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Tech Tuesday: The Impact Of Space Travel On Humans

May 7, 2019
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Scientists have struggled to understand the effects of space on the human body in large part because it’s difficult to blame changes on spaceflight alone. 

Twin studies are the closest scientists can get to such understandings.

But identical twins who are both astronauts is a rare occurrence.

We hear about the latest results in the first-of-its-kind longitudinal study of twins Scott and Mark Kelly, both astronauts, one of whom spent a year onboard the International Space Station.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides, the impact of space travel on humans, and more. 

Facebook expects to pay a fine of up to $5 billion in a settlement with federal regulators. The tech giant disclosed that figure in its first-quarter 2019 financial results.

Tech Tuesday: Personal Safety And Mobile Applications

Apr 2, 2019
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Travel in groups. If you’re alone, take out the earbuds. Be aware of your surroundings.

And consider mobile technology as part of your personal safety toolkit. 

Hear about some ideas today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher.  

Facebook announced Wednesday that it intends to ban content that glorifies white nationalism and separatism, a major policy shift that will begin next week.

"It's clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services," the company said in a statement.

Updated at 3:57 p.m. ET

After years of criticism and multiple lawsuits alleging that Facebook engaged in discrimination by allowing advertisers to select which users could see their ads, the social media giant announced it will make changes to its ad platform by the end of the year.

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A spokesperson for Republicans in the Ohio Senate says caucus members have unblocked people on their official social media pages as part of an effort to avoid further legal action.

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A southwest Ohio man has settled a lawsuit he filed against his Republican state senator, who he says blocked him on Facebook during a heated debate about the “Heartbeat Bill” abortion ban in December.

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President Trump has signed an executive order calling on the federal government to prioritize artificial intelligence research and development.

The “American AI Initiative” also calls for technical standards to promote safe use of the technology and workforce training.

However, the executive order didn’t commit any funding or dollar amounts to this work.

Coming up, artificial intelligence in the United States, Germany regulates Facebook, and more.

Tech Tuesday: Facebook, FCC And More

Feb 5, 2019
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Facebook at last count had attracted more than 2 billion users worldwide to its social media platform where they share photos, links, memories, life events and opinions.

But the amount of time they spend on the platform, even one that touts its users as friends, can have a negative effect on user’s wellbeing, according to a new, in-depth study.

We talk about what has been learned from people who give up Facebook today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher.

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In a study published Wednesday in PLOS One, Kenyon College researchers found that Facebook users would require an average of about $1,000 in exchange for giving up their account for a year.

For nearly two weeks in September, developers who created apps for Facebook were able to access user photos that they should never have been allowed to see, the social media company announced Friday.

Up to 6.8 million users may have been affected, Facebook says.

The "bug" affects users who gave permission to a third-party app to access their Facebook photos. Normally, that would only include photos that someone actually posted to their timeline.

Mark Zuckerberg speaking at Facebook event.
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Following a New York Times investigation into Facebook’s knowledge of Russian hacking, the tech giant is yet again in hot water. Facebook failed to disclose its knowledge of security breaches from Russian-linked accounts during the 2016 election. And when faced with backlash after the scandal started, the companies hired a firm from Washington, Definers Public Affairs, to discredit critics.

Today on All Sides, Facebook’s latest scandal, safety while online shopping and more on Tech Tuesday.

iPhone with social media apps
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Newark elementary schools are among 500 schools across the country participating in a program that enables parents to track the physical well-being of their children in the classroom.

In the program, parents use a smart thermometer that links to an app to collect data on illness and keep more kids healthy.

The benefits are knowledge and convenience. The downsides: privacy and data.

Coming up on Tech Tuesday, smart thermometers, social media and voter turnout, and more.

Mark Zuckerberg speaking at Facebook event.
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More than 50 million Facebook user accounts were hacked last week. It’s the tech company’s largest data breach in history, as data for other companies Facebook owns were also potentially compromised. 

Today on All Sides, what happens when the largest social media company gets hacked, microchip implants, and more.

Updated 5:37 p.m. ET

Facebook says that it has discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million accounts and that it's not yet clear whether any information was accessed or any accounts were otherwise misused.

The vulnerability that caused the breach was found Tuesday and was fixed on Thursday night, Facebook says. It was the result of bugs introduced into Facebook's code in July 2017. No passwords or credit card numbers were stolen, the company says.

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