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  • ‘Forgot to mention’: Musk corrects claim on Twi…
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    ‘Forgot to mention’: Musk corrects claim on Twi…

    Shortly after announcing that certain features would disappear behind Twitter’s increasingly large paywall, the company’s new owner Elon Musk has revised his earlier claim that only paying users would appear in the popular For You feed. This algorithmic feed, long a central feature of the app, allows users to scroll through some of the top new content on Twitter, but Musk’s plan envisages that anyone not paying for his Twitter Blue subscription won’t have their tweets featured on the For You feed. Less than 24 hours after announcing this, he clarified the matter on Tuesday: “Forgot to mention …

  • Twitter to scrap features for non-paying users …
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    Twitter to scrap features for non-paying users …

    Twitter is set to scrap features for users who do not pay a monthly fee for a blue tick verification, according to new rules shared by billionaire owner Elon Musk. Users of the social media platform who want to remain verified can pay up to $11 a month as part of Musk’s shake-up that will also see voting in polls blocked for non-verified accounts. Musk, who is also the chief executive of the platform, said that paid social media will be “the only social media that matters”. He rolled out the opt-in paid subscription service, called Twitter Blue, after taking on the top job last year, which all…

  • Google’s Pixel phones get AI-supported photo ed…
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    Google’s Pixel phones get AI-supported photo ed…

    Google is introducing a new photo editing feature designed to make it much simpler to remove unwanted objects and people from photos. Rolling out at the end of March as part of a major update to the company’s Pixel range of smartphones, the so-called Magic Eraser uses AI to remove “photobombers” and other unwanted background annoyances. Google says the Magic Eraser will detect potential distractions in your photos, but that you can also circle around or brush over certain parts of a photo to get rid of unwanted parts. If this feature doesn’t work well, there is always the so-called Camouflage …

  • Parts of Twitter source code were accessible on…
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    Parts of Twitter source code were accessible on…

    Parts of the software code of social media platform Twitter were published online following a major data leak, according to court documents. Twitter has requested the US district court for the Northern District of California to issue a subpoena to GitHub, the platform where the code was published, to identify the individual who shared it and provide data on all users who might have seen or downloaded the code. The social media platform, which was bought by billionaire Elon Musk last year, also launched an internal investigation, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing unidentified sources. …

  • France bans TikTok, Twitter, Instagram on civil…
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    France bans TikTok, Twitter, Instagram on civil…

    France is banning TikTok and other popular applications from the mobile phones of civil servants because they offer an inadequate level of security and data protection, authorities in Paris said on Friday. The ban is to come into force immediately, the Ministry of Public Sector Transformation and the Civil Service wrote on Twitter, which is also subject to the ban, along with Instagram and the streaming service Netflix. France is the latest in a succession of countries to take such steps against TikTok for security reasons. The United States, Germany, Britain and the European Commission also b…

  • Bard, Google’s answer to ChatGTP, is now open t…
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    Bard, Google’s answer to ChatGTP, is now open t…

    Google has announced that it’s starting up its AI chatbot Bard, the tech giant’s rival to the Microsoft-affiliated ChatGPT, for users in the US and UK. “We’re starting to open access to Bard, an early experiment that lets you collaborate with generative AI,” Google executives Sissie Hsiao (vice president of product) and Eli Collins (vice president of research) wrote in a blog post which Bard itself helped write. “We’ve learned a lot so far by testing Bard, and the next critical step in improving it is to get feedback from more people,” the company said on Tuesday. The beta test is initially on…

  • Google counters Microsoft’s AI push with cloud …
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    Google counters Microsoft’s AI push with cloud …

    Google has presented a comprehensive initiative with which companies and organisations can build AI applications themselves without much effort. In addition, the office system Google Workspace will be expanded to include AI functions, Google announced on Tuesday. The programme includes the use of language models developed by Google. In addition, the internet company wants to offer a development environment (“MakerSuite”) with which users can build their own AI applications. With this AI initiative, Google is countering a push by Microsoft. The world’s largest software company, which has been l…

  • Meta mulls new Twitter alternative
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    Meta mulls new Twitter alternative

    Facebook’s parent company Meta is considering setting up an alternative to the popular messaging app Twitter. “We’re exploring a standalone decentralized social network for sharing text updates. We believe there’s an opportunity for a separate space where creators and public figures can share timely updates about their interests,” a Meta spokesperson told the website The Register. As a decentralized service – which means users can set up their own mini-networks – the Meta offering would be similar to existing services such as Mastodon. Twitter’s co-founder and former boss Jack Dorsey is workin…

  • Twitter disrupted after malfunction
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    Twitter disrupted after malfunction

    Twitter experienced widespread technical disruptions on Monday. “Some parts of Twitter may not be working as expected right now,” Twitter support wrote on the short message platform. The technical problems were apparently caused by the tech department itself, which has seen its staff shrink significantly due to several waves of layoffs. “We made an internal change that had some unintended consequences,” the Twitter support tweet read. The company’s chief executive Elon Musk expressed contrition on Twitter, “This platform is so brittle (sigh). Will be fixed shortly,” the multi-billionaire tweet…

  • Twitter disrupted after malfunction
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    Twitter disrupted after malfunction

    Twitter experienced widespread technical glitches on Monday. “Some parts of Twitter may not be working as expected right now,” Twitter support wrote on the short message platform. The technical problems were apparently caused by the tech department itself, which has seen its staff shrink significantly due to several waves of layoffs. “We made an internal change that had some unintended consequences,” the Twitter support tweet read. For quite a few users, content on the twitter.com website still appeared as usual. However, photos and videos embedded in tweets were not displayed correctly. Twitt…

  • Google bringing fall detection to Pixel Watch
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    Google bringing fall detection to Pixel Watch

    Four months after the Pixel Watch launched, Google is now giving its flagship smartwatch a key health feature and has announced that fall detection is finally rolling out to wearers in some countries. Fall detection, which has been available to Apple smartwatch users since 2018, is designed to detect when a person has taken a hard fall and alert the emergency services if they don’t move or respond within a certain timeframe. With the Apple Watch being the gold standard in smartwatches, the Pixel Watch’s newest feature is also one that brings it a step closer to being the next best thing to App…

  • Meta wants to get in on the AI chatbot action -…
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    Meta wants to get in on the AI chatbot action -…

    Amid the ongoing sensation surrounding ChatGPT and the boost it has given Microsoft, Facebook parent group Meta says it, too, now wants in on the AI hype. Meta’s artificial intelligence-based language model, a technology called LLaMA, is being released in order to support AI researchers in their work, founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says. Unlike Google and Microsoft, however, Meta is not announcing plans to develop an AI for users of its major platforms – WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. A Meta spokesperson told the financial wire Bloomberg that the system is not currently used in…

