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Instagram users will be able to buy from brands on platform

‘Checkout on Instagram’ is new e-commerce service available to US customersFacebook is moving into retail, as the company partners with more than 20 brands to allow Instagram users to buy clothes, accessories and makeup on the social network without leaving the app.“Checkout on Instagram” is a step up from previous shopping features on the service, which ultimately pushed buyers to a brand’s web page to complete transactions. Users were then required to enter payment and shipping details, and of...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Money, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, US, World news, Consumer affairs, E-commerce, US news, Online Shopping


Amazon's cheapest Kindle now has a better screen and a front light

Higher contrast, better touchscreen and Paperwhite-like light among improvementsAmazon has released a new version of its cheapest Kindle e-reader with an improved screen and a reading light, a feature previously held back for its more expensive devices.Costing £10 more than the previous generation, at £69.99, the new Kindle has a 6in e-ink display with an adjustable front light that projects from the sides to make the screen readable in the dark. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Kindle, UK News, World news, US news, E-readers


Facebook cracks down on discriminatory ads after years of backlash

ACLU hails ‘sweeping changes’ after company criticized over ad targeting based on race, gender and ageFacebook is taking steps to block discriminatory ads for housing, employment and credit by preventing advertisers from targeting users based on race, gender, age and zip code.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other rights groups, which sued Facebook for with its ad practices, announced the “historic settlement” on Tuesday, saying “sweeping changes” would restrict illegal and discri...
Tags: Facebook, Gender, Technology, Race, US news, Aclu, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU


Facebook agrees to ban discriminatory ads in civil rights settlement

ACLU hails ‘sweeping changes’ after company criticized over race-, gender-, and age-based ad targetingFacebook is taking steps to block discriminatory ads for housing, employment and credit by preventing advertisers from targeting users based on race, gender, age and zip code.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other rights groups, which sued Facebook for with its ad practices, announced the “historic settlement” on Tuesday, saying “sweeping changes” would restrict illegal and discri...
Tags: Facebook, Gender, Technology, Race, US news, Aclu, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU


Google Stadia: company makes a play for gamers with new streaming service

Stadia, which will allow users to play games on any device, will launch later in 2019Google announced its entry into the video game market with Google Stadia, a service that will allow players to stream video games to any screen – phone, tablet, TV or computer.Google announced Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. The cloud-powered service will allow users to log in from any screen using the Chrome browser, a Chromecast device or a Google Pixel phone or tablet and...
Tags: Google, Games, Technology, San Francisco, US news, Google Stadia


Lyft: Uber rival reveals it hopes to raise $20bn in Wall Street debut

San Francisco firm reveals figures for first time as it competes with Uber to be first with IPOLyft has officially kicked off the roadshow for its initial public offering, saying Monday it plans to put more than 30m shares up for sale with an anticipated price of between $62 and $68 each.That would raise more than $2bn for the San Francisco ride-hailing company, pegging its market value at $20bn to $25bn, even though it hasn’t been able to turn a profit yet. Continue reading...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Technology, California, San Francisco, US news


Academic at centre of Cambridge Analytica scandal sues Facebook

Tech company’s attempts to pin blame on Aleksandr Kogan are defamatory, says lawyerThe academic at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica scandal is suing Facebook for defamation over the social network’s claims that he lied about why he was harvesting personal data from profiles on the site.Aleksandr Kogan, a former psychology researcher at the University of Cambridge, was the developer of a personality quiz app that paired individual psychological profiles with personal data scraped from the Fa...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, UK News, World news, US news, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Analytica, Aleksandr Kogan


Apple launches new iPad Mini and iPad Air

Updated models bring small tablet back into line with the iPhone XS and iPad ProApple has updated its long-in-the-tooth but popular smallest tablet, the iPad Mini, and the larger iPad Air.Both models have been brought up to parity with the iPhone XS and the iPad Pro with Apple’s A12 Bionic processor, which is up to three times faster than that in previous versions, which have chips dating back to 2014. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Ipad, Technology, UK News, World news, US news, Software, Computing, Tablet Computers, Ipad Mini


