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People weakest link for apps tracking coronavirus exposure

The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases making the features as bare-bones as possible. But, as more states…

TikTok jumps on the voter registration bandwagon

Instagram and Facebook have been hounding people for weeks to register to vote in the 2020 election with prominent information boxes. Snapchat tapped Barack Obama, Snoop Dogg and Arnold Schwarzenegger to promote voter registration on its app. Twitter sent all…

Judge rules TikTok can avoid a ban in the US, for now

TikTok won't be kicked off of US app stores — at least not yet. A federal judge on Sunday partially granted TikTok's request for a temporary injunction against a push by the Trump administration to ban the app in the…

Airbus wants to build zero-emission planes by 2035. Here's how

Airbus has unveiled its plans for bringing the world's first zero-emission commercial aircraft into service by 2035. Boeing's European rival on Monday revealed three concepts that will explore different options for using hydrogen as a primary source of power. "This…

Trump approves TikTok deal. But big questions remain

Who controls TikTok? Is the social media platform safe? Has a US ban been averted for good? President Donald Trump's attempts to force a quick sale of popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok produced a tentative deal over the weekend that…

The 15 cities investing the most in solar energy

The U.S. solar industry has grown significantly in the last decade as solar power has become more affordable, efficient, and accessible. Not surprisingly, solar energy use and investment varies considerably across cities.

911 dispatchers slammed with calls about QAnon-backed false claims about wildfires

Authorities in Oregon are pleading with the public to only trust and share information verified by official sources about the unprecedented wildfires sweeping the state. The pleas come as law enforcement agencies described 911 dispatchers being overrun with calls about a false online rumor that "Antifa" members had been arrested for setting the fires — a claim promoted by the anonymous account behind the QAnon conspiracy theories.