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US, European police say 'dark web' markets shut down

Washington - US and European police on Thursday announced the shutdown of two huge "dark web" marketplaces that allowed the anonymous online trade of drugs, hacking software and guns.

Google Street View finally captures missing Austria

Vienna - Google's Street View cars on Thursday started taking images in Austria, the only EU country along with Germany to remain largely absent from the popular online service showing 360-degree pictures of places around the world.

Saudi prince 'arrested over leaked abuse videos'

Riyadh - A Saudi prince was arrested Thursday on King Salman's order, a state-run broadcaster reported, as outrage grew on social media over videos appearing to show him abusing members of the public.Salman issued a warrant for "the immediate arrest ...

Malaysia pulls plug on 'Despacito' song over sexual lyrics

Kuala Lumpur - Muslim-majority Malaysia has stopped playing the sexually charged song "Despacito" on public broadcast stations, a senior minister said Thursday after critics labelled it un-Islamic.

Saudi police release Snapchat 'model in skirt' without charge

Dibai - Saudi police have released without charge a woman who was filmed in a miniskirt at a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom, the government said Wednesday.

Saudi police question woman who wore miniskirt in video

Riyadh - Saudi police said Tuesday they were questioning a woman who appeared in an online video in a miniskirt and crop top walking through a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom.

'Oh, bother': Chinese censors can't bear Winnie the Pooh

Bejing - Has Winnie the Pooh done something to anger China's censors? Some mentions of the lovable but dimwitted bear with a weakness for "hunny" have been blocked on Chinese social networks.

Rapper Akon to buy 50% of African music download service

Dakar - Senegalese-American rapper Akon announced Saturday he would purchase 50 percent of African music download service Musik Bi, as the platform struggles to gain a foothold after its launch 18 months ago.

Indonesia restricts Telegram app over 'terrorism' content

Jakarta - Indonesia has blocked web-based access to a popular messaging service and threatened a full ban on the app due to its "terrorism" content, the government said.

Canadian found dead in Thai cell wanted over 'dark web' market

Bangkok - A 26-year-old Canadian found dead in his Thai police cell this week was wanted in the US for allegedly running a massive "dark web" marketplace for drugs and other contraband, a police source told AFP Saturday.

Chinese censors scrub emoji tributes to Nobel winner

Bejing - China's censors raced Friday to scrub social media networks of candles, RIP and other tributes to Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo as they seek to silence discussion about the prominent dissident's death.

Accidental internet cut-off hits Somalia hard

Mugadishu - Last month, a baby was born in the Somali capital Mogadishu with a terrible eye defect that requires treatment abroad.

China to ban consumer VPNs, force businesses to sign a register

China has announced it is banning all consumer VPNs and has told state-owned telecoms operators to prevent their customers from accessing them. Enterprises that are reliant on the use of VPNs will be required to formally register with the government.

Microsoft uses TV signals to beam the web into rural America

Microsoft has announced an initiative that aims to connect rural America to high-speed Internet. Unlike the wireless Internet efforts being pursued at companies including Facebook and Google, Microsoft plans to employ unused areas of the TV spectrum.

Afghanistan enacts law to control cyberspace

Kabul - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has signed into law a cybercrime bill targeting online crime and militancy by groups such as the Taliban and Islamic State, officials said Monday, amid concerns it could limit free speech.

Growing chorus denounces sexist Silicon Valley culture

San Francisco - A growing chorus of voices denouncing sexist culture is echoing through male-dominated Silicon Valley, knocking a number of internet industry executives from their perches.

Growth in online medical information platforms

Toronto - The Internet has expanded the different ways through which patients can access health information and many people, especially the younger generation, are turning to Internet-based doctors.

Facebook successfully tests drone to improve Internet access

Phoenix - With the aim of bringing the Internet to remote parts of the world, Facebook has successfully tested out a solar powered drone called Aquila.

Germany introduces heavy fines for online hate speech

Berlin - Germany's parliament voted Friday to punish social media giants with fines of up to 50 million euros ($57 million) if they systematically fail to remove illegal hate speech.

Facebook hits two billion user mark

San Francisco - Facebook said Tuesday it now counts two billion active monthly users, as the social giant's founder Mark Zuckerberg highlighted his new mission -- not just connecting people, but helping them find common ground.

US tech giants join forces against terror content

San Francisco - Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced Monday the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed at thwarting the spread of extremist content online.

Russia says Telegram app used in Saint Petersburg attack

Moscow - Russia's FSB security agency on Monday said the Telegram messaging service was used by those behind the Saint Petersburg metro bombing, the latest salvo by authorities after they threatened to block the app.

Facebook launches plan to combat online extremism

London - US social media giant Facebook launched a campaign in Britain on Friday to counter the spread of online extremism following warnings from Prime Minister Theresa May after four terror attacks in three months.

Kremlin woos bloggers but YouTube generation is not 'selling out'

Moscow - Russian authorities may have succeeded at quashing dissent on television and mass media but a new generation of voters has found a way to still get relevant news: on YouTube.

Google Doodle lets you create visual music

Today's Google Doodle offers Internet users a chance to use visual cues to create their own music. And we have abstract filmmaker Oskar Fischinger to thank for it.

Inflight internet ready to take off

Inflight internet access, a nascent market still hobbled by slow speeds, is set to take off as dedicated satellites make surfing in the skies a reality, experts say.

Sex offenders cannot be barred from social media: top US court

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday unanimously struck down a North Carolina law that barred registered sex offenders from using social media.

In China, universities teach how to go viral online

Shanghai - A 21-year-old student walked around her campus in China using invaluable skills she learned in class: Holding a selfie stick aloft, she livestreamed her random thoughts and blew kisses at her phone.

China's quantum satellite could 'change the Internet'

Beijing - China has revealed test results on its new quantum computing satellite. The technology is said to provide unbreakable secret communications channels, based on quantum mechanics.

Facebook seeks to become 'hostile place' for extremists

San Francisco - Facebook on Thursday said it is ramping up the use of artificial intelligence in a push to make the social network "a hostile place" for extremists to spread messages of hate.
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