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Microsoft becomes third listed US firm to be valued at $1tn

Company beat sales and profit expectations to join Apple and Amazon in prestigious clubMicrosoft has become the third publicly listed US company, after Apple and Amazon, to boast a market value of more than $1tn after bumper quarterly results boosted its share price.The company beat sales and profits expectations in the three months to 31 March, thanks in part to its cloud computing business, which signed up major corporate clients over the period. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology sector, Cloud computing, Microsoft, Computing, Internet, UK news, US news, Business, Technology, World news


Dark web blamed for rise in drugs sent by post from Netherlands

Amount of ecstasy found in post has more than tripled since 2016, say officialsThe rise of the dark web has led to huge increase in the amount of illegal drugs being sent from the Netherlands, one of the world’s largest drug producers, via letters and packages in the post.The Dutch customs authority has warned that a sharp rise in successful seizures sent through the country’s postal service is indicative of a growing trend that it is struggling to crack. Continue reading...
Tags: Drugs, Netherlands, World news, Internet, Technology, Europe


Runaway Saudi sisters call on Google and Apple to pull 'inhuman' woman-monitoring app

Maha and Wafa al-Subaie called say Absher, which supports male guardianship system, gives men control over womenTwo runaway Saudi sisters on Wednesday urged Apple and Google to pull an “inhuman” app allowing men to monitor and control female relatives’ travel as it helped trap girls in abusive families.Maha and Wafa al-Subaie, who are seeking asylum in Georgia after fleeing their family, said Absher – a government e-services app – was bad for women as it supported Saudi Arabia’s strict male guar...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Technology, Middle East and North Africa, World news


Facebook takes down far-right groups days before Spanish election

Investigation uncovered networks reaching 1.7m people that were spreading fake newsFacebook has taken down several networks that were spreading far-right content to nearly 1.7 million people in Spain, days before national elections that are expected to see a surge in support for the far-right Vox party.The networks were uncovered in an investigation by the campaign group Avaaz, and taken down only after it presented Facebook with its findings. Continue reading...
Tags: Spain, The far right, Facebook, Europe, Social networking, Media, Technology, World news


Runaway Saudi sisters call for 'inhuman' woman-monitoring app to be pulled

Maha and Wafa al-Subaie called for Absher, which supports male guardianship system, to be removed by Google and AppleTwo runaway Saudi sisters on Wednesday urged Apple and Google to pull an “inhuman” app allowing men to monitor and control female relatives’ travel as it helped trap girls in abusive families.Maha and Wafa al-Subaie, who are seeking asylum in Georgia after fleeing their family, said Absher – a government e-services app – was bad for women as it supported Saudi Arabia’s strict male...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Technology, Middle East and North Africa, World news


Tesla earnings: company posts surprisingly large losses in delayed report

Firm reveals losses of $2.90 a share after waiting more than an hour after markets closeTesla posted larger-than-expected losses in its first-quarter earnings report, as the company struggles with production rates and was forced to raise prices on a number of its cars.The electric carmaker reported a loss of $2.90 a share in its filing, weaker than the $1.30 loss a share experts were expecting. The company’s stock closed out the day at $258.66 a share and prices fluctuated wildly in after hours ...
Tags: Tesla, Quarterly results, Technology, US news, World news, Business


Senior Tories alarmed over Huawei's new role within UK's network

May has given Chinese telecoms firm limited role in supplying future 5G mobile network Senior Tory MPs have expressed alarm about Theresa May’s readiness to give the Chinese telecoms firm Huawei a limited role in supplying the future 5G mobile phone network against the advice of some cabinet ministers, security chiefs and the US.Huawei will be banned from supplying core parts of the network but will get a role in non-core technology, according to leaks from a meeting of the national security cou...
Tags: Huawei, 5G, Theresa May, Telecoms, UK news, China, US news, Politics, Technology, World news, Asia Pacific, Business


