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    👍 | Twitter permanently suspends Trump, cites risk…

    Social media company Twitter permanently suspended US President Donald Trump's account from its platform on Friday, citing a risk of further incitement of violence. Twitter suspended his account for 12 hours on Wednesday after he encouraged supporters to head to the Capitol, which led to a deadly storming of the building and halted a Congressional joint sitting, and threatened permanent suspension if he broke their rules again. On Friday he tweeted “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future…

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    👍 | Facebook bans Trump from access to accounts ind…

    Facebook banned President Donald Trump from his accounts indefinitely on Thursday, one day after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building. “The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden, ”Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.“ We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we hav…

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    👍 | Facebook bans Trump from access to accounts ind…

    Facebook banned President Donald Trump from his accounts indefinitely on Thursday, one day after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building. “The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden, ”Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.“ We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we hav…

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    👍 | Facebook bans Trump from access to accounts ind…

    Facebook banned President Donald Trump from his accounts indefinitely on Thursday, one day after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building. “The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate the President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden, ”Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.“ We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have…

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    📱 | Chrome Music Lab lets you experiment with music…

    Forget piano lessons and sheet music: Google is making it fun and easy to learn the basics of music online with a series of hands-on experiments at the Chrome Music Lab. Teachers, schoolchildren and even adults can learn something new at the lab – or At least have some fun while they're there. About a dozen experiments, as the modules are called, can be used in the browser and don't require any special knowledge. Activities include using a sequencer to arrange little ditties or to create melodies . The spectrogram, which shows the spectrum of frequencies of a trumpet, for example, is visually a…

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    📱 | Five search tricks to get better results on Google

    When it comes to finding exactly what you're looking for on the multiverse of websites out there, it's all about little things called operators. If you ever have to go beyond page one of Google's search results, then it's time to crack open the special toolbox for better online searches. These tweaks to your search will help the search engine better understand what you're looking for. 1: Universal Google searches, not country-specific ones Before you start using operators, you need to make sure you're getting results from the right region. That's because whenever you carry out a search with Go…

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    👍 | Facebook removes Hebrew-language groups spreadi…

    Facebook has taken down four Hebrew-language groups that spread fake news about coronavirus vaccines, a spokeswoman for the social media platform in Israel said on Sunday. Israel's Justice Ministry said the groups had posted “false and misleading information” aimed at spreading “panic” Among Israelis and preventing them from getting inoculated against Covid-19. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to combat doubts among Israelis as to whether the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines it has bought are safe. More than one-third of Israelis have expressed doubts about getting vacc…

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    👍 | Reality TV meets video games… on Facebook? An…

    "Rival Peak," which will run daily for 12 weeks, allows for different levels of user engagement, unfolding as. Part video game, part reality show and part animated series, a new project airing on Facebook wants to shift the thinking on interactive television. a scripted series that will shift based upon audience input. At first glance, “Rival Peak,” which started November 2, might remind you of “The Sims.” Only here we're not controlling characters so much as prodding them along. It also deviates from the Choose Your Own Adventure-inspired feel of many live-action attempts to meld games and tel…

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    👍 | Justice Department claims Facebook discriminate…

    The US Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the social media giant Facebook, alleging that the company discriminated against US workers and reserved jobs for foreigners that the company sponsored to work in the United States. According to a complaint filed by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division on Thursday, Facebook created permanent positions that were only open to temporary visa holders and implemented a recruitment process designed to deter US workers from applying. Companies that sponsor foreigners for authorization to work in the US must prove that they were unable to…

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    👍 | Facebook to acquire customer service start-up K…

    Facebook on Monday said it would acquire the customer service start-up Kustomer. The social media giant did not disclose the financial details of the transaction.According to the Wall Street Journal newspaper, the deal would value New York-based Kustomer at around 1 billion dollars.Kustomer, which was started in 2015, is an omni-channel customer relationship management platform which brings together customer conversations from various channels into a single screen, and also automates repetitive tasks.Facebook said that through the deal, “more people will benefit from customer service that is fa…

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    📱 | Google's Messages app rolls out global support…

