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Profits up at Facebook, no impact from privacy scandal

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday reported a sharp jump in profits in the past quarter, with gains in its user base and strong ad growth as the social network appeared to see no impact from a controversy on privacy.

Profits up at Facebook, with no impact from privacy scandal

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday reported a sharp jump in profits in the past quarter, with gains in its user base and strong ad growth as the social network appeared to see no impact from a controversy on privacy.

Twitter momentum grows with second straight profit quarter

Washington - Twitter reported its second consecutive quarterly profit Wednesday in a positive sign for the short messaging service after years in the red.

Privacy fears weigh on Facebook with earnings ahead

San Francisco - Facebook reports quarterly results Wednesday as it grapples with a data privacy scandal that strikes at how the huge social network makes money from what it knows about people.

Cambridge Analytica says it is 'no Bond villain'

London - Cambridge Analytica claimed Tuesday it was "no Bond villain" as it vehemently denied exploiting Facebook users' data for the election campaign of US President Donald Trump.

Scientist in Facebook data scandal says being scapegoated

London - The academic behind the app that allowed consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to farm the data of some 87 million Facebook users said Tuesday he was being scapegoated while the social network was being "mined left and right by thousands" of companies.

Google parent Alphabet profit leaps on ad growth

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a surge in quarterly profits, lifted by strong growth in the digital advertising segment it dominates along with Facebook.Profit in the first three months of 2018 soared more than 70 percent from a year to $9.

Tech firms sign pledge to refrain from helping cyberattacks

San Francisco - Thirty-four global technology companies and organizations signed a pact Tuesday calling for a stronger defense against cyberattacks in any form and pledging to refrain from helping governments attack "innocent" civilians or enterprises.

With bikes, transit, Uber unveils urban transport vision

Washington - Uber said Wednesday it plans to add mass transit, bike-sharing and other options to its mobile app, as it unveiled a vision for urban transport that goes well beyond its core ridesharing offer.

UN reopens talks on defining 'killer robots'

Geneva - A new round of talks on the use of so-called killer robots reopened at the United Nations on Monday, with a focus on defining the characteristics of autonomous lethal weapons.

Russian regulator moves to block Telegram messaging app

Moscow - Russia's telecoms watchdog on Friday asked a Moscow court to block the popular messaging app Telegram, after a deadline for it to hand over encryption keys to security services expired.

Twitter: 1 million accounts suspended for 'terrorism promotion'

Washington - Twitter said Thursday it has suspended over one million accounts for "promotion of terrorism" since 2015, claiming its efforts have begun to make the platform "an undesirable place" to call for violence.

1.5 bn sensitive documents on open internet: researchers

Washington - Some 1.5 billion sensitive online files, from pay stubs to medical scans to patent applications, are visible on the open internet, security researchers said Thursday.

Facebook says 87 million may be affected by data breach

Washington - Facebook said Wednesday the personal data of up to 87 million users was improperly shared with British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, as Mark Zuckerberg defended his leadership at the huge social network.

Spotify soars in $26 billion stock debut

New York - Spotify soared Tuesday to a value of more than $26 billion in its long-awaited stock debut as the market delivered a ringing endorsement of the future of music streaming.

Spotify aims to strike chord in stock market debut

San Francisco - Spotify on Tuesday debuts as a publicly traded company, hoping that its streaming music model will be a hit with investors and a boon to artists.

Regulation and apathy hit bitcoin market

London - Wild fluctuations within the bitcoin market have once again sparked debate between investors who believe it is merely undergoing a "correction" and those who see it as a costly fad.

Oracle's big-money case against Google gets new life

San Francisco - An appeals court on Tuesday gave Oracle another shot at wringing billions of dollars from Google in a keenly watched legal battle over the use of freely available Java software code.

Tumblr says Russians used its platform for disinformation in 2016

Washington - Tumblr announced Friday the blogging platform was used by a shadowy Russian internet group to spread disinformation during the 2016 election campaign as it published the 84 account handles linked to the effort.

US charges Iranians in massive hacking scheme

Washington - The United States unveiled charges on Friday against nine Iranians for their alleged involvement in a massive state-sponsored hacking scheme which targeted hundreds of universities in the US and abroad and stole "valuable intellectual property and data...

US imposes sanctions on Iranians for hacking

Washington - The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on 10 Iranians and an Iranian company for alleged hacking of hundreds of universities in the US and abroad and the theft of "valuable intellectual property and data.

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.

Data firm suspends CEO over Facebook scandal

London - Facebook expressed outrage Tuesday over the misuse of its data as Cambridge Analytica, the British firm at the centre of a major scandal rocking the social media giant, suspended its chief executive.

Google boosts efforts to help news organizations, with $300 mn

New York - Google on Tuesday launched a new initiative, committing $300 million to help news publishers get more paid subscribers while stemming the flow of misinformation.

Data scandal threatens Zuckerberg vision for Facebook

Washington - First it was "move fast and break things." Then it was "connecting the world" and "building a global community.

EU Parliament invites Facebook boss to speak on data breach

Apo - The European Parliament on Tuesday invited Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to speak following revelations that a firm working for Donald Trump's US presidential campaign harvested data on 50 million users.

Facebook launches audit of data leaked to Trump consultant

San Francisco - Facebook announced Monday it has hired a digital forensics firm to investigate the handling of data on millions of Americans leaked to a consulting firm working on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Facebook rocked by data breach scandal as investigations loom

Washington - Facebook shares plunged Monday as the social media giant was pounded by criticism at home and abroad over revelations that a firm working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign harvested and misused data on 50 million members.

US opposes taxes on big tech firms

Washington - The United States said Friday it "firmly opposes" any new tax aimed at big technology firms, in a sharp challenge to a European proposal aimed at American digital titans.

EU firms lash out at new net privacy rules

Paris - Dozens of European media, telecom and internet firms criticised Wednesday the EU's new online privacy rules, saying they will effectively hand US tech giants even greater power over user data.
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