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Facebook removes fake accounts with links to China and Philippines

Facebook says accounts were interfering in politics of US and PhilippinesFacebook says it has removed hundreds of coordinated fake accounts with links to individuals in China and in the Filipino military that were interfering in the politics of the Philippines and the US.The company said all the accounts – in two distinct networks based in China and the Philippines – were removed for violating its policy against foreign or government interference, which it defines as “coordinated inauthentic beh...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Human Rights, Media, China, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, PhilippinesFacebook


Facebook says it may quit Europe over ban on sharing data with US

EU court in July ruled there were insufficient safeguards against snooping by US intelligence agenciesFacebook has warned that it may pull out of Europe if the Irish data protection commissioner enforces a ban on sharing data with the US, after a landmark ruling by the European court of justice found in July that there were insufficient safeguards against snooping by US intelligence agencies.In a court filing in Dublin, Facebook’s associate general counsel wrote that enforcing the ban would leav...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, US, Eu, World news, US news, Data Protection, Dublin Facebook


Facebook suspends environmental groups despite vow to fight misinformation

Facebook blames mistake in system for restrictions on groups including Greenpeace USAFacebook has suspended the accounts of several environmental organizations less than a week after launching an initiative it said would counter a tide of misinformation over climate science on the platform.Groups such as Greenpeace USA, Climate Hawks Vote and Rainforest Action Network were among those blocked from posting or sending messages on Facebook over the weekend. Activists say hundreds of other individua...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, Climate Change, Environment, Social Media, US news, Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace USAFacebook, Greenpeace USA Climate Hawks Vote


ByteDance to float TikTok Global to allay transparency fears

Parent company ByteDance, under pressure in China not to give in to US demands, said the plan ‘does not involve the transfer of any algorithms’A new company set up to allow TikTok to continue operating in the United States plans to float on the stock market in an effort to increase transparency and show the Trump administration that it will adhere to regulatory oversight.TikTok Global plans to hold a public listing, its Chinese parent company ByteDance said Monday, after announcing a deal over t...
Tags: Technology, China, US, Social Media, US news, United States, Asia Pacific, Trump, Bytedance, Tiktok, TikTok Global


Judge blocks Trump bid to remove WeChat from stores over China fears

San Francisco judge cites free speech concernsTrump backs TikTok Oracle deal which may include WalmartA US judge has blocked the Trump administration from to remove Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late on Sunday.US magistrate judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco said in an order that WeChat users who filed a lawsuit “have shown serious questions going to the merits of the first amendment claim, the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’ favor.“ Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, China, US, San Francisco, Social Media, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Asia Pacific, US politics, US national security, Digital Media, Trump, Trump Administration, Laurel Beeler


Trump says he approves TikTok Oracle deal which may include Walmart

President says he will allow Chinese-owned app in US Walmart could acquire stake and seat on global boardDonald Trump has said he “approves a deal in concept” that will allow TikTok to continue to operate in the US, after . Related: China attacks US 'bullying' over ban on Tiktok and WeChat Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, China, US, Social Media, Walmart, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, US politics, US national security, Digital Media, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration, Tiktok


Bleach touted as 'miracle cure' for Covid being sold on Amazon

Consumers buying chlorine dioxide solution on Amazon platform say they have been drinking fluid despite FDA warningsIndustrial bleach is being sold on Amazon through its product pages which consumers are buying under the mistaken belief that it is a “miracle cure” for Covid-19, despite health warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration that drinking the fluid can kill. Related: 'Archbishop' of Florida church selling bleach 'miracle cure' arrested with son Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Technology, World news, US news, Fda, US Food and Drug Administration, Coronavirus outbreak


China attacks US 'bullying' over ban on Tiktok and WeChat

Donald Trump’s decision to ban downloads of the Chinese-owned platform prompts realignment of tech spaceChina has accused the United States of “bullying” and suggested it may take unspecified countermeasures after Washington banned downloads of popular video app TikTok and effectively blocked the use of the Chinese super-app WeChat.“China urges the US to abandon bullying, cease (its) wrongful actions and earnestly maintain fair and transparent international rules and order,” a statement by the C...
Tags: Technology, Washington, China, US, US news, United States, Donald Trump, Trump Administration, Chinese Ministry of Commerce, Tiktok


