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5 Ways Facebook Shared Your Data

Facebook, in a quest to bind other corners of the web to its social network, shared data with several major websites in a program called “instant personalization.” These partners, which included Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Rotten Tomatoes, the movie and television review site, got access to users’ names, gender, …

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Facebook Sued by District of Columbia Over Cambridge Analytica

SAN FRANCISCO — The attorney general of the District of Columbia, Karl Racine, sued Facebook on Wednesday for allowing the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest the private data of tens of millions of the social network’s users. It was a first step by a state attorney general to …

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As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

Facebook’s agreement with regulators is a result of the company’s early experiments with data sharing. In late 2009, it changed the privacy settings of the 400 million people then using the service, making some of their information accessible to all of the internet. Then it shared that information, including users’ …

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Facebook’s Data Sharing: 5 Takeaways From Our Investigation

You are the product: That is the deal many Silicon Valley companies offer to consumers. The users get free search engines, social media accounts and smartphone apps, and the companies use the personal data they collect — your searches, “likes,” phone numbers and friends — to target and sell advertising. …

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Tech Fix: Yes, You Can Be an Ethical Tech Consumer. Here’s How.

The financial impact of these actions may not have been huge. Uber continues to grow (while still losing money) as it marches toward an initial public offering. Facebook has reported increased profits, though its user growth has slowed. Even so, damage to a brand may have plenty of repercussions because …

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How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location

At least 75 companies receive people’s precise location data from hundreds of apps whose users enable location services for benefits such as weather alerts, The New York Times found. The companies use, store or sell the information to help advertisers, investment firms and others. You can head off much of …

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How The Times Analyzed Location Tracking Companies

To examine the practices of the location tracking industry, The New York Times tested apps on the Google Android and Apple iOS platforms, and evaluated data from a company that analyzed thousands of mobile apps. Testing Individual Apps Reporters tested both the Android and iOS versions of 10 apps: nine …

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A.I. as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay

While this approach can be more efficient than manually searching a site like LinkedIn, it has drawbacks. Applicants can game the process by larding their résumés with terms the machines are likely to be looking for. Conversely, poorly worded job listings could cause computers to overlook qualified candidates. But recent …

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The Shift: Facebook Emails Show Its Real Mission: Making Money and Crushing Competition

On Tuesday, Facebook changed its developer policies, ending the prohibition on apps that competed with the company’s own features. 3. Facebook used a privacy app to collect usage data about its competitors. In 2013, Facebook acquired Onavo, an Israeli analytics company, announcing that Onavo’s tools “will help us provide better, …

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Bad Landlord? These Coders Are Here to Help

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When Dan Kass moved to New York City in 2013 after graduating from college in Boston, his introduction to the city was one that many New Yorkers are all too familiar with: a bad …

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