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Michael Kan

Michael Kan

Guest Writer / Reporter
Michael has been a PCMag reporter since October 2017. He previously covered tech news in China from 2010 to 2015, before moving to San Francisco to write about cybersecurity.

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Facebook

Myanmar Groups Slam Facebook CEO for Downplaying Problems

Six civil society groups in Myanmar claim Mark Zuckerberg distorted his company's role in stopping Facebook Messenger posts from inciting violence in the country.
Google

Google Staffers Demand End to Work on Pentagon AI Project

More than 3,100 employees have signed the letter protesting Google's involvement in Project Maven, a Pentagon effort to use AI systems to analyze drone footage.
Facebook

Facebook to End Targeted Ads Built with 3rd-Party Data Mining

Facebook is phasing out the advertising tool in an effort to protect users' privacy, amid criticism over the Cambridge Analytica data abuse scandal.
Huawei

U.S. Government to Carriers: You Want Federal Funds? Better Ditch Huawei.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai is proposing eliminating government subsidies for U.S. telecom carriers that buy from suppliers that could pose a national security risk.
Facebook

Mozilla Pulls Facebook Ads Over Privacy Flap

The Cambridge Analytica controversy triggered the Firefox developer to press Facebook to change its default privacy settings for app permissions.
Self-Driving Cars

Police Release Footage From Fatal Uber Self-Driving Car Crash

Police in Tempe, Ariz., are still investigating the collision, which killed a 49-year-old woman crossing the road at night.
Internet

The Inventor of the World Wide Web Says It's Out of Control and Needs to Be Regulated

In an open letter, Tim Berners-Lee raised the question over whether internet companies can effectively police themselves.
Fake news

Fake News Spreads Faster on Twitter Than Real News, Study Says

Don't blame bots. People share fake news over Twitter because they find the content novel, according to the MIT study.
Facebook

Facebook Faces Flak Over 'Sexual Images' From Minors Survey

The survey asked Facebook users whether it'd be OK for adults to use the platform to ask a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures.
Twitter

Twitter: We Know the Platform Is Toxic. Please Help Us Fix It.

Jack Dorsey wants ideas for how best to measure Twitter's 'conversational health.'
Bill Gates

Billionaire Bill Gates Is Not a Fan of Cryptocurrencies

In a Reddit AMA, the Microsoft co-founder voiced concern about the anonymity of cryptocurrencies, which he said can facilitate criminal behavior.
Twitter

Twitter: No Political Bias in Crackdown of Suspicious Accounts

Twitter's fight against bots and abuse collided with some right-wing pundits who suspected the company was targeting conservative voices.
Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality Ends in April, Unless Congress Acts

Opponents of the FCC's order are planning to fight back in court. Democrats are also trying to reverse the repeal in Congress.
Facebook

Facebook Tests 'Downvote' Option for Flagging Abusive Comments

The function shouldn't be confused with Reddit's downvoting option. It's designed to let users report inappropriate comments as opposed to demoting internet posts.
Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg Spins Decline in Facebook Usage as a Good Thing

Facebook declined by about 50 million hours per day in last year's fourth quarter, or about 5 percent overall.