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Twitter suspends hundreds of accounts promoting Philippines' Marcos
Twitter (TWTR.N) said on Friday it had suspended hundreds of accounts that were promoting Philippines presidential election candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr, which it said had violated rules on spam and manipulation.
Mother sues Meta and Snap over tween daughter’s suicide
An American mother alleges firms are to blame for the suicide of her 11-year-old daughter, who had an ‘extreme addiction’ to social media.
World Bank rips Microsoft purchase of Activision Blizzard in social justice rant
The money should be used to address the flow of refugees and malnutrition instead, the global financial body said
Google Launches New Appeal To Overturn $2.8 Billion Fine At Top EU Court
Google said it would go to the European Court of Justice, the EU's highest court, after the General Court confirmed in November a decision by the European Commission in 2017.
Samsung pulls ad with drag queen after backlash
Samsung has pulled an ad showing a Muslim mother expressing support for her drag queen son, after backlash from some parts of the Muslim community.
Online To Bricks-And-Mortar: Amazon's 1st Clothing Store In Los Angeles
An Amazon Style store to launch later this year is to let customers use the retailer's app to scan QR codes of garments, chose from sizes and colors, then have items sent to fitting rooms to try on.
"Tonga, Let Us Know": Elon Musk Offers Internet To Volcano-Hit Islands
Authorities have begun to restore telephone links but bringing the country fully online will take at least a month.
To access their tax returns, Americans will soon need to submit facial recognition videos as a digital ID (but not for voting...)
Good news: A new kind of digital identification, requiring the user to submit their personal data to (and that's the bad news) a private company in Virginia – including (that's great news) a live video of their face from their cell phon...
Revealed: UK Gov't Plans Publicity Blitz to Undermine Privacy of Your Chats
The Home Office has hired a high-end ad agency to mobilize public opinion against encrypted communications - with plans that include some shockingly manipulative tactics
The REAL reason you don’t get a charger anymore
Samsung and Apple no longer give you a charger with the Samsung galaxy S21 / S21 Ultra and Apple iPhone 12 / 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max - But is this ACTUALLY just to save the environment?
End-to-end encryption protects children, says UK information watchdog
Information commissioner defends role of privacy protections in face of government-backed campaign
Elon Musk’s brain chip firm Neuralink lines up clinical trials in humans
Implants that Musk says could allow paralysed people to walk already tested on a macaque and a pig
Encryption: UK data watchdog criticises government campaign
A Home Office-backed campaign against the rollout of ultra-secure messaging apps by social media firms has been criticised by the UK data watchdog.
Woman sentenced to death in Pakistan over ‘blasphemous’ WhatsApp activity
Aneeqa Ateeq says she was dragged her into a religious discussion so her accuser could take revenge
Britishvolt gets £100m boost to build UK’s first large-scale ‘gigafactory’
The deal to build an electric car battery plant near Blyth will bring up to 3,000 jobs to the area by 2028
Israeli minister defends police over alleged Pegasus spying on innocent citizens against the law
Police Minister Omer Barlev denied claims that protesters’ phones had been hacked, but the true is exactly the opposite... Police spy on democracy protesters leader to prove that "as a married man he date males for sexual relationship as...
Meta eyes major expansion into new sector – reports
Tech giant apparently wants to allow users on Facebook and Instagram to buy and sell NFTs
China state planner to punish monopolies in internet platform industry
China's central government has issued a series on opinions aimed at better cracking down on monopolies, unfair competition, and user data issues in China's sprawling internet platform economy.
Fed explores future of ‘digital dollar’
US central bank is weighing pros and cons of digital currency
Australia, UK to 'fight back' against hostile states in cyber - minister
Australia and Britain will "fight back" against cyber attacks from China, Russia, and Iran, defence minister Peter Dutton said ahead of consultations with Britain in Sydney.
Red Cross hackers steal info on half a million ‘vulnerable’ people
‘Highly sensitive data’ including staffer info stolen from charity's Swiss contractor
Twitter loses appeal in French online hate speech case
Twitter must disclose details on what it does to tackle hate speech online in France, the Paris appeals court ruled on Thursday, handing a win to advocacy groups that say the social network does not do enough to clamp down on hateful con...
