Internet Providers in Maine Will Soon Have To Get Consent Before Selling Customer Data

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Internet service providers gobble up a disconcerting amount of information about you—your browsing history, your geolocation information, your financial information, and a lot (a lot) more. There have been many attempts to pass state-level bills that prevent ISPs from selling this type of data—since Republicans in…

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Purged App Makers Want Apple to Prove It’s Serious About the App Store Being Open to Competitors

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Last month, Apple removed or put restrictions on several apps meant to limit screen time in the App Store. Now, the New York Times reports that 17 affected by that purge have proposed Apple create an API so their apps can return to the store without violating the company’s strict privacy guidelines.

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Huawei reportedly canceling U.S. meetings, has sent American workers home

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The Financial Times reported Friday that tech giant Huawei has ordered its employees to cancel technical meetings with American contacts and has sent home numerous U.S. employees working at its Chinese headquarters.

The moves come amid growing U.S.-China tensions over trade and technology in which…

Two more universities get into blockchain education with specialized online courses

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This week sees two more universities get into the blockchain game by offering courses in cryptocurrency, fintech, and distributed ledger technology. Earlier this week, Ireland‘s Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys launched the country’s first Master’s in blockchain technology. While on the other side of the Atlantic, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania introduced a new course on all things fintech. Ireland‘s new blockchain Master’s was developed in collaboration with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, a government funded ICT training organization, and Dublin City University. The course is targeted primarily at IT professionals looking to build their…

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The monstrous, momentous PC hardware of Computex 2019

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CES is where the technology industry goes to dream. Computex, in Taipei, Taiwan, is where things get real ahead of the crucial back-to-school and holiday seasons. At this year’s show, some of the PC’s most ambitious dreams are finally becoming tangible.

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Google is cracking down on Drive and Chrome extensions that abuse your data

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Google is expanding its privacy audit to make third-party developer access to Chrome and Google Drive more secure. To that effect, developers must rework their Chrome extensions to request only minimum permissions without compromising their functionality “We’re requiring extensions to only request access to the appropriate data needed to implement their features,” Google outlined on its Safety and Security page. “If there is more than one permission that could be used to implement a feature, developers must use the permission with access to the least amount of data.” Google is also requiring extensions that “handle personal communications and user-provided content”…

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Fertility App Downloaded by Thousands Is Reportedly Funded by Anti-Abortion Groups

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Period tracking apps aren’t anything new, but recently, a few have been subject to greater scrutiny regarding their privacy, and efficacy—especially those marketed as contraceptive methods. The latest is Femm, which a Guardian report has found to be funded by anti-abortion campaigns.

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BBC Goes to Conduct Its First Broadcast Over 5G, Immediately Hits Data Cap

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There’s a dark secret lurking behind all the promised benefits of the impending 5G networks slowing coming online around the world: All that extra speed and bandwidth is going to make it really hard to stay within your monthly data limits, as the BBC recently discovered with its first live segment streamed over 5G.

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