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Experts say pandemic triggered global microchip shortage, revealed problem for the US

Report says technology kept 2020 census below expected cost
FILE- In this file image from video provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, a sign language interpreter, lower left, signs for acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau Ron Jarmin, who is speaking off camera, as a graphic showing the U.S. population as of April 1, 2020, is displayed during a virtual news conference. When U.S. Census Bureau workers couldn't find out any information about some households after repeatedly mailing them questionnaire reminders and sending census takers to knock on their doors, the statisticians turned to an obscure, last-resort statistical technique known as “imputation.” Less than 1% of households were counted using the technique during the 2020 census. But some conservative political groups are questioning it, potentially laying a foundation for legal challenges to the data that will ultimately be used for drawing congressional and legislative districts.

YouTube suspends Sen. Johnson for COVID-19 'misinformation'
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.

McDonald's latest company to be hit by a data breach
A sign is displayed outside a McDonald's restaurant, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. McDonald’s is the latest company to be hit by a data breach, saying there was unauthorized activity on its network that exposed the personal data of some customers in South Korea and Taiwan. McDonald’s Corp. said in a statement Friday, June 11, that it quickly identified and contained the incident and that a thorough investigation was done.

Scientists hail golden age to trace bird migration with tech
Avian ecologist and Georgetown University Ph.D. student Emily Williams measures the beak of an American robin as she gathers data to possibly fit the bird with an Argos satellite tag, Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Silver Spring, Md. The American robin is an iconic songbird in North America, its bright chirp a harbinger of spring. Yet its migratory habits remain a bit mysterious to scientists.

Have an Echo device? Amazon may help itself to your Wi-Fi
David Limp, senior vice president of Devices and Services at Amazon, displays a new Echo, left, and an Echo Plus during an event announcing several new Amazon products by the company, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Seattle. On Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Amazon launched a program that forces users of many Echo smart speakers and Ring security cameras to automatically share a small portion of their wireless bandwidth with neighbors. The only way to stop it is to turn it off yourself.

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020 photo shows the icon for TikTok taken in New York. Privacy watchdogs say that the popular TikTok video app is violating a children’s privacy law and putting kids at risk. They filed a complaint saying TikTok is collecting personal information of kids under 13 without their parents’ consent, even after a $5.7 million FTC fine in 2019 over child-privacy law violations.

White House drops Trump orders trying to ban TikTok, WeChat

Global sting: Secure FBI-run messaging network tricks crooks
Global glitch: Swaths of internet go down after cloud outage
Former Minnesota FBI special agent: 'Ransomware attacks likely to happen more often'
France fines Google $268M for unfair online ads treatment
In this June 5, 1989 file photo, a man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Cangan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square. Microsoft Corp. blamed “accidental human error” for its Bing search engine briefly not showing image results for the search term “tank man” on the anniversary of the bloody military crackdown in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. Users in different parts of the world, including the U.S., said Friday, June 4, 2021 that no image results were returned when they searched for the term “tank man.”

Microsoft says 'tank man' image blocking due to human error

US intel report on UFOs: No evidence of aliens, but...
Largest meat producer getting back online after cyberattack
Can virtual reality help seniors? Study hopes to find out
Japan's vaccine push ahead of Olympics looks to be too late

Genetically modified salmon head to US dinner plates

St. Paul high school senior creates device to help 2nd grader open milk carton, other containers

Facebook won't remove posts claiming Covid-19 is man-made

US pipelines ordered to increase cyber defenses after hack

Facebook, Instagram will now let you hide 'like' counts

Bipartisan energy act signed into Minnesota law

Convention circuit of delusion gives forum for election lies
INTERVIEW: Back to the '50s event preview
Q&A: Twins' Derek Falvey on the struggles, trade deadline, and Byron Buxton

MDH reports 4 new COVID-19 deaths, 115 new cases

Fatal National Guard flight was approved by 'emotionally unstable' inspector

Funding for contract with Agape Movement under fire from Minneapolis council members

Fire weather watch issued for portions of northeast, central Minnesota on Friday