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Oxford places ban on donations and research grants from Huawei

Decision on Chinese telecoms firm comes as national security concerns mount in the westThe University of Oxford has placed an indefinite ban on accepting research grants or donations from the Chinese telecoms firm Huawei, which is already facing mounting concerns from several governments about whether it poses a risk to national security.The decision emerged the day after the US prosecutors reportedly opened an investigation into Huawei for alleged theft of trade secrets from American firms. Con...
Tags: Technology, Education, China, US, UK News, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Higher Education, Oxford, University of Oxford, Huawei, westThe University of Oxford


'A blemish in his sanctuary': the battle behind Mark Zuckerberg's Hawaii estate

The Facebook CEO’s involvement in a family dispute over four small parcels of land worries many on an island where longtime residents have lost land to wealthy newcomersOn 22 December 2016, a retired professor of Hawaiian studies named Carlos Andrade sent a letter to dozens of his relatives informing them that he was about to sue them.The relatives were among hundreds of partial owners of four small parcels of land on the island of Kauai, the legacy of a shared ancestor named Manuel Rapozo. A ne...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, US news, Hawaii, Kauai, Facebook CEO, Andrade, Carlos Andrade, Manuel Rapozo, Northshore Kalo LLC


The #10YearChallenge Is Harder on Women Than You Think

One of the first internet challenges to go viral this year on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is #HowHardDidAgingHitYou, or the #10YearChallenge. The challenge requires users to share a photo from 10 years ago side-by-side with a current photo. Millennials and Gen-Zers have participated with gusto - mostly because their decade-old picture is of awkward pubescence or wide-eyed youth, and though they are older, they are still "young." But this activity is likely a lot less fun for older women - ...
Tags: Facebook, Hollywood, Instagram, Amy Schumer, Religion, Aging, Tech, US news, Feminism, Facebook Instagram, Roxane Gay, Yann Moix


Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX cuts one tenth of workforce

Company cites ‘extraordinarily difficult times ahead’ behind decision to slash about 600 employees Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX will reduce its workforce by about 10% of the company’s more than 6,000 employees.The company said it will “part ways” with some of its manpower, citing “extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead”. Continue reading...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, US news


Facebook staff discussed cashing in on user data, reports say

Proposals to charge firms for data said to have been revealed by badly redacted court papersFacebook staff discussed charging companies for access to user data, before ultimately deciding against such a policy, according to reports.The internal discussions were revealed due to improperly redacted court documents, released as part of Facebook’s lawsuit against American software developer Six4Three last year. According to Ars Technica and the Wall Street Journal, an 18-page court filing contains t...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Privacy, Social Networking, Tinder, Social Media, World news, US news, Ars Technica, Digital Media, Data Protection


CES 2019: from beer tech to a banned sex toy – 10 standout gadgets

Also unveiled in Las Vegas: the world’s first rollable TV and Alexa for your toiletThe Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas revealed what the tech world has in store for us this year. From the spectacular to the controversial – as well as some total tosh – here are 10 of the most memorable products unveiled at CES 2019 last week. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Food, Gadgets, Business, Technology, Television, US news, Ces, Beer, Smartwatches, Technology sector, Motoring, Las Vegas, Lg, Alexa, Amazon Alexa


Flying taxis: Uber partner reveals design

Uber on track to deliver aerial rideshare network by 2023 as manufacturer Bell Helicopter unveils full-scale model in Las VegasUber got a step closer to on-demand aerial taxis this week, as partner company Bell Helicopter unveiled a new flying car design in Las Vegas. The scale model of a hybrid-electric aircraft, called Nexus, is being exhibited at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in the city until 11 January.Uber said the Nexus represents “a major step in its Elevate initiative to create an ...
Tags: Travel, Uber, Technology, World news, US news, Ces, Transport, Sharing Economy, Las Vegas, Flights, Green travel, Bell Helicopter


Poland arrests Huawei worker on allegations of spying for China

Polish national is also being held, risking further tension between China and the westPoland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish national involved in cyber-business on allegations of spying, Polish state media has reported, deepening the controversy over western criticism of the Chinese telecoms company.US intelligence agencies claim Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is linked to China’s government and its equipment could contain “backdoors” for use by government spies. Continue read...
Tags: Europe, Business, Technology, China, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Poland, Espionage, Huawei, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd


