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    👍 | Twitter lawyer tells court Musk has not backed …

    By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) -Elon Musk's review of Twitter Inc accounts by his advisers did not back up the billionaire's allegation that the number of fake users was “wildly higher” than 5% as he claimed when he said he was ending the Twitter takeover deal in July, a Twitter lawyer told a judge on Tuesday. Documents obtained from two data scientists employed by Musk showed they estimated in early July that the number of fake accounts on the platform at 5.3% and 11%, the Twitter lawyer told a Delaware judge. “None of these analyzes so far as we can tell remotely supported what Mr. M…

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    👍|Elon Musk's Twitter deposition rescheduled for …

    By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) -Elon Musk's deposition by Twitter Inc lawyers has been rescheduled from this week to Oct. 6-7, just 10 days before a trial over his bid to walk away from the $44 billion takeover, and the delay could play in the social network company's favor. The deposition of the world's richest person was originally scheduled for this week but sources close to the litigation on Monday said that the timing of the interview was always subject to change given the fast-tracked nature of the litigation. The two sides are conducting dozens of depositions and reviewing tousa…

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    👍|Twitter to interview Elon Musk, known for comba…

    By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) – Billionaire Elon Musk's tendency to dish out insults while being questioned under oath will be tested anew on Monday, when lawyers for Twitter Inc are due to interview the Tesla Inc CEO about his abrupt decision in July to ditch his $44 billion deal for the social media company. Testifying in past legal battles, the world's richest person has called opposing attorneys “reprehensible,” questioned their happiness and accused them of “extortion.” He asked one attorney if he was working on a contingency because the lawyer's client was allegedly behind on chi…

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    👍|Meta says working to fix Instagram outage

    (Reuters) -Meta Platforms Inc said on Thursday that several users were having trouble accessing its social network, Instagram. “We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible,” Meta said. About 7,000 users reported issues with the platform, according to Downdetector. The user reports were as high as 24,000 earlier, said Downdetector, which tracks outages by collating status reports from a number of sources including user-submitted errors on its platform. Several users took to Twitter to share updates and memes about the service disruption, with #instagramdown trending as ah…

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    👍 | Instagram down for thousands of users – Downdet…

    (Reuters) – Meta Platform's Instagram was down for thousands of users on Thursday, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.com. Nearly 19,000 users were having trouble accessing the social network, according to Downdetector, which tracks outages by collating status reports from a number of sources including user-submitted errors on its platform. The outage may be affecting a larger number of users. Meta did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment. (Reporting by Savyata Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)

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    👍 | Facebook whistleblower launches nonprofit to so…

    By Sheila Dang (Reuters) – Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is launching a nonprofit organization that will seek solutions to harms created by social media, she said on Thursday. The former product manager at Facebook, since renamed Meta Platforms, made headlines last year after coming out as the source of thousands of leaked internal documents, which she said detailed the social media company's failures to protect teen girls on Instagram and clamp down on vaccine misinformation. Facebook has consistently said it disagrees with Haugen's characterization. Her nonprofit, Beyond the Screen, …

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    👍 | Twitter expands research group to study content…

    By Sheila Dang and Katie Paul (Reuters) – Twitter Inc plans to provide more data to external researchers who study online misinformation and moderation, the social media company said Thursday, part of what it says is an effort to increase transparency on the platform. company will also open an application process to allow more people working in academia, civil society and journalism to join the Twitter Moderation Research Consortium, a group that Twitter formed in pilot mode earlier this year and has access to the datasets. flow of harmful content on social…

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    👍 | Italy's watchdog asks Facebook for clarification…

    MILAN (Reuters) – Italy's Data Protection Agency has asked Facebook to clarify the activities the social media giant has engaged in ahead of Sunday's national elections, it said on Thursday. Tech giant Meta, which owns social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, has Launched an information campaign targeting potential Italian voters ahead of a parliamentary election called for Sept. 25. The initiative, which Meta says is aimed at countering interference and removing content that discourages voting, includes collaboration with independent fact-checking organizations and the use of a …

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    👍 | Twitter expands recommendations push with new t…

    By Katie Paul (Reuters) – Twitter is expanding how it recommends posts from accounts that users do not follow, the social media company announced on Tuesday. As part of the expansion, it is also building tools for users to control and provide feedback on that “With millions of people signing up for Twitter every day, we want to make it easier for everyone to connect with accounts and Topics that interest them,” Twitter said in a blog post. year on what they call “unconnected content,” or posts from accounts users do not follow,…

