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Dan Patterson is a British television producer and writer, responsible for the production of both the British and American incarnations of the improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the British satirical panel show Mock the Week with writing partner Mark Leveson. He has also written for episodes of both shows.

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Social media amplifies conspiracies ahead of 2020 presidential election

Social media amplified conspiracy theories and far-right groups during the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson..
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Current state of technology and social media in the U.S.

Facebook announced the removal of hundreds of Russian-linked accounts, pages and groups. The Justice Department is trying to force big tech to take responsibility for content on their platforms, while..
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Microsoft warns of foreign cyberattacks targeting Trump and Biden campaigns

Microsoft says it's found evidence that Russia, China and Iran have attempted to meddle in the 2020 election. It says the same Russian hacking group that infiltrated the Democratic National Committee..
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Elon Musk's "Neuralink" looks to implant chips into the human brain

The man behind SpaceX and Tesla now wants to get inside your brain. Elon Musk's startup company "Neuralink" is looking to implant chips in the human brain to help treat neural disorders. Some say the..
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Virtual reality offers new experience to readers

Fewer Americans are reading for leisure these days, and book sales continue to decline. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson spoke to "Zodiac" trilogy author Romina Russell about her push to use virtual..
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New social media app Parler a haven for users kicked off traditional platforms

A new Twitter-like social media platform is gaining popularity among far-right users. Parler currently hosts about 100,00 users, but members of Trump's campaign are suggesting the president consider..
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Instagram influencers' information exposed

An unprotected online database exposed the contact information for millions of "high-profile" celebrities and influencers. TechCrunch reports the database belonged to a social influence marketing firm..
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Facebook ramps up efforts to avoid repeating 2016 election missteps

After widespread criticism over its role in the spread of misinformation and Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Facebook is trying to prepare for new challenges in the 2020 campaign season --..
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Understanding the differences between misinformation and disinformation, and how QAnon is spreading both online

QAnon, a baseless pro-Trump conspiracy theory is spreading both misinformation and disinformation online about the coronavirus pandemic and a number of other topics. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson..
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Apple and Google remove Fortnite from app stores

The maker of the popular online game Fortnite is suing tech giants Apple and Google after they removed the game from their app stores. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN to explain the..
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How social media companies have amplified QAnon despite pledges to crack down

Amid growing concern about the dangers of QAnon, a pro-Trump conspiracy theory that's been linked to real-world threats, social media companies' responses are coming under scrutiny. CNET senior..
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QAnon-supporting congressional candidate said she was invited to White House for final day of RNC

Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon-supporting congressional candidate, tweeted Tuesday she has been invited to the White House for President Trump’s acceptance speech on the final day of the Republican..
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Mark Zuckerberg reportedly warned Trump administration about TikTok

President Trump has targeted the popular app TikTok, calling its Chinese ownership a threat to national security. New reports say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg raised concerns about it with the Trump..
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How the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory is making its way into American politics

Members of the Trump administration are giving indirect, and sometimes mixed, answers on the president’s position on QAnon, a baseless conspiracy theory the FBI has called a potential domestic terror..
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QAnon conspiracy theory gains foothold in right-wing politics

The far-right conspiracy known as QAnon has gained traction on social media, and broke into the mainstream when Marjorie Taylor Greene, a known QAnon supporter won a Republican congressional primary..
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What's the difference between TikTok and Instagram's "Reels"?

Facebook, which owns Instagram, announced this week that it's launching a new short-form video feature called Instagram "Reels" as a direct competitor to the popular TikTok app. CNET senior producer..
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How "disinformation campaigns" could be targeting 2020 election

"We're kind of seeing the same things that we saw in 2016, but at a much larger scale," CNET's Dan Patterson said.
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Growing concerns about interference in U.S. elections

As we get closer to the 2020 election, concerns are being raised about the potential for foreign and homegrown interference in the process. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN to discuss the..
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Microsoft in talks to purchase TikTok from its Chinese parent company

President Trump says the popular social media app TikTok, which is owned by a Chinese company, will be shut down in the U.S. next month unless it's purchased by an American company. Tech giant..
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FBI issues warning on smart TV security

The FBI is warning consumers that smart TVs can be used by hackers to spy on users. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN to discuss.
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Suspected bots push conspiracy theories during impeachment hearings

There are widespread concerns about Russian interference as the U.S. prepares for the 2020 presidential election. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson looked at misinformation campaigns pushed by..
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Twitter cracks down on possible bot accounts and rolls out ban on political ads

Twitter suspended multiple accounts that tweeted, "I hired Donald Trump to fire people like Yovanovitch," referring to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who testified last week in..
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Are dating apps really just data apps?