  • Twitter security changes a ‘desperate drive’ to…
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    Twitter security changes a ‘desperate drive’ to…

    Twitter’s changes to its user security settings around two-factor authentication are a “desperate drive” to save the company money rather than protect users, a cybersecurity expert has claimed. Graham Cluley said Twitter’s decision to only allow paying subscribers to its Twitter Blue programme to use a text message to confirm their identity when logging it to the site would leave “many users worse protected”. Over the weekend, Twitter users began receiving a message telling them that text message-based two-factor authentication (2FA) was being moved into the Twitter Blue subscription – and tha…

  • $12/month for premium Instagram: Meta eyes Twit…
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    $12/month for premium Instagram: Meta eyes Twit…

    Following a decline in advertising revenue, Facebook parent company Meta is experimenting with a new business model of paid subscriptions. The idea is that any Facebook and Instagram user can pay a monthly fee to confirm their identity by presenting ID to get a “verified” badge, as well as other premium features. In addition to the usual tick of a verified account, the so-called Meta Verified service is said to include direct access to customer support and protection from copycat profiles. The subscription will initially be introduced in Australia and New Zealand, founder and chief executive M…

  • Alphabet to sack some 12,000 staff as it ‘sharp…
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    Alphabet to sack some 12,000 staff as it ‘sharp…

    The parent company of search giant Google, Alphabet, became the latest tech firm to announce mass job losses on Friday. The California-based firm revealed plans to cut about 12,000 jobs, representing more than 6% of its global workforce. The roles being eliminated cut across Alphabet product areas, functions, levels and regions. In a message to Google employees, Alphabet boss Sundar Pichai said: “These are important moments to sharpen our focus, reengineer our cost base, and direct our talent and capital to our highest priorities.” Pichai said the company has already informed US employees who …

  • Android Auto adds flexible split screen for eas…
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    Android Auto adds flexible split screen for eas…

    Las Vegas (dpa) — Google has given Android Auto – the software that brings the features of an Android device onto your dashboard’s infotainment system – a new user interface and features, including a split screen. The new sidebar to the right of the navigation screen can display items such as a media player that offers a progress bar for easily skipping forward or back in podcasts, audiobooks and songs. The new layout is aimed at coping with the various screen sizes and formats of different car models. In terms of controls, Google says it’s now putting quick access buttons for navigation, play…

  • Lenovo’s new phone bridges the gap between Wind…
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    Lenovo’s new phone bridges the gap between Wind…

    Lenovo has unveiled a phone designed to fix a painpoint that most of us Windows and Android users feel in everyday use of laptops and smartphones: switching between the two. Getting the files, apps and text onto both smartphone and laptop is a pain for most Windows and Android users. But Lenovo wants to make this smoother with an Android smartphone that can connect to a laptop using a wi-fi network. Not only the mobile phone connection can be shared, but also any text you copy, as well as any photos or files you have. All kinds of documents can also be seamlessly moved back and forth using the…

  • Facebook parent company Meta fined €390 million…
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    Facebook parent company Meta fined €390 million…

    Facebook’s parent company Meta has been fined €390 million ($414 million) in Ireland for data protection violations. The group violated the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation with its Facebook and Instagram platforms, the Irish data protection authority DPC announced on Wednesday. Both cases involve personalized advertising and the way Meta collects and processes users’ personal data. Meta was fined €210 for the Facebook violation, and €180 million for the Instagram one. Corresponding complaints from Belgium and Austria about the company’s methods were made on the day that the EU’s Genera…

  • Twitter is relaxing advertising policy to permi…
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    Twitter is relaxing advertising policy to permi…

    Twitter is relaxing its policies to allow political as well as cause-based advertising in the United States. The changes come as Elon Musk is looking for more ways to cut costs and boost revenue as the social media platform, following its acquisition by the billionaire, is struggling to keep going. The move is a reversal of Twitter’s long-term policy not to allow paid political advertising, which was introduced by the then CEO Jack Dorsey. Also, cause-based ads have been limited on Twitter, and they were allowed based on certain criteria. The changes would allow political candidates to promote…

  • German Economy Ministry calls for stricter rule…
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    German Economy Ministry calls for stricter rule…

    The German Economy Ministry is calling for the EU to consider stricter business regulations for Twitter, which has seen major changes since a controversial takeover by billionaire Elon Musk. The ministry’s state secretary, Sven Giegold, wrote “with great concern” to the EU Commission in a letter dated Tuesday, saying the ministry had “taken note of Twitter’s platform regulations, their abrupt changes and arbitrary application.” The Brussels authority should therefore as soon as possible designate Twitter as a “gatekeeper” in the sense of the Digital Markets Act, Giegold wrote to EU Competition…

  • EU Commission accuses Facebook parent Meta of a…
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    EU Commission accuses Facebook parent Meta of a…

    Facebook parent company Meta is violating strict competition rules in the European Union in the online classified advertising market, the European Commission charged on Monday. The commission’s preliminary analysis takes exception to Meta linking the Facebook Marketplace service to Facebook, the company’s social media platform. Facebook users “automatically have access to Facebook Marketplace, whether they want it or not,” causing competition distortions, the commission’s statement said. The US technology company also imposed unfair trading terms for competitors in online classified services t…

  • Twitter Blue relaunches, but with a higher pric…
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    Twitter Blue relaunches, but with a higher pric…

    Twitter’s subscription service that will allow users to pay to be verified on the platform is relaunching on Monday after a failed rollout last month. Twitter Blue will give users who sign up a blue tick badge, the ability to edit tweets and a range of other features in exchange for the $8 monthly fee. The service had initially launched last month but was paused after it was flooded with bad actors who paid for verification and then posed as public figures and businesses, often posting potentially offensive and abusive content. Twitter has said it will allow users to change their account handl…

  • Twitter set to relaunch subscription service
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    Twitter set to relaunch subscription service

    Social media platform Twitter will relaunch its subscription service “Twitter Blue” on Monday at a higher price for Apple users. The subscription will cost $8 per month to purchase on the web or $11 per month via the iOS App Store. “We’re relaunching @TwitterBlue on Monday – subscribe on web for $8/month or on iOS for $11/month to get access to subscriber-only features, including the blue checkmark,” the social media company said in a tweet on Saturday. Twitter did not explain why Apple users are being charged more than others on the web. But it is reportedly looking for ways to offset fees ch…

  • Android help: What to do when an app just stops…
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    Android help: What to do when an app just stops…

    Berlin (dpa) — In and of itself, the Android operating system, with its massive collection of apps from a wide variety of developers, runs very stably. But of course, exceptions prove the rule and there are apps that stop working, won’t open or constantly crash. The solution, quite often, is to install the latest version of the app from the Google Play Store, assuming there is one. For those users who haven’t enabled automatic updates, learning when an update is available will become easier starting in version 33.2 of the the Play Store. That’s because users will be prompted to install the lat…

