How Washington is throwing away its shot at protecting your privacy

A Republican member of the House has introduced a comprehensive data privacy bill, but Congress is unlikely to ever pass it.

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Facebook to stop ethnicity-based targeting for some ads

Facebook Inc said on Friday it would no longer allow certain advertisers to exclude racial or ethnic groups when placing ads on its service, following criticism that the practice was discriminatory. The unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election this week has prompted questions over how much voters were swayed by inaccurate or misleading news items shared on Facebook, mostly in favor of Trump. “There are many non-discriminatory uses of our ethnic affinity solution in these areas, but we have decided that we can best guard against discrimination by suspending these types of ads,” Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, wrote.

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EU questions U.S. over Yahoo email scanning, amid privacy concerns

The European Commission has asked the United States about a secret court order Yahoo used to scan thousands of customer emails for possible terrorism links, following concerns that may have violated a new data transfer pact. Under the Privacy Shield agreement that came into force in August, the United States agreed to limit the collection of and access to Europeans' data stored on U.S. servers because of EU concerns about data privacy and mass U.S. surveillance.

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Yahoo not to hold quarterly earnings call or webcast

(Reuters) – Yahoo Inc said on Friday that it would not hold a call or webcast when it reports third-quarter results on Tuesday, citing its pending $4.83 billion deal with Verizon Communications Inc. Last month, Yahoo disclosed a massive data breach in 2014 that affected at least 500 million of its email accounts. Verizon's general counsel said on Thursday that the company has a “reasonable basis” to believe the hack represents a material impact that could allow it to withdraw from the deal to buy the company.

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U.S. says hackers probed voting systems, no sign of damage

(Reuters) – Hackers have probed the voting systems of many U.S. states but there is no sign that they have manipulated any voting data, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Saturday. National security officials are investigating a number of possible leads suggesting that cyber-criminals are trying to influence the Nov. 8 presidential election, including by hacking into systems run by the Democratic National Committee. Republican candidate Donald Trump has repeatedly charged that the U.S. election system is “rigged” and top Democrats in Congress have charged that Russia is behind repeated attempts to access both party data and state voting systems.

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House blocks Google-hosted apps, Yahoo Mail over security fears

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives' information technology team has blocked the congressional chamber from accessing software applications hosted on a Google cloud service in an attempt to prevent possible hacking campaigns against lawmakers and their staff, according to two congressional sources. The move came just days after Yahoo Mail was also blacklisted due to fears of ransomware infiltration. Devices connected to the House’s Internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cables have been barred from accessing the apps hosted by Google’s developer platform after the FBI notified Congress of a potential security vulnerability, the sources said.

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U.S. to continue appeal of iPhone data case in New York

Just two weeks ago, the government dropped its effort to require Apple to crack an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the December attacks in San Bernardino, California, saying it had unlocked the phone without Apple's help. Some observers thought the government would back away from the New York case too, since the suspect has already pleaded guilty.

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Yahoo extends deadline for bids by a week: Re/code

(Reuters) – Yahoo Inc has extended the deadline to bid for its businesses by a week to April 18, technology news website Re/code reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Yahoo, whose shares were up 1.7 percent in early trading, had set an April 11 deadline for preliminary bids, which could yield a deal by June or July, the Wall Street Journal had reported. Yahoo has launched an auction of its core Internet business, which includes search, mail and news sites, after abandoning its plan to spin-off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd .

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Yahoo estimates $64-78 mln restructuring charges, mostly in Q1

(Reuters) – Yahoo Inc estimated that a plan to cut jobs and other restructuring moves would result in pretax charges of $64 million to $78 million, mostly in the first quarter of 2016. Of the total, $40 million to $48 million would be for severance pay and related cash expenditures, the company said in a regulatory filing on Friday. (http://1.usa.gov/1OI6Vnd) Yahoo said on Feb. 2 it would reduce its workforce by 15 percent by the end of 2016 and close offices in Dubai, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Milan. The company's shares were up nearly 2 percent at $31. …

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LG Electronics unwraps first G5 modular smartphone

BARCELONA (Reuters) – LG Electronics showed off its first modular smartphone, with its B&O sound system and wide-angle lens, at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. A modular smartphone is made out of separate components, which enables users to replace or upgrade certain functions independently. In the G5 smartphone, LG has added the B&O sound system and a 135 degree wide angle lens to lure customers less keen to upgrade to devices only marginally better than the ones they already own. …

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