'No right to livestream murder': Ardern leads push against online terror content

New Zealand PM launches ‘Christchurch Call’ to build support to eliminate extremist material on social mediaNew Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is to spearhead a push to combat violent extremism and terrorism on social media in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, saying the gunman did not have “a right to livestream the murder of 50 people”.Ardern and French president Emmanuel Macron will host a summit in Paris on 15 May, rallying tech companies and other concerned countries to commit to...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, France, Social Media, World news, Asia Pacific, Paris, New Zealand, Christchurch, Emmanuel Macron, Jacinda Ardern, mediaNew Zealand, Christchurch shooting


May to ban Huawei from providing 'core' parts of UK 5G network

Telecoms firm will still be able to supply some technology, but decision may anger Beijing Theresa May has ordered that Chinese telecoms supplier Huawei be banned from supplying core parts of the future 5G mobile phone network, following a meeting of ministers on the National Security Council (NSC).Huawei will be allowed to supply some “non core” technology to UK phone companies, insiders said, but several ministers in the meeting on Tuesday raised concerns even about that concession, arguing in...
Tags: Europe, UK, Technology, Internet, Gchq, China, Russia, UK News, World news, Cybercrime, Beijing, Hacking, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, UK security and counter-terrorism, Huawei


May to ban Huawei from supplying 'core' parts of UK 5G network

Chinese telecoms supplier will be allowed to supply some ‘non core’ technology, but decision risks agitating Beijing Theresa May has ordered that Chinese telecoms supplier Huawei is to be banned from supplying core parts of the future 5G mobile phone network, following a meeting of ministers on the National Security Council (NSC) on Tuesday.Huawei will be allowed to supply some “non core” technology to UK phone companies insiders said, but several ministers in the meeting raised concerns even ab...
Tags: Europe, UK, Technology, Internet, Gchq, China, Russia, UK News, World news, Cybercrime, Beijing, Hacking, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, UK security and counter-terrorism, Huawei


Tesla investigates video of Model S car exploding

The video, widely shared on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, shows the parked EV emit smoke and burst into flames seconds laterTesla said it has sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media which showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding, the latest in a string of fire incidents involving the company’s cars.The video, time stamped Sunday evening and widely shared on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, shows the parked EV emit smoke and burst into flames seconds later. A video purportedly of t...
Tags: Business, Technology, Media, China, Social Media, Tesla, World news, Asia Pacific, Digital Media, Weibo


Beyoncé rocks, but so did Woodstock | Brief letters

Roger Waters | Rock concerts | Use-by dates | Exercise | SmartphonesRegarding Jeremy Beecham’s thoughts on Roger Waters (Letters, 19 April), I think we can take it as read Waters would not encourage Madonna to support the Assad regime by playing Damascus.John WarburtonEdinburgh• You failed to mention the two most important filmed rock concerts (Homecoming review – Beyoncé documentary is a triumphant celebration, 19 April): Monterey Pop and Woodstock. To write about seminal filmed rock gigs witho...
Tags: Health, Music, Science, Technology, Beyonce, Film, Israel, Society, World news, Syria, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Middle East and North Africa, Madonna, Assad, Woodstock


Uber's self-driving car unit valued at $7.3bn as it gears up for IPO

US firm received $1bn from consortium including Toyota and Saudi ArabiaUber’s self-driving car unit has been valued at $7.3bn (£5.6bn), after receiving $1bn of investment by a consortium including Toyota and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.With weeks to go until the loss-making San Francisco firm’s stock market float, expected to value the company at up to $100bn, Uber said it had secured new financial backing for its plans to develop autonomous vehicles. Continue reading...
Tags: Uber, Business, Technology, Saudi Arabia, US, San Francisco, IPOs, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Toyota, Motoring, Self-driving Cars, 100bn Uber


'Companies are seldom treated like this': how Huawei fought back

To dispel US suspicions, Chinese telecom firm welcomed dozens of journalists into its labsA pillar box red electric train connects Paris, Verona and Grenada via Budapest’s Liberty Bridge and on to Heidelberg Castle in a 120-hectare fantasy business park dreamt up by the Chinese billionaire Ren Zhengfei.Ren, 74, a former Red Army engineer who founded the telecommunications company Huawei in 1987 and still owns a 1.14% stake, asked the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to recreate some of Europe’s mos...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Business, Technology, China, US, UK News, World news, Mobile Phones, Budapest, Asia Pacific, Grenada, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Red Army, Huawei


Where Huawei is banned from working on critical networks

Chinese telecoms firm is accused by the US of posing a severe national security threat Politicians in the US have alleged that Huawei’s forthcoming 5G mobile phone networks could be hacked by Chinese spies to eavesdrop on sensitive phone calls, gain access to counter-terrorist operations – and potentially even kill targets by crashing driverless cars. Allies who allow Huawei technology inside their 5G networks have been told they may be frozen out of US intelligence sharing. Related: US govern...
Tags: Technology, China, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, US national security, Huawei, 5g


Where is Huawei banned from working on critical networks?