  • EU: Twitter faces fines or shutdown if it does …
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    EU: Twitter faces fines or shutdown if it does …

    Twitter can be subjected to fines and other measures if it does not comply with EU law, EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has said. “It is absolutely clear that if Twitter does not comply with these rules, we can impose fines. And if the breaches of the rules continue, we can shut down the platform in Europe,” Breton told the newspapers of Germany’s Funke Media Group and the French newspaper Ouest-France. “We are following very closely what is happening on Twitter since the takeover by Elon Musk,” Breton stressed, announcing that there would be another meeting between him and Musk…

  • S&P withdraws Twitter rating due to ‘lack of su…
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    S&P withdraws Twitter rating due to ‘lack of su…

    The ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has withdrawn its credit rating for Elon Musk’s online platform Twitter due to a “lack of sufficient information to maintain the rating,” the company said on Friday in Chicago. Musk bought Twitter at the end of October for around $44 billion. The entrepreneur took the short messaging service off the stock exchange so that it no longer has to submit public business reports. In the course of the takeover, Musk saddled Twitter with billions of dollars in debt. On November 1, S&P lowered the credit rating by five notches to “B-” due to these burdens – and…

  • Apple rolls out iPhone update to iOS 16 with im…
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    Apple rolls out iPhone update to iOS 16 with im…

    In mid-September, following the launch of its new generation of iPhones, Apple rolled a series of major new features to its mobile operating system. Now, it’s ironing out the kinks and improving crash detection in newer models. The update to iOS 16.1.2 is set to both improve compatibility with mobile network operators and trigger more reliable warnings when anyone with an iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro model has been in an accident, Apple says. One of the major new features of iOS 16 was the ability for iPhone 14 generation models to use various sensors to tell when they were in a car crash. After…

  • Twitter quietly drops Covid-19 misinformation p…
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    Twitter quietly drops Covid-19 misinformation p…

    Twitter has quietly ended the enforcement of its policy to stop the spread of Covid-19 misinformation on the site. The social media platform introduced the policy during the pandemic and used it to remove thousands of misleading tweets as part of efforts to stop the spread of “potentially harmful and misleading information” about Covid-19 and vaccines. However, a note added to the company’s webpage detailing the policy’s work says that “effective November 23 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the Covid-19 misleading information policy”. The company did not publicly announce the change. The m…

  • From tweeting to ‘tooting’: The switch from Twi…
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    From tweeting to ‘tooting’: The switch from Twi…

    Twitter is about to implode. Or maybe not? It’s anything but clear what fate awaits Twitter in the coming weeks and months. In any case, the company is in a rough spot after it lost numerous critical employees in a mass cull. Twitter’s sales revenue meanwhile appears to be at risk after Elon Musk’s blue tick policy backfired and prompted a shower of “verified” fake accounts, such as a genuine-looking Pepsi account tweeting that Coke is better. Many users, fearing that Twitter will soon become a safe haven for far-right trolls and misinformation under Musk’s free speech policy, have since found…

  • India’s Twitter alternative Koo finds overnight…
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    India’s Twitter alternative Koo finds overnight…

    Amid uncertainty about the future of Twitter, huge numbers of users in Brazil appear to be flocking to a very similar alternative from India. Koo, which replaces Twitter’s blue bird with a yellow bird and offers similar features, says it was downloaded more than a million times in Brazil within 48 hours after launching in Portuguese, India Today reported on Tuesday. CEO Aprameya Radhakrishna told Brazilian newspaper Extra that Koo had only registered around 2,000 Brazilians by last Friday. Among the million users are said to be several accounts of major celebrities. Besides a growing distrust …

  • Twitter blue ticks on hold until Musk can solve…
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    Twitter blue ticks on hold until Musk can solve…

    Twitter boss Elon Musk is shelving his plans to sell blue ticks following a wave of fake accounts pretending to be major companies or public figures. Twitter, which is heavily reliant on company involvement for advertising revenue, is now set to pause its premium subscription service until “there is high confidence of stopping impersonation,” Musk says. When purchasable ticks return, they will probably be in a different colour for organizations and for individuals, Musk tweeted late on Monday without giving further details. This could make it harder for individuals to impersonate companies. Am…

  • Relax with these embroidery puzzles for your iP…
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    Relax with these embroidery puzzles for your iP…

    Berlin (dpa) — Easy to learn, hard to master — when it comes to embroidery that’s certainly true. Simple patterns are easy to learn, but the truly difficult traditional patterns take time. Now there’s a game that lets you practice embroidery on your iPhone. “Stitch,” which is available for iOS, Macs, iPads and AppleTV as part of an Apple Arcade subscription ($5/€5 a month), turns your device into a digital embroidery frame. From simple patterns to complex little works of art, players can explore the world of needlework in this family-friendly puzzle game. The embroidery puzzles are presented o…

  • Musk pledges Twitter blue tick reinstatement ‘e…
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    Musk pledges Twitter blue tick reinstatement ‘e…

    Twitter will soon reinstate its service allowing users to pay for verification, owner Elon Musk tweeted in response to a question in the early hours of Sunday after the $8 blue tick was paused due to being used by countless fake accounts. “Probably end of next week,” Musk said in response to the query: “When is Twitter Blue coming back?” Twitter had paused the option allowing users to pay for verification – symbolised by a blue tick – following a wave of faked accounts pretending to be brands and celebrities. Concerns about a plummet in advertising revenue were raised after users used Musk’s s…

  • More confusion at Twitter as Blue feature vanis…
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    More confusion at Twitter as Blue feature vanis…

    Confusion over the direction of Twitter as a platform has continued after the sign-up option for its Twitter Blue subscription disappeared barely a day after going live and grey “Official” badges returned less than two days after Elon Musk ordered their removal. It comes as more high-profile staff responsible for vital areas such as trust and safety, data privacy, cyber security, and complying with regulations suddenly left the social media giant. On Friday morning, the option to sign up for Twitter Blue, which gives users a blue verification badge if they pay £6.99 a month, had vanished from …

  • Twitter’s new verification model brings rise in…
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    Twitter’s new verification model brings rise in…

    Numerous Twitter users have seized the moment to create fake celebrity accounts after the social media platform introduced a new verification system following the takeover by tech billionaire Elon Musk. Previously, celebrities, politicians, journalists and other public figures were required to provide proof of identification before receiving the blue-tick verification badge. Under the new model, all customers who subscribe for $8 a month will be given verified accounts. Musk has argued that authentication through payment services and the app platforms of Apple and Google was sufficient, so tha…

