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August 8, 2018

IN THE NEWS: HOOKED ON TECH?

CHICAGO (AP) — Ever see a child — even a young one — with their eyes glued to the display on a smartphone or tablet? That’s no accident — and some people who look after kids’ interests want to see it stopped. Children’s advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids locked in on their screens. The advocates say there is research linking excessive use of social media and video games with depression and academic troubles. And they say it’s unethical for psychologists to be involved in tactics that risk harming kids’ well-being. Not everyone agrees with this, though. Skeptics say such research is inconclusive. They also note psychologists have been involved in other industries’ marketing and advertising for decades.

IN THE NEWS: ANSWERS, PLEASE

UNDATED (AP) — As parents know, children love to ask questions — lots of them. But these days, it doesn’t always have to be parents who answer them. And depending on how you feel about technology that may or may not be a good thing. These days, with the widespread use of digital helpers like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant, parents have a set of electronic ears to hear their kids’ queries. At the same time, they may leave some younger kids confused about who is in charge at home. One mom says her son’s first words weren’t “mama” or “dada” — but “goo-goo.” As in the “Ok, Google” the child had been hearing his parents call out when they issue commands to their digital assistant.

ON THE WEB: TESLA BUYOUT?

CYBERSPACE (AP) — For Tesla CEO Elon Musk, it appears eight is enough. The head of the maverick car company is looking to lead a buyout of the electric car maker. If that happens, it will end the company’s eight-year stint of trading on the stock market. Musk dropped his bombshell on Twitter — which is unusual, even in an era when many use the site to announce key events.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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