This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, has advocated in Washington for privacy protection for 25 years, warning about threats to online privacy. The Associated Press spoke recently with Chester about growing public concern and official action. Q: The Federal Trade Commission is considering crafting rules to police what it sees as harmful commercial surveillance. In Congress, privacy legislation has moved closer to passage. Do these developments reflect evolving public sentiment? A: There’s a growing public backlash over the use of our personal information by companies such as Google, Amazon, Meta and TikTok. People are aware that nearly every company they deal with collects data from and about them. That lucrative information provides the companies’ immense revenues. Q: What's behind the greater awareness and concern? A: … [Read more...] about Insider Q&A: Privacy advocate sees growing public alarm
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HARTFORD — State Rep. Harry Arora of Greenwich, the Republican candidate for state treasurer who failed to win a cross endorsement from the Independent Party of Connecticut, cannot force the secretary of the state to remove the minor party nominee from state election ballots, a judge ruled on Monday. Superior Court Judge John Farley, in an announcement from the bench after a morning-long hearing, said that while Arora's attorney Proloy Das made some good arguments and exposed weaknesses in state election law, the fact that Arora filed the court challenge after Jennifer Baldwin of Guilford won the Independent Party nomination in August, worked against Arora. "The court finds in favor of the defendants," Farley said, stressing that Arora's court challenge "could have been timely," but was delayed until mid-September. Farley said that when Arora actively pursued the Independent Party nomination, he waived the right to pursue the deletion of the minor party from the ballot. It … [Read more...] about Republican Harry Arora loses challenge to Independent Party candidate for state treasurer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s long-litigated photo voter identification law was appraised at the state Supreme Court on Monday. Justices heard arguments on whether it was reasonable for trial judges to throw out the law that they determined was tainted by racial bias and designed to help Republicans retain their grip on the legislature. The voter ID law approved by the General Assembly in December 2018, but it has never been enforced, as the requirement has been blocked by both federal or state courts over time. That remains the case for next month’s midterms. An attorney for the Republican legislative leaders said a majority of trial judges conducting a trial on the law last year got both facts and conclusions wrong when they struck down the law. Those judges failed to take into account the bipartisan nature of its passage and rule changes that would eliminate any disadvantage that Black voters would have in carrying a photo ID, lawyer Pete Patterson said. People … [Read more...] about NC Supreme Court weighs if voter ID tainted by racial bias
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 In comic books, Galactus is known as the devourer of worlds. When it comes to action figures, Galactus is now the destroyer of wallets. Hasbro decided that its newest figure depicting the giant planet eater from Marvel's Fantastic Four wouldn't be the typical six-inch toy that retails in the $20 to $30 range and decorates work desks and bookshelves. This Galactus, with a design based on the art of famed Marvel writer-artist John Byrne, would be a towering 32-inch-tall monstrosity of plastic articulation. The figure, scheduled for release some time this fall, is the biggest toy Hasbro has ever built for its Marvel line, which is fitting, given Galactus's gigantic stature. The price for such oversize ambition? $399.99. How do you know whether a fan base will step up to luxury-level action-figure pricing? Hasbro's answer is to crowdfund in advance to gauge interest, as part of the … [Read more...] about Would you buy a $400 Marvel action figure? Thousands of people can’t wait.
Listen to this article The Ferrari Purosangue debuted in September as the brand's first crossover. The Prancing Horse is apparently still fine-tuning the machine, though. This video shows one in full camouflage lapping the brand's Fiorano test track. After a vehicle debut, some automakers are fine with driving it without camouflage. Other companies leave the covering on. Ferrari is clearly in the latter camp. Gallery: 2023 Ferrari Purosangue 32 Photos The driver of this Purosangue is pushing the crossover hard around the track. While we don't know for sure, we wonder if the company might be tuning the vehicle. The suspension, steering, or various driving modes may still need some tweaks before building the vehicle for customers. At times, this vehicle is sliding through corners and performing quick downshifts. The driver is also accelerating hard from … [Read more...] about Ferrari Purosangue V12 SUV Thrashed Around Fiorano Is A Sight To See