• Facebook October 31, 2019 8:24 pm

    TSA Stops Traveler with Gun-Shaped Toilet Paper Holder

    TSA officials at the Newark Liberty International Airport used an X-ray machine to spot, what looked to be a revolver in a carry-on bag.

  • Facebook September 26, 2019 9:48 pm

    Amazon Offers Way to Delete Alexa Recordings Automatically

    Users of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can now request that recordings of their voice commands delete automatically. Amazon says it saves such commands to improve the service. But the practice has raised concerns with privacy experts who say the recordings could get into the wrong hands, especially as Amazon and other companies use human reviewers rather than just machines.

  • Facebook August 20, 2019 4:30 pm

    Facebook Rolls Out Tool to Block Off-Facebook Data Gathering

    Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you block the social network from gathering information about you on outside websites and apps.

  • United States June 17, 2019 5:39 pm

    Email Sextortion Scams Are on the Rise. Here's What to Do If You Get One

    “You can panic,” reads the subject line of one fake sextortion email. Another has a victim’s real password in the subject line, in an attempt to establish authenticity. These low-tech frauds spiked in 2018, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Compliant Center (IC3), netting millions for scammers. Last year, electronic extortion complaints rose 242% to 51,146 reported crimes, with total...

  • VMS March 18, 2019 10:14 pm

    Thread Lift Promises to Tighten Sagging Skin

    Thread lifts promise to tighten up loose, sagging skin. (Warning: If needles make you uncomfortable, you might not want to watch this report.)

  • Facebook March 15, 2019 2:38 am

    Facebook Loses Longtime Product Chief as it Revamps Strategy

    Facebook says two of its top executives are leaving the company. Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, who heads messaging app WhatsApp, are departing. It isn’t clear what future plans the executives have....
    Cox was in charge of Facebook’s apps including its flagship social media site, as well as Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. He joined 13 years ago and...

  • Facebook March 10, 2019 6:00 am

    What Facebook's ‘Privacy Vision' Really Means

    Mark Zuckerberg’s abrupt Wednesday declaration of a new “privacy vision ” for social networking was for many people a sort of Rorschach test. Looked at one way, the manifesto read as an apology of sorts for Facebook’s history of privacy transgressions, and suggested that the social network would de-emphasize its huge public social network in favor of private messaging between...

  • Facebook March 7, 2019 3:04 am

    Facebook CEO Says He'll Double Down on Privacy

    Facebook, which grew into a colossus by vacuuming up your information in every possible way and using it to target ads back at you, now says its future lies in privacy-oriented messaging that Facebook itself can’t read. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO, announced the shift in a Wednesday blog post apparently intended to blunt both criticism of the company’s data...

  • Facebook March 4, 2019 3:39 pm

    Facebook Won't Let Users Opt Out of a Feature That Lets People Look Up Profiles Using Phone Numbers Provided for Security Reasons

    Facebook asked users to add their phone numbers as an extra security measure, but now users are learning their numbers are being used as a way to look up their profiles and even target them with ads, without the option to opt out. TechCrunch first reported the feature after Jeremy Burge, who runs the site Emojipedia, called it out in...

  • Facebook February 5, 2019 2:46 pm

    Facebook Will Now Let Anyone Remove Messages From Their Chat History After People Discovered Zuckerberg Could

    Facebook Messenger now gives anyone the option to delete a regretful or mistaken message from their chat history. Facebook initially promised the feature after TechCrunch reported in April that multiple people said Facebook messages they received from CEO Mark Zuckerberg later appeared to have been deleted while their own messages remained. At the time, Facebook told TechCrunch Zuckerberg’s messages were...

  • Donald Trump January 29, 2019 2:34 pm

    Most Americans See Nation on the Wrong Track: Poll

    The state of the union is dark. A large majority of Americans say they are pessimistic about the state of the country and few expect things will get better in the year ahead, according to a poll released Tuesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. A week before President Donald Trump delivers his assessment of the nation...

  • NBC December 13, 2018 2:04 am

    ‘Cruel Prank': Family Receives Suspicious Messages After UPS Worker's Death

    Family members of a UPS worker who was found dead late last month said someone has been sending them suspicious messages pretending to be their beloved father and brother in a “cruel prank” following his death.

  • NBC November 6, 2018 3:09 pm

    Tell Us About Any Voting Problems During the Midterm Elections

    NBC4 and its sister station Telemundo 44 have partnered with ProPublica and other news organizations covering problems that prevent eligible voters from casting ballots — and we need your help. The Electionland project relies on citizens on the ground to tell us about issues like long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, broken machines, voter intimidation and changed voting locations....

  • PRESIDENT October 20, 2018 12:42 pm

    Europe, Japan Send Spacecraft on 7-Year Long Journey to Mercury

    European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. The European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the unmanned BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana as planned to...

  • Facebook October 8, 2018 9:15 pm

    Facebook Wants People to Invite Its Cameras Into Their Homes

    Facebook is launching the first electronic device to bear its brand, a screen and camera-equipped gadget intended to make video calls easier and more intuitive. But it’s unclear if people will open their homes to an internet-connected camera sold by a company with a questionable track record on protecting user privacy. Facebook is marketing the device, called Portal, as a...

  • NBC October 8, 2018 6:39 pm

    Facebook Hoax Has Users Concerned About Cloned Accounts

    A hoax that is gaining some ground on Facebook has some worried about a new possible hack of the social network. Facebook says to disregard the message. The hoax works by targeting a user’s inbox on Messenger, with the message making it appear like the user could have a cloned profile.

  • United States October 3, 2018 9:07 pm

    Facebook Marketplace Introduces AI Technology, Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

    Facebook Marketplace is celebrating its second anniversary Wednesday, and announcing new technology to propel its growth and empower Facebook’s 2.23 billion monthly users to buy and sell goods. Los Angeles-based lifestyle blogger Meredith Greenberg makes about $500 per month flipping goods she purchases on Facebook Marketplace. She takes old items and turns them from shabby to chic. “I use Marketplace...

  • Facebook July 27, 2018 8:33 pm

    Twitter's Stock Plunges 20 Percent on Weak User Numbers

    Twitter’s stock plunged 20.5 percent after the company said monthly users decreased in the second quarter.

  • NBC July 17, 2018 7:43 pm

    It's World Emoji Day. Here Are the Ones That Get the Most Love — and the Least

    If you find yourself frequently sending the heart or face with tears of joy emojis, you’re in good company. Those two are among the most commonly sent emojis on Facebook and Twitter. The social media networks revealed the emojis shared in posts and messages most often Tuesday, which is World Emoji Day. The day is celebrated on July 17 because...

  • Maryland June 29, 2018 5:51 pm

    ‘I Thought I Was Going to Die,' Capital Gazette Intern Says After Surviving Shooting

    As a man with a shotgun stalked his newspaper’s office, a new sports intern hid under a desk with another staffer and quietly called 911, thinking that if he spoke to police, he would be shot next. Anthony Messenger had only just started working at The Capital Gazette when a gunman broke in to “unleash hell on the office,” as...

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