Snapchat fights drug dealing on app amid surge in youth overdose deaths
Improved automated drug detection systems and enhanced partnerships with law enforcement are among changes
Russian Central Bank set to prohibit all cryptocurrencies
Russian Central Bank set to prohibit all cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin in the country, including transactions, mining, and circulation.
Space-based entertainment studio set to launch in two years
Celestial film studio's inaugural project will be a Tom Cruise movie
Heavyweight champ to take 50% of his UFC 270 purse in Bitcoin
“After doing a lot of research on Bitcoin, I really believe it is the future of money, man. Bitcoin is valuable, secure, and no one can mess with it,” said UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.
Prince Andrew quits social media
Queen Elizabeth II's second son Prince Andrew has deactivated his social media accounts, users said Wednesday, as he faces a US civil case for sexual assault.
Treasury plans crackdown on ‘misleading’ cryptocurrency ads
Move to change law would see assets subject to the same FCA rules as shares and insurance
Microsoft's New $69 Billion Deal And Its Link To "Candy Crush"
Activision, the California-based maker of "Candy Crush" has been hit by employee protests, departures, and a state lawsuit alleging it enabled toxic workplace conditions and sexual harassment against women.
Cyber Attacks Surge Amid Covid-driven Digitalisation: World Economic Forum Study
The World Economic Forum study said that each successful cyber breach cost a company USD 3.6 million (nearly ₹ 27 crore) last year
US Examining Alibaba's Cloud Unit For National Security Risks: Report
The focus of the probe is on how the company stores US clients' data, including personal information and intellectual property. The potential for Beijing to disrupt access by US users to their information stored on Alibaba cloud is also ...
China names its most successful financial app
One-fifth of China’s population has already installed the central bank’s pilot e-CNY wallets
Police used notorious spyware to snoop on citizens – media inquiry
The surveillance was allegedly done without the required court supervision or authorization
Love Island contestants called out over social media ads
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has named six influencers it says are "consistently failing to disclose advertising" on Instagram.
First-ever felony charges filed against driver in fatal Autopilot-involved crash
Tesla driver charged with vehicular manslaughter after two killed in collision involving ‘self-driving’ car
NASA missions under threat because of astronaut shortage
The US space agency has been warned that the size of its astronaut corps might be too small to meet its future needs
Winter Olympics: Athletes advised to use burner phones in Beijing
The Beijing Winter Olympics app that all Games attendees must use contains security weaknesses that leave users exposed to data breaches, analysts say.
YouTube abandons ‘Originals’
Funding to continue for Black Voices and YouTube Kids as top executive departs
Mobile firms agree another 5G delay at US airports
US mobile networks AT&T and Verizon have agreed to postpone the rollout of their new 5G service at some airports.
DeepTomCruise Tiktok Breakdown
Deepfake makers show how the Tom Cruise hoax was created
Mysterious objects streak through Oregon skies last night
Many people in Oregon were left stunned Thursday night as they spotted what looked like a large meteor breaking apart in the sky.
TikTok stars who made more money than many of America’s top CEOs
Median pay for chief executives of S&P 500 companies was $13.4 million in 2020
You'll no longer be able to use Visa credit cards on Amazon from this week
Update : Amazon has since backtracked on the decision and now says it will continue to accept Visa credit cards after January 19.
Apple to require employee proof of COVID-19 booster
Many companies in the U.S. have been strengthening their COVID-19 rules
Facebook parent Meta faces $3.1B UK class action for breach of competition law
The suit. If successful, would have Facebook paying $3.1 billion in damages to Facebook U.K. users
Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit heads above the clouds for third commercial flight
Mission comes days after company celebrated going public on the Nasdaq through a merger with NextGen Acquisition Corp. II
Wealth Of World's 10 Richest Men Doubled During Pandemic: Report
Oxfam urged tax reforms to fund worldwide vaccine production as well as healthcare, climate adaptation and gender-based violence reduction to help save lives.
Cryptomania is alive and well in Turkey, thanks to lira woes
Despite a government crackdown and high-profile exchange collapses last year, Turks are flocking to crypto as a hedge against lira distress.
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