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Facebook dating service rolling out in Colombia

Facebook said Friday a dating service it teased early this year is being rolled out in Colombia. The social media giant chose the Latin American country as its test lab because Colombians are particularly avid fans of using social networks and websites to find partners. The new feature, rolled out in Colombia this week, allows users to create a separate...

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Video makers want YouTube to change subscription tool

ANAHEIM:  Video makers with millions of subscribers on YouTube expressed frustration at a trade show last week that the service notifies only a portion of their followers about new posts, causing declines in viewership and their revenue. The gap between viewership and subscribers, which is akin to followers on Twitter or page likes on Facebook, emerged as the latest rallying...

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Uber battles to keep London license in court appeal

LONDON: Uber goes to court on Monday to overturn a decision stripping it of its license in London after being ruled unfit to run a taxi service in its most important European market. Regulator Transport for London (TfL) shocked the Silicon Valley firm last September by refusing to renew its license, citing failings in its approach to reporting serious criminal...

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Teens getting away from FB, looks other way around to connect

SAN FRANCISCO: Manon, 17, has a Facebook account but to connect with her friends she turns to other social networks like Instagram or Snapchat. "I don't use it to post status updates or personal information," the San Francisco teen says. Manon maintains her Facebook account to be able to stay in touch with the large number of users on the...

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Facebook, Twitter for Hezbollah abruptly deactivated

Web Desk: It is reported that Facebook and Twitter accounts of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement have been closed, the group said on Saturday. A website associated with the group accused the US-based social websites of running an “anti-media campaign,” . Israeli media reports said internet users have been directed to new and already existing pages associated with Hezbollah. There was no...

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YouTube offers creators new ways to earn money

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube, often criticized for not compensating creators well enough, will allow them to set up paid channel memberships, the company said on Thursday. Currently the vast majority of revenue at the Google-owned service comes from advertising and that will remain a focus, said Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief products officer. “But we also want to think beyond ads. Creators...

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Instagram to compete YouTube expands into long videos

Facebook Inc-owned social network Instagram launched a mobile app on Wednesday dedicated to user-generated videos up to an hour long, intensifying the competition for consumers’ time among ad-supported streaming services such as YouTube. Called IGTV in a nod to traditional television, the service plans to feature videos from rising internet celebrities, artists and pets, some of whom have tens of...

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Facebook to offer interactive game shows on video platform

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said Tuesday it is offering a series of new formats for its online video platform including interactive game shows, quizzes and polls. The new formats will be available to those creating video content on the social network, which is searching for a niche to compete against rivals ranging from Netflix to Google-owned YouTube. One of the features...

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Apple fined millions for Australia false iPhone claims

SYDNEY: Apple was Tuesday fined Aus$9 million (US$6.7 million) by an Australian court for making false claims about consumer rights when refusing to fix faulty iPhones and iPads previously repaired by a third party. Customers of the US tech giant had complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after an operating system update disabled their devices in a...

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Audi chief executive arrested in dieselgate probe

FRANKFURT MAIN: Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler was arrested on Monday in connection with parent company Volkswagen’s “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal, with prosecutors saying they feared he might try to suppress evidence. The dramatic development comes a week after Munich prosecutors raided Stadler’s home after charging him with fraud and falsifying documents that allowed diesel vehicles equipped with cheating software...

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Bitcoin could ‘bring internet to a halt’: BIS

ZURICH: The Bank for International Settlements in a report warned digital currencies like bitcoin could overwhelm and break the internet if they continue to grow. The BIS, often described as the central bank for central banks, also warned, in a 24-page report published on its website on Sunday, that cryptocurrencies cannot be trusted the way sovereign currencies can. Unlike central...

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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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