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    👍|Twitter to depose Elon Musk in Delaware on Sept…

    By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) -Twitter Inc will question Elon Musk under oath in Delaware next week as part of the litigation in the billionaire's bid to walk away from his $44 billion deal for the social media company. A Tuesday filing in Delaware's Court of Chancery said Musk's deposition is scheduled for Sept. 26-27 and may stretch into Sept. 28 if necessary. The two sides are locked in an increasingly acrimonious legal battle that has swept up of some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and Wall Street. Subpoenas have been issued to billionaire Larry Ellison, the co-founder of …

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    📱|Exclusive-Google faces pressure in India to help…

    By Nupur Anand and Ira Dugal MUMBAI (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google has been asked by the Indian government and the central bank to introduce more stringent checks to help curb the use of illegal digital lending applications in India, according to sources.Even though Google doesn't fall under the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) ambit, the US tech giant has been called several times in the last few months to meetings by the central bank and the Indian government and urged to introduce tougher checks and balances that can help in weeding out such apps, according to four sources. Indian regula…

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    👍 | Elon Musk accuses Twitter of security lapses in…

    By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) -Billionaire Elon Musk accused Twitter Inc of fraud by concealing serious flaws in the social media company's data security, which the entrepreneur said should allow him to end his $44 billion deal for the company, according to Musk, the world's richest person, amended his previously filed lawsuit by adopting allegations by a Twitter whistleblower, who told Congress on Tuesday of meddling on the influential social media platform by foreign agents. The chief executive of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc also alleged that Twitter hi…

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    📱|Analysis-Google's court setback is good news fo…

    By Foo Yun Chee LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Google's court defeat on Wednesday is set to strengthen EU antitrust regulators' hand against Big Tech as they roll out landmark rules next year to rein in their powers and force them to play fair with rivals. rivals of Alphabet unit Google, Amazon, Apple and Meta fear the deep-pocketed tech giants may challenge the new rules known as the Digital Markets Act (DMA) in court, tying up regulators and jamming the process. dos and don'ts for gatekeepers, companies that control data and access to their platforms, targeting…

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    👍 | US Senator thinks Twitter and Facebook may new…

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Senator Lindsay Graham, a Republican critic of social media companies like Meta's Facebook and Twitter, said on Tuesday that he wants to create a way to regulate, and perhaps license, social media companies. a measure — he did not say what form it would take — with Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, and Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican. Graham could not be reached for further comment and Warren and Hawley did not immediately return a call for comment. At a hearing to discuss security lapses at Twitter, Graham said the companies …

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    📱 | US signs deal with Google to develop chips fo…

    By Kanishka Singh WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The US Commerce Department said it reached a cooperative research and development agreement with Alphabet Inc's Google to produce chips that researchers can use to develop new nanotechnology and semiconductor devices. of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Google. The chips will be manufactured by semiconductor company SkyWater Technology at its Bloomington, Minnesota, semiconductor foundry, the department said on Tuesday. Google will pay the initial cost of setting up production …

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    👍|Twitter whistleblower says at least one Chinese…

    By Sheila Dang (Reuters) – Disclosures from a former Twitter Inc executive turned whistleblower show that at least one Chinese agent is working at the company, Senator Chuck Grassley said in his opening remarks during a Senate hearing on Tuesday featuring testimony from the whistleblower. testimony of Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, a famed hacker who served as Twitter's head of security until his firing last year, comes as Twitter and Musk head to trial next month over whether the $44 billion deal should be completed. Later on Tuesday, Twitter will also announce the results of a shareholder vote on…

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    👍 | Twitter whistleblower to detail 'dire' security…

    By Sheila Dang (Reuters) -A former Twitter Inc executive turned whistleblower is set to testify on Tuesday before a US Senate committee about his claims of serious security lapses at the social media network. A deadline for Twitter shareholders to vote on Elon Musk's deal to buy the company also falls on Tuesday. The testimony of Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, a famed hacker who served as Twitter's head of security until his firing last year, comes as Twitter and Musk head to trial next month over whether the $44 billion deal should be completed. The San Francisco-based company sued Musk for termina…

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    📱|Google faces $25.4 billion damages claims in UK…

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Alphabet unit Google will face damages claims for up to 25 billion euros ($25.4 billion) over its digital advertising practices in two suits to be filed in British and Dutch courts in the coming weeks by a law firm on behalf of publishers. Google's adtech has recently drawn scrutiny from antitrust regulators following complaints from publishers. The French competition watchdog imposed a 220-million-euro fine on the company last year while the European Commission and its UK peers are investigating whether Google's adtech business gives it an unfair advantage...

