Aarti Shahani

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Tech Companies Working On Fixes For Fake News As Midterms Approach

Monday, January 22, 2018

Fake news, hate speech and foreign interference are the notable examples of what went wrong online during the 2016 campaign. Facebook, Google and Twitter want to avoid a repeat in the 2018 midterms. They're working on fixes, but the solutions won't be easy.

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Facebook Moves To Decide What Is Real News

Friday, January 19, 2018

It will combat fake news by pushing up news articles that come from "high quality" sources, and pushing down the others. It's asking users which news organizations they trust.

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Suspicious Spouses Monitor Partners Digitally, Divorce Lawyers Say

Friday, January 05, 2018

NPR has been reporting on a chilling trend in technology and in love — the use of spying tools when couples split up. Are these tools legal?

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Digital Spying And Divorce

Thursday, January 04, 2018

A woman discovers she's being spied on by her former husband using a GPS tracker, and she suspects using spyware as well. We look at how digital spy tools are changing divorce.

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In Landmark Ruling, EU's Top Court Says Uber Is A Transport Service

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Uber has hit a roadblock in Europe. The European Union's top court denied the company's contention that it is a digital platform. The court ruled Uber is in the business of transportation.

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Facebook's Partnership With Fact-Checkers Gets Off To A Rocky Start

Friday, December 15, 2017

A year ago, Facebook said it was bringing in fact-checkers from leading news organizations to combat fake news. It appears the fact-checkers have been left in the dark about the impact of their work.

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In Effort To Court Drivers, Lyft Offering Education Discounts

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lyft is offering education benefits, a move aimed at recruiting and retaining drivers in its competition with Uber. But it raises a question about what these companies owe their workforces.

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Under GOP Plan Tech Companies Would Receive Big Tax Breaks

Friday, December 01, 2017

Republicans say their tax proposal will get companies to bring their overseas profits back to the U.S. They say it will lead to more hiring and higher wages. Big tech companies like Microsoft and Apple stand to be the largest beneficiaries of these corporate tax changes But already they have plenty of cash available for new investment. So critics say they'll use the tax breaks instead to benefit investors not workers.

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News Brief: Conyers Investigation, Uber Data Breach, Ratko Mladic

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The House Ethics Committee announced an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Rep. John Conyers. Also, Uber has acknowledged a massive data breach.

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Uber Paid Off Hackers In Cover-Up

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Uber has revealed its database was hacked over a year ago and that confidential data on 57 million customers and drivers was compromised.

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Uber Says Hackers Stole Personal Data Of 57 Million Users

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The company kept the breach secret for more than a year. According to a Bloomberg report, Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the stolen data and stay silent about it.

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Why Google Home Has Hard Time Recognizing The Smash Hit 'Despacito'

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Latin Grammy nominated song "Despacito" is a smash hit on YouTube. But if you ask Google's personal assistant to play "Despacito" it can't understand the command. Even though YouTube is part of Google. It's a learning moment about artificial intelligence, how natural language processing works and why machines still struggle with translation and foreign accents.

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How Facebook's Ads Could Change Following The Russian Debacle

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Facebook's celebrity executives — Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg — were not on Capitol Hill yesterday when Congress grilled the company's top lawyer about incendiary Russian ads on the platform. Instead, they were on an earnings call with investors announcing a 79 percent jump in profits, fueled by the company's dominance in online advertising. NPR's Aarti Shahani looks at how advertising is the key to Facebook's success and how that may change following the Russian debacle.

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Lawmakers Grill Tech Firms On Russia's Use Of Social Media To Influence 2016 Election

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Executives for major tech firms, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, take questions in Congress on Wednesday about their role in Russian interference in the last election.

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Zuckerberg Mentor Urges More Government Oversight Of Social Media

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

As Congress continues to hold hearings on how tech companies can combat "fake news," one mentor of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the U.S. government should more strictly regulate the industry.

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Facebook's Advertising Tools Complicate Efforts To Stop Russian Interference

Monday, October 30, 2017

Facebook says 126 million people may have seen Russian content aimed at influencing Americans. Marketing gurus say Facebook is unlikely to solve the problem because of its ad-based business model.

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Facebook's Blind Spot: Connecting The World, For Better Or Worse

Monday, October 30, 2017

Facebook measures how much you like, click, share. But the company has been slow to record the harm that occurs when people are connected, like through fake news and hate speech. Here's a closer look at Mark Zuckerberg's blind spot.

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Tech Companies Urge Congress To Help DREAMers

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

A Senate committee holds a hearing on the fate of DACA recipients. Tech industry insiders say they're not optimistic the Senate will move on a bill. A business coalition pushes alternate strategies.

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How Do You Turn Around A Tech Giant? With Empathy, Microsoft CEO Says

Monday, September 25, 2017

The CEO of Microsoft was hired to turn the company around. And now, just three years into the job, Satya Nadella has written a book reflecting on this monumental task — and the empathy it requires.

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Facebook Enabled Ads Targeting Anti-Semites

Friday, September 15, 2017

ProPublica found that Facebook had enabled advertisers to target ads to people who expressed an interest in anti-Semitic topics.

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