PayPal Bans Users from Accepting Payments to Promote Hate

PayPal, the popular online payment platform, announced that it would bar users from accepting donations to promote hate, violence and intolerance after revelations that the company played a key role in raising money for a white supremacist rally that turned deadly. The company, in a lengthy blog post, outlined its long-standing policy of not allowing its services to be used to accept payments or donations to organizations that advocate racist views. PayPal singled out the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacist groups or Nazi groups — all three 

Tech Firms Ask Supreme Court to Require Warrants for Phone Searches

More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon Communications Inc., have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals' sensitive cellphone data. The companies filed a 44-page brief with the court in a high-profile dispute over whether police should have to get a warrant before obtaining data that could reveal a cellphone user's whereabouts.

Employment Scams Growing Online, Targeting Young People

Hackers attempt to hook tens of thousands of people through job scams each year, according to U.S. Federal Trade Commission data, aiming to trick them into handing over personal or sensitive information, or to gain access to their corporate networks. Employment fraud is nothing new, but as more companies shift to entirely-digital job application processes, Better Business Bureau director of communications Katherine Hutt said scams targeting job seekers pose a growing threat.

Fund-Raising Sites Reject Campaigns for Accused Charlottesville Killer

Online fund-raising sites are turning their backs on activists looking to offer financial support for James Fields, the man accused of driving his car into counter-protesters at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. GoFundMe, Kickstarter and other mainstream crowdfunding firms have policies that prohibit hate speech or abuse, the latest example of technology firms making it harder for far-right groups to organize online.

Twitter User Urges Followers to Identify White Supremacists at Rally

A Twitter Inc. account called @YesYoureRacist sparked controversy after exhorting its 300,000 followers to identify white nationalist and supremacist protesters from last weekend’s march and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. So far, at least two people who attended the protest have been revealed and one lost his job, according to the Twitter feed.

Judge Blocks LinkedIn from Preventing Access to Public Profile Data

A U.S. federal judge ruled that Microsoft Corp.'s LinkedIn unit cannot prevent a startup from accessing public profile data, in a test of how much control a social media site can wield over information its users have deemed to be public. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco granted a preliminary injunction request brought by hiQ Labs, and ordered LinkedIn to remove within 24 hours any technology preventing hiQ from accessing public profiles.

Justice Dep't Seeking Visitor Information from Anti-Trump Website

The Department of Justice has requested information on visitors to a website used to organize protests against President Trump, the Los Angeles-based Dreamhost said in a blog post. Dreamhost, a web hosting provider, said that it has been working with the Department of Justice for several months on the request, which believes goes too far under the Constitution.

GoDaddy Tells Neo-Nazi Website to Find New Domain Provider

After months of criticism that GoDaddy was providing a platform for hate speech, the Web hosting company announced that it will no longer house the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that promotes white supremacist and white nationalist ideas. GoDaddy said in a tweet that Daily Stormer had been told it had 24 hours to move its website domain to another provider because it had “violated” the Web host’s “terms of service.”

Alt-Right Protesters Plan 'March on Google' After Engineer's Firing

Alt-right protesters are planning a "March on Google", following the tech giant's firing of an employee over his internal company memo discussing gender differences in the workforce. Far-right internet activist Jack Posobiec and "a coalition of free speech activists around the United States" organized the march, according to the official #MarchOnGoogle site.

Trump Asking U.S. Trade Representative About Chinese Infringement

President Trump is planning to jab, not punch, China for allegedly stealing intellectual property from American businesses, part of an effort to fulfill his hard-edge campaign promises on trade without alienating Beijing during the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Mr. Trump is planning to sign an executive memo asking the United States Trade Representative to determine whether to investigate state-backed theft by China of intellectual property from American technology and defense companies.

Nintendo Sued for Patent Infringement Over Switch Controllers

Video game developer Nintendo is being sued by a U.S. mobile gaming accessory company that claims the controllers for the Nintendo Switch console infringes on a patent it owns. Gamevice, which makes video game controllers to attach to tablets and smartphones, is demanding that Nintendo stops making and selling the Switch and wants to be awarded damages.

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Fake eBay Transactions Used to Hide ISIS Network, FBI Says

U.S. investigators uncovered a global financial network run by a senior Islamic State official that funneled money to an alleged ISIS operative in the U.S. through fake eBay transactions, according to a recently unsealed FBI affidavit.The alleged recipient of the funds was an American citizen in his early 30s who had been arrested more than a year ago in Maryland after a lengthy Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance operation that found the first clues to the suspected network.

Russian Spies Linked to Password Theft at European Hotels

A cyber-spying group with suspected links to Russian military intelligence was probably behind a campaign targeting hotel guests in eight mostly European countries last month, researchers at security firm FireEye said. The espionage group, dubbed APT 28, sought to steal password credentials from Western government and business travelers using hotel wi-fi networks, in order then to infect their organizational networks back home, FireEye said in a report