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Smartphone sales surge as consumer upgrades gain momentum: survey

Washington - Global smartphone sales snapped back in the first quarter of the year to show the strongest growth since 2015, a market tracker said Tuesday.

$69 million digital art buyer shines light on 'NFT' boom

Fpo - The blockchain entrepreneur who paid a record $69.3 million for a digital artwork looks, at first glance, nothing like a wealthy collector.

Facebook says hackers 'scraped' data of 533 mn users in 2019 leak

San Francisco - Facebook said Tuesday that hackers "scraped" personal data of some half-billion users back in 2019 by taking advantage of a feature designed to help people easily find friends using contact lists.

Google prevails over Oracle in US copyright case

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday handed Google a major win in a long-running copyright battle with Oracle, ruling that the use of the Java programming language for the Android mobile operating system was "fair use.

Clubhouse a sandbox for talking 'influencers'

San Francisco - An internet spin on talk radio, the new social network Clubhouse has become a sandbox for people tinkering with ways to win fans and make money with audio.

Art world rocked as digital 'NFT' work fetches $69.3 mn

New York - A digital collage by American artist Beeple sold Thursday for a record $69.3 million at Christie's auctioneers, as virtual art rapidly establishes itself as a new -- and highly profitable -- creative genre.

Facebook derails effort to mislead protesters in Russia

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday said it derailed a deceptive campaign to use hundreds of bogus Instagram accounts to mislead people in Russia protesting the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny.

US drops key obstacle to global digital tax: Treasury

Washington - US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told her G20 colleagues Friday that Washington is dropping a push for a controversial provision in a global digital tax, opening the door to a likely agreement.

Australia passes landmark law requiring tech firms to pay for news

Sydney - Facebook and Google will be forced to pay for Australian news under legislation passed Thursday that is being closely watched globally for precedents in the battle between Big Tech and media companies.

Facebook pledges $1 bn for news, defends Australia blackout

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday pledged to invest at least $1 billion to support journalism over the next three years as the social media giant defended its handling of a dispute with Australia over payments to media organizations.

Facebook to restore Australia news, pay media companies

Sydney - Facebook said Tuesday it will lift a contentious ban on Australian news and pay local media companies for content, after a last-gasp deal on pending landmark legislation.

Australia and Facebook in talks over sweeping news ban

Sydney - Australia and Facebook held high-stakes talks Friday after the social media giant sparked global outrage by blacking out news for its Australian users, as Canberra insisted it wouldn't back down on a new law that would force the tech firm to pay for jo...

Australia slams 'heavy-handed' Facebook news blackout

Sydney - Australia's government said Thursday that Facebook was "heavy-handed" and "wrong" for introducing an unprecedented local ban on sharing news in response to pending legislation that would force the social media giant to pay for content.

Backlash grows as Facebook imposes Australia news blackout

Brisbane - Facebook was branded "arrogant" and "unconscionable" for banning Australian users from sharing news Thursday, as its defiant response to government regulation inadvertently crippled the pages of several emergency services.

Facebook to restrict Australia news sharing, defying regulators

Washington - Facebook said Wednesday it would restrict news content sharing in Australia, refusing to bend to a regulatory push that would force the social giant to share revenue with media outlets.

Google strikes deal with News Corp amid pressure on regulation

Washington - Google has agreed to make "significant payments" to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. for content, the companies said Wednesday as tech firms face growing pressure to pay for news from an Australian-led initiative.

Trump critics call for permanent Facebook ban of ex-president

New York - Calling Donald Trump a "clear and present danger," scholars and civil rights advocates on Friday urged Facebook to permanently ban the former US president from the platform.

Facebook rolls out news feeds with less politics

San Francisco - Facebook said Wednesday it began rolling out news feeds with less political subject matter in line with a plan outlined by chief Mark Zuckerberg to reduce inflammatory content.

Amazon workers begin voting in landmark US union push

Washington - Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama have begun voting on whether to form the first American union at the e-commerce giant, an effort that could pave the way for further unionization in the United States at one of the world's most powerful compani...

Facebook 'supreme court' to judge Trump suspension

San Francisco - Facebook on Thursday said it is asking its independent experts to rule on whether former president Donald Trump's suspension for "fomenting insurrection" should stand.

Social media faces reckoning as Trump ban forces reset

Washington - Social media giants crossed a threshold in banning US President Donald Trump and an array of his supporters -- and now face a quandary on defining their efforts to remain politically neutral while promoting democracy and free speech.

Twitter suspends QAnon-linked Republican lawmaker's account

Washington - A newly elected Republican congresswoman known for promoting QAnon conspiracy theories accused Twitter of censorship on Sunday after her account was temporarily suspended for "multiple violations".

Conservative social network Parler sues Amazon over web shutdown

New York - The social platform Parler sued Amazon on Monday after the tech giant's web division forced the conservative-favored network offline for failing to rein in incitements to violence.

India IT giant TCS sees profits jump on pandemic demand

Mumbai - India's largest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services saw its quarterly profits climb more than seven percent Friday, citing strong demand for its cloud services as the pandemic boosts remote working.

Facebook bans Trump 'indefinitely' for inciting violence

San Francisco - Facebook has banned President Donald Trump from the platform "indefinitely" due to his efforts to incite violence at the US Capitol, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday.

Facebook to close Irish units at center of tax dispute

Washington - Facebook confirmed Wednesday it was closing its Irish subsidiaries at the center of a dispute on profit shifting to avoid taxes in the United States.

Contradicting Trump, US justice chief fingers Russia in hack

Washington - US Attorney General Bill Barr said Monday that Russia was behind the massive hack of US government computer systems, contradicting President Donald Trump's suggestion that China could be involved.

Trump says cyberattack 'under control,' plays down Russian role

Washington - President Donald Trump on Saturday downplayed a massive cyberattack on US government agencies, declaring it "under control" and undercutting the assessment by his own administration that Russia was to blame.

Trump says cyberattack 'under control,' plays down Russian role

Washington - President Donald Trump Saturday downplayed a massive cyberattack on US government agencies, declaring it "under control" and undercutting the assessment by his own administration that Russia was to blame.

US blacklists Chinese companies including chip giant SMIC

Washington - The United States on Friday announced it has imposed export controls on dozens of Chinese companies including the country's biggest chipmaker, SMIC, restricting its access to US technology over its alleged ties to China's military.
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