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Roughly half the Twitter accounts pushing to 'reopen America' are bots, researchers found

Roughly half the Twitter accounts pushing to 'reopen America' are bots, researchers found

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.As parts of the US have lifted shutdown orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, there's been a fierce argument online about the risks and benefits of reopening. New research suggests that bots have been dominating that debate.Carnegie Mellon University researchers analyzed over 200 million tweets discussing COVID-19 and related issues since January and found that roughly half the accounts — including 62% of the 1,000 most influential retweeters — appeared to be...

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Mitch McConnell is pushing the Senate to pass a measure that would let the FBI collect Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

Mitch McConnell is pushing the Senate to pass a measure that would let the FBI collect Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing forward with an amendment that would let the FBI collect records on Americans' web-browsing and search histories without a warrant this week.McConnell proposed the amendment as part of the renewal of the 2001 Patriot Act, first reported. The Senate is voting on amendments this week.The McConnell amendment would let Department of Justice officials — overseen by Attorney General Bill Barr — look through anyone's browsing history without the approval of a judge if they deem the browsing history relevant to an investigation. It blocks the FBI...

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Twitter just told employees they can work from home permanently

Twitter just told employees they can work from home permanently

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told employees in an email on Tuesday that they would be allowed to work from home indefinitely, even after COVID-19 shutdowns end.Dorsey also said Twitter's offices wouldn't be reopened until September at the earliest, . Twitter told employees to start working from home in , but the offer doesn't extend to employees whose jobs mandate that they return to the office, like those tasked with server maintenance.A Twitter representative told Business Insider that the decision meshed with the company's broader mission to support employees working from anywhere, adding...

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Facebook is suing an Israeli spyware company for allegedly hacking WhatsApp. Now, that company says Facebook tried to buy its spyware in 2017.

Facebook is suing an Israeli spyware company for allegedly hacking WhatsApp. Now, that company says Facebook tried to buy its spyware in 2017.

NSO Group — a secretive Israeli spyware firm facing allegations that it hacked platforms like WhatsApp and helped authoritative governments spy on dissidents — now claims that Facebook tried to buy its surveillance technology in 2017 to monitor its users.Facebook has sued NSO Group for on behalf of its government clients. NSO Group has also faced that it helped Saudi Arabia spy on its perceived opponents, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Washington Post journalist , who was murdered by Saudi agents in 2018.The NSO Group accused Facebook of trying to buy its software in a new court filing...

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Fauci says the government is considering giving out COVID-19 'immunity cards' as part of push to reopen the economy

Fauci says the government is considering giving out COVID-19 'immunity cards' as part of push to reopen the economy

People who recover from coronavirus could be given government-issued immunity cards in the future, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci said Friday.Fauci told that the Trump administration is considering giving out certificates showing a person has previously had coronavirus and recovered, which could help reduce transmission as people return to work in the coming months."I mean, it's one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not," he said. "This is something that's being discussed....

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Unequal access to high-speed internet could be the biggest obstacle to getting the American economy back on track

Unequal access to high-speed internet could be the biggest obstacle to getting the American economy back on track

If the gap between traditional businesses and those that operate online wasn't already stark enough, the coronavirus epidemic is laying it bare.More Americans filed for unemployment in the past month than did across a following the 2008 economic downturn. Economists that more than 20 million Americans will have lost their jobs by the end of April.But as the US looks to nurse its economy back to life in the coming months, one obstacle is increasingly likely to stand in the way: the massive holes in availability of high-speed internet. For all non-essential businesses, commerce has moved...

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Hackers attacked a US health agency's computer system in an attempt to slow down its COVID-19 response

Hackers attacked a US health agency's computer system in an attempt to slow down its COVID-19 response

As the US ramps up its response to the spread of COVID-19, the Health and Human Services Department was hit with a cyberattack, according to a new report from .The cyberattack reportedly aimed to slow down HHS computer systems Sunday night, but was unsuccessful in doing so. The attack attempted to flood HHS servers with millions of requests over the course of several hours.An HHS spokesperson confirmed in a statement to Business Insider that it is investigating a "significant increase in activity" on its cyber infrastructure Sunday night, adding that its systems have remained fully...

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Google told employees to work from home as a precaution against spreading the coronavirus, but some contractors say they still have to commute into 'Petri dish' offices because the company won't give them remote access

Google told employees to work from home as a precaution against spreading the coronavirus, but some contractors say they still have to commute into 'Petri dish' offices because the company won't give them remote access

As the novel coronavirus spreads, Google joined other major tech companies Tuesday by to reduce the chance of transmission.But the 135,000 temps and contractors who make up Google's "" — but aren't full-time employees — don't have that option. That's because Google has a policy that prevents most contractors from logging on and accessing their work remotely.The policy has led to anxiety and confusion among people who work at Google's offices but aren't full-time. In the wake of Google's work from home order, contractors that they were unsure whether to continue to come into the office, or...

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'Please only serious responses': Jared Kushner reportedly looked to a Facebook group to crowdsource ideas to stop the coronavirus

'Please only serious responses': Jared Kushner reportedly looked to a Facebook group to crowdsource ideas to stop the coronavirus

As the White House clamors to combat the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior aide, has reportedly turned to a nontraditional resource: advice crowdsourced from Facebook.Kurt Kloss, a doctor and the father-in-law of Jared Kushner's brother, Josh, on Wednesday posted in a Facebook group for physicians called EM Docs, asking for its nearly 22,000 members to brainstorm measures to stop the coronavirus outbreak, on Thursday. on Kloss' posts."I have direct channel to person now in charge at White House,"...

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