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Snapchat cofounders net $2.2B in one week as coronavirus boosts usage
SNAP now boasts 249 million daily active users.
Judge again blocks Trump administration push to ban WeChat in the US
The government has not presented enough evidence that WeChat is a security risk, the judge ruled.
The first 'murder hornets' nest was found, already set to be obliterated
The nest, discovered by scientists in Washington state this week, is set to be wiped out Saturday.
Trump's Twitter hacked after Dutch researcher claims he guessed password
Donald Trump’s Twitter account was allegedly hacked last week, after a Dutch researcher correctly guessed the president’s password: “maga2020!”, Dutch media reported.
Uber and Lyft must reclassify drivers as employees, appeals court finds
In a blow to Uber and Lyft, a California appeals court said Thursday that the companies must reclassify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors, affirming an earlier court decision.
Facebook, Twitter Chiefs to Testify Before Senate on Nov. 17
The chief executive officers of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have agreed to testify on Nov. 17 before a Senate panel looking into restrictions their companies put an on article about the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
6 fintech trends that will redefine the future of finance
November’s fully virtual Hong Kong FinTech Week features expert speakers, who will share their insights into Fourth Industrial Revolution
US Treasury sanctions Russian research institute over alleged links to dangerous malware
The United States has imposed sanctions on the State Research Center of the Russian Federation FGUP Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics, the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) stated.
How to get along with your boss while working remotely
There's one person at work you need to have a good relationship with for the sake of your career: your boss.
Donald Trump’s Twitter password is “maga2020!”, and there’s no 2FA, claims hacker
You don’t need an IQ of 197 to know this is a very bad idea.
Uber Founder Turns Real-Estate Mogul for Ghost Kitchen Startup
Entities tied to Travis Kalanick’s CloudKitchens, a startup that rents out space to businesses that prepare food for delivery, have bought more than 40 properties for more than $130 million.
Facebook Dating is finally coming to Europe after privacy concerns delayed launch
Facebook (FB) has launched its dating service across 32 European countries after it was delayed for several months because of data privacy concerns.
American trustbusters take on Google
IT WAS a long time coming. On October 20th the Department of Justice (DoJ) at last launched a federal antitrust lawsuit against Google. It is the first time American trustbusters have gone after big tech since their protracted battle aga...
PayPal to let you buy and sell cryptocurrencies in the US
PayPal has partnered with cryptocurrency company Paxos to launch a new service. PayPal users in the U.S. will soon be able to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrencies. More countries are coming soon.
Calls for Facebook, Twitter to halt trending sections ahead of election gather steam
The Mozilla Foundation sent a letter on Tuesday to Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey demanding they halt their trending features ahead of the 2020 election.
Justice Department files long-awaited antitrust suit against Google
The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Google engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve monopolies in search and search-advertising that form the cornerstones of its vast conglomerate, according to s...
Hong Kong virtual bank WeLab is live with Temenos
Temenos, the banking software company, today announced that WeLab Bank, Hong Kong’s first homegrown virtual bank, has publicly launched using cloud-native Temenos Transact to provide a range of next generation digital services for custom...
Facebook co-founder helps bankroll Silicon Valley anti-Trump ad blitz
Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz is one of several major contributors from the tech sector who contributed to a last-minute push to flood the airwaves with television ads aimed at defeating President Trump in November's election.
New Yorker suspends CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin after exposing himself on a Zoom call
CNN saying he has asked for "time off" while he deals with a "personal issue." Toobin says ‘I thought I had muted the Zoom video’ in apology for masturbating online.
DOJ charges 6 Russian military hackers for worldwide cyberattacks
The Justice Department announced an indictment of six military hackers with the Russian GRU who allegedly carried out a global conspiracy that included cyberattacks against victims around the world.
Nokia wins NASA contract to put 4G network on the moon
Cell service could soon be out of this world. NASA has awarded Nokia a $14.1 million-dollar contract to bring astronauts the first cellular network on the moon, the space agency announced.
Twitter CEO says it was wrong to block links to Biden story
Twitter was wrong to block weblinks to an unverified political story, CEO Jack Dorsey said on Friday, as the company responded to criticism over its handling of the story that had prompted cries of censorship from the right.
What's new on Zoom: A paid ticketing tool called OnZoom
Zoom, staging its virtual "Zoomtopia" user conference, introduces paid ticketing tools and apps, called "Zapps."
Europe and America are taking on the tech giants. Britain needs to join the fight
It’s time to address monopoly data capitalism, which has been turbo-charged by Covid-19, forcing the world to live and work online. A Joe Biden presidency – increasingly likely – and an EU unhampered by British reluctance to do anything ...
Soon, medical drones to transport Covid samples, test kits in Britain
Trainee doctors Hammad Jeilani and Christopher Law are trialing 'dronepad' infrastructure so the miniature aircraft can take off from and land on hospitals, laboratories and warehouses.
Another ‘hack’ job? Censorship of the Hunter Biden story shows Twitter & Facebook have a big dog in the US political fight
By suppressing news of Joe Biden’s son’s alleged emails, the social media titans have revealed their political stakes. That should make them ineligible to protections granted by Section 230 of the Telecommunications Act.