    160 characters, no more. For decades, the constraints of SMS mercilessly forced us to get creative with abbreviations and shortened sentences when messaging.No wonder we were all so ready to embrace the new freedoms of messengers like WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal.And yet Just as you thought you'd never have to send another text message, Google is now breathing new life into SMS with the successor to this communication standard.By activating Rich Communications Services (RCS) in its Messages app for Android phones, Google is essentially ending the limits on length, while enabling photos, video…

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    📱 | No more free storage? What to know about Google…

    For years, Google has been giving anyone with a smartphone endless Cloud storage space to back up a reduced-quality version of any and all photos they take – no cost, no limits. But now Google is changing the rules in an effort to get more people to sign up to its paid cloud service, Google One.In practice, this means that from June 2021 onwards, any photos you sync to your Google cloud will start counting towards your free 15 GBs of online storage – the basic quota for every Google account.Photos and videos that you want to upload in original quality have always counted towards the Google Acco…

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    👍 | Twitter launches'fleets' – tweets that get del…

    Twitter has announced a new function allowing users to send tweets and responses that automatically disappears after 24 hours, as part of an effort to get more hesitant users to share their “fleeting” thoughts. ”That thing you didn't tweet but wanted to but We have a place for that now – fleets, ”the platform said, announcing the launch on Twitter. The platform is the latest social media giant to introduce disappearing messages, after WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.Twitter says the aim is to make people “feel more comfortable” about shar…

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    👍 | Facebook introduces'vanish mode' for messenger…

    Facebook has announced it will introduce a “vanish mode” for its Messenger app and for Instagram, following the introduction of a similar feature on Whatsapp.If the so-called vanish mode is activated, messages will be deleted automatically after a certain amount of time , once the receiver has seen them and the sender has left the chat.Vanish mode only works with people you're connected with – for instance Facebook friends – and is activated for everyone in the chat, Facebook says.If the person you're chatting to takes a screenshot of a message in vanish mode, you will receive a notification.Wh…

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    👍 | Twitter restricts Trump tweet about aim to'ste…

    Twitter has restricted a tweet by US President Donald Trump in which he claimed, without proof, that unnamed opponents were seeking to'steal' the election.Users cannot comment on or retweet the post, and a warning was also slapped on the tweet, saying : “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.” Twitter explained its move, saying: “We placed a warning on a Tweet from @realDonaldTrump for making a potentially misleading claim about an election. This action is in line with our Civic Integrity Policy. ”Facebook did…

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    👍 | Facebook slammed for blocking government-critic…

    Press freedom group Reporters Without Borders on Friday accused Facebook of blocking posts in Vietnam containing links to German media articles critical of the government.Vietnamese journalist Trung Khoa Le, who lives in Germany, contacted the group after four of his posts were blocked in Vietnam “ due to local legal restrictions ”in mid-October, according to a statement.Reporters Without Borders said the blocked posts contained links to an article in the German newspaper taz about alleged involvement of a relative of the Vietnamese interior minister in drug smuggling.Another post linked to an…

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    📱 | Ignore the pleas: Your 10-year-old doesn't need…

    It's been decided: Your child is finally ready for a mobile phone. Great – but then there's a cascade of other questions: Should they get a brand-new phone? How do you ensure they can use it safely? Many experts recommend starting with a phone without internet access so that they can become familiar with it for texting and calling.Kristin Langer, a media coach with a German youth initiative, agrees, adding that parents should adopt a step-by-step approach to the mobile and digital world when it comes to their children. ”In order to understand the functions of a smartphone and learn how to protec…

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    👍 | Trump confuses satire site for real news in sto…

    US President Donald Trump posted dozens of tweets on Friday morning on a range of topics, including one that showed he confused a conservative satire website with real news.The conservative Babylon Bee, a news satire website, had a story saying that a widespread Twitter outage on Thursday was the result of efforts to suppress negative news about the son of rival Joe Biden.The joke was tied into the real fact that Twitter had stopped people from sharing a New York Post story about Hunter Biden, saying it violated their terms and conditions . ”Wow, this has never been done in history…. Why is Tw…

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    👍 | Facebook announces ban on ads that discourage v…

    Facebook said on Tuesday that it will now ban advertisements that discourage users from getting a vaccine, in the US technology giant's latest campaign to combat misinformation around the coronavirus pandemic.It is unclear how strict Facebook's policy will be on anti-vaccination content since the ban applies to advertisements that “explicity” discourage someone from being vaccinated. ”Ads that advocate for or against legislation or government policies around vaccines – including a Covid-19 vaccine – are still allowed,” Facebook said.The campaign, timed to coincide with the start of flu season,…

