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Apple will face tariffs on components imported from China: Trump

Washington - President Donald Trump warned Friday that he would snub Apple's requests for tariff exemptions on device components imported from China, as he put pressure on the tech company to shift production to the United States.

US slaps $5 bn fine on Facebook, tightens privacy oversight

Washington - US regulators on Wednesday slapped Facebook with a record $5 billion fine for data protection violations in a wide-ranging settlement that calls for revamping privacy controls and oversight at the social network.

US slaps $5 bn fine, curbs on Facebook in privacy probe

Washington - US regulators on Wednesday slapped a record $5 billion fine on Facebook for privacy violations in a settlement requiring the world's biggest social network to "submit to new restrictions and a modified corporate structure.

Huawei unit cuts more than 600 jobs following US sanctions

Shanghai - Chinese telecom giant Huawei said on Tuesday that more than 600 jobs would be lost at a US unit as a result of "curtailment of business operations" caused by Washington's sanctions on the firm and 68 of its subsidiaries.

Facebook needs 'very high standard' for Libra coin: US Treasury

Washington - Facebook must meet "a very high standard" before it moves ahead with its planned digital currency Libra, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday.

Tech tax set to dominate G7 finance ministers meeting

Paris - A row over taxing tech giants is set to dominate a meeting of G7 finance ministers near Paris this week, with the world's leading industrialised nations already riven by disruptive US trade policies.

Google launches review after leak of audio conversations

San Francisco - Google said it was conducting an internal review after it discovered confidential audio had been leaked by a contractor of private conversations with its digital assistant.

Trump hints at softer stance on China's Huawei

Osaka - President Donald Trump said on Saturday that US companies could sell equipment to Chinese telecom giant Huawei, indicating a potentially softer position on a key sticking point in the US-China trade war.

Robots to take 20 mn jobs, worsening inequality: study

Washington - Robots are expected to take over some 20 million manufacturing jobs worldwide by 2030, extending a trend of worsening social inequality while boosting overall economic output, a new study shows.

Governments must regulate social networks: Facebook's Clegg

London - Governments, not companies, must regulate social networks, Facebook's head of global affairs and former UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, said Monday."It's not for private companies, however big or small, to come up with those rules.

Europe wary as Facebook takes up cryptocurrency challenge

Paris - European financial leaders on Tuesday vowed vigilance after Facebook announced it was diving into the cryptocurrency market, as analysts warned the social media giant could face major regulatory questions.

How cryptocurrencies can replace other pay options

San Francisco - Cryptocurrencies live in a volatile, roller-coaster world, which Facebook is seeking to change with its new Libra digital money.

Facebook takes on the world of cryptocurrency with 'Libra' coin

San Francisco - Facebook unveiled plans Tuesday for a new global cryptocurrency called Libra, pledging to deliver a stable virtual money that lives on smartphones and could bring over a billion "unbanked" people into the financial system.

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.
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