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    👍|From block to blue ticks: How China became big …

    By Fanny Potkin, Eduardo Baptista and Tony Munroe SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) – Even as China bars 1.4 billion citizens from Twitter, its local authorities are splurging on global advertising on the site, helping make the country the platform's fastest-growing overseas ad market and one of its largest non-US revenue sources. A Reuters review of publicly available government tenders, budget documents and promoted tweets from 2020 to 2022 shows local authorities and Chinese Communist Party propaganda offices for cities, provinces and even districts across the country have flocked to Twitter to…

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    👍|Twitter says Musk's latest attempt to scrap dea…

    (Reuters) -Twitter Inc said on Monday payments made to a whistleblower did not breach any terms of its $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk, after the world's richest man made another attempt to scrap the deal. In a letter to Twitter on Friday, lawyers for Musk said Twitter's failure to seek his consent before paying $7.75 million to whistleblower Peiter Zatko and his lawyers violated the merger agreement, which restricts when Twitter could make such payments. Twitter's lawyers responded on Monday, saying Musk's reasoning to back out of the deal is “invalid and wrongful”. Shares of the social media…

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    👍 | Twitter says whistleblower payment does not bre…

    (Reuters) -Twitter Inc said on Monday payments made to a whistleblower did not breach any terms of its $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk, after the world's richest man cited the move as another reason to scrap the deal. Friday, lawyers for Musk said Twitter's failure to seek his consent before paying $7.75 million to whistleblower Peiter Zatko and his lawyers violated the merger agreement, which restricts when Twitter could make such payments. Zatko, who was fired by Twitter in January as the company's security head, last month accused the social media firm of falsely c…

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    👍 | Twitter responds to Musk's letter, says it did …

    (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Monday payments made to a whistleblower did not breach any conditions of its $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk, after the world's richest man cited the move as another reason to scrap the deal.In a Friday letter to Twitter , lawyers for Musk said Twitter's failure to seek his consent before paying $7.75 million to whistleblower Peiter Zatko and his lawyers violated the merger agreement, which restricted when Twitter could make such payments. (Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva )

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    👍|Twitter agreed to pay whistleblower $7 million …

    (Reuters) -Twitter Inc agreed in June to pay $7 million to settle a compensation dispute with the whistleblower whose allegations will be part of Elon Musk's case against the company, according to a source familiar with the matter. Whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, who was fired by Twitter in January and was the company's security head, last month accused the social media firm of falsely claiming it had a solid security plan and making misleading statements about its defenses against hackers and spam accounts. Zatko will meet the US Senate Judiciary committee on Sept. 13 to discuss the all…

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    👍|Musk can use whistleblower claims, but judge wo…

    By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) -Elon Musk's can use a whistleblower's claims in his legal case against Twitter Inc but the billionaire cannot delay the trial over his attempt to walk away from his $44 billion deal for the company, a judge ruled Wednesday. “I am convinced that even four weeks' delay would risk further harm to Twitter,” wrote Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick of Delaware's Court of Chancery, in affirming the trial will start next month. Shares of Twitter rose about 4% in early Wednesday trading. to $40.15. “We are hopeful that winning the motion to amend takes us one step cl…

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    📱 | Google to launch Pixel Watch, Pixel 7 on Oct 6

    (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google will on Oct. 6 launch the Pixel 7 and its first smartwatch as the company prepares to take on a new line of rival products from Apple Inc expected on Wednesday. Google's new devices would be available for purchase from the launch day onwards at GoogleStore.com and at its physical stores in the New York City area, the company said in a blog post on Tuesday. https://bit.ly/3QlNhEX The Pixel 7 phones will run on Android 13 and feature the latest iteration of Google's custom mobile chip called Tensor. The launch event will take place at 10 am ET (2 pm GMT) in the …

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    👍 | Meta's Facebook agrees to settle data privacy l…