The Cambridge Analytica scandal changed the world – but it didn't change Facebook

A year after devastating revelations of data misuse, Mark Zuckerberg still hasn’t fulfilled his promises to reformIt can be hard to remember from down here, beneath the avalanche of words and promises and apologies and blogposts and manifestos that Facebook has unleashed upon us over the course of the past year, but when the Cambridge Analytica story broke one year ago, Mark Zuckerberg’s initial response was a long and deafening silence.It took five full days for the founder and CEO of Facebook ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Social Networking, Congress, UK News, US news, Menlo Park, Cambridge Analytica


'Shame!' Amazon gets $23m from Virginia county amid fierce protests

Tech giant will build second HQ in Crystal CityProtesters echo New Yorkers who forced company outProtesters repeatedly shouted “shame” as a northern Virginia county board unanimously approved a $23m incentives package for Amazon to build a new headquarters there. Related: 'Amazon isn't bigger than New York': meet the man who killed the deal Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Technology, Internet, Virginia, E-commerce, US news, Shame Amazon


Major study suggests Apple Watch can detect irregular heartbeat

More work needed to see if wearables can help screen for heart problems, but researchers call study encouragingA huge study suggests the Apple Watch can detect a worrisome irregular heartbeat – but experts say more work is needed to tell if using wearable technology to screen for heart problems really helps.More than 419,000 Apple Watch users signed up for the study, which was funded by Apple and the largest ever to explore screening seemingly healthy people for atrial fibrillation (A-fib), a co...
Tags: Apple, Health, Gadgets, Technology, US news, Heart Disease, Apple Watch


Chris Cox: longtime Facebook executive exits as network focuses on privacy

Chief product officer, who helped create news feed feature, was viewed as a possible successor to CEO ZuckerbergFacebook’s chief product officer and one of the primary architects of its signature news feed, Chris Cox, said on Thursday he was leaving the company, just days after Mark Zuckerberg revealed a plan to shift the world’s biggest social network to an encryption-focused messaging company.Cox, one of Zuckerberg’s earliest employees and closest lieutenants, said in a blogpost he made the an...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Social Networking, US news, Whatsapp, Zuckerberg, Cox, Chris Cox, ZuckerbergFacebook


Chris Cox: longtime Facebook executive to leave as firm pivots to privacy

Chief product officer, who helped create news feed feature, was viewed as a possible successor to CEO ZuckerbergFacebook’s chief product officer and one of the primary architects of its signature news feed, Chris Cox, said on Thursday he was leaving the company, just days after its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, revealed a plan to pivot the world’s biggest social network to an encryption-focused messaging company.Cox, one of Zuckerberg’s earliest employees and closest lieutenants, said in a blogpost he m...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Social Networking, US news, Whatsapp, Zuckerberg, Cox, Chris Cox, ZuckerbergFacebook


Longtime Facebook executive to leave amid plans to pivot to privacy

Chief product officer Chris Cox, who helped create news feed feature, and Chris Daniels, who heads WhatsApp, to depart Facebook’s chief product officer and one of its earliest employees, Chris Cox, said on Thursday he was leaving the company, just days after its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, revealed a plan to pivot the world’s biggest social network to an encryption-focused messaging company.Cox, one of Zuckerberg’s closest lieutenants and the head of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp products, said in ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Social Networking, US news, Whatsapp, Zuckerberg, Cox, Facebook Instagram, Chris Cox, Chris Daniels


Model Y: Tesla to unveil new electric crossover SUV

Company is banking on the new model to revive excitement about the brand as traditional carmakers expand their electric vehicle offeringsTesla is expected to unveil a new electric crossover SUV, the Model Y, during an event in Los Angeles on Thursday evening. The company claims the car is likely to be its bestselling vehicle.The vehicle will be the fifth model for the electric carmaker, which has spent the past three years struggling to fulfill its March 2016 promise to produce a mass-market ele...
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Los Angeles, Tesla, US news, Automotive Industry, Motoring, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars


