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Google offers $800 mn to pandemic-impacted businesses, health agencies

San Francisco - Google on Friday pledged $800 million worth of support in response to the coronavirus pandemic for health organizations, researchers and businesses impacted by the crisis.

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.

Nintendo online game network hit by outage

New York - Nintendo said its online games were shut down Tuesday as a result of an unspecified network problem as internet-based systems faced pressures from people at home due to the global coronavirus outbreak.

Facebook, Twitter place warning labels on altered Biden video

Washington - Facebook and Twitter both added tags denoting false or manipulated content to a video reposted by US President Donald Trump of his Democrat rival Joe Biden.

Twitter tests vanishing tweets to keep up with Snapchat, Facebook

San Francisco - Twitter said Wednesday it is testing a way for users to "think aloud" with tweets that vanish after a day instead of having posts linger.

Apple to miss revenue forecast as iPhone supply hit by coronavirus

San Francisco - Apple is to miss its revenue forecast for the March quarter due to the coronavirus epidemic, the US tech giant said Monday, warning that iPhone supplies worldwide would also be impacted, underlining the economic cost of the health crisis.

Google mulls licensing deals with news media: industry sources

San Francisco - Google is in discussions on deals to pay media organizations for content, a move aimed at blunting criticism that it unfairly profits from copyrighted news, according to people familiar with the talks.

Facebook purges more accounts linked to Russia in new crackdown

Washington - Facebook said Wednesday it purged dozens of accounts linked to Russian military intelligence in the latest effort to root out manipulation and disinformation of the huge social network.

Samsung joins the fold with Galaxy Z Flip smartphone

San Francisco - Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its second folding smartphone, a "Z Flip" handset with a lofty price tag aimed at "trendsetters."The smartphone flips open, like a pocket cosmetics case, opening into a 6.7-inch screen.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Z Flip folding smartphone

San Francisco - Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its second folding phone, a "Z Flip" model with a lofty price tag aimed at "trendsetters."The smartphone flips open, like a pocket cosmetics case, opening into a 6.7-inch screen.

US military claimed 'success' in hacking ISIS: documents

Washington - The US military claims to have "successfully" disrupted the online propaganda efforts of the Islamic State in a hacking operation dating back at least to 2016, according to declassified national security documents released Tuesday.

US girds for cyber threats from Iran as military clash fears ebb

Washington - Iran is widely expected to ramp up cyberattacks against the United States in response to the US killing of a top Iranian leader this month even as fears have receded about a military confrontation between the two countries.

Encryption battle reignited as US govt at loggerheads with Apple

Washington - Apple and the US government are at loggerheads for the second time in four years over unlocking iPhones connected to a mass shooting, reviving debate over law enforcement access to encrypted devices.

Toyota's 'woven' city, TVs as smartphones: CES highlights

Las Vegas - A smart city from Toyota and a new 5G smartphone from China's TCL were among the announcements Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show preview day.Here are a few highlights from the events at CES, set to formally open on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Superfast 5G on the slow road at gadget gala

Las Vegas - It will be revolutionary when superfast 5G mobile networks come to our gadgets, cars and digital lives.

Spotify says will skip political ads in 2020

Washington - Online music giant Spotify said Friday it would suspend political advertising in early 2020, becoming the latest digital giant to act on concerns over disinformation ahead of the US election.

Google shifts rules for political ads, pressuring Facebook

Washington - Google's tightening of its political ad policy could help reduce the spread of misinformation on election campaigns, but at a cost for lesser-known candidates.

Pokemon Go maker Niantic making a game of the world

San Francisco - Pokemon Go maker Niantic on Wednesday moved closer to turning the world into a giant game board in a fun mix of fantasy and reality.

Social media disinformation, surveillance growing: watchdog

Washington - Governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, in a worrisome trend for democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday.

New Facebook logo arrives as its 'family' grows

San Francisco - Facebook on Monday unveiled a new logo to represent the Silicon Valley company, distinct from its core social network.

US opens national security probe of Chinese-owned app TikTok: report

Washington - The US government has opened a national security investigation into the Chinese-owned video app TikTok, the New York Times reported Friday.

Twitter to ban political ads worldwide on its platform

Washington - Twitter said Wednesday it would stop accepting political advertising globally on its platform, responding to growing concerns over misinformation from politicians on social media.

Africa targeted by Russian-led disinformation campaign: Facebook

Washington - Facebook said Wednesday it had taken down accounts linked to a Russian ally of President Vladimir Putin seeking to spread disinformation on the social network in eight African countries.

Austrian Post fined over customer data misuse

Vienna - Austria's postal service have been fined 18 million euros ($20 million) for working up data about their customers' assumed political allegiances, the justice ministry said Tuesday.

Google parent Alphabet quarterly profit misses mark

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profit over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.1 billion as revenue grew 20 percent to $40.

Google parent Alphabet profits slip amid bigger investments

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profits over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for the launch of a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.

Google parent Alphabet quarterly profit misses mark

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profits over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.1 billion as revenue that 20 percent to $40.

Streaming TV gears up for ad targeting

Washington - In the new world of streaming television, advertising is not going away, but is evolving to become more like marketing on the internet -- targeted to specific groups or individuals.

Google search gets smarter so queries don't have to

San Francisco - Google on Friday announced its "biggest leap forward" in years in its search algorithm, offering an unusually detailed public explanation of its secret formula.
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