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Smile: Some Airliners Have Cameras on Seat-Back Screens

Smile: Some Airliners Have Cameras on Seat-Back Screens

Feb 23
Now there is one more place where cameras could start watching you — from 30,000 feet.

Electronic Voting Machines Clear Hurdles in Georgia House

Electronic Voting Machines Clear Hurdles in Georgia House

By Ben Nadler | Feb 23
Georgia voters could soon get new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot under fast-moving legislation approved Thursday by a House subcommittee and then by the full committee.

Report: U.S. Company to Stop Sales of Genetic Tech in Xinjiang

Report: U.S. Company to Stop Sales of Genetic Tech in Xinjiang

Feb 23
The Wall Street Journal reports Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. will no longer sell or service genetic sequencers in China's Xinjiang region following criticism that they were used for surveillance that enabled human rights abuses.

China Bars Millions from Travel for 'Social Credit' Offenses

China Bars Millions from Travel for 'Social Credit' Offenses

By Joe McDonald | Feb 23
The ruling party says penalties and rewards under "social credit" will improve order in a fast-changing society. Three decades of economic reform have shaken up social structures. Markets are rife with counterfeit goods and fraud.

Discount Movies: Which Theater Subscription is Best?

Discount Movies: Which Theater Subscription is Best?

By Anick Jesdanun | Feb 22
A movie a day in theaters for $10 a month seemed too good to be true. And it was.

Forget Netflix - The Real Joy of Movies is Still in Theaters

Forget Netflix - The Real Joy of Movies is Still in Theaters

By Anick Jesdanun | Feb 22
Sure, it's easy to Netflix and chill these days. Or Prime and recline. Or Hulu and ... well, whatever. But if you really want to savor a film, there's still no substitute for a movie theater.

Chicago's Vast Camera Network Helped Solve Smollett Case

Chicago's Vast Camera Network Helped Solve Smollett Case

By Tammy Webber | Feb 22
Police tapped into Chicago's vast network of surveillance cameras — and even some homeowners' doorbell cameras — to track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him.

Chicago's Vast Camera Network Helped Solve Smollett Case

Chicago's Vast Camera Network Helped Solve Smollett Case

By Tammy Webber | Feb 22
Police tapped into Chicago's vast network of surveillance cameras — and even some homeowners' doorbell cameras — to track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him.

Artist Probes Russia's Toxic Legacy Through Family History

Artist Probes Russia's Toxic Legacy Through Family History

By Kate de Pury | Feb 21
These personal stories are a telling counterpoint to the official Soviet narrative of "Glory to Labor and Science" in Dzerzhinsk, striking in the stoicism and often humor factory workers displayed in a hazardous environment.

Google's Nest Hub Has a Microphone it Forgot to Mention

Google's Nest Hub Has a Microphone it Forgot to Mention

By Rachel Lerman | Feb 21
Google said Wednesday it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in its Nest Secure home alarm system, the latest privacy flub by one of the tech industry's leading collectors of personal information.

Flynn Pushed to Share Nuclear Tech with Saudis, Report Says

Flynn Pushed to Share Nuclear Tech with Saudis, Report Says

Feb 20
Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report.

Samsung Poised to Unveil New Phones in Bid to Revive Sales

Samsung Poised to Unveil New Phones in Bid to Revive Sales

Feb 20
Samsung is expected to show off its latest smartphones Wednesday, the latest effort by a phone maker to come up with new features compelling enough to end a sales slump.

Exposed Chinese Database Shows Depth of Surveillance State

Exposed Chinese Database Shows Depth of Surveillance State

By Yanan Wang and Dake Kang | Feb 19
A Chinese database turns out to have been a compilation of real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts and notes on the places that they had most recently visited.

'Digital Gangsters': UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

'Digital Gangsters': UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

By Mae A and Jill Anderson and Jill Lawless | Feb 19
British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws.

Roger Stone Apologizes to Judge for Instagram Post About Her

Roger Stone Apologizes to Judge for Instagram Post About Her

Feb 19
President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone has apologized to the judge presiding over his criminal case for an Instagram post featuring a photo of her with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun.

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