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App developer says he is scapegoat in Facebook data row

London - The academic behind the app which harvested data from 50 million Facebook users said Wednesday he was being used as a scapegoat in the row over online privacy.

Norway justice minister resigns, averting government crisis

Oslo - Norway's justice minister announced her resignation on Tuesday, averting a potential government crisis after she published a controversial Facebook post.

Twitter reported as planning to ban cryptocurrency and ICO ads

Twitter is reported by Sky News to be following in the footsteps of Facebook and Google as it plans to ban advertisements for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICO).

Interview: Journalists and public figures taking Pro-Truth Pledge Special

Columbus - To combat fake news and to promote truthfulness in public life the Pro-Truth Pledge has been established. Those who sign are asked to adopt 12 behaviors that research in behavioral science show correlation with an orientation toward truthfulness.

Op-Ed: Microsoft using another means to impose browser Edge on users

Microsoft revealed today that it is testing a new change to its future version of Windows 10 which will make links clicked on in the Windows Mail app open in Microsoft Edge.

Facebook suspends Trump linked data firm

Cambridge - Facebook has taken the unusual step to suspend the data analytics firm associated with Donald Trump's presidential election campaign. The social media giant has blocked Cambridge Analytica and associated companies.

Facebook releases Facebook Lite in U.S. and other countries

Facebook Lite is a version of Facebook specifically designed for developing countries. The version is now being rolled out in a number of more countries including developed countries such as the United States.

Hackers tried to cause Saudi petrochemical plant blast: NYT

Washington - Cyber-attackers tried to trigger a deadly explosion at a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia in August and failed only because of a code glitch, The New York Times reported.

Rihanna hits Snapchat over beating ad, sending shares tumbling

New York - Rihanna on Thursday denounced Snapchat after an advertisement made light of her beating by fellow pop star Chris Brown, sending the company's share prices tumbling.

Wheelchair accessibility addressed by Google Maps

Google announced today that Maps is getting a new feature aimed at helping those in wheelchairs or people with other mobility restrictions by providing "wheelchair-accessible" transit navigation routes.

Twitter diplomacy: Russia, UK spar online over spy death

London - Meeting sarcasm with slick animated videos, Britain's foreign ministry and the Russian embassy in London have been doing battle on social media over the death of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal.

Stephen Hawking's death lights up the Twitterverse

London - Stephen Hawking's death on Wednesday left the universe a slightly dimmer place but lit up social media as academics, politicians and celebrities alike praised a scientist whose appeal crossed time, space and cultural boundaries.

Thousands rally for media freedom in Prague

Prague - Thousands of protesters gathered in Prague Wednesday to support media freedom following remarks by President Milos Zeman aimed at public Czech Television."Shame on you!

Norway minister removes Facebook post after scandal

Oslo - Norway's controversial justice minister on Wednesday withdrew a Facebook post that triggered outrage among survivors of the 2011 Utoya massacre and calls for a motion of no confidence against her in parliament.

In China, an eye-roll goes viral on internet, censors put a lid on it

Bejing - It was the eye-roll that launched a thousand gifs.China's censors are scrambling to put a lid on a social media frenzy unleashed by a journalist's reaction to a softball question during the mostly scripted annual parliament session.

Singapore launches public hearings on 'fake news'

Fpo - Singapore Wednesday launched public hearings on possible legislation to combat "fake news" which critics said could be used to curtail free speech.

Far-right MP fined for tweeting anti-Merkel ballot

Berlin - A German far-right deputy was slapped with a 1,000-euro fine Wednesday for tweeting a picture of his secret ballot, in which he voted against a fourth term for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Op-Ed: Reinventing the Internet— Regulate, modernize, or both?

Sydney - People are fed up with an internet which is as much a risk as an asset. Nor is online business so great for revenue or risks. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the guy who invented the internet, wants regulation. That may not be enough.

Poor internet access no limit to Cuban YouTubers

Havana - Frank Camallerys paces Havana's Malecon esplanade with a telephone at the end of a pole, seducing thousands of internet users with images of Cuba despite the communist island's limited web access.
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