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Michelle Lewis

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February 9

These big tech firms bought the most clean energy in 2022

Big global companies have secured a record 36.7 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy to power their operations in 2022, up 18% from 2021 – and big tech bought the most, according to a new report.

November 16, 2020

TVA announces two new solar farms for Google and Vanderbilt

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) last week announced that two 100-megawatt solar farms are being built in the Tennessee Valley to supply green energy for Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Google data centers in Bridgeport, Alabama, and Clarksville, Tennessee.

July 31, 2020

COVID Alert app, built with Apple and Google Exposure Notification API, now available in Canada

The Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google is beginning to gain traction outside of the United States. This week, Health Canada has released its new COVID Alert application, which allows citizens to report positive COVID-19 test results and be notified if they’ve been exposed to the virus.

October 16, 2019

Google to spend $150 million on green energy projects

Google announced yesterday that it will spend $150 million on green energy projects in countries where its products are made.

August 13, 2019

Facebook dark mode in testing, after it was promised earlier this year

Facebook dark mode has been one of the most frequent requests from app users, with the company promising it earlier this year, and it seems it is now in testing.

As with many unannounced tests in social media apps, it was discovered by computer science student Jane Manchun Wong digging into the code. It was Wong who recently spotted a “snooze” feature in Twitter that allows users to temporarily silence notifications…

August 9, 2019

Class action lawsuit claims Facebook face recognition illegal in Illinois

A federal appeals court has given the go-ahead to a class action lawsuit that claims Facebook face recognition for photos is illegal in Illinois…

August 8, 2019

WhatsApp security flaws can fake messages from you, and there’s no fix

WhatsApp security flaws revealed by security researchers at this year’s Black Hat conference would allow someone to fake messages from you.

Check Point Research says that it found three different ways to exploit the vulnerability, including the ability to put words in your mouth…

July 26, 2019

Apple, Google, others, may also face antitrust investigations by US states

The US Justice Department’s antitrust investigation into tech giants may not be the only one faced by Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. A new report says that eight US states are considering separate antitrust actions of their own.

The states are said to have met with the attorney general yesterday…

July 24, 2019

Creator of retweet button says it ‘handed a 4-year-old a loaded weapon’

The developer who built the retweet button for Twitter now regrets it, saying that it ‘handed a 4-year-old a loaded weapon’ — and the company’s product head at the time agrees…

July 23, 2019

Inventor of the web wants your input on its future

Inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, would like your input on its future as he puts forward a draft “contract” for ensuring that it remains a force for good …

$5B Facebook fine could be confirmed this week, but won’t be the end of it

A report today says that a rumored $5 billion Facebook fine could be confirmed this week, with the U.S. Department of Justice signing off on the proposal by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The FTC reportedly plans to fine Facebook $5 billion — the largest penalty ever imposed on a company — for the Cambridge Analytica scandal and other privacy breaches

July 22, 2019

Inside the sometimes shocking world of food delivery apps

If you’ve ever used food delivery apps like Postmates or Uber Eats, there’s another side to the convenience we enjoy as customers: the low-paid, high-pressure, and sometimes shocking world of the workers responsible for the deliveries…

July 17, 2019

NYT explains how one mistaken graph created the 5G health hazard myth

Look in the comments section of pretty much any piece on 5G — here or elsewhere — and there’s a good chance that the 5G health hazard myth will be raised by someone. Sometimes with colorful claims, like 5G tests killing birds in mid-flight…

July 16, 2019

Bipartisan bill calls for more US investment in 5G to combat China’s dominance

A bipartisan bill is calling for greater US investment in 5G technology in order to combat China’s current dominance of the technology.

Specifically, it calls for US companies to have a greater say in setting standards for the 5G network, though would not allocate additional funding to facilitate this…

July 2, 2019

Facebook taking action to keep misleading health claims out of our feeds

Facebook is taking action to reduce the incidence of misleading health claims in our news feeds.

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