Energy

By Wayne Parry | Sep 19
Fishermen insisted Monday to a congressional subcommittee looking at offshore wind energy that they be consulted when crucial decisions are being made on the development of such projects.

Facebook Auto-Generating Pages for Islamic State, al-Qaida

Facebook Auto-Generating Pages for Islamic State, al-Qaida

By Desmond Butler and Barbara Ortutay | Sep 18
A whistleblower's complaint shows that Facebook has inadvertently provided two extremist groups with a networking and recruitment tool by producing dozens of pages in their names.

NBC's 'Peacock' to Join the Streaming Fray in April

NBC's 'Peacock' to Join the Streaming Fray in April

By Tali Arbel | Sep 17
Comcast's NBCUniversal said Tuesday that its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC's logo. It will become the home for some of the company's most popular shows, including "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office."

Facing U.S. Ban, Huawei Emerging As Stronger Tech Competitor

Facing U.S. Ban, Huawei Emerging As Stronger Tech Competitor

By Joe McDonald | Sep 17
Long before President Donald Trump threatened to cut off Huawei's access to U.S. technology, the Chinese telecom equipment maker was pouring money into research that reduces its need for American suppliers.

Virtual Reality Used to Highlight Uranium Contamination

Virtual Reality Used to Highlight Uranium Contamination

Sep 16
Activists are using virtual reality technology to focus on areas of the Navajo Nation affected by uranium contamination.

Facebook Expands New Tool Aiming to Shrink 'News Deserts'

Facebook Expands New Tool Aiming to Shrink 'News Deserts'

By Barbara Ortutay | Sep 13
Facebook is trying to coax "news deserts" into bloom with the second major expansion of a tool that exposes people to more local news and information. But the social network confesses that it still has a lot to learn.

Google Earth Leads to Remains of Missing Florida Man in Lake

Google Earth Leads to Remains of Missing Florida Man in Lake

Sep 13
It took 22 years, but a missing man's remains were finally found thanks to someone who zoomed in on his former Florida neighborhood with Google satellite images and noticed a car submerged in a lake, authorities said.

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