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Facebook Reverses on Paid Political Messages That Aren’t Ads

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook decided Friday to allow a type of paid political message that had sidestepped many of the social network's rules governing political ads, in a reversal that highlights difficulties tech companies and regulators have in keeping up with ...
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Moonstone Beach Sneaker Wave Engulfs Three People

Do you know what a "sneaker wave" is? If you don't, you will after viewing this terrifying caught-on-camera moment at Moonstone Beach in Humboldt County on Jan. 11. Marcella Ogata-Day posted a video of a sn...
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Facebook to Tackle Efforts to Interfere With 2020 US Census

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook plans to clamp down on attempts to use its services to interfere with the 2020 U.S. census, including the posting of misleading information about when and how to participate, who can participate and what happens when people do. Face...
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Apple Commits $2.5B to Combat California Housing Crisis

CUPERTINO — Apple has committed $2.5 billion to ease California's housing crisis, eclipsing similar pledges by fellow Silicon Valley giants Google and Facebook to address a lack of affordable housing in the region they call home. Apple's pledge Monday inclu...
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Twitter Bans All Political Advertisements

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages. "While...
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Facebook Launches a News Section – and Will Pay Publishers

Over the course of its 15 year history, Facebook has variously ignored news organizations while eating their advertising revenue, courted them for video projects it subsequently abandoned, and then largely cut their stories out of its newsfeeds. Now it plan...