    (Reuters) – Meta Platforms Inc's Facebook has in-principle agreed to settle a lawsuit in the San Francisco federal court seeking damages for letting third parties including Cambridge Analytica access the private data of users, a court filing showed. in the filing on Friday that asked the judge to put the class action on hold for 60 days until the lawyers for both plaintiffs and Facebook finalize a written settlement. The four-year-old lawsuit alleged that Facebook violated consumer privacy laws by sharing personal data of users with third parties such as …

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    📱|Google to clearly label US medical facilities…

    (Reuters) – Google will clearly label medical facilities in the United States that provide abortions in its search results and in Google Maps to avoid confusing them with anti-abortion centers, its top executive informed lawmakers on Thursday. near me”, the results box will display facilities verified to provide abortions, said Mark Isakowitz, vice president for government affairs and public policy for US and Canada at Google, in a letter to Senator Mark Warner and Representative Elissa Slotkin. /bit.ly/3CFFQoO) The tech giant will also allow peo…

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    👍 | Jack Dorsey says his biggest regret is Twitter …

    By Sheila Dang (Reuters) -Twitter founder and former chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted Thursday that he regrets the social media platform became a company. “The biggest issue and my biggest regret is that it became a company,” Dorsey tweeted in response to a question about whether Twitter turned out the way he had envisioned. Dorsey stands to receive $978 million if the agreement for billionaire Elon Musk to buy Twitter is completed. When asked about what structure he wished Twitter would operate under, Dorsey said that it should be “ a protocol” and that Twitter should not be owned by a stat…

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    👍 | Twitter whistleblower to meet with Senate panel…

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The US Senate Judiciary committee will hold a hearing on Sept. 13 with Twitter Inc's former security chief Peiter “Mudge” Zatko to discuss allegations from his whistleblower complaint that the social media company misled regulators. Zatko, who accused Twitter of falsely claiming it had a solid security plan and making misleading statements about its defenses against hackers and spam accounts, has already discussed his complaint with staffs of the chair and ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the staff of the Sen…

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    👍 | Twitter removes rape video posted by Italy's Me…

    ROME (Reuters) – Twitter removed on Tuesday a video of a Ukrainian woman being raped by a migrant in an Italian city that was posted by far-right leader Giorgia Meloni, who is leading the race to become Italy's next prime minister. blurred video, which was originally published on a newspaper website, late on Sunday, saying she could not remain silent in the face of “this atrocious episode of sexual violence”. accused her of adding to the victim's misery by putting out the video without…

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    👍 | US lawmakers unveil bill to help news media n…

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of US lawmakers on Monday released a revised version of a bill aimed at making it easier for news organizations to negotiate collectively with platforms like Google and Facebook. organizations' ability to negotiate collectively and secure fair terms from gatekeeper platforms that regularly access news content without paying for its value,” according to a news release from the lawmakers. The group includes Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar and Republican Senator John Kenne…

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    📱|OK Google, get me a Coke: AI giant demos soda-f…

    By Paresh Dave MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google is combining the eyes and arms of physical robots with the knowledge and conversation skills of virtual chatbots to help its employees fetch soda and chips from breakrooms with ease. shown in action to reporters last week, embody an artificial intelligence breakthrough that paves the way for multipurpose robots as easy to control as ones that perform single, structured tasks such as vacuuming or standing guard. Google robots are not ready for sale. a few dozen simple actions, and th…

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    👍 | Twitter plan to fight midterm misinformation fa…

    By Sheila Dang (Reuters) -Twitter Inc on Thursday set out a plan to combat the spread of election misinformation that revives previous strategies, but civil and voting rights experts said it would fall short of what is needed to prepare for the upcoming US midterm elections The social media company said it will apply its civic integrity policy, introduced in 2018, to the Nov. 8 midterms, when numerous US Senate and House of Representatives seats will be up for election. The policy relies on labeling or removing posts with misleading content, focused on messages intended to stop voting or …

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    👍 | Twitter reintroduces election misinformation ru…

    By Sheila Dang (Reuters) – Twitter Inc will revive features on the social media site to promote accurate information about the November US midterm election and clamp down on false and misleading posts, the company said in a blog post on Thursday. Civil rights and online misinformation experts have accused social media and tech platforms of not doing enough to prevent the spread of misinformation, including the idea that President Joe Biden did not win the 2020 election. Twitter will apply its civic integrity policy, introduced in 2018, to the Nov. 8 midterms when all 435 seats in the US Ho…