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    📱|Google selling users’ personal data despite pro…

    Google is making a fortune by selling users’ personal information despite the company’s pledge that it never sells the data, a lawsuit filed this week claims. “Google promises its hundreds of millions of users that it ‘will never sell any personal information to third parties’ and ‘you get to decide how your information is used.’ These promises are false,” the lawsuit claims, quoting a 2019 New York Times op-ed by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. “In fact, Google monitors its consumers’ digital footprint, then makes billions of dollars by selling their sensitive personal information.” The suit also c…

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    📱|Google urges feds to fix visa ‘logjam’ costing …

    Google is urging the federal government to unravel red tape costing foreign workers their jobs, but Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna says processing delays at the root of the problem will likely continue until COVID is under control. Across the U.S., H-4 visa holders — nearly all Indian women and many in the technology industry — are losing employment to a federal government order requiring them to obtain heavily backlogged fingerprinting services to renew visas and work permits even when they’ve provided their prints before. Others on the H-4 are out of work because work permit processing…

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    👍|Facebook accused of taking money for ads to fak…

    Facebook, which in 2019 paid advertisers a $40 million settlement over inflated video-viewing metrics and is fighting a lawsuit over its “reach” to users, is now taking flak over its revelation this week that it took down 1.3 billion fake accounts during just three months last year. “How much money was spent advertising to these fake accounts?” said Angelo Carusone, CEO of progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment. Carusone noted that U.S. taxpayers bankroll ads on Facebook via government agencies including U.S. Health and Human Ser…

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    👍|The 12 most Instagrammable places in the world

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Travel plans may be on hold, but Instagram offers boundless inspiration for the day we can finally jet off to distant destinations. So Big 7 Travel indulged in what has become an annual hashtag tally, analyzing which cities hold the most ‘gram appeal, surveying readers and debating which spots are the most, well, Instagrammable. Tokyo tops the 2021 rankings with more than 53 million #tokyo hashtags and gorgeous images of the distinctive city. Among them, sacred Shinto shrines, the buzzy, neon-lit Harajuku district, and sleek skyscrapers that form the backdrop for serene Japa…

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    📱|Google proposes new village next to Mountain Vi…

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google aims to create a new Mountain View neighborhood of homes, offices, stores, and parks, a project that would dramatically resculpt a large area now dominated by old tech buildings and huge parking lots, the search giant said.Offices, homes, activity hubs, retail, amenity and event centers, and open spaces would be the primary features of Google’s proposed Middlefield Park neighborhood — a marked departure from the small research and office buildings, huge parking lots, no housing, and virtually non-existent open spaces.Mountain View-based Google wants to add well o…

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    👍|Neil Young spends thousands to leave ‘corrupt’ …

    In the midst of his battle against President Trump, Neil Young has decided to take on a couple of other sizable entities — Facebook and Google.The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who lived in the Bay Area for decades before departing for Southern California a few years back, has announced he’ll be spending thousands of dollars to disconnect his popular Neil Young Archives music site from the two online giants.Young’s beef with Facebook has been going on for quite some time, with the rocker working on trying to “disengage (the archives) from the corrupt social platform” for several months, accordi…

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    👍|Editorial: Ad boycott won’t give Facebook the c…

    As much as Facebook deserves a comeuppance for its years of egregious behavior, the social media company probably won’t suffer long-term from the July ad boycott.Nor change its shameful ways.It’s disgraceful that CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg’s company divides America, threatens our democracy and gives the tech industry a black eye. His unrepentant behavior may lead to undesirable regulation by Congress, a body filled with politicians who don’t understand the innovation economy.Meanwhile, Zuckerberg continues to rake in his billions.Despite the boycott, the price of the company’s stock, whic…

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    👍|Massive firms pull ads from Facebook over ‘hate…

    Global products giant Unilever, which reported spending $9 billion on ads and marketing last year, on Friday became the latest large company to pull ads from Facebook over content on the platform. Telecommunications firm Verizon on Thursday also joined a pressure campaign to force the Menlo Park social media titan to take action against content seen as racist and divisive, saying it was pulling ads indefinitely.Unilever’s withdrawal of U.S. Facebook ads will last till the end of the year, and the European conglomerate said it would also stop buying ads on Twitter for the same time period. “The…