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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.

Iranian hackers caused losses in hundreds of millions: report

Washington - Iranian hackers working to penetrate systems, businesses and governments around the world have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, a report said Wednesday.

Zuckerberg sees Facebook future in private, small-scale messaging

San Francisco - Facebook is moving away from being a "digital town square" to meet growing demands for secure, private messaging on a smaller scale, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday as he outlined a broad vision for transforming the world's biggest socia...

Zuckerberg: private, small-scale messaging is Facebook's future

San Francisco - Facebook is moving away from being a "digital town square" to meet growing demands for secure, private messaging on a smaller scale, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday as he outlined a broad vision for transforming the social networking gia...

Warning issued over attacks on internet infrastructure

San Francisco - Key parts of the internet infrastructure face large-scale attacks that threaten the global system of web traffic, the internet's address keeper warned Friday.

Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests

New York - Amazon abandoned plans for a new headquarters in New York City on Thursday, blaming opposition from community leaders angry at the huge subsidies being offered to one of the world's most successful companies.

Amazon drops plan for New York headquarters

New York - Amazon announced Thursday it was abandoning plans for a new headquarters site in New York City, citing opposition from local politicians angry at the huge subsidies being offered to one of the world's most successful companies.

Trumps orders government to prioritize artificial intelligence

Washington - President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the US administration to give greater priority to artificial intelligence, a move seen as firing up a battle for leadership with China.

Modest praise for US reform of visa program for skilled workers

Washington - The Trump administration's new rules for a US visa program widely used for technology workers are getting cautious praise from Silicon Valley amid surging demand for high-skill employees.

Australia using new decryption powers even before planned review

Canberra - Australian security agencies have begun using sweeping new powers to access encrypted communications even before a promised review meant to address concerns from the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook.

Australia wields vast decryption powers before planned review

Canberra - Australian security agencies have begun using sweeping new powers to access encrypted communications, even before a promised review to address concerns from the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook.

Emerging economies catching up in smartphone adoption: survey

Washington - Smartphone use has become the norm in most developed nations, while many emerging economies are showing sharp gains, a global survey showed Tuesday.

Facebook at 15: a titan with grown-up woes

San Francisco - Fifteen years after its founding, Facebook has made strides toward Mark Zuckerberg's goal of connecting the world. But it has also made some huge missteps that have turned some of its cheerleaders into vocal detractors.

Facebook takes down vast Iran-led manipulation campaign

San Francisco - Facebook said Thursday it took down hundreds of accounts from Iran that were part of a vast manipulation campaign operating in more than 20 countries.

Misinformation woes could multiply with 'deepfake' videos

Washington - If you see a video of a politician speaking words he never would utter, or a Hollywood star improbably appearing in a cheap adult movie, don't adjust your television set -- you may just be witnessing the future of "fake news.
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