'Stay calm!': US TikTok users prepare for world without newly banned app

Donald Trump’s decision to ban downloads of the Chinese-owned platform prompts realignment of tech spaceTikTok users in the United States have reacted with a collective shrug to Donald Trump’s decision to ban new downloads of the video-sharing app, but many are already planning an exit to other platforms should the clampdown lead to an outright ban.“Oh my God! Ok! It’s happening! Everybody stay calm!” TikToker Nick Foster told his 577,000 followers, dubbing a video of himself with audio of actor...
Tags: Technology, US, US news, United States, Steve Carell, Donald Trump, Nick Foster, Trump Administration, Tiktok


Trump to ban US downloads of TikTok and WeChat

Government to ban WeChat on Sunday to ‘safeguard national security of the US’, while TikTok to be banned by 12 November The US government will ban downloads of the Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok and the use of China’s popular messaging and payments app WeChat to “safeguard the national security of the United States”. Related: 'He’s paying attention to people like us': Trump’s messages resonate in Wisconsin
Tags: Business, Technology, China, US, World news, US news, United States, Trump, Trump Administration, Tiktok


Apple's surprise OS update leaves app developers scrambling

Company releases new versions of operating systems with just a day’s noticeApple devices received a surprise update as the company released the latest version of its operating systems for iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs and Watches with just one day notice.But while the new updates bring a wealth of new features for free, some independent developers are warning that the short notice has left them frantically rushing to update their own apps to work with the new systems. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Technology, UK News, World news, US news, Software


Paper maps, two-way radios: how firefighting tech is stuck in the past

One Silicon Valley startup is working on a new tool to help first responders battle California’s increasingly intense firesWhen wildfires burned near Palo Alto last month, emergency workers in this city legendary for its resident high-tech companies relied on relatively low-tech tools to coordinate a response.Emergency response units talked by two-way radio and sent each other text messages with photos of paper maps, said Kenneth Dueker, the director of Palo Alto’s office of emergency services. ...
Tags: Technology, California, US news, Palo Alto, Wildfires, Silicon Valley, Kenneth Dueker


TikTok: Trump questions Oracle deal if ByteDance keeps stake

President warns any agreement to continue operating in US must be ‘100% as far as national security is concerned’Donald Trump has questioned plans by the Chinese tech firm ByteDance to keep a majority stake in TikTok’s US operations as part of a “trusted technology deal” with Oracle.“Conceptually I can tell you that I don’t like that,” Trump told a news conference when asked about a reported proposal to give Oracle only a minority share. “I’m not prepared to sign off on anything. They’re going t...
Tags: Technology, US, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Oracle, Trump, Trump Administration, Bytedance, Tiktok


Coronavirus live news: World still at 'beginning' of pandemic, WHO Covid-19 envoy warns

Half of world’s schoolchildren unable to attend classrooms; Virus death toll linked to Maine wedding grows to 7; Apple rolls out virtual fitness service. Follow the latest updatesWorld still at the beginning of the pandemic, WHO expert warnsSweden records its fewest daily cases since MarchCovid cases near 30m; China expects vaccine in NovemberWorld map: which countries have the most cases and deaths?See all our coronavirus coverage 11.56pm BST Around 872 million school children – or half of ...
Tags: Apple, Europe, UK, Science, China, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Maine, World Health Organization, Unicef, David Nabarro, Henrietta Fore, Coronavirus outbreak


Cambridge staff 'fobbed off' at meeting over Arm sale to Nvidia, says union

UK government urged to intervene in SoftBank’s $40bn deal with US tech firmOpposition to the $40bn (£31bn) sale of the UK’s largest tech firm, Arm Holdings, is mounting, as the trade union Unite said staff concerned about their future had been “fobbed off” and the company’s local MP urged the government to act.The US software company Nvidia said on Monday it had agreed to buy Arm, a global leader in designing chips for smartphones, computers and tablets, from the Japanese technology investment b...
Tags: Business, Japan, UK, Technology, Softbank, US, World news, US news, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Asia Pacific, Technology sector, Cambridge, Nvidia, ARM Holdings, Unite


