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Google raises ‘confidentiality’ alarms about state antitrust probe, claiming key consultants have ties to its rivals

In response, Google has asked the judge to impose an order that prevents any consultants — including Cristina Caffarra and Eugene Burrus, who are mentioned in the complaint — from disclosing any sensitive information they obtain, or working for the company’s competitors during the matter and one year after it ends. Google alleges that it […]

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Roughly 40 state attorneys general plan to take part in Facebook antitrust probe

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is spearheading states’ investigation of Facebook. (Mary Altaffer/AP) October 7 at 7:13 PM Roughly 40 state attorneys general plan to take part in a New York-led antitrust investigation of Facebook, reflecting a broadening belief among the country’s top Democrats and Republicans that the tech giant may be undermining […]

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Washington becomes the latest state to seek ban of flavored vaping products

Following 12 recent deaths and hundreds of illnesses that are being blamed on vaping, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee is seeking to impose an emergency ban on flavored e-cigarette products. The state would join Michigan and New York in banning flavored products, while Massachusetts has halted all sales of e-cigarettes for four months. The Washington ban […]

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Beautiful, bougie and all the other words Americans still can’t spell, state by state

Google released its list of most searched words by state in 2019. Herman Wong General assignment editor focusing on breaking news and audience growth May 24 Around the time 12-year-old Ananya Vinay of Fresno, Calif., triumphed with “m-a-r-o-c-a-i-n,” the people in her home state struggled with “b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.” The following year, when 14-year old Karthik Nemmani […]

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Inside Facebook's suicide algorithm: Here's how the company uses artificial intelligence to predict your mental state from your posts

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Facebook is scanning nearly every post on the platform in an attempt to assess suicide risk. Facebook passes the information along to law enforcement for wellness checks. Privacy experts say Facebook’s failure to get affirmative consent from users for the program presents privacy risks that could lead to exposure or worse. In […]