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Why the F.T.C. Is Taking a New Look at Facebook Privacy

After a yearlong string of news reports that have called Facebook’s data-sharing practices into question, federal regulators are taking a hard look at how the social media company handles the personal information of its users. It is not the first time Facebook has drawn government scrutiny. About seven years ago, …

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Living with tech: What We Can Learn About Online Privacy From Climate Change

Every time we see a fresh example of how badly our privacy has been eroded by the same tech companies that tout a commitment to protect it, the same reactions pop up. Boycott the service, stop using their products, delete them forever and don’t look back. They’re all valid responses. …

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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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Google’s Pichai Faces Privacy and Bias Questions in Congress

WASHINGTON — Google’s chief executive, in perhaps the most public display of lawmakers’ unease with his company’s influence, was grilled on Tuesday about everything from search result bias and the data Google collects about its users to plans for a censored service in China. Sundar Pichai, an engineer who rose …

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Google Hearing to Preview Democrats’ Strategy on Big Tech

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Google executives worked arm in arm for years, particularly during the Obama administration. But when Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, testifies before Congress on Tuesday, some of the toughest questioning is likely to come from Democrats. The hearing will provide an early glimpse of how Democrats …

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Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Are Set to Return in a Downsized Test

SAN FRANCISCO — Eight months after one of Uber’s self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian, the ride-hailing company is close to putting its autonomous vehicles back on the road in a drastically reduced version of earlier efforts. Uber was driving its autonomous vehicles on public roads in four cities …

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Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled Are Fined in I.C.O. Crackdown

SAN FRANCISCO — When the virtual currency markets were hot last year, the boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the music producer and rapper Khaled Khaled, known as DJ Khaled, were getting paid to promote new digital tokens. On Thursday, regulators announced that Mr. Mayweather and Mr. Khaled will have to …

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5 Reasons Cryptocurrency Prices Are Plunging Again

SAN FRANCISCO — The news on Wall Street this week has been bleak: sharp declines, fears of a bear market and high-flying technology stocks that suddenly took a tumble. Traditional stock investors may be taking a beating, but they should be glad they didn’t put their money in cryptocurrencies. As …

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Needing Growth, Uber Returns to Germany. This Time on Best Behavior.

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — Guido Goebel stopped driving for Uber three years ago when the company abandoned his hometown, the German city of Düsseldorf, after a battle with regulators. Several weeks ago, the ride-hailing service reached out to him again. Uber told Mr. Goebel that it was returning to Düsseldorf and …

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