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Facebook guru targets GOP on immigration reform

Facebook guru targets GOP on immigration reform

An advocacy group affiliated with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched a nationwide ad on Monday that implores House Republicans to act this election year on legislation overhauling the nation’s immigration system. “Why are House Republicans cooling, retreating and even privately saying they’d rather do nothing this year?” the 60-second spot asks, then adds, “Nothing won’t […]

New data on how NSA sought data on Americans

New data on how NSA sought data on Americans

Major technology firms have released new data on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government for secret national security investigations, resulting in the collection of data on thousands of Americans. That release came after the companies were freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers. The publications disclosed […]

Young victims of online abuse reach out to parents for help

Young victims of online abuse reach out to parents for help

Sarah Ball was a 15-year-old high school sophomore at Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., when a friend posted on Facebook: “I hate Sarah Ball, and I don’t care who knows.” Then there was the Facebook group “Hernando Haters” asking to rate her attractiveness, plus an anonymous email calling her a “waste of space.” And […]

Big brother monitors just about everything we do

Big brother monitors just about everything we do

With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials. The revelations that the National Security Agency is perusing millions of U.S. customer phone records at Verizon Communications and snooping on the digital […]

Family, friends search frantically for word of close ones at marathon

Far-flung family members, co-workers and friends frantically used social media, cellphones and even a “people finder” website Monday to try to learn the fate of participants and spectators at the Boston Marathon, where three people were killed and dozens injured after a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of one of the world’s […]

Using technology to catch sexual predators

Using technology to catch sexual predators

On March 9 of this year, a piece of Facebook software spotted something suspicious. A man in his early thirties was chatting about sex with a 13-year-old South Florida girl and planned to meet her after middle-school classes the next day. Facebook’s extensive but little-discussed technology for scanning postings and chats for criminal activity automatically […]

Secret Service clamps down on leaks, information about scandal

Secret Service clamps down on leaks, information about scandal

The Secret Service is cracking down on leaks and going underground in the wake of a prostitution scandal that has sent earthquake-sized ripples through the agency and tarnished the reputation of the men and women assigned to protect the President of the United States. “Sorry, I’ve been ordered to say nothing, do nothing and keep […]