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The IT anomaly in a coronavirus downturn Special

Post-coronavirus, it’s unclear what our world will look like. Many expect IT spending to only increase by 1% in 2020 in response to a coronavirus-fueled recession, but there are also reports that cloud computing services specifically will fare.

Facebook feature lets people reach out for help in pandemic

San Francisco - Facebook on Tuesday activated a feature allowing people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to reach out for help from their community.

Coronavirus fallout revives talk of 'universal basic income'

Stockton - The scoffed-at idea of paying everyone a basic income as machines take people's jobs is getting a fresh look as a possible remedy for economies cratered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Crowdsourced virtual supercomputer revs up virus research

Washington - Gamers, bitcoin "miners" and companies large and small have teamed up for an unprecedented data-crunching effort that aims to harness idle computing power to accelerate research for a coronavirus treatment.

Nintendo online gaming network back after major outage

Apo - Gamers breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday after the end of a network outage that affected Nintendo's online games, with internet-based systems under increasing pressure from people staying home over coronavirus.

New international standard for descriptive metadata launched

A new international standard for descriptive metadata has been published by the International Standards Organizations (ISO), seeking to harmonize the approach adopted by different industries globally.

Google vs EU: a decade-long saga goes to court

Apo - Google and the EU have a big day in court Wednesday as the search engine giant enters a new phase of a legal saga that began a decade ago.The Silicon Valley juggernaut is appealing a 2.4 billion euro ($2.

Interview: Cloud’s biggest threat? The customers who use it Special

The cloud computing market is growing rapidly, backed by major players like Google and Amazon. However impactful, companies need to consider the cybersecurity risks involved in gravitating to the cloud. A security consultant provides an overview.

China turns to AI, data in fight against virus

Bejing - A man who had travelled to Wuhan -- the central city at the heart of China's coronavirus crisis –- was surprised when police showed up at his door after he returned home, asking to check his temperature.

New motion sensitive approach to wireless technology

Waterloo-based startup Cognitive Systems, at the world’s biggest and most influential consumer technology trade show CES, presented a new approach in wireless technology based on sensing motion.

IBM at CES: Quantum breakthrough news

At CES 2020 IBM has announced several new quantum computing milestones. These include an expansion of the IBM Q Network; research into next generation batteries; and, with quantum technology, achieving the highest quantum volume to date.

Facebook says investigating data exposure of 267 million users

San Francisco - Facebook on Thursday said it is investigating a report that a database containing names and phone numbers of more than 267 million users was exposed online.

Q&A: DomainTools — 2019 cybersecurity report card survey Special

DomainTools have recently issued their third annual Cybersecurity Report Card survey in which security analysts, threat hunters and other cyber professionals self-grade the security posture of their organizations. We examine the findings.

US tech giants sued over cobalt mine child labor deaths

New York - Five US tech giants including Apple, Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet have been named in a lawsuit over the death of child laborers in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Twitter backs overhaul of social media to stem disinformation

San Francisco - Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is funding research aimed at changing the way information circulates on social media -- with the goal of combating online violence, hate and disinformation.

YouTube bans 'implied' threats

San Francisco - YouTube broadened its anti-harassment policies on Wednesday to include a ban on "implied" threats along with insults based on race, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Financial markets embrace brave new world of AI

London - Artificial Intelligence has spread rapidly across markets in recent years as traders constantly strive to gain the upper hand, while regulators have given a guarded welcome to the cutting-edge technology.

EU to check how Facebook, Google use data: spokeswoman

Apo - The European Commission said Monday it had begun a "preliminary investigation" into how Facebook and Google collect personal data and what they do with it.

China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users

Bejing - China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the country's information technology authority, as Beijing continues to tighten cyberspace controls.

Apple says to 'carefully' examine Crimea map controversy

Moscow - Apple said on Saturday it was going to "carefully" examine its controversial decision to show the annexed Crimea peninsula as part of Russia on maps and weather apps which has caused an outcry in Ukraine.

Ukraine slams Apple for calling Crimea part of Russia

Kiev - Ukraine has lashed out at Apple for showing the annexed Crimea peninsula as part of Russia, saying the US tech giant did not "give a damn" about the pain of the Ukrainian people.

US to announce response to French tech tax on December 2

Washington - Trump administration trade officials announced Wednesday that they will offer an official response on Monday to the French tax on US technology giants following an investigation of the policy.

Google tensions deepen over firings of 'Thanksgiving Four'

San Francisco - Google on Monday fired four employees on the grounds they had violated data security policies, but the tech titan was accused of persecuting them for trying to unionize staff.

Watch this: China surveillance tech seeks to go global

Villepinte - Chinese firms are omnipresent at a Paris homeland security trade show, capitalising on their vast experience in developing surveillance systems for Beijing to conquer the global market despite concerns the technology has been used to violate human righ...

Google tightens political ads policy to thwart abuse

San Francisco - Google on Wednesday updated how it handles political ads as online platforms remain under pressure to avoid being used to spread misleading information intended to influence voters.

Robochef: Sony cooks up new AI unit for food revolution

Apo - Cooking robots and tastier recipes: Japanese electronics giant Sony on Wednesday launched a new artificial intelligence unit they hope will change the way we cook and eat.

Facebook nixes billions of fake accounts

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday said it has taken down some 5.4 billion fake accounts this year in a sign of the persistent battle on social media against manipulation and misinformation.

Facebook nixes billions of fake accounts

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday said it has nixed 5.4 billion fake accounts already this year, in a sign of a persistent battle on social media against manipulation and disinformation.

Are antiferromagnetic materials needed for future computers?

Mainz - Computer scientists have made an important move forwards in the adoption of insulating antiferromagnetic materials for use in future computers. This is to improve how information is written and read electrically.

Lawsuit accuses Facebook ad targeting of abetting bias

San Francisco - A lawsuit filed on Thursday accuses Facebook of letting ad targeting tools be used to exclude women and older people from offers regarding loans, investments and other financial services.
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