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Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Some political ads slipped or bypassed Facebook's new restrictions for disclosure and authorization in California's Fourth Congressional District primary   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Regina Bateson had just finished an Easter egg hunt with her children on April 1 when her phone started buzzing.
Jun 4, 2018, 10:20 AMIn context
New York Times:
Facebook gave 60+ device makers, including Apple, Amazon, and Samsung, deeper access to users' personal info than previously known, through private APIs   —  The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections.
Jun 3, 2018, 10:28 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Facebook says users can now use dedicated hardware or code-generating apps for two-factor authentication without having to register their phone number   —  Facebook users who want extra account security but don't want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts …
May 23, 2018, 1:55 PMIn context
Vanessa Hand Orellana / CNET:
Fitbit Ionic and Versa watches to get quick replies for messages on Android phones while its iOS and Windows apps will get the ability to track menstrual cycles   —  Fitbit finally rolls out two features users have been asking for: text response and female health tracking.  But not everyone's getting them.
May 7, 2018, 1:10 PMIn context
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
How 205 Facebook and Instagram accounts were impersonating Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, many to scam vulnerable users through promises of lottery prizes   —  SAN FRANCISCO — A Facebook notification on Gary Bernhardt's phone woke him up one night last November with incredible news …
Apr 26, 2018, 10:15 AMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Highlights from first hearing: Zuckerberg asked about Facebook's monopoly power, hopes AI will flag bad content soon, says Facebook doesn't snoop on phone calls   —  Congress doesn't understand Facebook.  Does anyone?  —  Mark Zuckerberg made his highly anticipated debut before Congress today during …
Apr 10, 2018, 9:35 PMIn context
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Facebook debuts AR-based Target Tracking, letting users launch AR experiences by pointing their phone at an image or QR code, available in beta   —  Facebook is adding a new augmented reality feature called target tracking, which lets people launch AR experiences by pointing their phone at an image.
Apr 5, 2018, 4:30 PMIn context
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:
Facebook disables email and phone number search after malicious actors abused the features to scrape public profile data; company says most accounts affected   —  Since the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal first broke last month, Facebook has tried out a number of PR strategies to address the growing outcry.
Apr 5, 2018, 2:03 PMIn context
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Facebook says it will delete Android users' SMS and call data older than one year and stop collecting “broader information” such as the time of calls   —  A step back for a feature that never needed so much access  —  It was revealed last month that Facebook has been collecting call records …
Apr 4, 2018, 3:35 PMIn context
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Facebook disables searching for users via email or phone number due to “malicious actors”, says most people could have had their public profile scraped this way   —  - The number of users whose information was improperly shared with research firm Cambridge Analytica was previously estimated by reports to be 50 million.
Apr 4, 2018, 3:28 PMIn context

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