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While Facebook isn't changing anything about its flagship social network, it's new efforts to increase user privacy are focused on integration and encryption of it's Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger services, says the L.A. Times Editorial Board, which hopes the step will inspire other internet companies to take steps to reduce data-mining of customers.
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The Editorial Board at the Chicago Tribune, noting disturbing Russian hacks into U.S. utility systems, says it's imperative that America build new cyber security systems to prevent a hostile power from potentially wreaking havoc with American energy grids or otherwise interfering with critical government functions and services.