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DANGERS OF USING DIGITAL WALLETS LIKE APPLE CASH

NEW YORK (AP) — Experts warn that digital wallet services like Apple Cash and Venmo are prime targets for scammers.

Many of these services, especially newer ones, don’t protect consumers the same way credit cards do.

Experts say consumers are typically unaware what is and isn’t protected. Regulations haven’t caught up, and companies are still figuring out how to deal with fraud.

A federal law caps consumer’s liability at $50, and most banks go further.

Debit cards typically offer similar protections if a person reports the fraud immediately. But digital payment services work more like cash. Apple encourages people to transfer money only to people they know.

AMAZON TO OPEN NEW ROBOTICS HUB OUTSIDE BOSTON IN 2021

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Amazon says it plans to open a $40 million robotics innovation hub west of Boston.

The technology giant said Wednesday the complex will open in 2021 in Westborough, Massachusetts. Amazon says the expansion will create about 200 tech and advanced manufacturing jobs.

Amazon says it has created more than 4,000 full-time jobs in Massachusetts and has invested more than $3 billion in the state since 2011.

Tye Brady is Amazon Robotics’ chief technologist. He says the new hub will be a place where robots are designed, built, programmed and shipped.

Amazon’s robotics division has been focused on making warehouse robots that stack and move goods at its distribution centers.

Massachusetts has been the center for Amazon’s robotics research since the company acquired North Reading-based Kiva Systems for $775 million in 2012.

TWITTER-SAUDIS

Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ U.S. prosecutors say the Saudi government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information of their critics.

The complaint unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco details a coordinated effort by Saudi officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts.

The accounts include those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics.

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A CGI JAMES DEAN IS CAST IN NEW FILM SPARKING OUTCRY

NEW YORK (AP) — James Dean hasn’t been alive in 64 years, but the “Rebel Without a Cause” actor has been cast in a new film about the Vietnam War. The filmmakers behind the independent film “Finding Jack” said Wednesday that a computer-generated Dean will play a co-starring role in the upcoming production. The digital Dean is to be assembled through old footage and photos and voiced by another actor.

Digitally manipulated posthumous performances have made some inroads into films. But those have been largely roles the actors already played, including Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing in “Star Wars” movies.

But the prospect of one of the movies’ most beloved former stars being digitally resurrected was met with widespread criticism Wednesday after the news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

GROUP SAYS POLITICAL MISINFORMATION ON THE RISE ON FACEBOOK

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An advocacy group tracking misinformation says it has found an increase in fake political news shared on Facebook ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.

The group, Avaaz, said Wednesday that it found that viral misinformation is still being spread on the social network despite measures the company has put in place since the 2016 elections.

The researchers tracked the 100 most widely shared false news stories between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1 this year. The stories they tracked had all been fact-checked and debunked by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners, which include The Associated Press.

The group found that, collectively, the fake stories were posted more than 2.3 million times. It found that most of the false news sources were individual users or non-official political pages.

CALIFORNIA DISCLOSES PROBE OF FACEBOOK PRIVACY PRACTICES

UNDATED (AP) — California’s attorney general says he has been investigating Facebook’s privacy practices since 2018.

Xavier Becerra is asking a court to force Facebook to answer its subpoenas. He says Facebook has failed to respond adequately to subpoenas.

The investigation is into Facebook’s practices related to privacy, disclosures and third-party access to user data. Officials say the probe began as a response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal but has expanded.

California hadn’t joined a separate probe involving attorneys general from New York and other states. The New York probe is looking into Facebook’s dominance and any resulting anticompetitive conduct.

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APPLE EXPANDS PRIVACY WEBSITE

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is expanding its website on privacy with more explanations about its commitments, though its policies and practices aren’t changing.

The new site Wednesday is part of Apple’s ongoing push to distinguish itself from data-hungry, advertising-fueled rivals such as Google and Facebook.

Apple’s privacy website is mostly a users’ guide with papers on how to prevent apps and other third-party services from unnecessarily tracking users’ location and behaviors.

The company’s actual privacy policy hasn’t changed.

Many of the new privacy enhancements were announced earlier as part of Apple’s iOS 13 software update for iPhones. Changes include the ability to sign in to third-party services with an Apple ID account rather than Facebook’s or Google’s, plus more notices and warnings about apps tapping location data.

Associated Press

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