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Technology Today: Twitter, The Launch of Threads, Keeping Kids Safe Online, and More

Experts share the latest in the ever-changing landscape of tech news.


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This photo, taken in New York on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, show the logo for Meta’s new app Threads, right, and that of Twitter. Meta is poised to unveil the new app that appears to mimic Twitter — a direct challenge to the social media platform owned by Elon Musk. A listing for the Threads app appeared on Apple’s App Store, indicating it would debut as early as Thursday.


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First, we're joined by Rania Mankarious, CEO of Crime Stoppers of Houston, who discusses cyber safety for kids as well as advice on the online dangers and cybercrime trends for parents.

Then, we're joined by The New York Times Technology Journalist Kashmir Hill and UH Hobby School of Public Affairs Professor Dr. Chris Bronk, to discuss the latest headlines in the world of technology.

Both guests share their perspectives on social media-related news such as the current landscape of Twitter, whether the launch of Meta's new app, Threads, poses a threat to Twitter, and the recent ruling that blocked the Biden Administration from having direct communication with social media companies.



Rania Mankarious

Kashmir Hill

  • Technology Journalist at The New York Times
  • Author, Your Face Belongs To Us: A Secretive Startup's Quest to End Privacy As We Know It

Dr. Chris Bronk

  • Associate Professor at the Hobby School of Public Affairs, University of Houston

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