  • Twitter’s new verification model brings rise in…
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    Twitter’s new verification model brings rise in…

    Numerous Twitter users have seized the moment to create fake celebrity accounts after the social media platform introduced a new verification system following the takeover by tech billionaire Elon Musk. Previously, celebrities, politicians, journalists and other public figures were required to provide proof of identification before receiving the blue-tick verification badge. Under the new model, all customers who subscribe for $8 a month will be given verified accounts. Musk has argued that authentication through payment services and the app platforms of Apple and Google was sufficient, so tha…

  • Facebook parent company Meta to cut 11,000 jobs
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    Facebook parent company Meta to cut 11,000 jobs

    Facebook parent company Meta announced on Wednesday that it is cutting 11,000 jobs. The job cuts amount to about 13% of its workforce, Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg said. It is the biggest round of job cuts in the history of the firm, which also owns photo messaging app Instagram. “We are also taking a number of additional steps to become a leaner and more efficient company by cutting discretionary spending and extending our hiring freeze through Q1,” Zuckerberg said in a statement. He pointed out that he had overestimated the online boom at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and therefore …

  • Facebook parent company Meta to cut 11,000 jobs
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    Facebook parent company Meta to cut 11,000 jobs

    Facebook parent company Meta announced on Wednesday that it is cutting 11,000 jobs. The job cuts amount to about 13% of its workforce, Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg said. It is the biggest round of job cuts in the history of the firm, which also owns photo messaging app Instagram.

  • Elon Musk sells more Tesla shares, raises $4 bi…
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    Elon Musk sells more Tesla shares, raises $4 bi…

    Tech mogul Elon Musk has again sold several billion dollars in Tesla shares following his expensive purchase of social media firm Twitter. In the past several days, Musk has sold shares in the electric vehicle manufacturer totalling about $4 billion, according to Tesla corporate documents posted early Wednesday morning by the SEC, the main US stock market regulator. The reason for Musk’s stock sales was not immediately clear. Musk is the founder and chief executive of Tesla and shares in the company make up the bulk of his massive fortune. He is considered one of the wealthiest people in the w…

  • Messenger app Signal introduces Instagram-like …
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    Messenger app Signal introduces Instagram-like …

    The privacy-oriented messenger app Signal is now letting users post Stories with pictures, videos and texts like on Instagram and other social media platforms. Visible for 24 hours, the so-called Stories can now be posted using both the iOS and Android versions of the app (from version 6.0), while a desktop update to Signal is set to follow shortly. Like with Signal messages, all Stories data is end-to-end encrypted. However with Stories, your pictures, videos and text disappear automatically after 24 hours. You can also decide who gets to see your Story in the app’s settings. Here you can pic…

  • Twitter will ban verified accounts impersonatin…
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    Twitter will ban verified accounts impersonatin…

    Elon Musk has said verified accounts on Twitter which change their name to impersonate others will be permanently banned from the site. It comes after several celebrities in the US changed their Twitter name to “Elon Musk” and posted messages parodying the site’s new owner before their accounts were locked or suspended. Over the weekend, Twitter said it would allow anyone to get a verified blue badge on the platform simply by signing up to the Twitter Blue subscription service and paying a monthly fee, a move criticised by some over fears it would allow any account to appear legitimate and spr…

  • Instagram’s age verifications tools arriving in…
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    Instagram’s age verifications tools arriving in…

    Instagram is introducing technology to help verify the age of users in the EU, UK, India and Brazil as part of a major safety update. Anyone who tries to edit their date of birth on Instagram from under 18 to over 18 will be asked to verify their age by either uploading their ID or record a video selfie which will be analysed by independent age estimation technology. Instagram said the new system, which was first tested in the US in June, would help ensure users were having an age-appropriate experience on the platform. The Meta-owned company said the feature is now available in India and Braz…

  • UN urges Musk to put respecting human rights at…
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    UN urges Musk to put respecting human rights at…

    UN human rights chief Volker Türk has urged Elon Musk to ensure human rights are central to the management of social media platform Twitter. As the new owner of the company, Musk has “enormous responsibilities given the platform’s influential role as a digital space,” Türk wrote in an open letter. “Like all companies, Twitter needs to understand the harms associated with its platform and take steps to address them. Respect for our shared human rights should set the guardrails for the platform’s use and evolution.” The letter follows reports Twitter’s entire human rights team and all but two of…

  • Twitter employees to learn their fate via email…
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    Twitter employees to learn their fate via email…

    Employees of social media platform Twitter are to learn via e-mail on Friday whether their job at the company is secure, following the takeover by billionaire Elon Musk. Every Twitter employee is to receive an email with the subject line “Your role at Twitter” by 9 am (1600 GMT), according to a statement sent to workers that has been leaked to US media. Those who losing their job will receive a notification on their personal email, while those whose job is not impacted will receive notification via their Twitter email, the statement said. According to the reports, every second employee is at r…

  • Elon Musk to charge Twitter users $8 a month fo…
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    Elon Musk to charge Twitter users $8 a month fo…

    Tech billionaire Elon Musk and new owner of Twitter says he wants to “pay the bills” by making users pay $8 for the privilege of a verified account. “Twitter’s current lords and peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit,” Musk said on Twitter on Tuesday, announcing “Blue for $8/month.” So far, having your Twitter account verified with a blue tick to guarantee the authenticity of your profile has been free of charge, albeit limited mainly to celebrities, companies and users with many followers such as politicians and journalists. Musk said the monthly fee would gi…

  • Few people aware of Twitter alternative Mastodo…
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    Few people aware of Twitter alternative Mastodo…

    Twitter users may be waiting with bated breath to find out exactly what the platform’s new owner Elon Musk has in store for it, and yet the vast majority are unaware of the budding rival Mastodon, according to a recent survey in Germany. Some 80% of people in Germany have never heard of the decentralised and ad-free network, according to a representative survey by the market research institute YouGov, published at the end of October. Only 4% in Germany already have an active Mastodon account, while 11% have heard of the platform but aren’t registered. A final 5% declined to give information. I…

  • New Zealand’s Ardern urges Musk to stick to Twi…
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    New Zealand’s Ardern urges Musk to stick to Twi…

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called on Elon Musk to “stick strongly to the principle of transparency” as he takes over ownership of social media platform Twitter. Ardern, speaking at a national summit on countering terrorism and violent extremism on Tuesday, said she was yet to meet with Musk about the “Christchurch Call” initiative. Launched by Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron in 2019, the initiative saw world leaders team up with technology companies including Facebook, YouTube and Google, to tackle terrorist and extremist content online. Twitter was one of the or…

  • Google updates Family Link app for controlling …
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    Google updates Family Link app for controlling …

