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Mobile App to Warn Gropers, Get Help Proves Popular in Japan

Mobile App to Warn Gropers, Get Help Proves Popular in Japan

By Mari Yamaguchi | May 23
A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains.

Nonprofits Turn to Cryptocurrency to Help Needy Venezuelans

Nonprofits Turn to Cryptocurrency to Help Needy Venezuelans

By Manuel Rueda | May 23
Over the past decade, cryptocurrencies like EOS and bitcoin have become popular among investors looking to make large profits from a new and anonymous form of storing wealth.

Washington Is 1st State to Allow Composting of Human Bodies

Washington Is 1st State to Allow Composting of Human Bodies

By Gene Johnson | May 22
Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains.

German Holocaust Archive Puts Millions of Documents Online

German Holocaust Archive Puts Millions of Documents Online

May 22
The International Tracing Service in Germany has uploaded more than 13 million documents from Nazi concentration camps, including prisoner cards and death notices, to help Holocaust researchers and others investigate the fate of victims.

Congress is Considering Privacy Legislation — Be Afraid

Congress is Considering Privacy Legislation — Be Afraid

By Jeff Sovern | May 22
Federal privacy regulations could weaken the strongest state laws and cost consumers their only bargaining chip in the fight over their personal data: Companies' fear that states might put a stop to whatever they're doing.

Google Says Services on Huawei Phone Still Will Function

Google Says Services on Huawei Phone Still Will Function

May 21
Google is assuring users of Huawei smartphones the American company's basic services will work on them following U.S. government restrictions on doing business with the Chinese tech giant.

China's Technology Tactics Irk Its Trading Partners

China's Technology Tactics Irk Its Trading Partners

By Joe McDonald | May 21
For four decades, Beijing has cajoled or pressured foreign companies to hand over technology. And its trading partners say if that didn't work, China stole what it wanted.

In Gender-Swap Photo Filters, Some Trans People See Therapy

In Gender-Swap Photo Filters, Some Trans People See Therapy

By Jeff McMillan | May 21
Hit a button, and you're "transformed" into a woman. The beard disappears. The face and jaw smooth out. The hair floats jauntily around the shoulders.

After Raid, San Francisco Reporter Seeks Return of Property

After Raid, San Francisco Reporter Seeks Return of Property

By Janie Har | May 21
A San Francisco reporter is seeking the return of property after police raided his home with a sledgehammer, as officials sought to determine the source of a leaked police report into the death of the city's public defender.

Nearly All States Use Drones for Range of Work

Nearly All States Use Drones for Range of Work

By Lindsay Whitehurst | May 21
In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures.

Singapore PM Says Call to Curb Online Violence 'Effective'

By Annabelle Liang | May 19
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Friday that a global call to curb the spread of hate and extremism on internet platforms was an "effective" response to the New Zealand mosque attacks, but stopped short of endorsing it.

Israeli Disinformation Campaign Targeted Nigerian Election

Israeli Disinformation Campaign Targeted Nigerian Election

May 18
A U.S. think tank that analyzes misinformation online has found that an Israel-based influence campaign busted by Facebook had stumped for the winning candidate in the February 2019 Nigerian presidential elections.

Schools Turn to Technology to Reduce Toll During Shootings

Schools Turn to Technology to Reduce Toll During Shootings

By Stefanie Dazio | May 17
Efforts to combat the intractable problem of school shootings are starting to shift from preventing the violence to reducing the number of victims through technology that speeds up law enforcement's response.

Using A Smartphone to Sound Out Sign of Kids' Ear Infections

Using A Smartphone to Sound Out Sign of Kids' Ear Infections

By Lauran Neergaard | May 17
Researchers have created a way for a smartphone to "hear" a warning sign of ear infections — fluid buildup behind the eardrum.

For Trans People, Gender-Swap Photo Filters Are No Mere Game

For Trans People, Gender-Swap Photo Filters Are No Mere Game

By Jeff McMillan | May 17
The gender-bending selfies accompanied by flip or sarcastic comments are flooding social feeds since Snapchat introduced a filter this month allowing users to swap gender appearances with the tap of a finger

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