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Fact-check: Was migrant girl on US border taken from mother? Unfounded

Tegucigalpa - Numerous photos and videos have been circulating on social media since the United States began implementing President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance policy towards illegal immigrants, leading more than 2,300 children to be separated from their parents.

Canadian gov't announces funding for northern Internet loop

The Government of Canada, the Government of Yukon and Northwestel, a local exchange and long distance carrier in the North, have announced total investments of "up to $79 million" to build a fibre line to connect Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

EU copyright law passes key hurdle

Apo - A highly disputed European copyright law that could force online platforms such as Google and Facebook to pay for links to news content passed a key hurdle in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Big data brings bright future to Canadian mill town

The Village of Canal Flats, located at the southern end of Columbia Lake in British Columbia, Canada is about to transition from being a mill town into a technology hub with the addition of the Columbia Lake Technology Centre.

Brief panic in Germany as satire site claims Merkel coalition demise

Berlin - Germany lurched into a brief panic Friday as several media outlets fell for a satirical tweet that claimed Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition had collapsed in a bitter row over immigration.

Google introduces new way to limit adverts

Following in Facebook's footsteps, Google is offering users a new way to restrict being hit with targeted adverts. This signals a new approach to data privacy.

Anonymous Twitter troll convicted of abuse in Belgium

Apo - A Belgian court has convicted an anonymous Twitter user of harassment after the social media giant supplied his identity, in the country's first case of its kind, officials said Thursday.

Australia court paves way for Google 'underworld' defamation case

Melbourne - A court cleared the way for a rare defamation action against Google on Wednesday after a man claimed the global internet giant published material linking him to Australia's criminal underworld.

Cloud play on the horizon in changing video game world

Los Angeles - Console makers long at the center of the video game universe are adapting to an exploding constellation of ways to play, with the cloud looming on the horizon.

Deadly battles continue to power hit video games

Los Angeles - Bandits, soldiers, demons, zombies, aliens and other enemies will be shot, stabbed, bludgeoned, incinerated, or even blow up on the show floor of the Electronic Entertainment Expo opening here Tuesday.

BuzzFeed to shut French website

Paris - US news website BuzzFeed is to shut down its French version after four years online, staff told AFP on Thursday.

French MPs back ban on mobile phones in schools

Paris - French lawmakers on Thursday approved a ban on the use of mobile phones in public schools, one of President Emmanuel Macron's campaign pledges which critics say will do little to end classroom disruptions or cyberbullying.

Facebook staff to learn Sinhala insults after Sri Lanka riots

Colombo - Three months after Sri Lanka was rocked by deadly anti-Muslim riots fuelled by online vitriol, Facebook is training its staff to identify inflammatory content in the country's local languages.

Facebook deals with Chinese firm draw ire from US lawmakers

Washington - Facebook drew fresh criticism from US lawmakers following revelations that it allowed Chinese smartphone makers, including one deemed a national security threat, access to user data.

Facebook deals with Chinese firm draw ire from US lawmakers

San Francisco - Facebook drew fresh criticism from US lawmakers following revelations that it allowed Chinese smartphone makers, including one deemed a national security threat, access to user data.

Google's Schmidt in Cuba to meet new leader

Havana - Eric Schmidt, a board member of Google's parent company Alphabet, met Monday with Cuba's new president to discuss improving Cuban internet connectivity, one of the world's lowest."The benefits of the internet to the world are extraordinary.

Telegram says Apple cleared path for app update

San Francisco - Telegram said Friday that Apple cleared the path for an updated version of the secure messaging app despite a ban in Russia.

California takes net neutrality matters into own hands

The California State Senate recently passed Bill SB-822, which would make the state's net neutrality rules more strict than the federal regulations the bill is replacing.

Telegram accuses Apple of blocking updates

Moscow - Secure messaging app Telegram accused Apple on Thursday of blocking its updates for users worldwide after Russian authorities imposed a ban on Telegram for refusing to hand over keys to decrypt messages.

Uganda slaps tax on social media users to curb 'gossip'

Kanpala - Ugandan users of Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and other social media will from July have to pay a daily tax, according to a new law which rights activists said Thursday was a bid to stifle free speech.

German spy agency can keep tabs on internet hubs: court

Berlin - Germany's spy agency can monitor major internet hubs if Berlin deems it necessary for strategic security interests, a federal court has ruled.

Eight-gigabit data connection to aircraft tested

The process of communicating via the Internet on an aircraft has been significantly advanced following a test involving an eight-gigabit data connection on-board an aircraft.

Russia asks Apple to help block Telegram

Moscow - Russia's communications watchdog said Monday it had requested Apple help it block the popular messaging app Telegram which has been banned in the country for refusing to give the security services access to private conversations.

Heightened debate in US as EU privacy rules take effect

Washington - Amid a global scramble to comply with new EU data protections laws, the debate on privacy has intensified in the United States with some calling for similar measures for Americans, and others warning the rules could fracture the global internet.

GDPR: Europe’s new privacy law is officially here

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on Friday aimed at forcing companies to pay closer attention to how they handle customer data with severe penalties for breaching consumers’ privacy rights.

Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection campaigner Schrems

Vienna - As a young Austrian law student, Max Schrems took on Facebook and won, and seven years ago he was already raising the alarm over the flaw Cambridge Analytica allegedly exploited to obtain the data of millions of users for political purposes.

Happy GDPR Day — but not for some US websites

Apo - The EU's flagship new data protection laws came into effect on Friday but hit an early hitch as several major US news websites were blocked to European users.

Chelsea Manning says mass surveillance 'getting worse'

Montr - Mass surveillance by government agencies is increasing, especially in the United States, whistleblower Chelsea Manning told a Montreal audience on Thursday as she called for limits on the development of artificial intelligence.

Rush to comply with new EU data law

Apo - Companies made a last-minute rush Thursday to comply with new European Union data protection laws that Brussels says will protect consumers from being like "people naked in an aquarium".

The scandals bedevilling Facebook

Paris - As Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg pursues a tour of Europe to explain his company's shortcomings involving the use of data and fake news, here is a roundup of the scandals.
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