Progressive backlash against Amazon HQ2 is growing. Here’s why

New York (CNN Business)Cities should resist the temptation to throw money at Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos just because the company is promising to create high-paying jobs. That’s the message from progressive groups and some local policymakers in New York City and Washington. “We’re going to do everything we can…

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Facebook report affirms the platform didn’t do enough to prevent violence in Myanmar

Facebookhas been used by bad actors to spread misinformation and hate in Myanmar.Image: SAI AUNG MAIN/AFP/Getty Images A night before the U.S. midterm elections, Facebook has dropped an independent report into the platform’s effect in Myanmar. The report into Facebook’s impact on human rights within the country was commissioned by…

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Amazon’s sexist recruiting algorithm reflects a larger gender bias

The often gendered work we assign our robots shows what we value, and what we don't.Image: Getty Images/Blend Images AI may have sexist tendencies. But, sorry, the problem is still us humans. Amazon recently scrapped an employee recruiting algorithm plagued with problems, according to a report from Reuters. Ultimately, the…

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Twitter bug potentially exposed direct messages to unauthorized developers for over a year

Not good.Image: GETTY IMAGES/LEON NEAL Well this isn’t good.  Late Friday morning, Twitter notified a select group of users that some of their private messages might not have been exactly, well, private. The warning, issued to at least one Mashable reporter in the form of a popup within the mobile…

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Apple’s health-centric Watch Series 4 can call for help if it senses you fall

Apple’s new health features represent a transformative change for the Apple Watch.  The smartwatch that was once marketed as a fashion-forward (lol) tech gadget with a smattering of health and fitness features is now creeping closer and closer to a full-fledged medical device. SEE ALSO: The Apple Watch Series 4…

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OnePlus wants to make a TV, and it needs your help

Soon, there will be a TV that says this.Image: Raymond Wong/Mashable OnePlus, the Chinese company known for making some of the best-performing, reasonably priced Android phones on the market, is expanding into TVs.  In a Friday blog post titled “Intelligent Connectivity: Our Next Step Forward,” the company CEO Pete Lau…

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Fitbit, Garmin, and all of the best fitness trackers in one place

Exercise, am I right? Whether you’re reading this because you genuinely love working out or because Instagram models and your love for pizza force you to exercise, one thing’s for sure: A fitness tracker that fits your needs is a necessity. One problem: The wearable fitness market grows by the…

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Twitter turned Fox News’ coverage of the Manafort and Cohen trials into a hilarious meme

YouTube is the latest social platform to roll out time management tools.Image: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google is worried about your digital health. More specifically, your addiction to watching hours upon hours of YouTube videos.  The search engine giant’s video giant, YouTube — the second most trafficked website in the…

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23andMe and other home test companies pledge new privacy guidelines on using people’s DNA

23andMe and other companies promise to abide by new DNA guidelines.Image: Getty Images/Westend61 Home DNA testing company 23andMe alongside a host of other companies have pledged new guidelines regarding the use of genetic data. The guidelines, dubbed Privacy Best Practices for Consumer Genetic Testing Services, was developed by the Future…

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Time Well Spent features show why it’s time to go cold turkey on smartphones all together

I wish I could quit u.Image: vicky leta/mashable Big Tech likes to disrupt. But when it comes to papering over the problems it’s created, it’s happy taking a page out of a well-worn corporate playbook. Over the last month, Google, Apple, and, most recently, Facebook and Instagram, have all unveiled…

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