Oracle confirms it will partner with TikTok after Microsoft's bid rejected

Tech company confirmed reports after Trump set deadline for US firms to stop dealing with app owner ByteDance Oracle, the tech company, confirmed on Monday that it will partner with video-sharing app TikTok as the company works to head off a ban by the Trump administration.The hugely popular app has been caught in a geopolitical standoff, with the Trump administration accusing it of spying on Americans and Chinese officials attacking US protectionism. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Technology, Microsoft, US, World news, US news, Computing, Donald Trump, Oracle, Trump, Tiktok, ByteDance Oracle


Zhenhua Data leak: personal details of millions around world gathered by China tech company

Cybersecurity experts concerned by possible intent behind use of big data to compile lists featuring everyone from low-key individuals to the royal familyThe personal details of millions of people around the world have been swept up in a database compiled by a Chinese tech company with reported links to the country’s military and intelligence networks, according to a trove of leaked data.About 2.4 million people are included in the database, assembled mostly based on public open-source data such...
Tags: Technology, China, UK News, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, Shenzhen Continue, Zhenhua Data


UK tech giant Arm Holdings to be sold to US company Nvidia in $40bn deal

Cambridge-based business dominates global smartphone market but deal needs to be approved by UK regulatorsOne of Britain’s most successful tech companies, Arm Holdings, is being sold by its Japanese owners for $40bn in a deal that could reshape the semiconductor landscape.Nvidia, a US company, will pay SoftBank $21.5bn in shares and $12bn in cash for the chip designer although the deal is still subject to regulatory approval in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Japan, UK, Technology, Softbank, US, UK News, World news, US news, Britain, Cambridge, Nvidia, ARM Holdings, ARM


TikTok: ByteDance 'to partner with Oracle' in US after rejecting Microsoft bid

Oracle reported to be ‘technology partner’ after Donald Trump set a 15 September deadline for US businesses to stop dealing with Bytedance Bytedance will not sell TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft, the US tech-giant said in a statement, with reports it has instead picked a consortium led by Oracle as a “technology partner”.ByteDance has been in talks to sell TikTok’s US business since Donald Trump threatened last month to ban the service if it was not sold. The president’s executive order in A...
Tags: Technology, Microsoft, US, US news, Donald Trump, Oracle, Bytedance, Tiktok, ByteDance ByteDance


'Rich people leave, artists and queerdos return': is San Francisco's tech exodus real or a fantasy?

Widespread adoption of remote work amid Covid could reshape a city that has become unaffordableThrough free massages, decompression capsules, and limitless nitro cold brew, San Francisco’s tech companies spent the last decade making their offices considerably comfier than the average cubicle farm. Beyond making the workday pleasant, they attracted workforces whose six-figure salaries altered the city’s demographics, spurring widespread displacement and years of head-scratching over the exact mom...
Tags: Technology, San Francisco, US news, Silicon Valley


Twitter and Google join Facebook in tightening rules on US election claims

Platforms will target unverified claims of election rigging and premature results declarationsPremature claims of victory will be blocked from Twitter and Google in the run-up to November’s US presidential election, as both companies follow Facebook in trying to fight the prospect of a stolen vote.Under its new rules, Twitter will treat as harmful misinformation any tweet which makes false claims about election rigging, or prematurely claims to announce the election results. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Social Networking, Internet, US, US news, US elections 2000


Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't remove anti-vaccine posts despite Covid concerns

Social media chief denied that Facebook’s algorithms are designed to push viewpoints ‘that are going to kind of enrage people’Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he “hopes” his social network will not effectively destroy society as we know it. Related: Biden to visit Michigan as fallout from Cohen's book on Trump continues – live Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, US news, The far right, Michigan, Biden, Trump, Cohen


Fortnite could face year-long Apple ban, says Epic Games

Court filings reveal Apple may delay return even if developer backtracks in App Store disputeFortnite could be banned from iPhones and other Apple devices for a year, the game’s developer, Epic Games, has revealed, as the court battle between the two companies continues.The scale of the ban was revealed in a legal filing from Epic, which asks the court to force Apple to allow the game back on the iOS App Store while the wider lawsuit winds its way to a full hearing. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Games, Technology, World news, US news, Computing, Fortnite


