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Amid privacy firestorm, Facebook curbs research tool

Washington - Facebook has curbed access to a controversial feature allowing searches of the vast content within the social network -- a tool which raised privacy concerns but was also used for research and investigative journalism.

Facebook to cut off Huawei to comply with US sanctions

San Francisco - Facebook said Friday it would cut off Huawei from its popular social networking apps to comply with US sanctions, further isolating the Chinese tech giant considered a national security threat by Washington.

Facebook to cut off Huawei to comply with US sanctions

San Francisco - Facebook said Friday it would stop allowing pre-installation of its social networking apps on Huawei devices to comply with US sanctions against the Chinese technology giant.

Amazon says drone deliveries coming 'within months'

Las Vegas - Amazon said Wednesday it expects to begin large-scale deliveries by drone in the coming months as it unveiled its newest design for its "Prime Air" fleet.

YouTube to ban 'hateful,' 'supremacist' videos

Washington - YouTube announced Wednesday it would ban videos promoting or glorifying racism and discrimination as well as those denying well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.

Russia effort in 2016 US election was 'vast,' 'professional'

Washington - Russia's efforts to sow misinformation on Twitter ahead of the 2016 US election was more extensive and professional than earlier believed, security researchers said Wednesday.

US tech firms to take hit from Huawei sanctions

Washington - The tough sanctions imposed on Huawei by President Donald Trump could deal a blow to the many US firms that make up the Chinese tech giant's supply chain.

Video game rivals Microsoft and Sony team up in cloud

San Francisco - Longtime video game console rivals Microsoft and Sony on Thursday announced an alliance to improve their platforms for streaming entertainment from the internet cloud.

Rideshare drivers strike as Uber poised to go public

New York - Thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers turned off their apps in a US-wide strike Wednesday over pay and working conditions, casting a shadow over this week's keenly anticipated Wall Street debut of ride-hailing leader Uber.

Uber hit with Australia class action ahead of stock listing

Sydney - Global ride-sharing firm Uber on Friday faced another legal bump on the road to its blockbuster initial public offering, with taxi drivers launching a class action lawsuit in Australia.

Facebook bans conspiracy theorists, controversial black activist

San Francisco - Facebook on Thursday banned prominent conspiracy theorists including Infowars founder Alex Jones and the controversial black activist Louis Farrakhan in its latest push to crack down on hate content at the leading social network.

Apple tops forecasts as pivot to services shows progress

San Francisco - Apple delivered stronger-than-expected results Tuesday for the past quarter as gains in services helped offset slumping iPhone sales, sparking a rally in shares of the technology giant.

Amnesty says Hong Kong office hit by China-linked cyber attack

Fpo - Amnesty International's Hong Kong office has been hit by a years-long cyberattack from hackers with known links to the Chinese government, the rights group said Thursday.

Sri Lanka social media shutdown raises fears on free expression

Washington - Sri Lanka's decision to block social media following deadly suicide attacks highlights a growing distrust of online platforms, but critics said the move is likely to restrict the flow of important news and information as well as abusive content.

Apple and Qualcomm bury the hatchet in royalties battle royal

San Francisco - Apple and American microchip manufacturer Qualcomm said Tuesday they have agreed to "dismiss all litigation" against each other worldwide in what had been a sprawling battle over royalty payments.

Uber files documents for public share offering

San Francisco - Uber filed documents Thursday for its much-anticipated public share offering expected to be the largest in the tech sector in years, and a bellwether for other venture-backed startups eyeing Wall Street listing.

Amazon's Bezos, wife reach biggest divorce deal in history

New York - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, finalized the biggest divorce settlement in history on Thursday, leaving him with 75 percent of their stock in the tech giant and giving her nearly $36 billion in shares.

Social media bosses face jail under 'world first' Australian laws

Sydney - Social media executives risk jail for failing to take down violent extremist content quickly, under controversial laws passed in Australia Thursday -- a "world first" in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre.

Facebook's call for global internet regulation sparks debate

Washington - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg's call for "globally harmonized" online regulation raises questions about how internet platforms can deal with concerns about misinformation and abusive content while remaining open to free speech.

US officials order Chinese company to sell Grindr: report

Washington - A Chinese firm has been ordered by American national security officials to sell popular gay dating app Grindr, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Facebook blocks more accounts over influence campaigns

Washington - Facebook said Tuesday it shut down more than 2,600 fake accounts linked to Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo and aiming to influence political sentiment in various parts of the world.

Australia threatens social media execs with jail over terror images

Sydney - Australia warned social media giants Tuesday that executives could be jailed if they fail to quickly remove extremist material from their platforms.

Lawmakers ask tech leaders to explain viral Christchurch video

Washington - A US congressional panel said Tuesday it was asking top executives from US tech firms to explain the proliferation online of the "horrific" video of deadly attacks in New Zealand that were streamed on Facebook and then reposted on other platforms.

Trump ramps up claims of Big Tech bias

Washington - President Donald Trump stepped up claims of political bias by Big Tech firms Tuesday in a fresh assault on Silicon Valley after one of his key congressional allies sued Twitter claiming it discriminates against conservatives.

Microsoft sees Pacific Northwest as quantum computing HQ

Microsoft announced Monday that it's teamed up with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington to create the Northwest Quantum Nexus, to promote quantum computing.

Facebook blames server problem for massive outage

San Francisco - Facebook blamed a "server configuration change" Thursday for a massive outage affecting its applications around the world and brought fresh attention to the embattled social networking leader.

China is overtaking US in artificial intelligence: researchers

Washington - China is poised to overtake the United States in artificial intelligence with a surge in academic research on the key technology, an analysis published Wednesday showed.

Web inventor urges users to seek 'complete control' of data

Geneva - World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee on Monday slammed the increasing commodification of personal information and appealed for internet users to strive to maintain "complete control" of their data.

Facebook's privacy move: major pivot or headfake?

Washington - After building the world's biggest and most powerful social network in history, Mark Zuckerberg says the future of Facebook is something else.

Facebook blocks manipulation efforts in Britain, Romania

Washington - Facebook said it blocked online manipulation efforts in Britain and Romania from faked accounts in the latest crackdown on "inauthentic" content on the huge social network.
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