    What kind of content is my daughter watching? How much time is my son spending on TikTok? Are my kids still at school right now? Google, assuming that parents need help answering these kinds of questions, has updated its suite of tools to let mums, dads and guardians set limits on both what children do with their devices and for how long. With the new design for the Family Link app, Google says it is making it easier for parents to set up rules for the Android devices of their children, and to get notified when they reach certain places like school or home. In addition, the control functions f…

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    📱|Apple announces new iPad generation – two Pros …

    Apple has announced a major revamp of its iPad range with three new models – two Pro iPads with a new M2 chip system and a redesigned entry-level iPad. The cheaper iPad now comes in the angular design of the previous Pro models and has a USB-C port. Apple may thereby be preparing for European laws set to force device manufacturers to conform to the USB-C charging standard. Meanwhile the new M2 chip “supercharges iPad Pro’s performance to help unleash your creativity and enhance productivity,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Twitter. In contrast to previous iPad presentations, Apple did not hold an …

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    📱|Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro review: Google’s smarte…

    Google’s Pixel smartphones have never quite earned the title of “bestseller”. Since the premiere of the first Pixel in 2016, the company has sold a total of just under 28 million devices. Samsung sells about that many in five weeks. Google might be the leader in smartphone operating systems, but when it comes to smartphones themselves, their contribution is a tiny fraction of what is being sold in the business. And yet the popularity of their phones says little about their quality, and the latest Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are evidence that Google has potential to win over many more fans. Like Ap…

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    👍|Iran plans to sue Meta for ‘incitement’ amid pr…

    Iran plans to sue the US technology company Meta for “incitement” in connection with the anti-government protests in the country. “The two social networks Instagram and WhatsApp [of Meta Platforms] were involved in spreading inflammatory material and endangering our national security as part of the conspiracy operations of our enemies,” said Deputy Interior Minister Majid Mirahmadi on Monday, according to the Mehr news agency. National security, he said, was a “red line.” Iran has blamed the protests – which were sparked by the death of a woman in custody – on a foreign, US-led conspiracy. Sho…

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    👍|Court case over Musk’s Twitter takeover paused

    A US judge paused the court case surrounding Elon Musk’s proposed acquisition of Twitter on Thursday. Judge Kathleen McCormick ordered the trial, scheduled for October 17, to be put on hold for the time being. However, she also imposed strict conditions: If Musk does not complete the $44 billion deal to buy Twitter by October 28, the parties to the dispute must prepare for a new trial in November. Musk had initially proposed to buy the firm before backing out of the takeover in April, saying Twitter had made false claims about the number of fake accounts on its platform. Twitter took Musk to c…

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    📱|Google unveils Pixel 7 smartphone range and new…

    Google has unveiled its new Pixel 7 range of flagship smartphones promising better cameras, performance and battery life for users, alongside its first Pixel Watch. The technology giant said the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were more efficient and powerful thanks to the second generation Tensor G2 processor – Google’s own-made chip, which it says had helped boost performance on both devices using artificial intelligence. Both phones have also been given camera upgrades including better zoom and macro photography tools as well as updated photo editing tools, such as Photo Unblur, which can sharpen b…

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    📱|Google ‘winding down’ Stadia after game streami…

    Google has announced that it is shutting down Stadia after the game streaming platform failed to deliver the revolutionary online gaming experience anticipated by gamers. Although Stadia allowed anyone with fast internet connection and a screen to play games that would normally require expensive hardware, the streaming service was largely seen as a disappointment in the gaming scene. “[Stadia] hasn’t gained the traction with users that we expected so we’ve made the difficult decision to begin winding down our Stadia streaming service,” Google announced on Thursday in a blog post. The company s…

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    📱|How to customize your iPhone’s lock screen with…

    When Apple introduces new features, it often takes users a while to find them. The same goes for the option of customizing your iPhone’s lock screen, introduced as part of the new iOS 16 operating system that was released a few days ago. You’ll be searching the settings menu in vain. Instead, to find the feature, you need to long-press on your lock screen until a “+” appears. Tap the icon and you can pick a new wallpaper or one of your own photos, among other options, to personalize your phone’s lock screen, a feature that’s been available to Android users for some time now. With iOS 16, you c…

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    📱|Apple unveils iPhone 14 Pro with emergency SMS …

    Emergency messages by satellite and an always-on display are among the key features set to arrive on Apple’s Pro version of the iPhone 14. Unveiled on Wednesday at Apple’s first live launch event since the start of the pandemic, the new phones are set to allow the user to send an emergency message via satellite, a potentially life-saving feature in instances where there is no mobile phone reception. The feature is also ground-breaking for smartphones, as until now, you needed a special phones with larger antenna for this to work. To make it possible, Apple has integrated an in-house system for…

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    👍|Instagram update limits ‘sensitive content’ sho…

    Instagram has updated some safety controls for teenagers so they are less likely to encounter potentially sensitive content on the site. The Meta-owned platform said that when new users aged under 16 join the site, they will have more sensitive content hidden from them by default. The change will also see existing users under 16 prompted to update their own account to bring it in line with this new setting, which is what Instagram calls its Sensitive Content Control. Instagram says the tool makes it more difficult for young people to come across sensitive content or accounts across all areas o…

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    📱|iPhone 14 incoming? Apple announces early event…

    Apple is expected to launch the next iPhone model a little earlier than in previous years, and the company has announced plans for a product launch event on September 7. Apple, as usual, is not giving any information on what the event is about, but September dates traditionally feature the unveiling of new iPhones. With the iPhone 14 generation, Apple is expected to again announce a standard model alongside beefier Max and Pro Max versions this year. Tech industry media have meanwhile been speculating that the large notch on the front screen, used to house the Face ID sensor and selfie camera,…

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    👍|Facebook News Feeds flooded by random celebrity…

    Has your Facebook News Feed been looking strange? That’s no coincidence, and the company confirmed a configuration issue on Wednesday that led to feeds being flooded by strange posts, leaving some users wondering whether they had been hacked. Instead of seeing posts from contacts and pages they follow, many users’s feeds were suddenly spammed with comments or posts on celebrity pages. People following stars with a major following – such as Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Lady Gaga – were particularly inundated with unwanted posts and their feeds almost completely clogged by fan comments. Some users…

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    👍|Tesla boss Musk subpoenas Twitter’s ex-CEO for …

    Tesla owner and billionaire Elon Musk, who is fighting a legal battle regarding his shelved efforts to buy the social network Twitter, has subpoenaed Twitter co-founder and former boss Jack Dorsey. Dorsey, who stepped down from the CEO role last year and left the board in May this year, had announced his support for Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter in April. According to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the subpoena seeks documents and communications from Dorsey about the Twitter buyout agreement, reports said. Dorsey was also asked about spam and fake accounts…