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    👍 | Facebook wants us all to start watching videos…

    Sometimes you want to be around someone without having to keep a dialogue going. For those occasions, the developers at Facebook Messenger think that a new option to watch videos together in video chat will come in handy.The new feature is called “Watch Together” and it appeared on Messenger app and in Messenger Rooms on mobile for iOS and Android in September.Facebook imagines this doesn't need to be limited to viral videos, TV shows or films, and that some people may also want to remotely join the same workout together by running a fitness videos. You'll also be able to watch your own videos…

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    👍 | Facebook bans Holocaust denial, citing rising a…

    Facebook is banning Holocaust denial on its platform, with the social media giant saying it is concerned by rising anti-Semitism, in the latest move restricting controversial content. ”If people search for the Holocaust on Facebook, we'll start directing you to authoritative sources to get accurate information, ”Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday. Zuckerberg, who has long argued that Facebook should not be an arbiter of truth over the content on its platform, said he has“ struggled with the tension ”between protecting free speech and limiting hateful content. ”Drawing the right lines b…

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    👍 | Facebook bans Holocaust denial

    Facebook is banning Holocaust denial on its platform, with the social media giant saying it is concerned by rising anti-Semitism, in the latest move restricting controversial content. ”If people search for the Holocaust on Facebook, we'll start directing you to authoritative sources to get accurate information, ”Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday. Zuckerburg said he has“ struggled with the tension ”between protecting free speech and limiting hateful content.” Drawing the right lines between what is and isn't acceptable speech isn' t straightforward, but with the current state of the wor…

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    📱 | Google loses appeal against payment talks with…

    Google has lost an appeal against an order from the French competition authority telling it to negotiate with news providers over fees it should pay for displaying previews of their sites. The Paris Appeals Court on Thursday rejected the internet giant's appeal against the interim measures imposed by the Autorite de la Concurrence (Competition Authority) in April.However, the court amended the authority's order to clarify that Google could improve its own services in the meantime as long as that didn't affect the interests of the news sites.The authority's April order came after Google decided…

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    📱 | The most overlooked iPhone features, from data…

    If you own a relatively new iPhone, you may have already been checking out the latest features from iOS 14, which arrived in September.And yet many of us are still only getting to grips with the mass of functions buried inside previous generations.For everyone who wants to use less data, save storage space and keep an eye on how much time they're spending on certain apps, these are the lesser-known iPhone and iPad features to be using.MUSIC: When it comes to media playback, for example, Apple introduced several useful options in iOS 13, says iOS expert Leo Becker, who writes for specialist mag…

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    👍 |'The Social Dilemma' will make you truly fear F…

    After watching Netflix's “The Social Dilemma”, taking out your smartphone suddenly feels different. You think about how every interaction changes your mood, how every notification might be manipulating you. The documentary shows us a host of former employees in key positions at Facebook, Google, Twitter and Instagram speaking out about the fundamental crisis. If you have Netflix, you might have already seen that this original, directed by Jeff Orlowski, is currently one of the most-viewed shows on the streaming platform. ”It's plain as day. to me. These services are killing people, ”Tim Kendall, f…

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    📱 | Google unveils two surprisingly affordable new…

    Google's Pixel smartphones, long known for taking some of the best photos can get on a mobile device, were some of the most expensive you could buy last year. But the latest smartphones from Google, unveiled Wednesday night, are now bringing the price of top first there's the new upper-mid-range Pixel 5 costing 5 dollars or 699 euros and then there's new Pixel 630a for 4 dollars or 499 euros – a significant price drop from the previous Pixel 500 generation, which cost up to 4 dollars. At the…

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    👍 | Facebook now lets you back up photos and videos…

    Social networks aren't known for letting to stay in control of all of your data and files like photos and videos. But Facebook is now giving us a new way to easily export media you've shared there.Anyone with a Facebook account can now Also automatically save their photos and videos to their Dropbox storage.The cloud storage service says this transfer will work continuously in the background and that your entire personal photo and video library on Facebook will be synchronized.This means you'll be free to delete any and all media from Facebook without worrying about backing it up first. To rem…

