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Facebook overpaid FTC fine by billions to shield Zuckerberg, shareholders allege

Facebook overpaid FTC fine by billions to shield Zuckerberg, shareholders allege

Fine in Cambridge Analytica settlement should have been closer to $100 million, about $4.9 billion less than it paid, shareholders allege. Facebook agreed to pay billions of dollars extra on top of an initial fine sought by the Federal Trade Commission in 2019 to protect CEO Mark Zuckerberg from personal liability related to a massive data leak probe, shareholders allege in a pair of lawsuits made public on Tuesday. In lawsuits filed last month in Delaware's Chancery Court, two groups of shareholders cited internal discussions among Facebook's board members in alleging they authorized a...

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US senator proposes banning acquisitions by Big Tech

US senator proposes banning acquisitions by Big Tech

Josh Hawley wants to ban companies with a market value of $100 billion from acquiring or merging with other companies.US Sen. Josh Hawley, a staunch critic of Big Tech, unveiled an antitrust bill on Monday that would prohibit all mergers and acquisitions by companies with a market value greater than $100 billion, which includes Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft.Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, referenced an alleged anti-conservative bias by large tech companies as he introduced his . Hawley is one of several Republican lawmakers who have alleged that Twitter, Facebook and...

Apr 13
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Sign In with Apple reportedly under federal scrutiny

Sign In with Apple reportedly under federal scrutiny

Investigators are looking at whether the security feature makes it difficult to switch to another platform, The Information reports.The US Justice Department is investigating Apple's Sign In with Apple feature as part of an antitrust probe into the iPhone maker, according to a report in on Tuesday. Investigators are examining whether the security feature makes it difficult to switch to another platform, such as Android or Windows, the site reported.Introduced in June 2019, the authentication tool was touted as preventing online tracking. It uses an Apple ID as a credential to sign in to...

Feb 23
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California's net neutrality law allowed to take effect after judge's ruling

California's net neutrality law allowed to take effect after judge's ruling

Broadband trade groups sued to block the law, considered stricter than previous federal rules.California's net neutrality law will soon be allowed to go into effect after a federal judge said Tuesday he won't block the law, which is designed to safeguard the open internet. The state law, considered stricter than federal rules adopted during the Obama administration, could set the baseline for future federal rules.  in 2018 after a that had been established under President Barrack Obama. The new rules were prevent from taking effect when the broadband industry's four main lobbying groups in...

Feb 24
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Parler relaunches its website after monthlong absence

Parler relaunches its website after monthlong absence

The social media platform was booted offline in January after the Capitol Hill insurrection.Social media platform Parler announced its return to the internet on Monday, more than a month after it was  for allowing inflammatory posts about the .The alternative, which had become a haven for racist and right-wing extremist content, was forced offline in January when Web Services cut services to it. It wasn't immediately clear who is hosting the relaunched site, though pointed to cloud hosting company SkySilk. The Los Angeles-based company didn't immediately respond to a request for...

Feb 15
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Parler relaunches its website after monthlong absence

Parler relaunches its website after monthlong absence

The social media platform was booted offline in January after the Capitol Hill insurrection.Social media platform Parler announced its return to the internet on Monday, more than a month after it was  for allowing inflammatory posts about the Capitol Hill .The alternative, which had become a haven for racist and right-wing extremist content, was forced offline in January when Web Services cut services to it. It wasn't immediately clear who is hosting the relaunched site.Editors' top picksSubscribe to CNET Now for the day's most interesting reviews, news stories and videos.Parler said in a...

Feb 15
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Stripe reportedly quits processing payments for Trump campaign website

Stripe reportedly quits processing payments for Trump campaign website

Action due to violations of service terms that prohibit businesses that promote or encourage violence from using the service, the Wall Street Journal reports.Online payments processor Stripe has for President Donald Trump's campaign website in the wake of last week's , the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.The company, which handles online payments for millions of online businesses, is cutting off the Trump campaign due to violations of its policies against encouraging violence, sources told the newspaper. Stripe's terms of service prohibit its service to be used by any "high risk"...

Jan 10
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Microsoft discovers 40 customers targeted in massive hack campaign

Microsoft discovers 40 customers targeted in massive hack campaign

But the company denies its systems were used to attack other victims.Microsoft says it has identified more than 40 customers that were targeted in a this week.The software giant said in a company blog post Thursday that 80% of those customers are in the US, while the others are located in Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel and the United Arab Emirates."It's certain that the number and location of victims will keep growing," Microsoft chief counsel Brad Smith wrote in the post, adding that and "remarkable for its scope, sophistication and impact." The list of targets...

Dec 18
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Dish shuts down Slingbox, to brick all devices by 2022

Dish shuts down Slingbox, to brick all devices by 2022

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againAnd it's not planning any new Slingbox products, either.Dish Network announced on Monday it's immediately and will shut down its servers in two years, effectively bricking owners' devices."Until then, most Slingbox models will continue to work normally, but the number of supported devices for viewing will steadily decrease as versions of the SlingPlayer apps become outdated and/or lose compatibility," the company said in a message posted on its website.For more like thisSubscribe to the CNET Now newsletter for our editors' picks...

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Twitter permanently bans white supremacist David Duke

Twitter permanently bans white supremacist David Duke

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againDuke's Twitter account was "permanently suspended" for violating the company's policy against hateful conduct, a spokesperson for the social network says.White supremacist David Duke has been permanently banned from for violating the platform's rules on hate speech, the company confirmed late Thursday.Duke's account "has been permanently suspended for Twitter Rules on hateful conduct," a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. Twitter's policy, , prohibits posts that promote violence or threats of violence against people based...

July 31, 2020
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