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    📱|Pixel Buds Pro test: Do Google’s new earbuds ma…

    Google’s Pixel Buds have been around since 2018, but are given far less attention than many earbuds from rivals like Apple, Sony and Samsung. In addition to the Pixel Buds A-Series for just under €100 or $100, Google has now launched the Pixel Buds Pro together with the Pixel 6a smartphone. For just under €220 or $200, they promise about everything you might ask for in a high-end pair of earbuds. We tested them out in everyday scenarios to see if they can hold up against major rivals. The device: Inside a matte white round box you find two coral-red Pixel Buds with a battery in the case that d…

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    📱|Google staff petition for equal abortion benefi…

    Hundreds of Google employees have signed a petition sent to executives demanding the extension of abortion care benefits to contract workers. The staff also called for a halt to donations given to anti-abortion politicians and to expand travel benefits. The petition, circulated by the Alphabet Workers Union, has been signed by over 650 employees at Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. Following the historic US Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade, the company in June had announced benefits for full-time employees (FTEs), including out-of-state medical procedures, but not to contract an…

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    👍|Hanoi’s Instagram hotspot ‘Train Street’ cautio…

    Nearly three years after Vietnamese authorities shuttered cafés along Hanoi’s famous “Train Street” and banned selfie-snapping tourists from visiting, vendors have cautiously returned in recent months – although nobody knows how long the area will remain open. On the approximately 50-metre thoroughfare in central Hanoi, locomotives thunder down a railway line that runs perilously close to residential buildings, many of which have been turned into cafés, bars and souvenir shops. Christina and Paul, two 29-year-old tourists from Austria, said a friend recently told them about the unusual spot, i…

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    👍|Musk sells Tesla shares worth $6.9 billion ahea…

    Elon Musk has sold $6.9 billion worth of shares of in Tesla as he arms himself for possible defeat in his legal battle with Twitter. “In the (hopefully unlikely) event that Twitter forces this deal to close *and* some equity partners don’t come through, it is important to avoid an emergency sale of Tesla stock,” Musk wrote in a tweet late on Tuesday. This is his largest-ever sale of shares in the US electric car company that he co-founded. Musk has made headlines for months over his dispute with Twitter. After both courting the social media platform and trashing it via tweets, he called off a …

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    📱|Pics, contacts, chats: Apps for switching betwe…

    If you switch from an iPhone to an Android smartphone or vice versa you don’t want to lose all your precious data such as photos and chats in the process. Fortunately there are apps for both operating systems that help to make it a fairly seamless transfer. Google offers the “Switch to Android” tool in Apple’s App Store, which allows you to transfer photos, videos, messages, contacts and appointments from an iPhone to a new Android device. Free applications downloaded from the App Store are also supposed to find their way to the new Android phone via the Google app when your devices are connec…

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    📱|Latest Google Maps update improves app for cycl…

    Have you used Google Maps to find a good cycling route before? It probably didn’t always end up being the quick ride you imagined. In a trio of new updates, Google has now improved its navigation app for cyclists, which will now display the elevation along the chosen route and alert you to high gradients, heavy car traffic and even stairs. Cycling directions on Google Maps are now also more detailed, showing you the type of road you will be biking on and whether it has a marked bike lane, the company wrote in a blog entry. In a second update, Google has added “photorealistic aerial views of ne…

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    👍|Online platforms failing to filter out fake rev…

    An industry of paid-for fake reviews is infiltrating major platforms such as Facebook, Google and Trustpilot, British consumer group Which has said. As part of an investigation into the issue, Which said it was easily able to use a fake reviews broker to supply numerous inauthentic positive reviews for a fictional business on all three platforms. The consumer group said it was told by one broker that it had created nearly 16,000 reviews for more than 550 customers around the world – a sign of a vibrant industry not being adequately tackled by the tech giants. It accused Facebook, Google and Tr…

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    👍|Facebook parent firm Meta posts drop in revenue…

    Facebook parent company Meta posted a revenue decline for the first time on Wednesday in its latest quarterly report. It marks the end of an era for Facebook, which has consistently reported rises since its IPO in 2012. Its projections for the coming months didn’t show any sign of improvement, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the firm planned to focus on the long-term view. Meta’s revenue dropped in the second quarter by around 1% to $28.8 billion dollars. Profits declined by 27% to around $6.7 billion. Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the strength of the US dollar provide…

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    👍|Twitter slips to loss in second quarter as resu…

    Hurt by a decline in revenues and a surge in costs and expenses, social media giant Twitter on Friday reported a net loss for the second quarter compared to last year’s profit. The results also undershot analysts’ expectations. For the second quarter, California-based Twitter reported a net loss of $270.01 million or $0.35 per share, compared to net income of $65.6 million or $0.08 per share in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted net loss for the quarter was $0.08 per share, compared to adjusted net income of $0.20 per share in the same quarter a year ago. On average, 16 analysts polled by Thomso…

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    👍|Twitter slips to loss in second quarter as resu…

    Hurt by a decline in revenues and a surge in costs and expenses, social media giant Twitter on Friday reported a net loss for the second quarter compared to last year’s profit. The results also undershot analysts’ expectations. For the second quarter, California-based Twitter reported a net loss of $270.01 million or $0.35 per share, compared to net income of $65.6 million or $0.08 per share in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted net loss for the quarter was $0.08 per share, compared to adjusted net income of $0.20 per share in the same quarter a year ago. On average, 16 analysts polled by Thomso…

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    👍|Facebook unveils new look home and feeds tabs i…

    Facebook has unveiled a new look to the home page within its mobile app, as the platform moves towards becoming more of a “discovery engine” than just a social network. A major update to the app on Android and iOS sees a new Feeds tab being introduced, which will show the most recent posts from friends, favourites, pages and groups, with no “suggested” posts shown here. Feeds will sit alongside the existing Home tab, which will still be the first page a user sees when they launch the app, and will now become the place where other content is recommended to users based on their interests. Facebo…

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    👍|Twitter now lets you ‘unmention’ yourself from …

    Twitter has announced that it is now letting all users remove themselves from conversations where they were mentioned, as part of an effort to avoid users from being spammed with unwanted notifications and to protect against harassment and bullying. The new feature, previously made available to a select group of users as part of a trial, is now being rolled globally on all Twitter platforms, the social media company has announced. The purpose of “unmentioning” is to be able to leave conversations in which you may have been mentioned by others at some point, but in which you have lost interest …

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    👍|Twitter users will ‘benefit’ from Musk pulling …

