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House Approves Bill to Let Internet Service Providers Sell Your Browsing History

John D. McKinnon | WSJ,  Rule had required telecommunications firms to get permission to market customers’ app, web-browsing history. House lawmakers on Tuesday voted to overturn an Obama-era privacy rule for broadband providers, buoying telecommunications firms but potentially muddying consumer-protection standards. The vote, largely along party lines, was 215 to 205. The rule, adopted by

White nationalists use Twitter with ‘relative impunity’

White nationalists and self-identified Nazi sympathizers located mostly in the United States use Twitter with “relative impunity” and often have far more followers than militant Islamists, a study being released on Thursday found. Eighteen prominent white nationalist accounts examined in the study, including the American Nazi Party, have seen a sharp increase in Twitter followers

Former Facebook staffers say conservative news is deliberately suppressed

Howard Kurtz, Facebook is being accused of fiddling with its formulas to suppress conservative news. That’s what some unnamed former Facebook contractors told the tech site Gizmodo—and it’s an accusation that strikes at the heart of the social network’s credibility. Facebook relies on computer algorithms to determine what is “trending,” an influential designation that inevitably

Beheading #WorldCup Shows Islamic State’s Online Savvy

 Tweets and online videos are emerging as weapons of war in the Islamic State’s campaign to seize a swath of Iraq, with the al-Qaeda offshoot’s use of social media dwarfing efforts by other militant groups. Over the weekend, websites previously used by the Islamic State featured a video purporting to show its leader, Abu Bakr

Facebook expands users’ ad targeting profiles with website data

 Facebook Inc is expanding the internal user profiles that underpin its targeted advertising system, for the first time including personal information based on activities that did not occur within the boundaries of its social network. While Facebook has long maintained internal profiles of users based on the comments they make and the posts that they

Ukraine Tension Mounts as Police Stations Seized in East

 Tensions rose in Ukraine’s eastern regions today as gunmen seized two cities’ police stations and protesters occupied a third, prompting the government in Kiev to pledge a tough response. Protesters took over the police station in Donetsk, sparking the local police chief’s resignation. About 20 gunmen in camouflage gear took the station of nearby Slovyansk,

Restless Workers on the Hunt in U.S. Exploit Social Media

 When Mark Gozzo got a request from a stranger to connect on LinkedIn, he considered it just another chance to expand his professional network. In a month’s time, the invitation had turned into a new job. “I wasn’t super-actively looking, but somebody happened to reach out to me and I hopped over,” said 24-year-old Gozzo,

Harvard Professor Attacking Google Thrives as Web Sheriff

 Benjamin Edelman knew his way around the Internet’s ethical thickets at an early age. He also knew how to make that knowledge pay. As a 19-year-old Harvard sophomore, he earned $400 an hour as an expert witness for the National Football League against unauthorized Web broadcasting. By his senior year, the American Civil Liberties Union