Instagram agrees curbs on paid influencers, says UK watchdog
Facebook's Instagram has agreed measures to crack down on hidden advertising by so-called influencers on its photo and video platform, Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Friday.
Britain Banks On Tempest Future Fighter Program As Its Next Great Hope In Combat Airpower
Britain has new data to help make crucial decisions as to its pathway to future air dominance and a healthy indigenous aerospace and defense sector.
Robinhood says a 'limited number' of accounts were recently hacked
Trading app Robinhood said that a "limited number" of customer accounts were recently targeted by cyber criminals, though the service itself was not hacked.
Senate Judiciary Cmte to Vote to Subpoena Jack Dorsey
Sen. Ted Cruz: "Twitter is actively blocking, right now this instant, stories from the New York Post alleging corruption and the Biden family receiving millions of dollars from communist China. This is election interference and we are 19...
Twitter Unblocks Trump Campaign Account
US President Donald Trump's Twitter election campaign account was unblocked on Thursday after the social media campaign temporarily restricted it claiming a video from the account about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son v...
Twitter Says Investigating Global Platform Outage
Twitter was working Thursday evening to resolve a global outage of the social media platform used by hundreds of millions worldwide.
‘iPhone … no’: Why Blackpink won’t take selfies if you’re an Apple user
Unshakeable Samsung ambassadors, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa refuse to take iPhone selfies and have special Galaxy S20 colours in their honour – didn’t you spot them in an MV already?
YouTube to remove videos containing Covid-19 vaccine 'misinformation'
Video sharing platform YouTube has said it is banning videos containing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines, in an expansion of the service's current rules regarding falsehoods and conspiracy theories about the pandemic.
Facebook’s Democratic comms chief admits to SHADOWBANNING NYPost story on Hunter Biden emails
A former Democratic Party staffer now working for Facebook has admitted to shadowbanning a viral story allegedly exposing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Ukrainian ties and has encouraged “fact-checkers” to shred it.
iPhone 12 and 12 Pro: Apple's latest get 5G, 'ceramic shield,' MagSafe magnets
No, your current iPhone won't work on superfast 5G networks. But Apple's new lineup -- four devices in total -- will.
An iPhone 12 without a charger compared to ‘eating without chopsticks’
The iPhone 12 series phones will not include wired EarPods or a wall charger in the box, sparking online outrage on Chinese social media.
Meet iPhone 12 — Apple
Hello 5G. A14 Bionic, the fastest smartphone chip ever. Night mode on all cameras. Super Retina XDR display. The first camera ever to record in Dolby Vision. Ceramic Shield that’s tougher than any other smartphone glass. A whole new way ...
Apple's new iPhone is finally coming. Are you excited yet?
New iPhones will be revealed today, but do phone shoppers still have the same lovin' feeling?
World Health Organization warns against COVID-19 lockdowns due to economic damage
Dr David Nabarro, the WHO's Special Envoy on Covid-19 that was criticising the UK government in March for not locking down soon enough tells Andrew Neil: 'We really do appeal to all world leaders: stop using lockdown as your primary cont...
Sacha Baron Cohen just slammed Facebook for being a home for conspiracy theories that could 'kill democracy as we know it'
The "Borat" actor wrote that President Donald Trump has an ally in Facebook, calling the company "the greatest propaganda machine in history."
Cambridge Analytica neither misused data to influence the Brexit referendum nor colluded with Russia, watchdog finds
Infamous now-defunct data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica did not directly misuse data to shift votes in the Brexit referendum, nor did it work with Russia to meddle in the vote, a three-year UK investigation has found.
Square buys $50 million in bitcoin, says cryptocurrency 'aligns with company's purpose'
Square said Thursday it bought 4,709 bitcoins, worth approximately $50 million.
HUAWEI now offers safe and contactless digital payment options with launch of Mondia Payon HMS in MEA Region
Huawei,in cooperation with digital payment entity, Mondia Pay, now offers Direct Carrier Billing service (DCB), for seamless, contactless payments for users in the MEA region through HUAWEI Mobile Services (HMS).
Feds Seize Over 90 Fake News Sites Belonging to Iran
The U.S. government has seized nearly 100 domain names used by a branch of Iran’s armed forces that officials said Wednesday were being used to conduct a disinformation campaign featuring fake news sites targeting the United States and o...
U.S. Explores Curbs on Ant Group, Tencent Payment Systems
The Trump administration is exploring restrictions on billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Group as well as Tencent Holdings Ltd. over concerns that their digital payment platforms threaten U.S. national security, according to people familiar with ...
UK PM Boris Johnson says offshore wind will power every home in the country by 2030
The U.K. is already home to a number of large offshore wind farms. Boris Johnson acknowledges the role floating offshore wind could play going forward.
"We have to hold Big Tech accountable" Interview with EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager
The European Union is working on the introduction of the Digital Services Act - Legislation that shall limit the powers of Big Tech companies like google, facebook, Apple, Microsoft or Amazon.
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