Google board tried to cover up sexual misconduct, shareholders allege

Alphabet directors provided big severance packages to accused executives to keep their conduct quiet, lawsuit saysAlphabet’s board of directors approved outsize severance packages for Google executives accused of sexual harassment in order to cover up a culture of misconduct, a shareholder lawsuit filed Thursday alleged.Minutes from board meetings obtained by attorneys for the shareholder reveal the personal involvement of Alphabet directors in behavior that has harmed the company, the plaintiff...
Tags: Google, Technology, US news, Sexual Harassment, Alphabet, Ann Ravel Louise Renne, Frank Bottini


Beto O'Rourke invites Instagram fans inside his mouth as politicians flock to app

Ocasio-Cortez livestreams her cooking, Warren has a beer: it seems no app is safe from pandering politiciansAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez took questions while cooking mac and cheese. Elizabeth Warren chatted about her presidential bid while sipping a cold one. And on Thursday morning, Beto O’Rourke alked a out or-er olicy while si-ing in a en-is air.That’s “talked about border policy while sitting in a dentist’s chair”, for those of you unfamiliar with linguistic challenges of carrying on a conversat...
Tags: Technology, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, US news, Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Ocasio Cortez, US elections 2020


Older people more likely to share fake news on Facebook, study finds

Researchers suggest over-65s may lack skills to determine veracity of online newsOlder people are almost four times more likely to have shared fake news on Facebook than the younger generation, according to research published in the journal Science.On average, American Facebook users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as those aged between 18 and 29, researchers from NYU and Princeton found in the study, which also concluded sharing such false content was “...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Society, World news, US news, Young People, Older people, Princeton, Nyu, American Facebook


Older people more likely to share fake news on Facebook

Researchers speculate that older Americans lack digital media literacy to determine trustworthiness of online news Older people are almost four times more likely to have shared “fake news” on Facebook than the younger generation, according to research published in the journal Science.On average, American Facebook users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as those aged between 18 and 29, researchers from NYU and Princeton found in the study, which also conclu...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, US news, Princeton, Nyu, American Facebook


Apple reportedly hires Facebook critic in privacy role

Sandy Parakilas, who worked at Facebook before opposing its use of personal data, ‘to work on data protection’Apple has reportedly hired a former Facebook employee who blew the whistle on Facebook’s data-sharing policies exposed during the Cambridge Analytica scandal.Sandy Parakilas, a product manager at Facebook in 2011 and 2012, once gave evidence to the Commons about privacy abuses at Facebook and has been outspoken about the reportedly lax approach to data protection he witnessed at the soci...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Media, Privacy, Social Networking, UK News, US news, Computing, Data and computer security, Cambridge Analytica, Sandy Parakilas


Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie to divorce

Couple announce divorce after a long trial separationWorld’s richest man believed to be worth about $137bnJeff Bezos, the boss of Amazon and the world’s richest man, has announced his divorce from MacKenzie, his wife of 25 years.Bezos, who married MacKenzie (née Tuttle) in 1993, a year before he started Amazon from his garage in Seattle, broke the news of the split in a tweet signed by both of them. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, World news, US news, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Bezos, MacKenzie, MacKenzie née Tuttle


wikiFeet: how online foot fetishists debunked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s fake nude

The site where users rate celebrity feet proved a photo apparently showing the congresswoman in a bath was fabricated – using toe length as evidenceName: wikiFeet.Age: 11 years old. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Internet, US news, Reddit, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


'ZuckTalks': Facebook founder's 2019 personal challenge is to host public discussions

Last year he focused on ‘fixing’ Facebook. Now Mark Zuckerberg plans to host talks about technology’s future in societyHe built one of the world’s most valuable companies, transformed the media and information landscape across the globe, upended elections, fueled ethnic violence, and helped your mom keep in touch with her high school classmates.Now Mark Zuckerberg is taking on a new challenge: podcasting (basically). Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, US news, Facebook Now