Several countries have rejected Chinese telecoms firm over national security fears ‘Companies are seldom treated like this’: how Huawei fought backPoliticians in the US have alleged that Huawei’s forthcoming 5G mobile phone networks could be hacked by Chinese spies to eavesdrop on sensitive phone calls, gain access to counter-terrorist operations – and potentially even kill targets by crashing driverless cars. Allies who allow Huawei technology inside their 5G networks have been told they may be...
Tags: Technology, China, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, US national security, Huawei, 5g


Social media platforms 'failed to counter Notre Dame fire misinformation'

Algorithms did not prevent spread of conspiracy theories about fire, say criticsThe Notre Dame Cathedral fire presented social media companies with one of the first major tests of their nascent programmes aimed at fighting misinformation in real time – and critics say they failed. Related: YouTube algorithm adds 9/11 explainer to Notre Dame fire video Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Media, Youtube, France, Social Media, World news, Digital Media, Paris, Notre Dame


Assassin's Creed creators pledge €500,000 to Notre Dame

Ubisoft Montréal, which built a huge-scale virtual cathedral for its game Assassin’s Creed Unity, will donate to restoration effortsVideo game creators at Ubisoft Montréal – the development studio that rebuilt 18th-century Paris in its 2014 historical action game Assassin’s Creed Unity – have joined the global outpouring of grief in the wake of Monday’s devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.Ubisoft will be donating €500,000 to help with restoration efforts, and is also making Assassin’s Creed...
Tags: Games, Design, Technology, France, World news, Culture, Architecture, Canada, Art and design, Paris, Notre Dame, Assassin, Creed Unity, Ubisoft Montreal, Assassin 's Creed Unity, Notre Dame Cathedral Ubisoft


Facebook and Twitter could be blocked in Russia in data storage row

Firms given nine months to comply with law forcing them to store data on Russian serversRussia could block access to Facebook and Twitter if the social media companies fail to fulfil its demand to move data on Russian users to servers located within the country, officials have warned.Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications watchdog, said the western companies had nine months to bring their operations in line with Russian internet security laws. “They’ve been given tim...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Russia, World news, Internet Safety, Alexander Zharov, Roskomnadzor Russia


Facebook and Twitter face Russian sanctions in data storage row

Critics fear move would allow Kremlin to access information on opposition activistsRussia could block access to Facebook and Twitter if the social media companies fail to fulfil its demand to move data on Russian users to servers located within the country, officials have warned.Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications watchdog, said the western companies had nine months to bring their operations in line with Russian internet security laws. “They’ve been given time to ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Russia, World news, Kremlin, Facebook and Twitter, Alexander Zharov, Roskomnadzor Russia


Tiktok: India bans video sharing app

Activist group launched case against Chinese-owned app which it said encouraged paedophiles and pornographyThe Indian government has ordered Google and Apple to take down the Chinese-owned Tiktok video app after a court expressed concerns over the spread of pornographic material.Tiktok has already been banned in neighbouring Bangladesh and hit with a large fine in the United States for illegally collecting information from children. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Google, Technology, China, India, World news, United States, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Bangladesh, Tiktok


Netflix adds 9.6m subscribers in three months despite increasing competition

Streaming service, which spent $12bn on original content in 2018, beat analysts exceptions in latest earnings reportNetflix added 9.6 million new subscribers in the first three months of the year even as it increased prices and faced stiffer competition from rivals including Amazon, Apple and Hulu.The streaming video service now has nearly 149 million subscribers worldwide and beat analysts expectations in its latest . Its often volatile share price dipped slightly after the news broke, falling...
Tags: Business, Technology, Television, Media, Film, US, World news, US news, Netflix, Culture, Hulu, Amazon Apple


