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Digital media’s fake followers: Unilever takes stand to make advertising transparent

LONDON: Consumer goods giant Unilever — the world’s second-biggest advertiser — is cutting ties with digital media “influencers” that buy followers, saying it wants to help make advertising more transparent. With big brands advertising more on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, a cottage industry of “influencers” has sprung up, in which celebrities and other popular people earn money...

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Digital media’s fake followers: Unilever takes stand to make advertising transparent

LONDON: Consumer goods giant Unilever — the world’s second-biggest advertiser — is cutting ties with digital media “influencers” that buy followers, saying it wants to help make advertising more transparent. With big brands advertising more on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, a cottage industry of “influencers” has sprung up, in which celebrities and other popular people earn money...

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Stephen Hawking’s voice beamed into space during London burial

A message from late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking was beamed towards the nearest black hole on Friday as his remains were laid to rest in London's Westminster Abbey. With celebrities and science enthusiasts from around the world in attendance, the ashes of the theoretical physicist were interred by the graves of fellow science greats Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin....

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Elon Musk’s Boring Co to build high-speed airport link in Chicago

Chicago has selected Elon Musk’s Boring Co to build a $1 billion underground transit system that will whisk people from Chicago’s downtown Loop district to O’Hare International Airport at 150 miles per hour (240 km per hour), the billionaire entrepreneur and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Thursday. The system will travel the 17 miles from downtown to O’Hare, one of...

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AT&T closes mega-merger with Time Warner

Wireless and broadband colossus AT&T on Thursday announced the close of its $85 billion merger with media-entertainment conglomerate Time Warner. The news came just two days after a US federal judge approved the deal, delivering a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump's administration in its first major antitrust court case. "We're going to bring a fresh approach to how the...

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Samsung commits to using only renewable energy by 2020

Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest smartphone maker, has pledged to convert its operations in the United States, Europe and China to using only solar and other renewable energy by 2020. With its announcement Thursday, the tech giant joins Apple and other Silicon Valley companies in making such a commitment, but it faces bigger challenges due to its vast factory network,...

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‘Norman,’ when artificial intelligence goes psycho

SAN FRANCISCO: No, it's not a new horror film. It´s Norman: also known as the first psychopathic artificial intelligence, just unveiled by US researchers. The goal is to explain in layman's terms how algorithms are made and to make people aware of AI's potential dangers. Norman "represents a case study on the dangers of Artificial Intelligence gone wrong when biased...

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Deadly battles continue between gamers at E3 showcase

LOS ANGELES: Bandits, soldiers, demons, zombies, aliens and other enemies will be shot, stabbed, bludgeoned, incinerated, or even blow up on the show floor of the Electronic Entertainment Expo opening here Tuesday. Deadly conflicts played out with stunning arsenals in creative fictional settings remain at the heart of blockbuster action video games, with imagery getting richer and fight mechanics smoother...

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Yahoo Messenger is finally shutting down next month

Web Desk: Finally It's the end of an era for die-hard Yahoo users as the messaging app that many people probably didn't know still existed, is finally shutting down for good. The company announced last week that it will end support for Yahoo Messenger after July 17, 2018. While you can keep using the service until then, after that point...

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Despite Trump deal, China’s ZTE, Huawei to face closed doors in US market

Chinese telecoms companies like ZTE and Huawei face severely tightened access to the US market despite the Trump administration's deal this week to give ZTE a lifeline after it agreed to a steep fine. Amid persistent worries that their phones, routers and other products will open a path for Beijing's spying on the United States, analysts say the US government...

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Blockbuster antitrust trial impact to go beyond AT&T, Time Warner

With a judge set to rule in the trial over the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, any decision could have a far-reaching impact on the media and communications sector and the future course of antitrust enforcement. US District Judge Richard Leon is set to announce his verdict June 12 in the $85 billion merger of wireless and broadband giant...

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Anti-meddling task force set up ahead of Australian by-elections to prevent Cyber attacks

MELBOURNE: Australia has established a security task force to guard against cyber attacks and interference in elections, the government said on Saturday, amid concerns foreign powers are meddling in domestic affairs and ahead of five elections next month. The newly-created Electoral Integrity Task Force will identify and address risks to Australia’s electoral process, a Department of Home Affairs spokesperson told...

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China’s ZTE vows to clean up its act following US deal

China's ZTE has pledged to dish out internal punishments and address flaws in its corporate culture after Washington and Beijing reached a deal to ease sanctions that had pushed the telecoms equipment maker to the brink of collapse. Washington in April banned the sale of crucial US components to ZTE for seven years after finding it had failed to take...

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Negative social media experiences linked to depression

Negative experiences on social media carry more weight than positive interactions when it comes to the likelihood of young adults reporting depressive symptoms, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, suggests that negative experiences on social media were associated with depressive symptoms. "We found that positive experiences on social media were not related...

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FB admits privacy settings ‘bug’ affecting 14 million users

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook acknowledged Thursday a software glitch that changed the settings of some 14 million users, potentially making some posts public even if they were intended to be private. The news marked the latest in a series of privacy embarrassments for the world’s biggest social network, which has faced a firestorm over the hijacking of personal data on tens...

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Amazon to show live Premier League football matches

LONDON: Amazon has secured the rights to show English Premier League football matches for the first time in further evidence of their financial might in the bidding wars for sports events, the league said Thursday. The giant online retailer will show 20 Premier League matches a season for three years, starting from the 2019/20 season. The US company is the...

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Facebook confirms data sharing with Chinese companies

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc said Tuesday it has data sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese companies including Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone maker, which has come under scrutiny from US intelligence agencies on security concerns. The social media company said Huawei, computer maker Lenovo Group, and smartphone makers OPPO and TCL Corp were among about 60 companies worldwide that...

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