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Privacy-first browser Brave now has its own Google search rival
Google reigns supreme in search and browsers. Brave Search wants to change that – and put privacy front and centre
Flying taxi network in LA could take off soon
Archer co-CEO Adam Goldstein discusses getting flying taxis to the market by 2024.
Zoom continues to boom!
Zoom Video Communications Inc.’s rip-roaring ride resumed its meteoric trajectory Monday, with shares jumping as the company detailed the results of becoming a lifeline for those stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Booming profit...
Dutch Scientists Invent COVID-19 ‘Scream Test’
Usually in a traditional COVID-19 test, a cotton swab is inserted into the mouth or nasal cavity, after which it is passed over the throat and a person feels some discomfort during the procedure.
World's oldest bird, Wisdom the albatross, hatches chick at the age of 70
Wisdom has hatched up to 36 chicks in her lifetime, experts claim.
Pentagon Assessing Its Networks for Possible Damage After Microsoft Breach, Spokesman Says
Earlier this week, Microsoft accused a Chinese hacking group known as "Hafnium" of breaching its Exchange Server email application. Microsoft had previously accused the company of attempting to steal information from infectious disease r...
At least 30,000 US organizations, small businesses and government offices were victims of Microsoft Exchange hack
A purported Chinese hacking group exploited bugs in Microsoft's email software system to steal data from US organizations and agencies.
Twitter founder's auction of a tweet draws $2 million bid
Twitter boss Jack Dorsey is selling his first tweet at auction, with bidding Saturday reaching US$2 million in a sign of the appetite for virtual objects authenticated through blockchain technology.
Microsoft hack: White House warns of 'active threat' of email attack
The US is expressing growing concern over a hack on Microsoft's Exchange email software that the tech company has blamed on China.
MI5 involvement in drone project revealed in paperwork slip-up
Exclusive: Document produced by university cited agency as secret funder of research
First super-fast 5G network launched in Russia
Russian telecom operator MTS has announced that some of its customers will be able to access the company’s first 5G network in more than a dozen areas around the Russian capital.
India threatens to jail Facebook, WhatsApp & Twitter staff over refusal to wipe data that ‘undermines national security’ – reports
Indian authorities have reportedly given an ultimatum to US social media platforms, threatening jail time for their local employees if the companies continue to ignore official takedown requests against “damaging” information.
Jack Dorsey's First Tweet, 15-Year-Old, Is Up For Sale
The post, sent from Jack Dorsey's account in March of 2006, received offers on Friday that went as high as $88,888.88 within minutes of the Twitter co-founder tweeting a link to the listing on 'Valuables by Cent' - a tweets marketplace.
Software Icon John McAfee Charged In Cryptocurrency Scam
McAfee, Watson, and other members of their "cryptocurrency team" allegedly "raked in more than $13 million from investors they victimized with their fraudulent schemes," according to Strauss.
Jack Dorsey: Bids reach $2.5m for Twitter co-founder's first post
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has listed his first ever tweet for sale, with bids reaching $2.5m (£1.8m).
U.S. is ‘not prepared to defend or compete in the A.I. era,’ says expert group chaired by Eric Schmidt
The U.S. is drastically underprepared for the age of AI, according to the National Security Commission on AI, which is chaired by Eric Schmidt.
Samsung and Mastercard to pilot biometric payments card in South Korea
The card will not require PIN or signature authorisations to make in-store transactions.
Videos: Creator of Viral Tom Cruise Deep-Fakes Reveals Secrets
Belgian visual effects specialist Chris Ume's TikTok account "DeepTomCruise" has amassed more than 1.1 million likes and over 330,000 followers in less than two weeks. The viral attention of the account using US actor Tom Cruise's likene...
'Disintegration' of Political System Helps Explain Rising Censorship, Professor Richard Wolff Argues
Increased social media and tech censorship must be understood in the wider context of the establishment desperately seeking to hold on to what used to be called "the vital centre", a US-based author and economist tells Sputnik.
'Crazy Enough to Be True?': Scientist Suggests Our Universe Can be One Giant Neural Network
Neural networks inspired by our biological world are now widely used by businesses and analysts. But could it be that our universe is in fact one giant neural network?
Video: Japanese Billionaire Invites Eight People to Join Him on SpaceX Flight to Moon
Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese billionaire entrepreneur and art collector who launched online fashion retail website Zozotown in 2004. In 2018, Maezawa also founded a custom-fit apparel brand called ZOZO. He is estimated by Forbes to have ...
SN10 Flies Twice: Watch SpaceX's Starship Suddenly Explode After First Successful Landing
Previous SpaceX launches of the Starship spacecraft ended in massive explosions after prototypes underwent technical difficulties and ultimately wound up crash-landing.
Bitcoin will replace ALL global currencies at price target of $1 MILLION within decade
As national currencies are already showing extreme signs of weakness, people will soon start measuring the price of things in terms of bitcoin, says Jesse Powell, CEO of cryptocurrency trading exchange Kraken.