CNET senior producer Dan Patterson explains the data security risks associated with using dating apps, and how they are designed to get users to reveal more and more information as they use them.
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How social media is increasingly influencing how politicians do their jobs

She may be the youngest member of the House, but Democrats are turning to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to learn how to master social media. However, she's not the only politician with a knack..
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How cities and businesses are dealing with a rise in ransomware attacks

U.S. officials are reportedly concerned about a ransomware attack against the 2020 election. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" to discuss how cities and towns across the..
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Lawmakers grill Mark Zuckerberg on political ads, election security

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Capitol Hill to testify about Libra, a new cryptocurrency co-founded by the social network. Lawmakers pressed Zuckerberg on a range of other topics, including..
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Mark Zuckerberg to testify on Libra project, election interference

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is on Capitol Hill today, where he will testify before the House Financial Services Committee about Libra, Facebook's cryptocurrency initiative. But that likely won't be..
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Facebook and the challenges of fighting misinformation ahead of 2020 election

Facebook says it's making changes to help with election security, but many concerns remain about the spread of misinformation on social media. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN's "Red and..
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Facebook says it's increasing transparency after backlash over political ads

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is increasing transparency about ads after Facebook received backlash for allowing political ads with false claims. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson..
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Gaming chat app Discord a new destination for illegal business

The gaming chat app Discord was created to let gamers have a space to talk. But illegal businesses can be found on some of the private servers. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN AM to..
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Salesforce CEO speaks about gender pay gap in Silicon Valley

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is making an effort to close the pay gap between men and women in tech. By 2019, the company had spent more than $10 million to make salaries more equal. CNET senior..
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Elizabeth Warren tops other candidates on cybersecurity, according to SiteLock

New analysis by SiteLock says Elizabeth Warren has the most digitally secure campaign, while Joe Biden got one of the lowest scores for cybersecurity awareness. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins..
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Facebook's digital currency Libra faces setbacks

In a draft report obtained by the BBC, a G7 taskforce warns banks of the potential risks of cryptocurrencies. That comes just days after major financial institutions began pulling support for..
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Apple removes Hong Kong protest app from platform

Apple is standing by its decision to pull an app related to to the Hong Kong protests from its platform. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN AM to talk about how demonstrators are using..
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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie: "You are the target" of companies like Facebook

Data analyst Christopher Wylie exposed how Cambridge Analytica harvested information of millions of Facebook users during the 2016 campaign. Now he's out with a new book, "Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica..
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Facebook rejects Biden campaign's request to remove Trump ad

Facebook said it will not take down a campaign ad released by President Trump that accuses former Vice President Joe Biden of corruption. The social media company rejected a request from Biden's..
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Twitter users' phone numbers and emails were used for ads

Twitter has announced some of its users' data was "unintentionally" used for advertising purposes. The company said phone numbers and emails provided by users were used by third parties to target users..
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Facebook's encrypted messaging raises law enforcement concerns

The Justice Department is asking Facebook for access to encrypted messaging, raising privacy concerns. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN with more on that controversy, plus the latest plans..
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"Sneakerheads" create "stock exchange" app

As sneaker culture continues to dominate the fashion world, one app is cashing in on the push to buy and sell sneakers online. Stock-X not only allows users to buy and bid on rare and limited-addition..
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Apple CEO Tim Cook files brief at Supreme Court supporting DACA

Apple CEO Tim Cook filed a "friend of court" brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold protections for DACA recipients - immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. The court hears arguments in..
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Mark Zuckerberg tells employees Facebook will fight back against legal challenges

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees the company would fight back against critics, competitors and the U.S. government in a leaked audio recording published by The Verge on Tuesday. Zuckerberg..
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Activists push to ban facial recognition technology at concerts

Activists and musicians calling on Ticketmaster and Live Nation to ban facial recognition technology at all concert venues and music festivals. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN to discuss..
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Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps

Facebook says it has suspended over 69,000 apps over concerns about their use of personal data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN AM to..
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Ticketmaster partnership with facial recognition software company sparks privacy concerns

A partnership between Ticketmaster and a facial recognition software company is raising alarms about privacy among musicians and their fans. This month, a group of artists and activists called "Fight..
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Report: TikTok may be censoring Hong Kong protests

According to an article in the Washington Post, the social media app TikTok may be censoring information on the platform about the Hong Kong protests. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN AM..
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Report: Popular period-tracking apps share data with third parties

A new report from the U.K.-based advocacy group Privacy International finds some period-tracking apps may be sharing private health information before users are even given a chance to agree to the..
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Dan Patterson on trying to quit Google

Googling has become a verb, and Google services have become an everyday part of our lives. Dan Patterson, a senior producer for CNET and CBS News, personally tried going without Google. He joined CBSN..
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Tech giants meet with government agencies to talk 2020 election security

Representatives from Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter met with national security officials Thursday to discuss cybersecurity ahead of the 2020 presidential election. CNET senior producer Dan..
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Google pays record fine for YouTube's violation of children's privacy

Google has agreed to pay a record $170 million fine to the Federal Trade Commission and New York state stemming from YouTube's violation of children's privacy. The company also agreed to make changes..
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