Nasdaq drops over 4% as tech sector sell-off continues

Tesla shares plunged 21%, Apple fell 6.7% and Amazon dropped 4.3% while all major US markets were in the redThe US tech sell-off on Wall Street extended to a third day on Tuesday, with electric carmaker Tesla among the biggest fallers suffering its worst day in nearly six months.The tech-heavy Nasdaq stock market dropped over 4%, following on Thursday and Friday. Wall Street was closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Business, Technology, Wall Street, US, Tesla, US news, Stock Markets, Nasdaq


Facebook removes Patriot Prayer pages in bid to halt 'violent social militias'

Joey Gibson, founder of group with 45,000 followers accuses Facebook of double standardFacebook has taken down the pages of US right-wing group Patriot Prayer and its founder Joey Gibson, a company spokesman said, as part of efforts to remove “violent social militias” from the platform.Patriot Prayer has hosted dozens of pro-gun, pro-Trump rallies and attendees have repeatedly clashed with leftwing groups around Portland, Oregon, where one supporter of the group was killed this week. Continue re...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Protest, Social Networking, Oregon, US, World news, US news, Portland, Portland Oregon, Trump, Joey Gibson, Patriot Prayer


Facebook says it will flag any Trump effort to declare premature victory

Network to also ban political ads in final week of 2020 raceFacebook has been condemned for failing to police propagandaFacebook plans to flag any attempt by the Donald Trump campaign to declare a premature victory in the presidential race on the platform, the company announced Thursday. Related: Breadth of rightwing Portland protest network reveals energized Trump base Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, US news, US politics, Portland, Donald Trump, Trump, US elections 2020


Russian agency created fake leftwing news outlet with fictional editors, Facebook says

Internet Research Agency also hired real, unwitting freelance reporters in operation Facebook has removedThe Russian agency that interfered in the 2016 US election created a fake leftwing news publication, staffed it with fake editors with AI-generated photos, and hired real freelance reporters as part of a fresh influence operation detected and removed by Facebook, the company said on Tuesday.The latest operation by the Internet Research Agency (IRA) was still in its early stages when it was de...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Russia, US, US news, Fbi, Internet Research Agency, Internet Research Agency IRA, Nathaniel Gleicher


Dictionary.com revises definitions to eliminate prejudiced language

Leading online reference announces more than 15,000 changes, intended to foreground people over clinical languageDictionary.com is making major changes to more than 15,000 of its definitions, from capitalising Black to updating entries about sexual orientation, aiming to foreground people over “clinical language”.On Tuesday the website, which with 70m monthly users describes itself as the world’s leading digital dictionary, released what it called its largest ever update. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Technology, Internet, World news, US news, Culture, Reference and languages books


Final tweet from Chadwick Boseman's account is most liked ever on Twitter

Statement confirming the Black Panther star’s death from cancer has more than 7m ‘likes’, as tributes continue to pour in for actorHow Chadwick Boseman changed film for everThe final tweet from the account of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has become the most-liked post in Twitter history.The social media company’s official feed announced the news. The original message – posted on Saturday and confirming Boseman’s death from cancer aged 43 – currently has more than 7m “likes”. (The previous...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, Film, Barack Obama, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Blogging, Culture, Digital Media, Ryan Coogler, Chadwick Boseman, Boseman


TikTok US sale faces fresh hurdle after China tightens tech export rules

Beijing says some exports will now need government approval in move believed to be linked to Trump sale orderNew Chinese government restrictions could complicate ByteDance plans to sell TikTok to a US company and avoid a ban threatened by Donald Trump.Late on Friday, Beijing issued new restrictions or bans on tech exports, requiring companies to seek government approval – a process that can take up to 30 days. In mid-August, Trump gave the company 90 days to sell up or face a shutdown. Continue ...
Tags: Business, Technology, China, US, Social Media, US news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Donald Trump, Trump, Bytedance, Tiktok



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