    Twitter users will “benefit” from Elon Musk’s move to pull out of the deal to buy the company, some experts say. The Tesla and SpaceX boss’s $44 billion bid to buy the social media platform appeared to be on the verge of collapse, after he sent a letter saying he is terminating the acquisition. In the letter, Musk’s lawyers said the platform has “not complied with its contractual obligations” surrounding the deal, namely giving him enough information to “make an independent assessment of the prevalence of fake or spam accounts on Twitter’s platform”. Twitter said in response it is “committed t…

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    👍|Elon Musk ends Twitter takeover bid over fake a…

    Tech billionaire Elon Musk has ended his bid to buy Twitter, citing the allegedly insufficient information provided by the company on fake accounts, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published on Friday. Musk had been publicly questioning Twitter’s figures for weeks, which many analysts saw as an attempt to drive down share prices in the tech giant. Twitter shares plunged by over 6% in after-hours trading following the announcement. Since mid-May Musk has focused on Twitter’s allegedly false estimates of the number of bots and fake accounts using the se…

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    👍|Instagram begins testing new age verification t…

    Instagram is introducing new ways for users to verify their age on the platform as a way of providing more age-appropriate experiences. The Meta-owned firm said beginning in the US, it was testing tools that would allow users to ask others to vouch for their age or use technology to confirm it based on a video selfie. As part of the test, when someone attempts to edit their date of birth on the site from under 18 to 18 or over, Instagram will ask them to verify their age by either uploading their ID, recording a video selfie or ask mutual friends to verify their age. Instagram said it is partn…

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    👍|Twitter board ‘unanimously recommends’ sharehol…

    US billionaire and Tesla boss Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of social media giant Twitter came closer to succeeding on Tuesday after the company’s board of directors “unanimously recommended” its shareholders back the merger. “The Twitter Board, after considering various factors described in the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger- Recommendation of the Twitter Board and Reasons for the Merger,” has unanimously: (1) determined that the merger agreement is advisable and the merger and the other transactions contemplated by the merger agreement are fair to, advisable and in …

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    📱|Google to pay $118 million to settle gender dis…

    Google has agreed to pay $118 million to settle a class action gender discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in 2017 by certain former female employees for allegedly placing them in lower-job levels than equally qualified males, resulting in lower pay. They also accused the company of denying promotions or transitions to other teams for better career advancement. In a statement, the law firms that represented plaintiffs Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, Kelli Wisuri, and Heidi Lamar, said that the settlement covers around 15,500 female employees in 236 job titles who worked at Google in Califor…

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    📱|When your iPhone remains silent in the morning

    Munich (dpa) — If the alarm on your smartphone doesn’t go off in the morning, chances are your day will get off to a bad start. Luckily the problem can usually be fixed quickly. It’s usually due to faulty sound setting on the iPhone when the alarm clock remains silent or only vibrates in the morning, according to tech platform Macwelt.de, which specializes in Apple products. If you want to be woken up by your favourite rock band, for example, you have to enable this in the phone’s sound settings. If the alarm isn’t loud enough to wake you you need to check the volume. If you’ve set the phone’s…

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    👍|Musk threatens to walk away from Twitter bid am…

    US billionaire and Tesla boss Elon Musk has accused Twitter of breaching the terms of his proposed multibillion-dollar takeover deal for the social media platform, in an apparent effort to give himself an easy exit from the controversial bid. “Twitter has, in fact, refused to provide the information that Mr Musk has repeatedly requested since May 9, 2022, to facilitate his evaluation of spam and fake accounts on the company’s platform,” an open letter to Twitter’s chief lawyer Vijaya Gadde released by Musk’s lawyers on Monday read. Twitter is required under the terms of the acquisition deal to…

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    👍|Musk: Twitter’s disclosure behaviour is breach …

    US billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has accused Twitter of breaching the terms of his multibillion-dollar takeover proposal of the short messaging service. “Twitter has, in fact, refused to provide the information that Mr Musk has repeatedly requested since May 9, 2022, to facilitate his evaluation of spam and fake accounts on the company’s platform,” an open letter released his lawyers on Monday read. Twitter is required under the terms of the acquisition deal to provide data and information Musk requests related to the transaction, it said, adding that, contrary to Twitter’s representation…

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    📱|Google to merge video calling apps Duo and Meet

    Google is combining its video calling apps Duo and Meet into a single integrated video platform in order to simplify its communication services. Google Workspace tweeted: “In the coming weeks, we are adding #GoogleMeet features to the Duo app, and later this year, we’ll update the Duo app to #GoogleMeet, creating one video experience that’s better together.” The merged service will be known as Google Meet, with features of Duo that were primarily designed for personal video calling. The integrated experience will provide users with a single solution service for both video calling and meetings….

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    👍|Instagram introduces amber alerts for missing c…

    Amber Alerts about missing or abducted children are to be launched on Instagram in countries around the world. The feature has been developed in partnership with organisations including Britain’s National Crime Agency. Instagram said the alerts would include details about the missing child such as a photo, description, location of abduction and other available information. It said this could be a vital tool in searches because of the visual nature of the platform and as its engaged audience could quickly share alerts more widely. The Meta-owned platform said the feature would begin rolling out…

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    👍|Twitter users told to watch for scam messages a…

    Twitter has warned users to be aware of scammers posing as Twitter employees in order to try and get hold of log-in details and other personal information. It comes after a number of verified users on the platform, including journalists, reported receiving direct messages (DMs) which claimed their verified status had been declared as “spam” and they needed to re-register. The messages came from accounts claiming to be Twitter Support and asked users to click on a link in the message to fill in a form to re-apply for a “blue badge” of verification on the site. “Your blue badge Twitter account h…

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    📱|Apple announces new accessibility tools for peo…

    Apple is to introduce a new set of accessibility tools to its devices to aid those with disabilities, including a door detection tool which uses sensors in an iPhone or iPad to help those with sight problems find their way when arriving at a new location. The suite of new software features will be introduced later this year, the technology giant confirmed. The door detection tool will be available to users with newer models of the iPhone and iPad Pro which house the firm’s Lidar scanner, which will be used alongside the device camera to spot doors when a user arrives at a new location. It also…

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    👍|Twitter deal again on hold as Musk worries publ…

    Billionaire Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter is back on ice amid a fight for information about how many of the service’s accounts are operated by actual people or organizations. Musk’s tweet putting a hold on the deal comes less than a week after his last such threat to walk away from a deal that was recently valued at as much as $44 billion. The founder of carmaker Tesla and rocket company SpaceX says he is having second thoughts about his purchase plans because of concerns that many of Twitter’s accounts are actually operated by bots or spam accounts. Twitter has said the number amounts to les…

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    👍|Twitter share price fluctuates as Musk raises q…

