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Japan asks Facebook to improve data protection

TOKYO: Japan’s government on Monday told United States (US) technology firm Facebook to better protect its users’ personal data following lapses this year affecting tens of millions of people globally. The government asked the world’s largest social media network to fully communicate security issues to users, increase surveillance of providers of applications on its platform, and inform regulators of any...

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Instagram adds verified accounts to ‘stop bad actors’

Instagram has set out to thwart duplicity with an option to authenticate high-profile accounts at the Facebook-owned image or video sharing social network. Blue badges displayed at Instagram accounts will indicate holders have gone through a verification process that includes providing photos of identity documentation, according to chief technology officer Mike Krieger. “Keeping people with bad intentions off our platform...

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Facebook rolls out video service worldwide

PARIS: Facebook said Wednesday it is rolling out globally its Watch video service, which has already been available in the United States for more than a year. “We designed the product not just in a mindless consumption but in order to get people engaged,” said Fidji Simo, Facebook’s vice president for video. Facebook launched Watch amid a shift in video...

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White House investigating Google after Trump accuses it of bias

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday Google’s search engine was hiding “fair media” coverage of him and said he would address the situation, taking a swipe at the internet giant without providing evidence or giving details of action he might take. The company, part of Alphabet Inc, denied any political bias in its search engine. Trump’s economic adviser,...

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Video game maker cancels three tournaments after shooting

US video game maker Electronic Arts on Tuesday cancelled three tournaments of its Madden NFL 19 football game to review its security measures after a competitor who lost a Florida matchup shot dead two rivals and wounded 11 others. A Florida law firm said it planned to file a civil lawsuit later this week on behalf of the people injured...

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Instagram adds verified accounts to ‘stop bad actors’

SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram on Tuesday set out to thwart duplicity with an option to authenticate high-profile accounts at the Facebook-owned image or video sharing social network. Blue badges displayed at Instagram accounts will indicate holders have gone through a verification process that includes providing photos of identity documentation, according to chief technology officer Mike Krieger. "Keeping people with bad intentions...

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Indian SC seeks WhatsApp’s response on petition alleging it breaches law

India’s top court has asked WhatsApp to respond to a petition that alleges it breaches certain Indian regulations, creating another headache for the Facebook Inc-owned firm already facing pressure in India over fake news. In an order seen by Reuters on Tuesday, India’s Supreme Court asked the messaging service to respond to the petition, filed by a Delhi-based think-tank called...

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China clamping down on transport sector after Didi passenger’s rape and murder

BEIJING - China pledged to tighten oversight of its transportation sector, days after a Didi Chuxing passenger was raped and murdered by her driver, sparking social media outrage and forcing the firm to suspend its carpool service. The killing of a 20-year-old passenger in the eastern city of Wenzhou is the second such incident since May, denting the image of...

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New digital exchange seeks to host Islamic finance startups

A new digital exchange aims to attract listings from sharia compliant financial technology startups, its chief executive said on Monday, part of a growing number of firms looking to modernize Islamic finance. The exchange, known as Huulk, has applied for a digital exchange license in Malta and hopes to partner with several European exchanges in the coming weeks, Huulk chief...

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Automaker Tesla to remain a public company, CEO Musk says

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the company would continue to be publicly traded, weeks after suggesting that he would take the pioneering electric carmaker private. Musk met Tesla´s board of directors on Thursday "and let them know that I believe the better path is for Tesla to remain public. The Board indicated that they agree," he wrote on...

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Twitter CEO to testify before House panel on September 5

WASHINGTON - Twitter Inc’s (TWTR.N) chief executive will testify before a U.S. House of Representatives committee on Sept. 5, the panel said on Friday, after some Republicans raised concerns about social media companies removing content from conservatives. The House Energy and Commerce Committee “intends to ask tough questions about how Twitter monitors and polices content,” Republican Representative Greg Walden, the...

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Google removes several blogs, YouTube accounts linked to Iran

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said on Thursday it had identified and terminated 39 YouTube channels linked to state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. Google has also removed 39 YouTube channels and six blogs on Blogger and 13 Google+ accounts. "Our investigations on these topics are ongoing and we will continue to share our findings with law enforcement and other relevant...

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Facebook suspends hundreds of apps over data concerns

Facebook on Wednesday said it has suspended more than 400 of thousands of applications it has investigated to determine whether people's personal information was being improperly shared. Applications were suspended "due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with the app may have been used," vice president of product partnerships Ime...

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India calls for WhatsApp reforms after lynchings

NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday called on WhatsApp to clamp down on fake news spread on the messaging app that has been blamed for lynchings across the vast South Asian country. Mobs have killed more than 20 people in two months following unfounded allegations spread on the Facebook-owned platform, which has 200 million users in India. Information Technology Minister Ravi...

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FB moves to rate users on trustworthiness, credibility

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc has started scoring its users based on their trustworthiness in an attempt to fight misinformation, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing a company executive. The social media giant developed the rating system over the past year, the newspaper reported, citing an interview with Facebook product manager Tessa Lyons, who is tasked with the company´s efforts to...

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South Korean swaps bitcoins for 2m euros in fake notes

NICE, France: The deal sounded murky from the start: in exchange for bitcoin worth two million euros ($2.3 million), the wealthy buyer would hand over the equivalent sum in cash in a luxury hotel on the French riviera. The seller, a South Korean businessman with a company specialised in the crypto-currency in Singapore, accepted the proposition nevertheless and met the...

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Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giant

BREST, FRANCE: The sight of a basking shark´s brooding silhouette gliding through the waters off western France is more than just a rare treat for sailors -- it is a boon for scientists trying to trace its secretive migrations across the globe. It may be the world´s second largest fish, growing to more than 10 metres (35 feet), but the...

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