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In new gaffe, Facebook improperly collects email contacts for 1.5 million
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Facebook’s privacy gaffes keep coming. On Wednesday, the social media company said it collected the stored email address lists of as many as 1.5 million users without permission. On Thursday, the company said the number of Instagram users affected by a previously reported password storage error was in the “millions,” not […]

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Disney/Lucasfilm donates $1.5 million to FIRST
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A day after the big Episode IX reveal, Disney and subsidiary Lucas film announced that it will be donating $1.5 million to FIRST . The non-profit group was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989 to help teach STEM through initiatives like robotics competitions. Disney’s money will go to provide education and outreach to the underserved […]

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Facebook spent $20 million on Mark Zuckerberg's security last year     – CNET
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The social network also spent $2.6 million on the CEO’s private plane costs.

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Labelbox raises $10 million for its services to support machine learning applications
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Labelbox, a provider of services to create, manage and maintain data sets for machine learning applications, has raised $10 million in a new round of funding. The financing came from Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI-focused venture fund, with participation from previous investors Kleiner Perkins, First Round Capital and Sumon Sadhu, an angel investor. Labelbox manages the process […]

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Third-party errors left over 540 million Facebook records exposed
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Facebook is embroiled in another privacy scandal, although this time it's not of the company's direct making. UpGuard researchers have discovered over 540 million Facebook interaction records left exposed by third parties using Amazon's cloud servic…

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Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers
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Security researchers have found hundreds of millions of Facebook user records sitting on an inadvertently public storage server. The two batches of user records were collected and exposed from two third-party companies, according to researchers at security firm UpGuard, who found the data. In the researchers’ write-up, Mexico-based digital media company Cultura Colectiva left more […]

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ManoMano raises $125 million for its home improvement e-commerce platform
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French startup ManoMano is raising a new funding round of $125 million (€110 million). The company operates an e-commerce website and marketplace focused on home improvement and gardening. ManoMano is part of the great unbundling of general e-commerce platforms. By focusing on a vertical in particular, the company can provide a large product offering, competitive […]

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Apple Dealt Legal Blow as Jury Awards Qualcomm $31 Million
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Apple violated three Qualcomm patents and should pay the chipmaker $31 million for infringing on its technology, a jury decided Thursday, giving Qualcomm momentum as it heads into another legal skirmish with the iPhone maker next month. From a report: Qualcomm, which filed the suit in July 2017, alleged Apple had used its technology without […]

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Captain Marvel blasts past $500 million in global earnings     – CNET
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Grab your pager and head back to the 1990s for a solo film about a Marvel heroine who just might save the universe.

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