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Hackers stole data from 57 million Uber riders, drivers: CEO

San Francisco - Uber said Tuesday that hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year.

US says North Korean malware lurking in computer networks

Washington - US authorities said Tuesday malware developed in North Korea is still lurking in many computer networks, giving hackers backdoor access to government, financial, automotive and media organizations.

More governments manipulate media with 'bots,' trolls: study

Washington - More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday.

Uber comes of age with SoftBank tieup

San Francisco - Uber's tieup with Japanese tech giant SoftBank suggests the ridesharing giant is set to come of age in the business world, but it still faces a long road ahead.

Uber IPO 'target' is 2019: CEO

New York - Uber is on track for a 2019 public stock offering and the plan is not dependent on new funding from Japan's SoftBank, the global ride-sharing giant's CEO said Thursday.

Moscow says Twitter to store user data in Russia

Moscow - Russia's telecoms watchdog said Wednesday that Twitter had agreed to store the personal data of Russian nationals on servers located in Russia by mid-2018 to avoid the prospect of a ban.

Twitter to double tweet limit to 280 characters

San Francisco - Twitter announced Tuesday it would double the limit for tweets to 280 characters, a bid to draw in more users and boost engagement at the social network.

Apple's $120 mn patent award from Samsung upheld by top US court

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld a $120 million patent award Samsung was ordered to pay Apple in the latest ruling in a series of legal skirmishes between the top two smartphone makers.

British MPs ask Twitter for details on Russian-linked accounts

London - A House of Commons committee investigating "fake news" and its influence on British politics asked Twitter on Friday for details of Russian-linked accounts, days after making a similar request of Facebook.

Russians also used Instagram for disinformation campaign

Washington - The Russian-led effort to spread misinformation and sow discord ahead of the 2016 US election also used the social network Instagram, parent company Facebook acknowledged in Congress on Wednesday.

Apple aims to work its magic with iPhone X

San Francisco - With its new iPhone X, Apple is setting the ambitious goal for itself of reinventing the smartphone, again.

Twitter bars ads from Russia's RT, Sputnik

Washington - Twitter announced Thursday it was banning advertisements from Russia-based media outlets RT and Sputnik, in response to US intelligence findings that they sought to spread misinformation during the 2016 presidential election.

Twitter bars ads from Russia's RT, Sputnik

Washington - Twitter announced Thursday it was banning advertisements from Russia-based media outlets RT and Sputnik, in response to US intelligence findings that the groups sought to spread misinformation during the 2016 presidential elections.

US lawmakers move to regulate online political ads

Washington - US lawmakers Thursday unveiled legislation to require disclosure of the source of many online political ads, a move aimed at preventing a recurrence of Russian social media manipulation in the 2016 election.

Google to offer stepped-up security for 'high risk' users

Washington - Google said Tuesday it would offer stronger online security for "high risk" users who may be frequent targets of online attacks.

Facebook supports full disclosure on Russia-backed ads: Sandberg

Washington - Facebook's number two executive Sheryl Sandberg said Thursday the company supports the decision to release the contents and targets of Russia-backed political ads on the social network in the 2016 election.

Alphabet's DeepMind forms ethics unit for artificial intelligence

Washington - DeepMind, the Google sibling focusing on artificial intelligence, has announced the launch of an "ethics and society" unit to study the impact of new technologies on society.

Web giants allowed fake news to flow on Las Vegas shooting

Washington - US online giants acknowledged Tuesday they failed to prevent rumors and misinformation from being circulated during and after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Social media and democracy: Optimism fades as fears rise

Washington - Just a few years ago, Facebook and Twitter were hailed as tools for democracy activists, enabling movements like the Arab Spring to flourish.

WH lawyers demand Facebook info linked to anti-Trump protests

Washington - A civil rights group on Thursday launched a bid to prevent White House lawyers from obtaining private data of possibly thousands of Facebook users via search warrants linked to anti-Trump protests.

Twitter reveals Russia-backed ads ahead of US election

Washington - Twitter on Thursday revealed that nearly 2,000 ads were placed on the messaging service in 2016 by a Russian media group suspected of trying to interfere with the US presidential election.

Twitterverse atwitter over expanded tweet limit

Washington - Twitter's test of an expanded 280-character limit is aimed at luring new users, but some of the social network's passionate loyalists fear the change will strip it of its unique appeal.

Trump won't get expanded tweet space, for now

Washington - US President Donald Trump won't be part of the group testing the expanded character limit for messages on the Twitter the social network.

Twitter aims to boost appeal with new 280-character tweet limit

San Francisco - Twitter is testing allowing tweets to be expanded to 280 characters -- double the existing limit -- in the latest effort to boost flagging growth at the social network.

Twitter touts victories in war on extremist content

San Francisco - Twitter on Tuesday touted victories in the battle against tweets promoting extremist violence, saying it has been vanquishing those kinds of accounts before governments even ask.

EU antitrust chief defends probe of Google, US tech giants

Washington - Europe's top antitrust regulator Magrethe Vestager on Monday defended her agency's investigations of Google and other US tech giants, arguing that dominant companies have a "special responsibility" to avoid abusing their market power.

Op-Ed: GE learns that IoT doesn't scale as it rethinks digital strategy

GE faced troubles last week as its stock slipped amid concerns its digital transformation isn't paying off. GE is finding it can't scale industrial IoT, its most important emerging service. This demonstrates the trend towards specialised platforms.

Massive Equifax credit bureau hack raises troubling questions

Washington - It could be the worst-ever data breach for American consumers, exposing some of the most sensitive data for a vast number of US households.

143 mn affected in hack of US credit agency

San Francisco - A major American credit reporting agency entrusted to safeguard personal financial information said Thursday hackers looted its system in a colossal breach that could affect nearly half the US population as well as people in Britain and Canada.

Silicon Valley denounces betrayal of 'Dreamers'

San Francisco - Silicon Valley titans including Apple, Facebook and Google on Tuesday condemned the dismantling of an amnesty program for young immigrants after President Donald Trump announced a phase-out of the "Dreamers" policy.
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