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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.

Speedy delivery hits Amazon's bottom line; shares slump

San Francisco - Amazon on Thursday reported quarterly profits shy of Wall Street forecasts as it poured money into speeding up delivery time to just a day.Net income slid 27 percent from last year to $2.

Amazon shares hit by earnings disappointment

San Francisco - Amazon on Thursday reported that quarterly profits shy of Wall Street forecasts, sending shares of the tech giant tumbling in after-market trades.Net income slid 27 percent from last year to $2.

Hackers target UN humanitarian organizations: Lookout

San Francisco - Hackers are targeting United Nations and humanitarian aid workers with a scheme designed to trick members into revealing passwords, security researchers said Thursday.

Cloud computing gains drive up profit for Microsoft

San Francisco - Microsoft reported Wednesday that quarterly profits rose on the back of its thriving cloud computing business which has become a core focus for the US technology giant.Profits rose 21 percent to $10.

Facebook's Zuckerberg open to scaling back Libra plan

Washington - Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg opened the door Wednesday to scaling back plans for the company's digital coin Libra if it cannot win approval as a new currency for global exchanges.

Zuckerberg calls Libra coin a key for American leadership

Washington - Facebook's proposed digital coin Libra would "extend America's financial leadership" while helping cash-strapped people around the world, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in remarks prepared for delivery to lawmakers released Tuesday.

Libra coin key for 'America's financial leadership': Zuckerberg

Washington - Facebook's proposed digital coin Libra would "extend America's financial leadership" in the world, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in remarks for delivery to lawmakers released Tuesday.

Facebook steps up security amid fresh signs of Russia meddling

San Francisco - Facebook said Monday it was tightening its security for the 2020 US elections, amid signs of fresh activity from Russia attacking Democratic presidential candidates, including Joe Biden.

Netflix revs up growth as streaming TV war looms

San Francisco - Netflix shares rallied Wednesday after its latest quarterly update showed robust subscriber growth and better-than-expected profits ahead of a major escalation in the streaming television war.

Google in smartphone push with motion-sensing Pixel 4

New York - Google stepped up its smartphone ambitions Tuesday with updated Pixel handsets, touting a move toward computing with a simple hand wave or spoken command.

More companies back away from Facebook's Libra coin

San Francisco - Facebook's digital currency alliance lost more companies on Friday amid heavy criticism from regulators around the world on the planned Libra global cryptocurrency.

Social networks face quandary on politics in misinformation fight

Washington - As social media firms ramp up their fight against misinformation, politicians have been largely left exempt. To some, that's a huge problem.

China warns Apple against 'reckless' support of HK protesters

Bejing - China's state media accused Apple Wednesday of supporting pro-democracy protesters, warning the US tech giant would suffer consequences for its "unwise and reckless" decision, in an echo of campaigns against other Western firms.

Twin-screen Duo puts Microsoft back in smartphone game

San Francisco - Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled new Surface devices with twin-screens that open like books, including a notepad-sized version that will put it back in the smartphone game next year.

Disinformation efforts now used in 70 countries: researchers

Washington - Organized efforts to manipulate social media and public opinion are being carried out in at least 70 countries by government agencies and political parties, researchers said Thursday.

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Washington - Twitter said Friday it shut down thousands of accounts worldwide for spreading misinformation, including some artificially amplifying pro-Saudi messaging as part of a regional propaganda war.

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Washington - Twitter said Friday it has closed down thousands of accounts across the world for spreading fake news as well as pro-government propaganda, including in places like the United Arab Emirates, China and Spain.
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