Model Y: Tesla unveils new electric crossover SUV

Company is banking on the new model to revive excitement about the brand as traditional carmakers expand their electric vehicle offeringsTesla unveiled a new electric crossover SUV, the Model Y, during an event at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne on Thursday evening. Chief Executive Elon Musk said the compact SUV would first debut in a long-range version with a range of 300 miles priced at about $47,000. Continue reading...
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Tesla, US news, Automotive Industry, Motoring, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars, Hawthorne


Facebook under criminal investigation over data sharing with tech firms - report

Investigation by federal prosecutors adds to laundry list of inquiries since the Cambridge Analytica revelations one year agoFacebook is under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors examining its data-sharing deals with other major technology companies, according to the New York Times.A New York grand jury has subpoenaed records from “at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices”, the Times reported, citing two unnamed sources. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Technology, US news, New York Times, Times, Cambridge Analytica


Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer outages in Americas and Europe

The family of apps, including Messenger, have all been encountering problems but a company spokesman says it’s not a cyber-attackFacebook has been suffering from outages across the world since around 12pm ET Wednesday.All four of the company’s main applications – Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger – were encountering problems, according to Downdetector.com. The outages appeared to be concentrated in the Americas and Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Instagram, Americas, Social Media, World news, US news, Whatsapp, Facebook Instagram


Facebook platforms suffer outages in Americas and Europe

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger have all been encountering problems on WednesdayFacebook has been suffering from outages across the world since around 12pm ET Wednesday.All four of the company’s main applications – Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger – were encountering problems, according to Downdetector.com. The outages appeared to be concentrated in the Americas and Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Instagram, Americas, Social Media, World news, US news, Whatsapp, Facebook Instagram, WednesdayFacebook


Google's Gmail and Drive suffer global outages

Users in Australia, the US, Europe and Asia report problems as Google says applications are experiencing ‘issues’Google was experiencing global outages on Wednesday, with users reporting issues with Gmail, Google Drive and Google Maps.Various websites that track Gmail problems and outages, showed a spike in users reporting problems with the email service from about 1pm AEDT (2am GMT). Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Asia, Technology, Australia, US, World news, Australia news, US news, Alphabet, Gmail Google


Beto O'Rourke launches new Facebook ads as 2020 speculation grows – live

Democrats rally in opposition to Trump’s budget while Dick Cheney reportedly criticizes Trump’s foreign policy – follow all the latestSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 5.07pm GMT In an interview with Breitbart, Donald Trump hinted at new regulation of big tech companies like Google and Facebook.“I understand a lot of people wanting to look into it. I mean normally I’d like to say let it be free, let it all be free, but it’s not free. It’s really run by a small number of p...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Republicans, Congress, US, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Food And Drug Administration, Donald Trump, Dick Cheney, Trump, HHS, National Cancer Institute, Scott Gottlieb


Musk lawyers shoot back at SEC saying tweet did not violate court order

Financial regulators said a tweet from the Tesla chief executive violated a September fraud settlementTesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk shot back against the US financial regulator on Monday, arguing in a filing that a recent tweet about the electric vehicle maker’s production volume did not violate the court’s judgment and there is no basis to issue contempt against him.Musk tweeted on 19 February to his more than 24 million followers that the electric vehicle-maker would produce around 500,0...
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, US, Social Media, Tesla, US news, Manhattan, SEC, Musk, settlementTesla Inc


#BreakUpBigTech: Elizabeth Warren says Facebook just proved her point

The platform briefly blocked some of Warren’s ads attacking it. Her response: ‘Curious why I think FB has too much power?’Elizabeth Warren could not have asked for a better illustration for her point.The US senator and Democratic candidate for president took aim at Facebook on Monday evening after the social network briefly blocked her campaign from running advertisements that just happened to call for breaking up Facebook.
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, Elizabeth Warren, US, Social Media, US news, US politics, US elections 2020


