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Google temporarily bans addiction center ads globally following exposure of seedy referral deals
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 Google is temporarily halting advertisements worldwide for addiction and rehabilitation centers, following a report last week showing it was acting as a platform for shady referral services earning huge undisclosed commissions. Read More

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White House Bans Use of Personal Devices From West Wing
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In the wake of damaging reports of a chaotic Trump administration detailed in a new book from Michael Wolff, the White House is instituting new policies on the use of personal cellphones in the West Wing. CBS News reports: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement on the policy change: “The […]

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Germany bans smartwatches for kids over spying concerns
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 Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) issued a blanket ban on smartwatches aimed at children this week — and asked parents who’d already purchased such a device to destroy them, for good measure. The aggressive move is a response to growing privacy concerns surrounding devices aimed at minors. Read More

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Germany bans children’s smartwatches over privacy concerns
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Germany's telecommunications regulator, the Federal Network Agency, announced a ban today on the sale of kids' smartwatches, the BBC reports, and encouraged parents to destroy the ones they already own. The agency appears to be taking particular issu…

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New York State Bans E-Cigarettes Everywhere Traditional Cigarettes Are Prohibited
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: New York state is banning electronic cigarettes indoors everywhere that traditional tobacco cigarettes are prohibited, such as restaurants, bars and other workplaces. The ban goes into effect in 30 days, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Clean Indoor Air Act on Monday. About 70% of the […]

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YouTube bans videos on modifying guns after Vegas shooting     – CNET
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Following last week’s shooting in Las Vegas, YouTube has banned videos showing how to modify guns to fire more rapidly.

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​Facebook bans use of its data for surveillance tools     – CNET
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Social network updates its developers’ instructions to explicitly prohibit use of its data for tools police use to track protesters.

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Even the Freest Free Speech Platform Still Bans People
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Last year represented a breaking point of sorts for major online platforms. The swelling tide of abuse, hate-speech, and politicized misinformation finally grew too big to be ignored. But the ensuing crackdown—as painfully slow and largely ineffective as it was—has led to a concurrent rise in largely-unknown sites and… Read more…

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Dutch Market Regulator Bans T-Mobile's 'Free' Streaming Music Service
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The Dutch Consumer and Markets regulator ordered T-Mobile to shut down its zero-rated music streaming service because it violates the country’s net neutrality rules. T-Mobile launched the Music Freedom service in October, allowing customers to stream music on their mobile devices without it impacting their data plans. Reuters reports: The AFM said the practice, often […]

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