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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

Free Video Streaming Offers Some Gems - If You Can Find Them

Free Video Streaming Offers Some Gems - If You Can Find Them

| By Tali Arbel | May 16
Free services let you watch thousands of movies and TV shows online, but using them feels like wandering through a low-rent, digital version of Blockbuster (RIP).

Due to Increasing Tensions, US Forcing Chinese Company to Sell Grindr By 2020

Due to Increasing Tensions, US Forcing Chinese Company to Sell Grindr By 2020

| May 16
The U.S. government is forcing a Chinese company it doesn't trust to sell the gay dating app Grindr by 2020, according to a report from CNN.

U.S. Seeks New Tools to Counter Unrelenting Wave of Robocalls

U.S. Seeks New Tools to Counter Unrelenting Wave of Robocalls

| May 16
The rising volume of calls in the last few years has created pressure on Congress, regulators and phone companies to act.

$10M XPRIZE for Software that Teaches Illiterate to Read

$10M XPRIZE for Software that Teaches Illiterate to Read

| By John Rogers | May 16
The challenge was to develop software that could easily be downloaded onto tablets that poor children around the world could use to teach themselves to read, write and do simple arithmetic. The incentive was $10 million for the winner.

Disney Takes over Hulu from Comcast as Stream Wars Heat Up

Disney Takes over Hulu from Comcast as Stream Wars Heat Up

| By Tali Arbel | May 16
Disney is taking full control of Hulu from Comcast, as both companies prepare to launch their own streaming services in response to declining audiences for traditional TV.

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