Google paid former executive $35m after sexual assault allegation

Former search executive Amit Singhal was reportedly forced to resign after an employee claimed he groped her at an off-campus eventGoogle paid the former search executive Amit Singhal $35m in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation, according to court documents released on Monday.Details of the exit package were revealed as part of a shareholder lawsuit against the company, one that followed a published report of payouts Google made to executi...
Tags: Google, Technology, US news, Sexual Harassment, Alphabet, Amit Singhal


Google gave former executive $35m payout after sexual assault allegation

Former search executive Amit Singhal reportedly forced to resign after an employee claimed he groped her at an off-campus eventGoogle paid former search executive Amit Singhal $35m in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation, according to court documents released Monday.Details of the exit package were revealed as part of a shareholder lawsuit against the company, one that followed a published report of payouts Google made to executives accused...
Tags: Google, Technology, US news, Sexual Harassment, Amit Singhal


'A cop on the beat': Elizabeth Warren defends plan to break up tech giants

In echo of 2020 attacks from Trump, Massachusetts senator faces question about being ‘labeled as a socialist’Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, who called this week for the break-up of America’s biggest tech companies, was challenged on her capitalist credentials on Sunday. The exchange offered a preview of how Democratic presidential candidates might handle Donald Trump’s campaign strategy of stoking fears about “socialism” in attacks on his challengers. Related: Elizabeth Warren is right...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Technology, Internet, Elizabeth Warren, America, World news, E-commerce, US news, Democrats, US politics, Socialism, Donald Trump, Robert Reich, Facebook Google


Elizabeth Warren is right – we must break up Facebook, Google and Amazon | Robert Reich

The titans of the new Gilded Age must be busted and the idea has bipartisan support. It’s time big tech was brought to heelThe presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren announced on Friday she wants to bust up giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon.America’s first Gilded Age began in the late 19th century with a raft of innovations – railroads, steel production, oil extraction – but culminated in mammoth trusts run by “robber barons” like JP Morgan, John D Rockefeller, and William H “the public be ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Elizabeth Warren, World news, E-commerce, US news, Democrats, US politics, US economy, Inequality


SXSW: Warren tells tech audience plan to break up giants is 'like baseball'

Klobuchar addresses allegations she mistreated staffBeto O’Rourke to attend premiere of film on Senate runA slate of Democratic presidential candidates will this weekend speak at South by Southwest (SXSW), seeking to connect with a young and liberal crowd at the tech-heavy festival in Austin. Related: Elizabeth Warren vows to break up Amazon, Facebook and Google if elected president Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Texas, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, World news, US news, Austin, Democrats, US politics, Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Sxsw, Klobuchar, Julian Castro, Amazon Facebook, Southwest SXSW


New interracial couple emoji mark victory for partners of color

Following campaign by Tinder and tech activist group Emojination, 71 new variations have been approvedIn 1664, Maryland passed the first British colonial law banning marriage between whites and slaves. An 1883 US supreme court ruling that state prohibitions on interracial marriage don’t violate the 14th amendment held for more than 80 years.While such impediments to marriage were dismantled over time, there are still hurdles, however small, to overcome. Here, in 2019, interracial couples have a...
Tags: Technology, Maryland, Relationships, Race, US, Life and style, US news, Emoji


New interracial couple emoji marks victory for partners of color

Following a campaign by Tinder and tech activist group Emojination, 71 new skin tone variations have been approvedIn 1664, Maryland passed the first British colonial law banning marriage between whites and slaves. An 1883 US supreme court ruling that state prohibitions on interracial marriage don’t violate the 14th amendment held for more than 80 years.While such impediments to marriage were dismantled over time, there are still hurdles, however small, to overcome. Here, in 2019, interracial co...
Tags: Technology, Maryland, Relationships, Race, US, Life and style, US news, Emoji



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