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European Union states agree rules to make search engines pay for news

BRUSSELS: Search engines like Google and Microsoft’s Bing could be made to pay for showing snippets of news articles under draft copyright rules endorsed by European Union ambassadors on Friday. The measure, which is not yet final, would allow press publishers to ask search engines to pay them for showing their articles for up to one year after publication. The...

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Tesla says autopilot was engaged during fatal crash

Electric car maker Tesla has confirmed the autopilot was engaged during a fatal crash last week, a development set to exacerbate concerns over the safety of autonomous vehicles. A Tesla Model X collided with a highway barrier near the town of Mountain View in California on March 23, catching fire before it was struck by two other cars. The driver,...

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Zuckerberg disavows memo saying all user growth is good

SAN FRANCISCO: A Facebook Inc executive said in an internal memo in 2016 that the social media company needed to pursue adding users above all else, BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday, prompting disavowals from the executive and Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg. The memo from Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook vice president, had not been previously reported as Facebook faces...

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Huawei unveils 68-megapixel triple camera smartphone

Web Desk: The Chinese electronic giant 'Huawei' has launched its P20 and P20 Pro smartphones on Tuesday, claiming that it has 68-megapixel triple camera much better than 'iPhone X'. The P20 packs a triple camera with artificial intelligence capabilities, super-slow motion video recording, and extreme low-light functionality. Other key specs include an almost bezeless display, no headphone jack, and the...

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Facebook to give users more control over personal information

Facebook Inc is giving users more control over their privacy by making data management easier and redesigning the settings menu, the company said on Wednesday, in the wake of a scandal over a breach that exposed the personal information of millions and was allegedly used by a political consultancy. The company also said it would propose in the coming weeks...

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Twitter bans cryptocurrency ads on fraud fears

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter announced a ban on ads for initial offerings of cryptocurrency or sales of virtual currency tokens, sending the value of bitcoin diving below $8,000. Twitter followed the lead of Google and Facecook, which earlier this year cracked down on digital currency ads to protect users from being duped. “We are committed to ensuring the safety of the...

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US lawmakers formally ask Facebook CEO to testify on user data

WASHINGTON: US lawmakers on Friday formally asked Facebook Inc’s Mark Zuckerberg to explain at a congressional hearing how 50 million users’ data got into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The world’s largest social media network is under growing pressure from governments, investors, and advertisers. This follows allegations by a whistleblower that British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed...

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Musk deletes Facebook pages of Tesla, SpaceX after challenged on Twitter

Verified Facebook pages of Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX and electric carmaker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) disappeared on Friday, minutes after the Silicon Valley billionaire promised on Twitter to take down the pages when challenged by users. "Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you're the man?" a user tweeted to Tesla Chief Executive Musk. His response: "I didn't realize there was...

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Zuckerberg´s shine dims as guardian of Facebook users

Mark Zuckerberg rose to wealth and fame with a mission of connecting everyone through Facebook, but now faces the wrath of users outraged he isn´t doing more to defend their data. The latest crisis laying siege to the leading online social network has raised the spectre that he has lost control of his creation and been naive about the unintended...

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US FTC investigating Facebook data scandal: media

WASHINGTON: The US Federal Trade Commission, a consumer and competition watchdog, is investigating Facebook after a major data scandal that affected 50 million users, US media reported on Tuesday. A probe by the FTC would add further pressure on the social media giant which faces calls by Britain's Parliament and the European Commission for urgent investigations, while US lawmakers have...

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Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook mistakes with user data, vows curbs

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information. The world’s largest social media network is facing growing government scrutiny in Europe and the United States about a whistleblower’s allegations that London-based...

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App developer says he is scapegoat in Facebook data row

The academic behind the app which harvested data from 50 million Facebook users said Wednesday he was being used as a scapegoat in the row over online privacy. Aleksandr Kogan said that British firm Cambridge Analytica, which is at the centre of a major scandal rocking Facebook, assured him that what he was doing was "perfectly legal and within the...

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FB security chief changes role to focus on election fraud

Facebook's chief of security late Monday said his role has shifted to focusing on emerging risks and election security at the global social network, which is under fire for letting its platform be used to spread bogus news and manipulate voters. Alex Stamos revealed the change in his role at work after a New York Times report that he was...

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Facebook critics want regulation, investigation after data misuse

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc faced new calls for regulation from within US Congress and was hit with questions about personal data safeguards on Saturday after reports a political consultant gained inappropriate access to 50 million users’ data starting in 2014. Facebook disclosed the issue in a blog post on Friday, hours before media reports that conservative-leaning Cambridge Analytica, a data...

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Profile Picture security, facebook launches new feature for Pakistan

Facebook on Thursday introduced new tools in Pakistan allowing users to protect their profile pictures from being downloaded and shared, a move that may help reduce misuse of images on the popular social networking site. “Last year we piloted new tools that gave people in India more control over who can download and share their profile pictures. We are now...

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World’s biggest battery in Australia to trump Musk’s

British billionaire businessman Sanjeev Gupta will build the world's biggest battery in South Australia, officials said Friday, overtaking US star entrepreneur Elon Musk's project in the same state last year. The 120MW/140MWh battery storage facility will support a new solar farm at the Whyalla Steelworks, which was taken over by Gupta's GFG Alliance when it bought Australia's cash-strapped steelmaking giant...

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BlackBerry says CEO Chen to stay on through 2023

BlackBerry Ltd, has extended Executive Chairman and Chief Executive John Chen's contract by five years through November 2023, the Canadian company said on Thursday. Chen joined BlackBerry in November 2013, charged with breathing life into struggling smartphone maker by rebuilding its once booming handset business. (http://reut.rs/2paV7Yw) However, since then, the company has withdrawn from the smartphone manufacturing business and enlarged...

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