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Facebook ad boycott organizers say no progress on hate speech

Washington - Organizers of a Facebook ad boycott vowed to press on with their campaign, saying the social network's top executives had failed to offer meaningful action on curbing hateful content.

Amid reckoning on police racism, algorithm bias in focus

Washington - A wave of protests over law enforcement abuses has highlighted concerns over artificial intelligence programs like facial recognition which critics say may reinforce racial bias.

Facebook to advise use of masks amid latest virus spike

Washington - Facebook said Thursday it would offer reminders to its users to wear protective masks, responding to the latest surge in US coronavirus cases, which has sparked renewed fears of containing the pandemic.

TikTok denies sharing Indian user data with China

New Delhi - TikTok on Tuesday denied sharing users' data with the Chinese government, after India banned the wildly popular app as ties with Beijing deteriorate sharply following a deadly border clash.

Facebook ramps up efforts to curb 'hateful content' in ads

Washington - Facebook said Friday it would ban a "wider category of hateful content" in ads as the embattled social media giant moved to respond to widening protests over its handling of inflammatory posts.

Microsoft to permanently close all retail stores

San Francisco - Microsoft said Friday it will close all of its stores and move its retail operations online, keeping just four locations and transforming them into "experience centers.

Twitter hides 'abusive' Trump tweet targeting protestors

Washington - Twitter on Tuesday hid a tweet from President Donald Trump in which he threatened to use "serious force" against protestors in the US capital, saying it broke rules over abusive content.

Trump visa freeze delivers blow to US tech sector

Washington - The US tech sector is likely to be hit hard by President Donald Trump's decision to extend a freeze on most immigrant visas, with critics saying the move could undermine American innovation and leadership.

Google adds fact-check to images

San Francisco - Google said Monday it was adding fact-check labels to images as part of its efforts to stem visually misleading information.

Australia under 'malicious' cyberattacks from state actor

Sydney - Australia's prime minister said Friday his country was under a broad cyberattack from a "state-based actor" targeting government, public services and businesses, with suspicions falling on China.

Facebook pulls Trump ads which used Nazi symbol

San Francisco - Facebook on Thursday removed ads by President Donald Trump's campaign containing a symbol used by Nazi Germany, the latest move in a heated battle over inflammatory political content on social media.

COVID-19 and the need for more dependable data Special

Experian has created a new platform. The recently launched COVID-19 Outlook and Response Evaluator (CORE) tool is designed to help government officials, and to boost data reliability.

Biden, Trump campaigns targeted by foreign hackers: Google

Washington - Campaign staffs for both President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden have been targeted recently by foreign hackers, Google researchers said Thursday, highlighting persistent data security concerns ahead of the November US election.

Facebook labels state-controlled media posts, will block ads

San Francisco - Facebook on Thursday began labelling media organizations whose editorial calls may be under the influence of governments and said ads from those outlets would be blocked later this year.

Searching 'racist' on Twitter brings up Trump as top result

Washington - US President Donald Trump appears as the first result of suggested accounts when users type "racist" into Twitter's people search, it emerged Wednesday.

CES global gadget fest on track despite pandemic

San Francisco - Consumer Electronics Show organizers said Wednesday that they are going ahead with plans to bring together people from around the world at a massive annual gathering in Las Vegas.

Twitter has more tools to use against Trump, if it chooses

Washington - Twitter's moves to label or hide comments from President Donald Trump have escalated a feud between the social network and the White House, but there could be more to come.

Facebook to embrace remote work in post-pandemic shift

San Francisco - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday remote work is here to stay, and that half of the social network's staff could be doing jobs from afar within a decade.

Virus-isolated silver surfers ride a new tech wave

London - Before entering coronavirus lockdown with the rest of Britain in March, 73-year-old Pamela Cox had never shopped or banked online. Zoom was something you did with a camera lens.

Trump backs Tesla on reopening after Musk defies order

Washington - President Donald Trump sided with Tesla on Tuesday, calling for California authorities to allow the reopening of the electric carmaker's assembly plant after company chief Elon Musk said he was defying local authorities.

Uber losses widen but appetite grows for Eats

San Francisco - Uber said Thursday its losses widened in the first quarter as the pandemic bit hard into ridesharing but that it saw signs of recovery and a booming appetite for its Eats meal delivery helping it through the crisis.

Uber cuts 3,700 jobs amid pandemic slump

Washington - Uber said Wednesday it was cutting 3,700 jobs amid a huge slump in its ride-hailing operations during the pandemic.The cuts amount to around 14 percent of Uber's global workforce, which does not include its contract drivers.

Airbnb slashes staff in effort to ride out pandemic

San Francisco - Home-sharing platform Airbnb said Tuesday it will slash one fourth of its workforce -- some 1,900 people -- as the coronavirus pandemic crushes the travel industry.

Apple boosts revenues, profits dip in pandemic-hit quarter

San Francisco - Apple on Thursday reported profit slipped as it boosted revenue from services and wearables in a pandemic-cobbled start to the year for the iPhone maker.Profit dipped to $11.2 billion on sales of $58.

Facebook surges on user growth in pandemic, sees murky outlok

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday reported a sharp jump in usage as the global pandemic unfolded, in a quarterly update that sparked a rally in shares of the social network despite its warning of turbulence in the coming months.

US cites Amazon's foreign platforms over counterfeit goods

Washington - Amazon was placed on a US government "notorious markets" list Wednesday over complaints that it failed to crack down on sales of counterfeit merchandise in five of its global e-commerce platforms.

YouTube expands fact-check panels in move against misinformation

San Francisco - YouTube on Tuesday began adding fact-check panels to search results in the US for videos on hot-topic claims shown to be bogus.

Facebook takes aim at Zoom with video chat upgrade

San Francisco - Facebook on Friday unveiled a new video chat service with virtual "rooms" where people can pop in to visit friends, aiming at users turning to the popular Zoom platform during the pandemic.

Expedia raising $3.2 bn to weather pandemic hit

San Francisco - Expedia on Thursday appointed a new chief executive and said it would raise $3.2 billion to ride out the devastating slump in the travel industry linked to the virus pandemic.

Nation-backed hackers tune attacks to COVID-19 fears: Google

San Francisco - Google on Wednesday warned that nation-backed hackers are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to target health care organizations and those working to fight the pandemic.
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