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ftc sues match group for fake love interest ads

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Match Group for allegedly using fake love interest ads to trick consumers into paying for a subscription to dating site Match.com. The site lets people create profiles for free but you need to pay for a subscription to respond to messages. Match sent emails to non-subscribers telling them they had received a response on the site. But the FTC said Wednesday Match sent millions of emails about notices that came from accounts already flagged as likely fake. Match did prevent subscribers from getting email from suspected fake accounts, the FTC says. Prices for subscriptions vary depending on length, from $20-plus to $30-plus a month depending on the length of time you subscribe for. There are also a variety of add-ons you can buy, too. The FTC said…

coming soon: alexa in your ear and on your finger

Amazon wants Alexa everywhere. The online shopping giant said Wednesday that it will soon start selling wireless earbuds, finger rings and prescription eyeglasses with its Alexa voice assistant built in. The goal: Get Alexa outside the home and wherever customers are. “You can have Alexa with you 24/7,” said Werner Goertz, a personal technology analyst at Gartner. It also launched its first celebrity voice for Alexa: actor Samuel L. Jackson. For $4.99, Alexa users can now ask Jackson to sing them happy birthday or tell them the weather. There will be a “clean” version for those who don’t want to hear Jackson curse. Amazon said other celebrity voices will be added next year. While Amazon has succeeded in getting people to buy its voice-activated Echo speakers for their living rooms or kitchen counters, it hasn’t…

facebook says it isn’t fact checking politicians on the site

Facebook says it does not fact check politicians’ statements on its site, even if they might be false. The social network operator says that’s because such statements could be newsworthy — and it doesn’t want to act as a “referee” for political debates. Facebook works with third-party fact checkers, including The Associated Press, to weed out misinformation, such as false news and manipulated photos and videos. But Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, said the company has exempted politicians’ posts from its fact checking program for more than a year. But if politicians share previously debunked links or other material, those will be demoted and banned from being included in ads. “At Facebook, our role is to make sure there is a level playing field, not to be a political participant ourselves,”…

bloomberg, california team on climate satellites

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is teaming up with California to use satellites to track climate pollutants. Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its partnership with the state and the San Francisco Earth-imaging company Planet. It builds on former California Gov. Jerry Brown’s declaration last year the state would launch its “own damn satellite” as the federal government receded from global climate commitments. Bloomberg’s involvement puts the effort on a larger scale and helps Planet and the California Air Resources Board expand what it will track. Antha Williams, the philanthropies’ head of environment programs, declined to say how much Bloomberg plans to spend on the initiative. “We really see the potential in the kind of imaging that Planet can bring combined with California’s appetite to actually then use that info,”Williams said. “That really provides…

after amazon packages found in cemetery, police deliver them

Officers in a Massachusetts police department briefly turned into Amazon drivers after a stash of undelivered packages was found in a cemetery. Burlington police tweeted that a “diligent groundskeeper” at a cemetery in the town northwest of Boston found the packages Monday morning in a trash receptacle and contacted police. Police did not say exactly how many packages there were, but photos posted on social media showed about 20. The packages were addressed to Burlington residents, so police took it upon themselves to deliver them. They are also investigating to determine how the packages ended up at the cemetery and have contacted Amazon. They tweeted, “If you see an officer delivering your packages say hello!”…

as attack drones multiply, israeli firms develop defenses

Israel, one of the pioneers of drone warfare, is now on the front lines of an arms race to protect against attacks by the unmanned aircraft. A host of Israeli companies have developed defense systems they say can detect or destroy incoming drones. But obstacles remain, particularly when operating in crowded urban airspaces. “Fighting these systems is really hard ... not just because you need to detect them, but you also need to detect them everywhere and all the time,” said Ulrike Franke, a policy fellow at the European Council of Foreign Relations. Drones present unique challenges that set them apart from traditional airborne threats, such as missiles or warplanes. They can fly below standard military radar systems and use GPS technology to execute pinpoint attacks on sensitive targets for a fraction of the…