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Does North Korea's Kim get Trump tweet alerts?

Washington - How people stay informed in the Hermit State of North Korea is always a question, and US President Donald Trump may have answered it Thursday: by Twitter alerts.

Twitter to let users follow interests as well as people

San Francisco - Twitter users will be able to follow a small number of interests by the end of the year in the same way they follow people, the company said Tuesday.

Russia warns of 'foreign meddling' after protests

Moscow - Russian lawmakers will hold a special session next week to discuss alleged "meddling" by foreign powers after huge protests in Moscow, following a government warning to YouTube.

Progress towards a quantum Internet gathers pace

The path towards a quantum Internet has seen a significant leap forward as scientists demonstrated a different method for transmitting quantum information across long distances.

8chan founder hopes El Paso shooting 'final nail in coffin'

Manila - The American creator of the 8chan website linked to deadly US mass shootings said Tuesday he hoped the El Paso carnage would be the "final nail in the coffin" for the forum, which he accused of harbouring "domestic terrorists".

Social media sites block controversial Singapore race rap

Fpo - Facebook and other sites Friday blocked access to a rap video about race in multi-ethnic Singapore that is under police investigation after authorities asked for the footage to be removed.

Facebook settles French 'censorship' case over vagina painting

Paris - Facebook has agreed to settle a years-long legal battle with a French teacher who sued after the social media giant shuttered his account when he posted a renowned 19th-century painting that features a woman's genitals, his lawyer said Thursday.

Surge in false online videos of Chinese military crackdown in HK

Fpo - Videos falsely claiming to show a Chinese military crackdown against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have flooded social media over the past week, according to an AFP investigation that has debunked multiple posts.

'Brownface' ad sparks anger in Singapore

Fpo - An advertisement featuring an actor of Chinese origin with his skin darkened to portray different races has sparked anger in multi-ethnic Singapore, prompting an apology from the country's state-owned broadcaster.

Cuba expands internet access, but under a very wary eye

Havana - All Cubans can now have Wi-Fi in their homes, as the island's government extends internet access even while trying to maintain control over its version of the "truth" and to defend its legitimacy, a top official tells AFP.

Australian watchdog calls for controls on Facebook, Google

Sydney - Australia's competition watchdog on Friday recommended tighter controls on the use of personal data and measures to ease Facebook and Google's dominance of online advertising among a slew of measures to better police the internet giants.

Bombshell antitrust investigation to focus on core of Facebook

Facebook announced Wednesday that it's the subject of a Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigation. An anonymous source told Bloomberg the probe will center on Facebook's core business — social media.

Italy drafts 'no-mobile-phone phobia' law

Rome - Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) has drafted a law aimed at preventing and treating the rising phenomenon of addiction to mobile phones and computers, particularly among the young.

Poland probes Russian-made FaceApp behind viral old age selfies

Warsaw - Poland said Thursday it was looking into the potential security risks of using a Russian-made face-editing app that has triggered a viral social media trend where users post "aged" selfies.

Facebook's Libra money a threat and far from ready: G7

Vineuil-saint-firmin - A threat to the international financial system. Not ready to be implemented. A potentially shadowy mechanism that could be exploited by criminals.

Trial resumes of Turkey opposition politician

Istanbul - An opponent of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday rejected the charges against her during a trial described by her defenders as "revenge" for the opposition's success in Istanbul.

Instagram hides 'likes' from more users

Sydney - Instagram started hiding "likes" on its platform in Australia, Brazil and several other major markets Thursday, saying it wanted to ease pressure on users, following criticism about its impacts on mental health.

Fashion for hire: Americans embrace clothing rental services

New York - Remember when you bought an expensive evening gown for an event, only to ever wear it once or twice? Or picked up a trendy T-shirt, only to leave it gathering dust in the closet?

Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface

San Francisco - Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year.

Internet a lifeline for Venezuela's embattled independent media

Caracas - Starved of advertising revenue and battling a stranglehold on the newspaper industry by the government, Venezuela's independent media have been decimated by the country's years-long crisis -- with many migrating online to survive.

France urges G7 to find 'international solution' on digital taxes

Paris - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Tuesday urged the G7 club of top world economic powers to find an international solution to taxing digital giants at their meeting outside Paris this week.

Chinese diplomats take to Twitter to defend Beijing

Bejing - Chinese diplomats are increasingly turning to Twitter to defend Beijing's policies to the international community, taking combative stances and courting controversy on a platform banned in their own country.

Shock and anger as videos of brutal Sudan raid belatedly go viral

Khartoum - Days after a blackout on mobile internet services ended, Sudanese are shocked by the content of online videos and photographs that appear to document last month's deadly raid on demonstrators.

Deby lifts Chad social media restrictions

Ndjame - Chad President Idriss Deby said Saturday he was lifting social media restrictions which were imposed more than a year ago for "security reasons.

France passes law taxing digital giants in defiance of US anger

Paris - France's parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry US President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs.

France's lower house passes online hate speech law

Paris - French MPs on Tuesday passed a landmark law to fight online hate speech which will oblige social media networks to remove offending content in 24 hours and create a new button to enable users to flag abuse.

Op-Ed: Trump's Revolutionary War airport quote cracks up the Internet

President Trump's rousing Fourth of July speech to the country on the celebration of American Independence from England avoided politics and made everyone listening to him feel very patriotic — until we manned the air and took over the airports.

French MPs back giving online platforms 24 hours to remove hate speech

Paris - French MPs on Thursday backed a proposal to give online platforms just 24 hours to remove hate speech or face hefty fines, the latest initiative in Europe to tackle online racism, anti-Semitism, sexism and homophobia.

New Zealand slams Google over murder case gaffe

Wellington - Google was accused of "giving the middle finger" by New Zealand's Justice Minister Thursday, after the US tech giant refused to tighten publication standards after breaching court suppression orders in a high-profile murder case.

Norwegian man sentenced to 16 years for abusing hundreds of boys

Oslo - A Norwegian man was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday for the sexual abuse, including rape, of several hundred underage boys in what was described as the largest such case in the country's history.
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