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    📱 | Android 11 is finally here: Here's what new fea…

    For three months now, Google has been letting testers play around with the newest version of Android, checking the beta version for bugs and glitches.Now, Android 11 is finally ready to roll out onto some smartphone models, Google says. Among the phones getting the updated mobile operating system will be Google's Pixel phones starting from the second generation, as well as some Xiaomi, Oneplus, Oppo and Realme phones.More brands and models are due to follow in the coming months, after manufacturers adapt Android 11 to their devices . If you're wondering whether an Android 11 update is planned f…

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    📱 | Google to switch to carbon-free energy by 2030

    Internet giant Google plans to switch to carbon-free energy in its offices and data centers by 2030, chief executive Sundar Pichai announced on Monday. ”We'll do it by purchasing around-the-clock, carbon-free energy everywhere we operate, ”Pichai said in a video statement. He said Google would promote technologies for energy production without the emission of carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change, and“ support policies that will create a zero-carbon electricity system. ”Google said in a statement. that it would also compensate any carbon emitted since its inception in 1998 until 2007…

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    📱 | Apple announces iPhone 12 launch event for Sept…

    Apple has announced an annual launch event on September 15, at which it is expected to unveil its newest iPhones, as well as other major devices including over-ear headphones and a new iPad.In a typically mysterious manner, the company has announced little more than the time of the event – ​​September 15, 2020, at 10 am PT (1700 GMT) – and there is still no confirmation of what device will be launched. However, Apple is widely expected to launch the successor to the iPhone 11, while also rumoured to feature a new iPad with a Pro-styled design and a new Apple Watch with a cheaper model.According t…

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    👍 | Facebook to ban new political ads in week be for…

    Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said his company will not allow new political advertisements to run on the platform in the week before the US presidential election. The company will, however, allow ads that began running before the final week to remain.And Zuckerberg did not say that Facebook would stop allowing politicians to run misleading ads in the meantime, allowing political candidates to show ads with lies until Election Day on November 3.In justifying the decision, the tech executive noted that the ads published before the final week of election season will be published transpa…

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    📱 | Does this tab spark joy? Who cares: Chrome now…

    “Open in new tab.” Few browser functions are more important when it comes to getting research done online.To prevent things from getting cluttered with dozens of open websites, Google is now maximizing the power of the tab with a new organizational approach to Chrome .The popular browser already allowed us to group tabs together, but Google now wants you to tidily collapse away entire groups of tabs into a neat folder.This means you can hit pause on your holiday research and keep your browser clean and distraction-free without having to go all Marie Kondo on old tabs that may or may not spark j…

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    👍 | Facebook to sue Thailand over demand to block a…

    Facebook said it would legally challenge a request by the Thai government to restrict access in Thailand to an anti-monarchy group, the day after initially complying with the demand. Facebook blocked access in Thailand to the Royalist Marketplace group on Monday, which has over a million members. ”After careful review, Facebook has determined that we are compelled to restrict access to content which the Thai government has deemed to be illegal,” a Facebook company spokesperson said in a statement emailed to dpa on Tuesday. However, the company said it had done so reluctantly. ”Requests like this a…

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    👍 | Oculus users to be forced into signing up for F…

    When Facebook took over a budding VR company called Oculus in 2014, they promised that it would remain an independent entity. Now the tech giant is officially turning Oculus into a Facebook-branded VR experience.Users of Oculus VR headsets will sooner or later be forced to create a social media account on Facebook if they want to keep using their devices to the full extent, Facebook subsidiary Oculus has announced. Existing customers will have until January 2023 to continue playing without Facebook.Come 2023, however, support for all Oculus accounts be discontinued. New customers and newly purc…

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    📱 | Google Maps is coming back to the Apple Watch

    In 2017 Google discontinued its Maps app for the Apple Watch. But now the most popular maps platform is returning to Apple's smartwatch.According to Google, the app will be rolled out worldwide in the coming weeks.With Maps, Google is promises car, bicycle , walking and public transport navigation, including directions on when to turn, instructions on how long to keep going and an estimated arrival time.For saved destinations, you can even start navigating straight from your watch and won't have to take your phone out .For all other navigations, you'll be able to continue seeing any route you've…