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FTC Hits TikTok With Record $5.7 Million Fine Over Children’s Privacy

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 17:57
The social media app will pay $5.7 million to settle the allegations, and be required to delete videos uploaded by anyone under 13.
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How'd the Cohen Hearing Go? That Depends on Your Filter Bubble

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 17:41
On social media and on partisan sites, the talk of Michael Cohen's hearing in the House Oversight Committee split into like-minded echo chambers.
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Kremlin Says U.S. Cyberattacks On Russia Are 'The Reality We Live In'

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov links the attacks to Russia's need for its own Internet. It is a "geopolitical angle to try to defend their own steps," says Internet freedom expert Sanja Kelly.

(Image credit: Alexei Druzhinin/AP)

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Girl Scout Cookie Good Samaritan Accused Of Federal Drug Crimes

Last week, a man bought about 120 boxes of cookies so that the children selling them could get out of the cold. The DEA says he's the same man named in a federal indictment.

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House Passes Most Significant Gun Bill In 2 Decades

The legislation mandates background checks be performed on all gun sales, including firearm purchases made privately. The Senate is unlikely to take it up.

(Image credit: Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS)

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What Is an Atmospheric River?

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 15:31
The so-called Pineapple Express is dumping rain down all over California, for one thing. An explanation in the form of a song. (With apologies to Talking Heads.)
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Storing Health Records On Your Phone: Can Apple Live Up To Its Privacy Values?

As its iPhone sales growth slows, Apple has been expanding its presence in health care, where privacy matters. Apple's privacy values could give it an edge, if the company lives up to them.

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Aging Offers Women 'Enormous Possibilities For Growth,' Says Author

Mary Pipher's new book, Women Rowing North, chronicles the positive aspects of transitioning from middle age to old age: "At this life stage, women start granting themselves the power of no."

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'Washington Has Become Much Rougher': Germany Is Still Recalibrating With Trump

Senior officials in Berlin who oversee the trans-Atlantic relationship tell NPR there continue to be concerns about the "German-bashing we hear out of Washington."

(Image credit: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

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Political Operative At Center Of Tainted North Carolina Election Charged

Leslie McCrae Dowless was charged with obstructing justice for allegedly collecting absentee ballots for the GOP candidate in a congressional election.

(Image credit: Juli Leonard/Pool/News & Observer)

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WATCH: German Firefighters Work To Free Rotund Rat Stuck In Manhole Cover

Like a square peg in a round hole, a fat rat learned the hard way about squeezing through a too-tight space in Germany over the weekend. Luckily, the fire department had its back.

(Image credit: Berufstierrettung-Rhein-Neckar/AP)

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Promising New Bed Net Strategy To Zap Malaria Parasite In Mosquitoes

Progress against malaria has stalled. Now a team is trying a new tactic.

(Image credit: Emily Lund)

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Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 13:00
Yeast gives us beer and bread. Now researchers have engineered it to do something more improbable: manufacturing the cannabis compounds CBD and THC.
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Wherefore Art Thou, Gnocchi-o? Fair Verona Has Another Enduring Love Story

Though the potato dumplings are found all over Italy, it's only in Verona that the dish inspired a pre-Lent holiday, complete with a parade, costumes and an elected Santa-esque figure, Papà del Gnoco.

(Image credit: Andrea Di Martino for NPR)

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Email Scammers Ditch Wire Transfers for iTunes Gift Cards

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:31
Business email compromise attacks are increasingly targeting nonprofits, and bilking them for iTunes gift cards.
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How Chris Evans Became Twitter's Avatar of Male Decency

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:13
The actor helped Regina King up some stairs at the Oscars. Why is the internet praising him for doing the bare minimum?
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Oregon Set To Pass The First Statewide Rent Control Bill

The measure would limit rent increases to 7 percent annually, plus inflation, and offer renters more protection from eviction. Supporters celebrate as critics fear it will diminish housing options.

(Image credit: Richard Vogel/AP)

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VA Expands Vets' Access To Private Care But Gives No Plan To Pay For It

The VA has published new rules on how it will spend billions of dollars on private health care. Proponents say it will give veterans more choices - others fear it's a move toward privatization.

(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

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At Least 20 People Killed In Fire At Cairo's Main Train Station

A train locomotive crashed into a barrier at the main train station in Egypt's capital Cairo. Then, authorities say its fuel tank exploded, sending flames through the crowded travel hub.

(Image credit: Nariman El-Mofty/AP)

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'Does Your Knee Make More Of A Click Or A Clack?' — Teaching 'Car Talk' To New Docs

It's not easy for medical students to learn to diagnose an illness from a patient's often jumbled account of symptoms. In some med schools, teachers have discovered the perfect teaching aid: Car Talk.

(Image credit: Liz Linder/WBUR)

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