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Defense media tweet threatening Area 51 “raiders” pulled, DOD apologizes

Enlarge / The photo posted in an DVIDS tweet joking about what would happen to anyone storming Area 51 this past weekend. (credit: US Air Force) The Defense Department’s Defense Video and Image Distribution Service (DVIDS) issued an apology on September 21 after deleting a Twitter post that suggested individuals who participated in the “Storm …

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Dealmaster: Last call for Prime members to get a free year of Switch Online

Enlarge (credit: Nintendo) A quick PSA for anyone with a Nintendo Switch and an Amazon Prime account: a deal that gives a free year of Nintendo Switch Online to those who subscribe to Amazon’s Twitch Prime service is set to expire tomorrow, September 24. For the uninitiated, Nintendo Switch Online is a subscription service that …

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Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps in ongoing privacy investigation

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Facebook—the social media company that has been under intense public criticism for not adequately safeguarding the personal information of its 2 billion users—has suspended tens of thousands of apps for a variety of violations, including improperly sharing private data. In a post published on Friday, Facebook VP of Product Partnerships Ime …

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“Grassroots” anti-Amazon nonprofit turns out to be retailer astroturfing

Enlarge / The Amazon logo at the entrance of a logistics center in France, July 2019. (credit: Denis Charlet | AFP | Getty ) It’s no secret that retailers who compete with Amazon for consumer dollars want regulators to take a closer look at the way their titanic, globe-spanning rival works. They’ve openly said so, …

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