IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK TRANSPERENCY

NEW YORK (AP) — Is Facebook becoming more open? Or is it just trying to get people to think it is? For years, the world's largest online forum has been secretive about the way it does its business — especially when there are problems. But last week, Facebook scurried to let Congress know it had found a small, yet sophisticated case of possible Russian election manipulation. Some have seen this as a sign that Facebook is starting to be more transparent. But many experts are unconvinced that Facebook has truly changed its ways.

IN THE NEWS: 3D FIREARMS

SEATTLE (AP) — The number of states suing the Trump administration over 3D guns continues to grow. At last count, there are 19 states whose attorneys general are asking a judge to make it illegal to share plans on creating printable plastic weapons. They are joined by the AG for the District of Columbia. And one Republican attorney general, in Colorado, has joined the lawsuit. A federal judge has blocked plans for a 3D printable gun from being released until Aug. 28. There is also an Aug. 21 hearing on a case in which the states are trying to reverse a State Department deal with the Texas company that has the blueprints for making a 3D printable gun.

ON THE WEB: WAYFAIR TO OPEN BRICK-AND-MORTAR STORE

CYBERSPACE (AP) — The online furniture seller Wayfair is following the path of other online retailers by opening a physical store. Wayfair says its first brick-and-mortar location will be open by next year in Florence, Kentucky, near Cincinnati. The company says the 20,000-square-foot outlet store will sell items that have been returned but are in good condition, as well as other discounted goods. More than a few online retailers have been establishing a physical footprint — such as Amazon.com and its purchase of Whole Foods.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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