10.17.19 Businesses want to use chat technology with you; Medical images leaked online; Happiest states in America

The U.S. has lagged behind in ‘conversational commerce’ enjoyed elsewhere in the world, where texting meets commerce for AI customer service. We spend most of our online time now throughout smartphones. Unlike other countries, the U.S. lacks centralized portals from which to … Read more…

A cybersecurity chief’s 8 tips on how to protect yourself online as data breaches continue

Recent high-profile data breaches, including Thursday's DoorDash hack, continue. In many cases encryption either did nothing to prevent hackers from infiltrating systems or, worse, helped disguise cybercriminals. Here are 8 steps to protect yourself. Commentary BEST DEAL UPDATE: Best of … Read more…

Facebook, Google and Twitter face fresh heat from Congress on harmful online content

The continued struggles of Facebook, Google and Twitter to stop the spread of hate speech, disinformation and other harmful content online has sparked heightened interest on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are expected to unveil legislation to probe the matter in … Read more…

Louisiana Residents Can Go Online To Get Immunization Records As Part Of HHS-Backed Pilot Program

“This program will serve as a way to improve immunization rates throughout the state, reduce the administrative burden of immunization records requests for health care providers and empower patients to take greater control over their health,” said Dr. Alex Billioux, … Read more…

Ninja Says There’s ‘Always Going to Be Trash Talk’ Online, But It’s Up to Parents to Help Police It

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who scored a legion of fans with Fortnite livestreams that have hooked millions, says trash-talking in the online gaming community needs to be monitored – but said it’s up to parents to help police it, too. “There’s … Read more…

Former Facebook exec: ‘Zuckerberg is sitting on more data about what people want to do online than anyone else in the world’

Alex Stamos, Facebook's former chief security officer, said Zuckerberg is sitting on a whole lot of data about people's online decision making. Tech BEST DEAL UPDATE: Shop the latest electronics deals direct from Samsung

A world without brick-and-mortar stores? Even avid online shoppers say, ‘no, thanks’

The majority of consumers, even those who prefer online shopping, think the extinction of brick-and-mortar stores would be bad for society, according to a new study that explores consumers’ perceptions of today’s transforming retail environment. Consumer Behavior News — ScienceDaily … Read more…

Women are posting photos of their underwear online in response to this shocking Irish rape trial

#ThisIsNotConsent REX Words by Niamh McCollum Activists in Ireland have taken to social media to post photos of their underwear after attention was drawn to a female complainant’s thong during a rape trial in Cork, Ireland. In the female defence barrister’s … Read more…