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We Posed as 100 Senators to Run Ads on Facebook. Facebook Approved All of Them – This Week in Tech – 11/04/2018

We Posed as 100 Senators to Run Ads on Facebook. Facebook Approved All of Them

One of Facebook’s major efforts to add transparency to political advertisements is a required “Paid for by” disclosure at the top of each ad supposedly telling users who is paying for political ads that show up in their news feeds…

‘Real Teeth’: Senator’s Bill Would Punish CEOs With Up to 20 Years in Jail for Violating Consumer Privacy Rules

At the tail end of a year full of egregious data mining scandals and privacy violations by corporate giants like Facebook, Google, and Equifax—behavior that went virtually unpunished in the United States—Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would dramatically strengthen internet privacy protections and hit executives who violate the rules with up to 20 years in prison…

Passcodes Are Protected by Fifth Amendment, Says Court

There was an underage driver at the wheel, driving on a Florida highway. Police say he was speeding….

US Declines in Internet Freedom Rankings, Thanks to Net Neutrality Repeal and Fake News

If you need a safe haven on the internet, where the pipes are open and the freedoms are plentiful — you might want to move to Estonia or Iceland….

Apple’s New MacBook Disconnects Microphone “Physically” When Lid is Closed

Apple introduces a new privacy feature for all new MacBooks that “at some extent” will prevent hackers and malicious applications from eavesdropping on your conversations….

The Average Cable Bill Is Now $107 a Month, Up More Than 50% Since 2010

The most common reason so many households are kicking their cable TV habit is the cost. Cable bills keep soaring ever higher, yet millions of households still pay ridiculous costs each month for hundreds of channels they’ll never watch, endless hours of commercials, and contracts with hidden fees. Despite the fact that streaming video has become the new norm for millions of households, some people seem to hang on to their cable subscriptions no matter what the cost. According to new data collected by consumer research firm Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG), the average cost households pay for cable is now up to $107 a month. How high will it go before more households decide to cut the cable for good?…

Amazon to Roll Out Free Shipping to Everyone During 2018 Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for online shopping, especially if Amazon is your go-to destination. The mega online retailer announced it will offer free shipping on all holiday orders in time for Christmas, doing away with a minimum purchase price — even if you aren’t a Prime member…