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Twitter lets you speak more freely with new 140-character rules

Twitter has announced a significant revision of its 140-character Tweet rule. The company will soon exclude replies, mentions and media such as photos and videos from the restrictions, giving you more characters to type your own message with.

Facebook apologises for banning 'undesirable' plus-sized model

Sydney - Facebook has been forced to backtrack after it banned an Australian ad featuring a bikini-clad plus-sized model promoting positive body image, initially saying the photo's depiction was "undesirable".

China testing 5G technology, aims for availability by 2020

China expects to commercialize the use of 5G technology in 2020 as test works are ongoing to come up with the first version.

China mulls new ways to control video websites

Bejing - Chinese authorities are exploring new ways of imposing controls on the Internet, state-run media cited experts as saying Monday, after reports said state-owned enterprises may be encouraged to take stakes in video streaming websites.

Brazil's suspended president Rousseff launches online fightback

Bras - Critics branded her aloof and inaccessible in leadership, but since being suspended as president pending impeachment proceedings, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff is reaching out to the nation in a feverish online campaign.

Apple ready to compete in the pay TV market with the right tech

Apple announced it will compete in the pay TV market against both traditional cable services as well as streaming providers. It aims to build a "pure Internet TV."

French groups file suit against Twitter over racism, homophobia

Paris - Two French groups say they have filed a suit against Twitter, YouTube and Facebook for allegedly failing to uphold requirements to delete content deemed racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic or defending terrorism.

Iran arrests eight in crackdown on Instagram modelling

Tehran - Iran has arrested eight people for working in "un-Islamic" online modelling networks, particularly on Instagram, the head of Tehran's cybercrimes court said on state television.

Germany eyes free wi-fi in public spaces, finally

Berlin - Try looking for a free wi-fi connection in the cafe down the street in Germany and, more likely than not, there isn't one.Forget about looking for open connections in parks or at key monuments. They just don't exist.

Efforts to counter IS propaganda bear fruit, experts say

Washington - US authorities and Internet giants are boosting attempts to counter the Islamic State group's online propaganda, though it is unclear how effective these efforts are in hampering the jihadists' public-relations machine.

Facebook chief Zuckerberg probes alleged 'anti-conservative bias'

Washington - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to accusations its company's "trending" topics list was suppressing conservative media, by saying the company was conducting an investigation.

Hong Kong remains world’s most connected place

Hong Kong remains the most connected place in the world, according to a recent study conducted by the GfK Connected Consumer Index.

French 19-year-old commits suicide live on Periscope

Paris - French prosecutors launched an investigation Wednesday after a 19-year-old woman committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a suburban train near Paris and streamed the act live on Periscope.

Spanish police arrest man who live-streamed driving at 195 kph

Madrid - Spanish police have arrested a young man who live-streamed video of himself driving at nearly twice the speed limit, forcing other drivers to swerve out of the way to avoid being hit.

White South African judge in Facebook 'racism' row

Johanesburg - A white South African judge was at the centre of a social media storm on Monday after Facebook comments emerged in which she suggested rape was part of black culture.

Australian refuses to give more proof he created Bitcoin

London - Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright on Thursday said he would not provide further proof to back up his claim that he created Bitcoin, saying he was "not strong enough" for the public scrutiny."I believed that I could do this.

Brazil to end WhatsApp smartphone app blockage: Company

S - A Brazilian court will soon reverse a ruling that blocked smartphone message service WhatsApp for 24 hours, the company said Tuesday.

CEO of China's Baidu summoned over student death

Bejing - Authorities have summoned the head of Baidu after the death of a student who sought a cancer cure on the Chinese search giant, reports said Tuesday, prompting a barrage of criticism for prioritising paid search results.

Court order shuts down WhatsApp in Brazil, again

S - Irate Brazilians found themselves without the popular WhatsApp smartphone messaging application for the second time in six months Monday, after a court blocked the service for 72 hours.

World Jewish Congress slams YouTube over neo-Nazi videos

Berlin - The World Jewish Congress on Monday accused the German unit of YouTube of failing to stop neo-Nazis from using the online video channel to distribute thousands of anti-Semitic tracks.

Australian Craig Wright says he created Bitcoin

London - Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright on Monday identified himself as the creator of Bitcoin following years of speculation about who invented the pioneering digital currency.

Malaysian capital to be one of world's most connected cities

The Malaysian government is implementing an ambitious three-year plan to transform the capital Kuala Lumpur into one of world’s most connected cities.

Google.com 'partially dangerous,' according to Google

Google's homepage at google.com is unsafe, according to the search giant's own safe browsing search tool. Google's Transparency Report named its own homepage as a domain that could be hosting malware and "deceptive content" used by hackers.

Bug at BT forwards every sent email to one man's email account

BT, the UK's largest broadband provider, has admitted a "testing" error resulted in every email sent across its network being forwarded to a single account for a brief period this week. A "Steve Webb" received every email sent by BT users.

Top German court strikes down key parts of anti-terror law

Karlsruhe - Germany's highest court on Wednesday struck down key planks of an anti-terror law, saying they violated privacy protections enshrined in the constitution.

Web hosting firm 'deletes part of Internet', loses customer sites

A web hosting company has accidentally deleted some of the customer websites it is responsible for, pulling a part of the Internet offline in the process. UK-based 123-reg admitted that many of its 1.7 million customers currently have inaccessible sites.

Social networks offer comfort, confusion in Japan quake

Toukyo - People trapped under buildings that collapsed in Japan's double earthquakes used social media to chat to friends and keep their spirits up while they awaited rescue, reports said Sunday.

Review: ‘Das Ding’ hits Toronto with eccentric take on globalization Special

Toronto - If you’ve always wanted to see a play about a large, sentient cotton ball that travels around the world and observes how people’s behaviour interconnects through modern technology and economics, German playwright Philipp Löhle has you covered.

Competition to buy Internet giant Yahoo starting to heat up

London - Talks are underway in London between potential bidders for venerable Internet giant Yahoo, led by England's Daily Mail newspaper and websites.

Google ending free Fiber Internet in Kansas City

Google is going to discontinue its free Internet service in Kansas City. Since the launch of Google Fiber, residents have been able to pay a one-time construction fee and then receive unlimited Internet access for free, a deal Google has decided to end.
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