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Google celebrates its 18th birthday, may have the wrong date

Google has turned 18 today, at least according to itself. The search giant posted a special celebratory Doodle to its homepage this morning, as it has done for the past 11 years. However, some people maintain that Google's birthday isn’t on September 27

Disney is thinking about bidding on Twitter

Disney is weighing a bid on Twitter, according to a new report from Bloomberg's Alex Sherman and Sarah Frier. Twitter's stock rebounded on the news after being down nearly four percent during early trading. Disney's stock is down 1.6 percent.

Microsoft integrates Google's AMP tech into Bing's mobile app

Microsoft has announced that the Bing app for iOS and Android now uses Google technology to load webpages faster. The app now supports the AMP initiative which streamlines webpages to reduce their size, prioritising user experience over ads and tracking.

North Korea just revealed its Internet, contains only 28 websites

North Korea has accidentally exposed the server powering its ".kp" websites. It has just 28 registered domains, showing the tight restrictions applied to the Internet in the country. They include a social networking site and education information.

French woman claims YouTube tried to 'soften' questions for Juncker

Paris - A French woman who interviewed European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker claims she came under pressure from YouTube not to ask difficult questions.

Google faces probe in Indonesia over alleged unpaid taxes

Jakarta - Google is facing investigation in Indonesia for allegedly refusing to cooperate with the country’s revenue agency, which is looking into claims the Internet giant failed to settle its local tax obligations.

Russia stands firm on porn websites ban

Moscow - Russia on Thursday stood firm after slapping a ban on two major porn websites -- rebuffing a tongue-in-cheek proposal to change its mind in exchange for premium access.

Twitter's longer tweets are coming on September 19

Twitter is about to get an update that will allow you to write longer tweets. From September 19, media attachments, quoted tweets and mentions of other users will no longer count towards the character limit, giving you more space to express yourself.

Facebook accused of censoring iconic Vietnam War photo

Oslo - Facebook was confronted Friday with fierce indignation in Norway as the nation's top newspaper, the prime minister and users voiced outrage over the network's decision to censor a historic Vietnam War photo.

Top cities for Tinder users reveal who's using the app

It only takes one person to make your online dating experience a runaway success. But statistically speaking, your chances of meeting that one person go up as the number of potential matches increases.

EU copyright overhaul sparks cultural 'apocalypse' warnings

Brussels - Is the EU, with Brexit and migration already in its cross-hairs, about to launch war on Europe's digital start-ups and entertainers?

RIP: Apple officially kills the headphone jack with the iPhone 7

It’s finally happened. After months upon months of speculation, Apple has officially omitted the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7.

EU defends 'free roaming' pledge despite 90-day limit

Brussels - The EU insisted Wednesday it had not scrapped its popular pledge to end roaming charges for mobile phone users despite unveiling a proposal to limit the measure to 90 days.

IS joke backfires on YouTube star PewDiePie

Paris - Hugely popular blogger PewDiePie was back on Twitter Thursday after his account was temporarily suspended when he jokingly claimed he had joined the Islamic State group.

Singer Chris Brown released from jail on $250,000 bail

Washington - Los Angeles police have released singer Chris Brown from custody after arresting him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, jail records show.

Singer Chris Brown arrested on weapons charge

Los Angeles - Singer Chris Brown was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, police said, following an hours-long standoff after a woman alleged he pointed a gun at her.

Dotcom wins right to live-stream appeal against US extradition

Wellington - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom was on Tuesday granted his wish to live-stream his bid to avoid extradition to the United States where he is wanted on online piracy charges.

Dotcom wins right to live-stream appeal against US extradition

Wellington - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom was on Tuesday granted his wish to live-stream his bid to avoid extradition to the United States where he is wanted on online piracy charges.

Dotcom wins right to live-stream appeal against US extradition

Wellington - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom was on Tuesday granted his wish to live-stream his bid to avoid extradition to the United States where he is wanted on online piracy charges.

Environmentalists add a tech-savvy twist to bonfire tradition

A centuries-old maritime tradition, the lighting of bonfires along the coast of Estonia was reenacted Saturday night, but with a tech-savvy environmentalist twist.

Dotcom demands live-stream of extradition appeal

Auckland - Internet mogul Kim Dotcom launched his appeal Monday against extradition to face video piracy charges in the United States, arguing for his case in New Zealand to be live-streamed to ensure a fair hearing.

Fatal attack linked to dating website prompts police warnings

Auburndale - Authorities nationwide are warning internet users who arrange dates with strangers online to be a lot more careful in the wake of the slaying of a Florida man who met a woman online who allegedly arranged to have him robbed and killed.

Facebook makes trending news feature more automated

San Francisco - Facebook said it is further automating its "trending" stories feature, a move that will scale back human input to prevent personal bias from influencing which stories get highlighted.

Snapchat is introducing behavioural targeting

Snapchat is planning to introduce behavioral targeting for advertisers, the company's director of revenue operations Clement Xue revealed in an eMarketer report published earlier this week.

Japan woman dies in Pokemon Go car accident

Toukyo - A driver who was allegedly playing Pokemon Go when he hit and killed a woman in Japan has been arrested, police said Wednesday.Media said that Tuesday's incident marked Japan's first fatal vehicle accident involving the popular gaming app.

Euro police arrest 75 in major online child abuse swoop

Den Haag - Police swooped in 28 European countries and arrested 75 suspects for sharing child sex images on the internet while investigating 207 cases across the continent, Europe's policing agency said Tuesday.

Iran rounds up 450 social network users

Tehran - Iran has "arrested or summoned" around 450 social media users over their online activities, a website linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday.

Facebook aims for video-loving teenagers with new app

San Francisco - Facebook took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates.

US to 'hand over' the system that controls the internet

The United States has announced it is ready to concede control of the internet's Domain Naming System (DNS), a vital component of the web that maps human-readable web addresses to numerical IP addresses. A non-profit organisation will now control DNS.

730 million people will be online in India by 2020

India is widely regarded to be the last remaining major economy yet to fully succumb to the digital revolution. It's well on the way to getting online though, due to the rise of smartphones. A new report has predicted it will have 730m web users by 2020.
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