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How Facebook fought to keep political ads in the shadows

How Facebook fought to keep political ads in the shadows

Facing mounting criticism, Mark Zuckerberg that Facebook will overhaul its approach to political ads, bringing more transparency to the process. Facebook users will soon be able to see who paid for an ad, Zuckerberg said, and when users visit an advertiser’s page, they will be able to see all of the ads that those advertisers are running. The changes were announced as lawmakers were considering similar regulatory measures.Online political ads have long been given less scrutinyThose may seem like minor changes compared to the requirements long placed on political ads in other mediums, like...

October 16, 2017
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Verizon sued by Pennsylvania over Amazon Echo promotional deal

Verizon sued by Pennsylvania over Amazon Echo promotional deal

Verizon is facing from the Pennsylvania attorney general, after customers accused the company of failing to let them redeem a promotional offer for a free Amazon Echo.According to the suit, which was brought against the company this week by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the company offered prospective customers a free Echo, and in some cases an Amazon Prime membership, if they signed up for a two-year contract.Offered Echo as part of a two-year contract dealVerizon sent an email to customers where they could redeem the offer after signing into a Verizon account, but after logging in, they...

February 13, 2019
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T-Mobile’s merger pitch to Congress is about China beating America on 5G

T-Mobile’s merger pitch to Congress is about China beating America on 5G

The CEO of T-Mobile and executive chairman of Sprint are set to be heard in front of House lawmakers tomorrow about their proposed merger, but newly released testimony is already giving a glimpse into how the companies will make their case. In one word: China., T-Mobile CEO John Legere ties the proposed merger to “American innovation and national security,” and specifically argues that the merger will be necessary to make the United States a leader on next-generation 5G network technology. “The stakes are high — nothing less than preserving our edge in innovation and maintaining our...

February 13, 2019
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Anne Milgram is a former attorney general of New Jersey and co-hosts the podcast Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara.

Anne Milgram is a former attorney general of New Jersey and co-hosts the podcast Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara.

Filed under:Anne Milgram stopped by The VergecastIn this week’s , former New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram stopped by the studio to talk with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and me, senior reporter Colin Lecher.As Nilay notes, Milgram, who also co-hosts the podcast , is “the first cop we’ve ever had on the show,” and she gave some thoughtful responses to questions about surveillance, predictive policing, and more.“We all, I think, have the right reaction, which is we don’t want to use data that’s biased or we don’t want to have problems,” Milgram says. “And yet in our personal...

February 11, 2020
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