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Facebook has been facing increased scrutiny over how third-party firms use its data since news broke in March 2018 that data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user data. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Facebook suspends Boston analytics firm over data usage

Facebook said Friday that it has suspended Boston-based analytics firm Crimson Hexagon while it investigates how it collects and shares Facebook and Instagram's user data.

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FILE - This image provided by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals shows the birth control implant Essure.

Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the U.S., the only country where it remains available.

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Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, told Recode's Kara Swisher in an interview that although he finds Holocaust denial

Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook. Calling for a mob to kill Jews is not.

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The European Union's antitrust chief has fined Google a record $5 billion for abusing the market dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps.

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Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in 4Q

Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.

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Netflix logo on an iPhone in Philadelphia. Netflix, Inc. reports earnings Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Netflix drops dud on Wall St. as subscriber growth flops

Netflix is adding subscribers at a slower pace than envisioned, renewing fears that its growth may sputter as the video streaming service tries to fend off fiercer competition.

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This means Twitter users are likely to see a reduction in their follower counts in the coming days The company said Wednesday, July 11, 2018, that the move will not affect its number of monthly or daily active user figures. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Twitter to remove suspicious accounts from follower counts

 Twitter says it will begin removing suspicious accounts it has locked from its counts of users' followers. Twitter users are likely to see a reduction in their follower counts in the coming days.

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FILE - This March 19, 2018 file photo shows Apple's App Store app in Baltimore.

How Apple's app store changed our world

 A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps, unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile devices their own.

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The logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Twitter's fake account purge drags stock lower

It's no secret that Twitter has been purging fake and malicious accounts in an attempt to make its platform more welcoming for real people.

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Facebook ad preferences pages in San Francisco. When California lawmakers return from their summer recess, in August, they say they plan to fix problems in a data privacy law they passed last month. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,file)

California lawmakers face dozens of key bills in final month

California lawmakers left for summer recess with most of the year's major bills still on their to-do list. So far in 2018, they have passed first-in-the-nation data privacy regulations and a ban on new local soda taxes.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin urges closer international cybersecurity cooperation

President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for closer international cooperation in fending off cyberattacks.

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Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.

Kim Dotcom loses latest legal bid to avoid US extradition

Flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his former colleagues have lost their latest bid to avoid extradition to the U.S. to face criminal charges.

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In this photo of Monday July 2, 2018, Getnet Assefa, the Founder and CEO of iCog Labs is photographed with humanoid robot Sophia at the Ethiopian National Museum in Addis Ababa. The robot, made in Hong Kong by Hanson Robotics, is fitted with software in p

Ethiopia's new prime minister meets with humanoid robot

In one of the world's more unusual diplomatic encounters, Ethiopia's new prime minister has met with a humanoid robot.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a Rally Against Separation in Boston.

White House uses Twitter account to push back at Democrats

The White House is using its official Twitter handle to target Democratic lawmakers who have criticized President Donald Trump's immigration policies, drawing complaints that government resources are being used to undercut potential 2020 presidential rivals.

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This image made from video of a fake video featuring former President Barack Obama shows elements of facial mapping used in new technology that lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they've never said.

I never said that! High-tech deception of 'deepfake' videos

Hey, did my congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped?

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A Japan's privately developed rocket, MOMO-2, is in flames after the rocket failed to liftoff in Taiki, northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, Saturday, June 30, 2018. According to Kyodo News, the launch failed Saturday, as the rocket crashed to the ground a

Rocket developed by Japan startup in flames after liftoff

A rocket developed by a Japanese startup company burst into flames seconds after a failed liftoff Saturday in northern Japan.

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Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, talks to the media after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle

The Seattle region is home to America's two richest men, but their local legacies to date represent two very different eras for the city.

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Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Facebook said Thursday, June 28, that it will release more information on all advertisements running on its service. The move is part of a broader effort to encourage

UK lawmakers slam Facebook's evasive answers

The head of the U.K. Parliament's media committee slammed Facebook on Friday for what it described as evasive behavior in answering questions on fake news.

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This photo taken on Thursday, June 28, 2018 and provided by Airbus shows the first BelugaXL rolling out of the paintshop, unveiling a special livery, in Toulouse, southern France.

New Airbus transport aircraft BelugaXL sports whale's grin

A whale of a transport aircraft will be flying high later this summer sporting the grin of a Beluga whale.

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The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square.

Beyond politics: Facebook to release limited info on all ads

Facebook says it will release more information on all advertisements running on its service. The move is part of a broader effort to encourage "transparency" in its operations.

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