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Facebook Puts Instagram Kids Project on Hold

Facebook is putting its Instagram Kids project on hold amid growing concerns about potential harmful effects on young people, including anxiety and depression. The idea is to provide youngsters with the Instagram social media experience but with no ads, more parental control and age-appropriate content. U.S. lawmakers and advocacy groups …

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Huawei Executive Resolves Criminal Charges in Deal with US 

NEW YORK —  A top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies has resolved criminal charges against her as part of a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that could pave the way for her to return to China. The deal with Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the …

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Disabled People Can Now Use Android Phones with Face Gestures

SAN FRANCISCO —  Using a raised eyebrow or smile, people with speech or physical disabilities can now operate their Android-powered smartphones hands-free, Google said Thursday. Two new tools put machine learning and front-facing cameras on smartphones to work detecting face and eye movements. Users can scan their phone screen and …

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‘Devious Licks’ Videos of Damage, Thefts Bedevil US Schools 

TOPEKA, KANSAS —  Kids across the U.S. are posting TikTok videos of themselves vandalizing school bathrooms and stealing soap dispensers and even turf from football fields, bedeviling school administrators seeking to contain the viral internet trend. The “devious licks” challenge that swept social media this week is plaguing principals and …

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Navalny App Gone from Google, Apple Stores on Russia Vote Day

MOSCOW —  Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny’s Smart Voting app disappeared from Apple and Google stores Friday as Russians began voting in a three-day parliamentary election marked by a historic crackdown on the opposition. “Removing the Navalny app from stores is a shameful act of political censorship,” top Navalny ally …

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Clive Sinclair, Computing Pioneer, Dies at 81

LONDON —  Sir Clive Sinclair, the British inventor who pioneered the pocket calculator and affordable home computers, died Thursday at age 81. He died at his home in London a decade after being diagnosed with cancer, U.K. media said, prompting tributes from many who fondly recalled their first experience of …

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US Accuses Russia of Stonewalling on Cybercrime

WASHINGTON – U.S. warnings to Russian President Vladimir Putin over shielding cybercriminals holed up in Russia appear to have made little impact, according to top U.S. law enforcement and cyber officials.  “There is no indication that the Russian government has taken action to crack down on ransomware actors that are …

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Apple Plugs ‘No-Click’ Phone Hack Attributed to Pegasus Spyware

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – Apple released a critical software patch to fix a security vulnerability that researchers said could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any user action. Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said the security issue was exploited to plant spyware on a …

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