WhatsApp introduces video and voice calls on desktop version
WhatsApp will be hoping the new feature rivals other such platforms that have boomed during the pandemic, such as Zoom.
COVID-19: Twitter expands 'warning labels' to target misleading vaccine posts
The social media platform is also starting a strike system that "determines when further enforcement action is necessary".
Blockchain company buys and burns Banksy artwork to turn it into a digital original
A Banksy piece called "Morons (White)" was intentionally destroyed, then digitized as a non-fungible token, or NFT.
Huawei's AppGallery Rivals Google, Apple With 530m Users, Major Growth in 2020 Despite US Trade Bans
The figures come a year after Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei Consumer Business, launched the Chinese tech giant's plans to boost the platform at a major tech event, namely as US regulators barred access to Google Mobile Services l...
China Aims for Tech Independence Amid Looming Cut-Throat Race With US
China is moving swiftly to map out potential weaknesses in dozens of technological sectors and draft a sweeping plan to address areas that are exposed to external risks, Chinese officials said on Monday.
A YouTube and Instagram nano influencer shares the exact 8-page media kit she uses and how she gets brand deals
Kayla Compton is a part-time 'nano' influencer on YouTube and Instagram. Here's the exact media kit she uses and how much money she charges brands.
Is Dropbox secure? Here's how Dropbox has improved its security measures, and what you can do to protect yourself
Dropbox is secure thanks in part to its 256-bit AES encryption, but the service has been hacked in the past.
The Pentagon is looking for a new way to check social media to prevent extremist behavior in the military
The Defense Department recently said it "is examining a scalable means" to screen social media as a part of its background checks.
Reddit chief: I was late to spot GameStop stock mania
Reddit boss Steve Huffman has told BBC News he supported the aims of controversial sub-Reddit WallStreetBets.
Apple investigated in UK over 'unfair' App Store claims
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has launched an investigation into whether Apple's terms for app developers are anti-competitive.
Majority of Jay-Z's Tidal's shares purchased by Jack Dorsey's Square, Inc. in sweeping deal
Square, Inc. the financial technology company co-founded by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, announced that it reached an agreement to acquire Jay-Z’s Tidal music streaming service.
Clubhouse app: what is it and how do you get an invite to the exclusive audio app?
The exclusive invitation-only social networking app is a hybrid of conference calls, talkback radio and Houseparty
More bad news for Google as Indian media demand lion's share of ad revenue
An Indian media association has demanded Google pay more to local newspapers for using their content, just after Australia passed a hotly-contested law to compel global tech companies to fork out royalties for news.
'Free Speech' App Parler Initiates Fresh Legal Challenge Against Amazon, Drops Anti-Trust Lawsuit
Since it was removed from Amazon on allegations of being unable to police content, the company had been involved in legal challenges against its former host. After repeated failures to find a new platform, the social media site was relau...
FBI Pushing Tech Firms to Write Own Backdoors Into Encrypted Messaging Apps, Director Tells Congress
The US has on spurious grounds banned Chinese tech firms for ostensibly placing surveillance backdoors into their technology on behalf of the Chinese government. However, the head of the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation has revealed t...
SoundCloud to Become First Music Platform With 'Fan-Powered' Artist Payments
German-based SoundCloud music platform said on Tuesday it introduced a new payment system under which independent artists will gain royalties based on the number of their actual listeners, thus the funds that users pay for a subscription...
How Twitter Was Used To Defend Saudi Crown Prince Role In Khashoggi Case
Such tweets were part of broad effort by Saudi accounts, working in both English and Arabic, to shape the public narrative around the role of the crown prince in Khashoggi's killing, according to researchers.
Google won't use other web tracking tools after phasing out cookies
Alphabet Inc’s Google will not build or use alternate tools to track web browsing traffic once it begins phasing out existing technology from its Chrome browser next year, it said in a blog post on Wednesday, in a move that will reshape ...
Google promises to drop personalised ad tracking
Google has promised not to develop any new way of tracking individual users for adverts once it phases out its current method.
Parler sues Amazon again, after dropping original lawsuit
Parler, a social media app popular among right-wing groups, filed a new lawsuit accusing Amazon.com Inc of trying to destroy its business following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
South Africa's information regulator says WhatsApp cannot share users' contact information
Facebook Inc cannot share any contact information it collects from WhatsApp users in South Africa with its other properties without first obtaining authorisation from the country’s Information Regulator (IR), the agency said on Wednesday.
Parler drops Amazon web-hosting legal challenge
Parler has withdrawn its antitrust action against Amazon, two months after filing the case against the tech giant.
Amazon changes app logo that 'resembles Adolf Hitler'
Amazon has quickly changed its main shopping-app logo, after commentators said the recent redesign made it look like Adolf Hitler.
Anti-Covid vaccine tweets face five-strikes ban policy
Twitter is to ban users who repeatedly tweet harmful misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.
Will audio-only apps change social networks?
From Clubhouse to Twitter's Spaces, LJ Rich looks at the rise of a new type of social network.
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