US government is 'ignorant of technology', say Huawei bosses

Company executive Peter Zhou said he often had to ‘explain it to them like I do to my kids’Huawei bosses have accused the US government of being “ignorant of technology” and belittling national security concerns with unsubstantiated claims the company is an arm of the Chinese state and its mobile network can be used to spy on western governments.John Suffolk, Huawei’s chief security officer and the UK government’s former chief IT adviser, said US politicians had not produced any evidence to back...
Tags: Business, UK, Technology, China, US, World news, US news, Huawei, Peter Zhou, John Suffolk Huawei


Spying claims show US is 'ignorant of technology', say Huawei bosses

Company criticises claims that 5G network could be used to spy on western governmentsHuawei bosses have accused the US government of being “ignorant of technology” and “belittling” national security concerns with repeated unsubstantiated claims that the company is an arm of the Chinese state and its mobile network can be used to spy on western governments.John Suffolk, Huawei’s chief security officer and the UK government’s former chief IT adviser, said US politicians had not produced any eviden...
Tags: Business, UK, Technology, China, US, World news, US news, Huawei, John Suffolk Huawei


Longer working hours do not mean higher profits, say economists

Overwork can have business costs and is the main reason for workplace sickness in the UKIn the backlash against the “996” working schedule, China’s tech workers say their bosses have lost valuable productivity gains that could have been generated with a shorter working week and fewer hours. Related: Working 9 to 9: Chinese tech workers push back against long hours Continue reading...
Tags: Productivity, Business, Technology, China, Economics, UK News, World news, Work & careers, Asia Pacific, Work-life balance, Guardian Careers, Industrial Policy


Working 9 to 9: Chinese tech workers push back against long hours

Staff at Alibaba, Huawei and other well-known companies have shared evidence of unpaid compulsory overtime Chinese tech employees are pushing back against the industry’s notoriously long hours, known as the “996” schedule of working from 9am to 9pm, six days a week.Over the past few weeks, a project that began as a joke among tired Chinese developers has turned into a nationwide debate about work culture and a rare protest against practices at some of the country’s largest companies. Continue re...
Tags: Politics, Technology, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Alibaba, Huawei, Industrial Policy, Alibaba Huawei


Free speech row as US TV channel forces removal of tweets

Starz criticised over Twitter takedown of users’ links to news story about pirated showsA US TV channel has forced Twitter to remove tweets linking to a news story about pirated content – including tweets from free speech campaigners complaining that the social network was removing other people’s tweets.Starz, the network that airs American Gods, The 100 and Knightfall in the US, sent the takedown requests after the copyright and privacy news site TorrentFreak reported on a leak of promotional c...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Television, Media, Internet, Censorship, US, Social Media, World news, US news, Culture, Digital Media, Television & radio, Starz, US TV


Working nine to nine: Chinese tech employees push back against very long hours

Staff at Alibaba, Huawei and other well-known companies have shared evidence of unpaid compulsory overtime Chinese tech employees have pushed back against a wave of protest over the industry’s notoriously long hours, known as the “996” schedule of working from 9am to 9pm, six days a week.For months, former and current employees of some of the country’s most well-known companies had been posting evidence of unpaid, often compulsory or heavily encouraged overtime on the code-sharing platform Githu...
Tags: Politics, Technology, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Alibaba, Huawei, Industrial Policy, Alibaba Huawei


Facebook restores services after users report outages

Thousands had difficulty accessing social networks including Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp, says tracking siteFacebook has said it has restored services on Sunday after some users were unable to access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages. Related: Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to dead friends Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, World news, Whatsapp, Digital Media


‘We have not managed to land successfully’: Israel's moonshot fails

Spacecraft crashes in to lunar surface after engine and communications breakdownAn Israeli spacecraft has crashed into the lunar surface, ending the first privately funded attempt to land on the moon.About the size of a washing machine, the 585kg (1,290lb) robotic lander experienced an engine and communication failure in the last seconds of touchdown. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, The moon



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