Feb 6, 2016

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorism supporters

Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The move signaled efforts by Twitter to automatically identify tweets supporting terrorism, ...

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

Feb 6, 2016

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

A state senator in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument made by many conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets. Republican Sen. Todd Weiler, a Mormon, contends children ...

Feb 3, 2016

U.S. to rework arms control rule on exporting hacker tools

The U.S. government is rewriting a proposal under arms control rules from 20 years ago to make it simpler to export tools related to hacking and surveillance software since they are also used to secure computer networks. The White House said it supports making ...

Alphabet comes before Apple as world's most valuable company

Feb 2, 2016

Alphabet comes before Apple as world's most valuable company

Alphabet now comes before Apple atop the list of the world’s most valuable companies. The shift occurred in Monday’s extended trading after Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, released a fourth-quarter earnings report that highlighted the robust growth of the digital ad market. Apple Inc.’s ...

Following lobbying, Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales

Jan 30, 2016

Following lobbying, Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales

Facebook says it is cracking down on online gun sales, announcing Friday a new policy barring private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world’s largest social network. The new policy applies also to Facebook’s photo-sharing service Instagram. It comes after gun control ...

Jan 29, 2016

Congress to probe whether NSA back door led to Juniper hacking

A U.S. congressional probe into the impact of a hack of Juniper Networks Inc software will examine the possibility that it was initially altered at the behest of the National Security Agency, a lawmaker said in an interview on Thursday. The House Committee on ...

Jan 27, 2016

North Korea suspected of targeting South with cyberattacks

South Korea said on Wednesday it suspected North Korea of attempting cyberattacks against targets in the South, following a nuclear test by the North this month that defied United Nations sanctions. South Korea has been on heightened military and cyberalert since the Jan. 6 ...

Jan 23, 2016

China punishes man who altered headline to 'two-wife' policy

A Chinese man was detained after he altered an image of a newspaper front page to add a headline declaring the official adoption of a “two-wife” policy, a joke on the country’s new “two-child” policy, the state-owned Yangjiang Daily said Friday. The newspaper from ...

Jan 20, 2016

Penthouse halts print edition after 50 years, goes digital

Adult magazine Penthouse will end its print edition after 50 years, becoming the latest publication to go exclusively digital. Parent company FriendFinder Networks Inc. said the magazine will henceforth be released in online-only format, and that subscriptions would be converted to digital. “This will ...

BuzzFeed brings its brand of online news to Japan

Jan 20, 2016

BuzzFeed brings its brand of online news to Japan

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Online news source BuzzFeed has brought its blend of the novel, quirky and trivial to Japan, launching a Japanese-language service that targets a nation addicted to smartphones. At a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, the company’s new Japan unit said it hoped to ...