Robotic dildo barred from top tech showcase, prompting sexism claims

CES organizers withdrew an award for the Osé personal massager despite spotlight on male-focused sex techThe developers of a female-focused sex toy are alleging gender bias at the International Consumer Electronics Show after organizers revoked an innovation award honoring the company and prohibited it from showcasing its product.Lora Haddock, founder and CEO of Lora DiCarlo, said her team had been overjoyed when the company’s Osé personal massager was selected as the CES 2019 Innovation Awards ...
Tags: Gender, Technology, Sex, US news, Ces, International Consumer Electronics Show, Lora DiCarlo, Lora Haddock


Just when I thought I knew what a tweet was… | Brief letters

Tweets | TV licences for the over-75s | Peaky Blinders cap | Sack Marina Hyde | Divorce by text messageHaving only recently learned that a tweet is a social media message, I read that “White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, announced that Trump would be travelling to the southern border in a tweet” (Report, 8 January), which leaves me wondering if this useful neologism has also come to mean (a) a jiffy (b) a bullet-proof limo or (c) a fit of narcissistic presidential pique. Please help.Alan...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, Saudi Arabia, White House, Women, Society, World news, US news, Blogging, Bbc, Divorce, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Feminism


How Instagram takes a toll on influencers' brains

Research suggests the platform fosters anxiety as we compare ourselves to othersLike many 24-year-olds, Alexandra Mondalek, a fashion reporter in New York, found herself obsessing over social media. Her rapidly growing fashion-focused Instagram account, @hautetakes, was gaining attention, with a little more than 1,000 followers, and it was all she could think about. She wasn’t making money from it yet, but Mondalek wondered if she could reach “influencer” status if she kept at it.“I was putting ...
Tags: Psychology, New York, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, US news, Alexandra Mondalek, Mondalek


The Guardian view on privacy: a fundamental human right | Editorial

Hundreds of German politicians have had their personal details leaked online. They are entitled to their privacyThe discovery of a comprehensive hack of private documents from German politicians, artists and journalists might once have been the subject of considerable outrage. Indeed, Angela Merkel’s spokesman described the attack as “very very serious” and it was not just the newspaper that first published the story which got excited. But if this was an attack on democracy, it was a remarkably ...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Privacy, Internet, Germany, Angela Merkel, World news, US news, Cybercrime, Hillary Clinton, Panama, Mossack Fonseca, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


'Tracking every place you go': Weather Channel app accused of selling user data

Most popular mobile weather app misled users who shared location information, say Los Angeles prosecutors in lawsuitPeople relied on the most popular mobile weather app to track forecasts that determined whether they chose jeans over shorts and packed a parka or umbrella, but its owners used it to track their every step and profit off that information, Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday.The operator of the Weather Channel mobile app misled users who agreed to share their location information in...
Tags: Apps, Technology, California, Los Angeles, US news, Surveillance, Mobile Phones, Data Protection, US weather, Michael Feuer


'This is going to get ugly': Azealia Banks ramps up public feud with Elon Musk

Rapper has become embroiled in the fallout over the CEO’s controversial tweet about taking Tesla private It’s back on.The fierce and very public feud between Elon Musk and the rapper Azealia Banks was reignited on Friday after the tech billionaire’s lawyers attacked the rappers’ credibility in a filing in a shareholder lawsuit.
Tags: Music, Elon Musk, Technology, Tesla, US news, Culture, Azealia Banks, Silicon Valley


Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook executives are upset at The New York Times

NBC News reports that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and other top executives are super pissed at the New York Times over what they say are weeks of antagonistic coverage and an anti-Facebook bias. Dylan Byers reports that NYT ed-in-chief Dean Baquet's response is that Facebook is "a big company with unusual power.” Facebook can handle it. And Facebook deserves it. From NBC News: • The frustration was rekindled this week after the Times bought a sponsored post on Facebook to promote "a step-by-...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Business, Technology, News, Instagram, Nbc News, Tech, US news, New York Times, Times, DYLAN BYERS, Dean Baquet, Baquet, Picks


