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What's the weather like in Canada? There's now an app for that

Environment Canada launched its first ever weather app for iPhone and Android this week that includes a high-resolution radar animation on a zoomable map background. The best part? It's free in the Google Play and Apple stores.

France to tighten online bullying laws after media 'boys' club' scandal

Paris - France said Thursday it is toughening its online abuse laws after an outcry over young media executives who ran a macho "boys' club" that hounded female colleagues.

Cows need love too — Farmers set up 'Tudder' dating app for cows

"Tudder," a Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Launched just in time for Valentine's Day, Tudder's creators believe it is the first ever matchmaking app for livestock.

Twitter trolls sought to sow Canada divisions on pipelines, migrants

Ottawa - Canada's public broadcaster said Tuesday it found in a trove of Twitter messages evidence of possible foreign actors trying to sow divisions between Canadians on pipelines, migrants and other hot-button issues.

Tencent investment in Reddit sparks censorship worry

San Francisco - Reddit confirmed Monday a new funding round that included a $150 million investment by Chinese technology behemoth Tencent, prompting concerns that "the front page of the internet" might wind up censored.

Male French media cabal accused of targeting feminists

Paris - A group of young French media executives was condemned Monday for running a macho "boys' club" that harassed female colleagues online.

Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

Sydney - The head of Australia's competition watchdog warned Monday that tough new regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook was needed to protect the future of independent journalism.

Britain urges others to join Instagram's self-harm curbs

London - Britain on Friday urged all social media platforms to join Instagram and curb self-harm posts after a UK teen who went online to read about suicide took her own life.

Instagram curbs self-harm posts after teen suicide

San Francisco - Instagram has announced a clampdown on images of self-injury after a British teen who went online to read about suicide took her own life.

Instagram tightens rules on self-injury images

San Francisco - Instagram late Thursday announced it is clamping down on images related to self-injury such as cutting.

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68 mn for breach of contract

New York - Filmmaker Woody Allen has filed a $68 million suit against Amazon for breach of contract, accusing the streaming giant of canceling a film deal because of a "baseless" decades-old allegation that he sexually abused his daughter.

Facebook boosts political ad transparency ahead of India election

New Delhi - Facebook India said Thursday it will run disclaimers on political ads and publish details of sponsors to bring transparency in political advertising ahead of a general election due by May.

Germany sets new limits on Facebook data collection

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany's Federal Competition Office (FCO) said Thursday it would impose new limits on how Facebook collects data from subsidiaries Whatsapp and Instagram, as well as third-party websites with embedded Facebook features such as "Like" buttons.

Safer Internet Day prompts smart online choices

This year’s Safer Internet Day forces us to recognize that, for all the wonderful things the internet has brought to humanity, our safety online is not as secure as it could be.

Learning to talk again: life without internet in Tonga

Nukalofa - A two-week cyber blackout caused financial headache and social heartache in remote Tonga, but it also forced residents of the Pacific island kingdom to rediscover the art of offline communication.

Facebook turns 15, but it's not such a happy day

February 4 marks Facebook's fifteenth anniversary. While the giant of social media continues to show strong global growth, the past year has been marked by controversy.

Israel seeks to beat election cyber bots

Bnei Brak - Amy Spiro is one of many Israeli journalists who recently received a direct message on her Twitter account linking to a sensational news story.

Venezuela opposition cling to social media lifeline

Caracas - Deprived almost entirely of coverage on mainstream media, Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido has been deftly using the social networks to woo support, but even that avenue is increasingly being cut off.

Chinese activist jailed for five years: rights groups

Bejing - The founder of a prominent Chinese civil and human rights website was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for inciting state subversion, according to human rights organisations.

Ukraine stages cybercrime raids in international probe

Apo - Ukrainian authorities aided by Belgian, US and other investigators have staged raids aimed at smashing the illegal trade of access to hacked computer systems, officials said Monday.

'We don't sell people's data,' says Facebook's Zuckerberg

San Francisco - Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday renewed his defense of the social network's business, arguing that targeting ads based on interests was different from selling people's data.

Microsoft's Bing search engine inaccessible in China

Bejing - Microsoft's Bing search engine was inaccessible in China on Thursday, with social media users fearing it could be the latest foreign website to be blocked by censors.Attempts to open cn.bing.

Google to appeal 50-million-euro French data consent fine

Paris - Google said Wednesday it would appeal a record 50-million-euro fine imposed by France's data regulator for failing to meet the EU's strict new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Fans baffled as Liverpool star Mohamed Salah goes offline

Apo - Fans were left baffled on Wednesday after Liverpool's star Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah appeared to have deleted all of his social media accounts where his followers number in the millions.

Facebook closes hundreds of 'inauthentic' Russia-linked pages

Washington - Facebook announced Thursday that it has removed more than 500 pages, groups and accounts originating in Russia for engaging in what the social network called "coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Tilray signs deal to market and distribute consumer pot products

Tilray has agreed to pay Authentic Brands Group (ABG) $100 million initially to create and distribute consumer cannabis products as the retailer's preferred supplier, the companies announced Tuesday.

Facebook follows Google with funds to support journalism

Washington - Facebook announced Tuesday that it will invest $300 million over three years to support journalism, with an emphasis on promoting hard-hit local news organizations.

Ecuador denies Assange's embassy conditions deteriorated

Quito - Ecuador on Friday denied media reports that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had been made to sleep on the floor and denied heating at the country's London embassy.

Legal aid fund launched for WikiLeaks founder Assange

London - A British charity helping whistleblowers around the world on Thursday launched a legal aid fund for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, warning his expulsion from Ecuador's embassy in London "may be imminent".

Egypt activist urges Sisi to pardon detained wife

Apo - A prominent rights activist appealed to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday to pardon his wife, sentenced to two years in jail for posting a video denouncing sexual harassment.
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