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In Indian Kashmir, social media becomes a battleground

Srinagar - An unprecedented ban on Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter in Indian Kashmir has highlighted social media's role in energising an insurgency that has roiled the disputed Himalayan region for decades.

Thai mother saw daughter's Facebook Live murder

Phuket - The distraught Thai mother of a baby girl killed by her boyfriend in a murder he broadcast on Facebook Live has described the harrowing moment she stumbled across the video and rushed to alert police.

Thai media rebuked over Facebook live of child murder

Bangkok - Thai media came under fire Wednesday for publishing images of a man killing his infant daughter in a Facebook Live video, a grim case that sparked outrage and raised fears of copycat killings.

Pope Francis urges connection not division in TED talk

Vancouver - Pope Francis urged harmony over division in a surprise papal TED talk, delivered via video to the big-ideas gathering in Vancouver.

Health care visionary from Liberia wins coveted TED prize

Vancouver - Raj Panjabi, who fled to the United States to escape civil war in his native Liberia, eventually returned to his shattered homeland to find rural communities desperate for adequate health care.

Sweden jails trio for Facebook livestream gang rape

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced three young men to prison for gang raping a woman and livestreaming the attack on Facebook.

Some Instagrammers can make as much as $1,000 per post

Can you hack it making your living as an Instagram influencer? The money companies are pumping into it is steadily growing, too.

Tech firms urge court to toss Trump travel ban

San Francisco - Scores of technology firms including Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft joined a legal filing urging a judge to toss out President Donald Trump's latest travel ban.

Police break up WhatsApp child porn image sharing network

Den Haag - Police have arrested 39 suspects in over a dozen countries across Europe and Latin America after busting an online paedophile ring that used the WhatsApp chat service to share images of child sex abuse, officials said Tuesday.

US 'Facebook killer' takes own life after brief chase

New York - A US hunt for the gunman accused of murdering a grandfather and posting the crime on Facebook ended Tuesday with the suspect killing himself after a brief pursuit with police in Pennsylvania.

Five state manhunt for suspected Facebook killer

Chicago - US police widened a manhunt on Monday for a gunman who shot and killed an elderly man on Facebook Live in a seemingly random Easter Sunday attack, and then vowed to continue killing.

What the 'decentralised web' movement means for you

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is working on a new version of the Internet that's meant to be a truly "decentralised" system. Reviving the concept of the decentralised web returns us to its early days of development, ensuring its open and free nature.

Terrorism jokes no laughing matter for Spain's judges

Madrid - When she posted jokes on Twitter about a 1973 assassination committed by Spain's Basque separatist group ETA, Cassandra Vera never for one moment thought they would land her a one-year jail sentence.

Facebook looking at behavior to weed out fake accounts

San Francisco - Facebook said it has started weeding out bogus accounts by watching for suspicious behavior such as repetitive posts or torrents of messages.

Online fury as passenger dragged off overbooked United flight

Chicago - Social media anger sparked by footage of United Airlines forcibly removing a passenger from an overbooked flight showed no signs of abating Tuesday, with calls for a boycott of the US carrier.

News agencies join forces for EU data journalism site

Paris - AFP is joining forces with Italy's ANSA news agency and Germany's DPA to launch a new website offering data journalism on the European Union.

Bill would ban ISPs in New York State from selling personal data

With President Trump’s final signature, last week’s repeal of the Obama administration’s internet privacy provisions became official.

Germany threatens online giants with 50 mn euro hate speech fines

Berlin - Germany on Wednesday took the European lead in cracking down against hate speech and fake news, threatening social media giants with fines of up to 50 million euros if they fail to remove offensive posts promptly.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee wins Turing Award for inventing the web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has been given the Turing Award, widely regarded to be the Nobel Prize of computing, for inventing the World Wide Web. He has publicly criticised government and corporate attempts to undermine the Internet's encryption and neutrality.

Dutch cyberbully loses bid against Canada extradition

Den Haag - A Dutchman convicted of cyberbullying lost his appeal on Tuesday against being extradited to Canada to face charges linked to the suicide of a teenager who suffered online harassment.

Chicago police arrest 14 year-old in Facebook rape case

Chicago - Police in Chicago arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with the alleged gang rape of a teenage girl that was broadcast on Facebook Live, police and local news reported.

VPN usage is soaring, but alone they won't keep your privacy safe

In the wake of the U.S. Congress' landmark vote to repeal the FCC's broadband privacy rules, web users are turning to VPNs in an attempt to keep their browsing private. The apps route your data through a third-party service but can introduce more issues.

Between the lines: historians put Stalin-era diaries online

Moscow - Tatiana Panova holds a photograph of her great-grandfather as a solemn-faced student in 1923 in the Soviet Union, around 16 years before he died in a prison camp during the Stalin purges.

Between the lines: historians put Stalin-era diaries online

Moscow - Tatiana Panova holds a photograph of her great-grandfather as a solemn-faced student in 1923 in the Soviet Union, around 16 years before he died in a prison camp during the Stalin purges.

Uber grounds self-driving cars after accident

Washington - Uber has grounded its fleet of self-driving cars pending an investigation into the crash of an Uber autonomous vehicle in Arizona, a spokesperson for the car-hailing service said Sunday.

Five things to know about the ISP privacy decision in the Senate

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans struck down Obama-era regulations against Internet Service Providers (ISPs) selling customer information. This has big implications for U.S. Internet users.

New platform offers improved in-flight WiFi

WiFi services on aircraft are notoriously inefficient: often slow and prone to cutting out. Too overcome this, technologists have developed an extension called ScaleUp that significantly improves web browsing speeds at 30,000 feet.

New Facebook bot for visitors to Anne Frank museum

Amsterdam - Seven decades ago, the young Jewish diarist Anne Frank is unlikely to have imagined that her story would be kept alive for new generations via a computer-generated bot.

Someday we'll need the Internet in space

SpaceX is planning to bring the Internet to space. With this Elon Musk has an eye on the future. If a colony is set up on Mars, for example, the Internet twill be the primary means of communicating with Earth.

Google shrinks photo sizes by 35 percent

Google has announced a new open-source software project that can reduce the size of high-quality JPEG images by up to 35 percent. The development will let you save more photos on your phone's storage and help to speed up website load times.
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