FCC closed due to government shutdown, Ajit Pai won't be at CES

Is 911 service down in your area? Got a complaint about your mobile provider? Just invented a new iphone-killer, and need safety approval before your product goes to market? Well, too bad, you'll have to wait. The Federal Communications Commission just went dark. All but the agency's most essential operations abruptly halted late Thursday because of Trump's government shutdown. Also today, Ajit Pai canceled his trip to CES, as Politico first reported. This will be the second year in a row FC...
Tags: Post, Technology, News, Fcc, Tech, US news, Federal Communications Commission, Commission, Gigi Sohn, Government Shutdown, Shutdown, Pai, Trump, NPA, Centurylink, US Bank


Elon Musk is back on his weird tweets again

I regret to inform you that Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is back on his inappropriate for a CEO tweets again. The two weird tweets were sandwiched between two other seemingly normal tweets about favorable coverage of Tesla, the electric car maker under earnings scrutiny in the new year. Why. Why, Elon. Here's what Elon's Thursday afternoon on Twitter looked like. • 2:31 PM - 3 Jan 2019: “Model 3 mid-range EPA rating is actually 264 miles, slightly higher than prior estimate of 260.” •...
Tags: Post, Business, Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, News, America, Tech, Tesla, US news, Epa, Neil Armstrong, Forbes, Elon, Xeni Jardin, Picks


Apple's shock downgrade rattles global stock markets

Firms with exposure to China hit over fears the Silicon Valley giant’s slowdown could spreadiPhone slump: the rivals taking a bite out of AppleShare prices have fallen on all the world’s major stock markets after poor trading figures from the tech giant Apple and a sharp drop in US factory orders prompted fears of a global economic slowdown in 2019.Apple saw 9% wiped off its value in early trading on Wall Street after admitting in its first revenue warning to investors since 2002 that it was bei...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Business, China, US, UK News, World news, Retail industry, US news, Stock Markets, Asia Pacific, Ftse, Silicon Valley, Burberry Group


Apple's woes go far beyond the slowdown in the Chinese economy

Higher price tags, competition, cultural differences and saturation in the west have led to longer replacement cyclesApple’s cut in its sales forecast was blamed almost entirely on the economic slowdown in China, but the real picture is probably far more complex, with high prices, cultural differences, fierce competition and consumers keeping their phones for longer all causing problems.Its chief executive, Tim Cook, said falling sales of iPhone, iPads and computers were primarily due to the “ma...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Business, Technology, China, UK News, World news, US news, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Asia Pacific, Tim Cook, Iphone Xs


iPhone slump: the rivals taking a bite out of Apple

As firm’s stock falls over sales warnings, it has competition in bid to be the best smartphoneAs Apple’s shares tumble after its cut in forecasts, the company is laying the blame squarely on the economic slowdown in China. But that is only part of the problem.Never before has Apple faced such fierce competition from a multitude of rivals from around the globe, all vying for a slice of the lucrative premium smartphone market. Matching or exceeding Apple’s iPhone on hardware quality, these phones ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, South Korea, Business, Technology, China, US, Samsung, World news, US news, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Asia Pacific, Telecoms, Huawei


Apple's shock profit warning sends shares sliding

Firms with exposure to China hit over fears the Silicon Valley giant’s slowdown could spreadiPhone slump: the rivals taking a bite out of AppleApple’s shock downgrade has sent shares in European and US-listed companies with exposure to China – from Burberry and the Gucci owner, Kering, to chipmakers and miners – tumbling over fears the slowdown that has hit the Silicon Valley giant is set to spread.The luxury clothing and accessories maker Burberry, which generates substantial sales from Chinese...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Business, China, US, UK News, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Asia Pacific, Burberry, Ftse, Silicon Valley, Gucci, Burberry Group, Kering


Apple's shock profit warning sends European shares sliding

Firms with exposure to China hit over fears the Silicon Valley giant’s slowdown could spreadApple’s shock downgrade has sent shares in European-listed companies with exposure to China – from Burberry and the Gucci owner, Kering, to chipmakers and miners – tumbling over fears the slowdown that has hit the Silicon Valley giant is set to spread.The luxury clothing and accessories maker Burberry, which generates substantial sales from Chinese shoppers, was among the biggest early fallers in the FTSE...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Business, China, UK News, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Asia Pacific, Burberry, Ftse, Silicon Valley, Gucci, Burberry Group, Kering



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