    Twitter share prices went on a roller-coaster ride on Friday amid uncertainty about the future of technology entrepreneur Elon Musk’s proposed $44-billion takeover bid. Share prices initially dropped after Musk said the deal was on hold amid questions about fake accounts at the service. “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” he tweeted. In response, the price of shares in the microblogging service fell by almost a quarter, from $45.08 on Thursday to $34.50. Musk’s deal for Twitter valued each …

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    👍|Twitter share price plummets as Musk puts purch…

    Twitter shares suffered a huge drop in value on Friday following business magnate Elon Musk’s announcement that his proposed $44-billion takeover of the company was on hold amid questions about fake accounts at the service. “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk tweeted on Friday. In response, the price of shares in the microblogging service fell by almost a quarter, from $45.08 on Thursday to $34.50. Musk’s deal for Twitter valued each share at $54.20. Twitter announced earlier this week…

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    📱|Google’s smart speaker cameras now watch you fo…

    In most cases, if you want to play some music or set an alarm with your device’s voice assistant, you’ll have to use a wake word like “Hey Siri” or “Alexa”. But on Google’s Nest Hub Max – a smart speaker with an additional display and camera – you are now able to dispense with the “Hey, Google”. That’s because Google has trained the device’s built-in camera to understand when you’re looking at it. At the annual Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday, the tech giant showed how users will be able to use the company’s smart assistant simply by looking at the Nest Hub Max – no “OK, Google” n…

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    📱|Translation glasses and watchful AI: Google’s a…

    No more “Hey Google”: The ability to talk to Google’s smart assistant without using the classic wake word is among the latest ways the tech giant says it wants to use AI to make everyday tasks simpler. At the annual Google I/O developer conference, the company also showed how software can automatically display useful information in the camera image on your smartphone screen. As a glimpse of a possible future, Google showed a prototype of a pair of glasses that can display translations from other languages in the user’s field of vision during a conversation. The company that started out with a …

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    📱|The Apple Watch of the Android world? Google an…

    In an attempt to end Apple’s dominance in the smartwatch business, Google has announced its answer to the Apple Watch, a round-faced smartwatch designed to work seamlessly with Android devices, like Apple’s watch does with iPhones. The long-rumoured Pixel Watch, unveiled at Wednesday’s Google I/O developer conference, is set to be launched in the third quarter of 2022. Google isn’t giving us a price tag yet, but says the watch will be “premium.” Although there have been countless Android smartwatches in recent years, the Apple Watch has been the gold standard of the smartphone business since i…

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    👍|Instagram lets artists sell NFT works in ‘digit…

    In a step towards the virtual realms of social media envisioned by Facebook-owner Meta, artists and collectors from the US are being allowed to showcase and sell digital artworks as NFTs on Instagram. The announcement from Meta Group CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri comes as NFTs (“non-fungible tokens”) continue their boom in the art scene, where artists and galleries around the world have been selling digital works with a certificate of ownership. Technically, NFTs are entries in an endlessly updated digital register, the so-called blockchain, but are being presented by Inst…

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    👍|Elon Musk of ‘same mind’ with EU over new digit…

    US billionaire Elon Musk assured European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton on Monday that he intends to comply with new EU content moderation rules ahead of his impending takeover of Twitter. “I agree with everything you said, really. I think we’re very much at the same mind,” Musk said in a video with Breton published on Twitter in Texas. Breton met with the Tesla CEO at a factory manufacturing his electric vehicles ahead of EU-US talks to coordinate industry regulations. Musk’s decision to purchase Twitter has prompted concerns in the EU about regulatory compliance over disinforma…

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    👍|Twitter trials non-public tweets visible only i…

    Twitter is testing a new feature that undermines the most basic principle of its platform, namely that all tweets are public. Now, for the first time, non-public tweets can be shared using a new trial feature allowing users to make tweets visible only to select people. “Some tweets are for everyone and others are just for people you’ve picked,” Twitter said on Tuesday, announcing the new feature, called Circle. Twitter says its new Circle feature allows you to have semi-private conversations on Twitter and build closer connections with a smaller group of people. Up to 150 users can be added to…

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    👍|Twitter reports higher first quarter profits am…

    Twitter reported higher-than-expected profits for the first quarter on Thursday, days after technology billionaire Elon Musk announced plans to take over the social media platform. Twitter’s bottom line reached $513.29 million, or $0.61 per share, according to the company’s announcement. This compares with $68.01 million, or $0.08 per share, for the first quarter last year. Twitter’s first quarter revenues increased by 15.4% to $1.20 billion, compared to $1.04 billion in the same period last year. At the start of the week, Twitter announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreem…

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    👍|Expect fireworks at Twitter after Elon Musk tak…

    Elon Musk’s proposed free speech push following his takeover of Twitter means “we can expect fireworks” in the months ahead because of the current social climate, one commentator has said. The US billionaire’s shock purchase of the social media platform, which was agreed on Monday, is based on Musk’s belief that Twitter is failing to be the platform for free speech it should be, something he called a “societal imperative”. But one expert said this approach could cause problems for Musk and the platform, at a time when regulators are looking to rein in social media sites amid growing levels of …

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    👍|Twitter board accepts Elon Musk’s $44-billion o…

    Twitter announced on Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Tesla founder Elon Musk in a transaction valued at around $44 billion. Once the transaction is completed, Twitter will become a privately held company, the tech giant said in a statement. “The Twitter Board conducted a thoughtful and comprehensive process to assess Elon’s proposal with a deliberate focus on value, certainty, and financing,” Twitter’s independent board chair, Bret Taylor, said. Musk said “Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” add…

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    👍|Twitter board accepts Elon Musk’s $44-billion o…

    Twitter announced on Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Tesla founder Elon Musk in a transaction valued at around $44 billion. Once the transaction is completed, Twitter will become a privately held company, the company said in a statement. “The Twitter Board conducted a thoughtful and comprehensive process to assess Elon’s proposal with a deliberate focus on value, certainty, and financing,” Twitter’s independent board chair, Bret Taylor, said. Musk said “Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” adding…

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    👍|Elon Musk’s $44-billion bid to buy Twitter is a…

    Twitter announced on Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Tesla founder Elon Musk in a transaction valued at around $44 billion. Once the transaction is completed, Twitter will become a privately held company, the company said in a statement. “The Twitter Board conducted a thoughtful and comprehensive process to assess Elon’s proposal with a deliberate focus on value, certainty, and financing,” Twitter’s independent board chair, Bret Taylor, said. Musk made the non-binding proposal to acquire all outstanding common stock of Twitter not already owned by him e…

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    👍|Twitter shares up 5% after reports it is to acc…

    Shares of Twitter, Inc are rising almost 5% in pre-market on Monday after reports that the microblogging site’s board is set to accept an offer from Tesla founder Elon Musk as early as Monday. Musk made the non-binding proposal of about $43 billion to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Twitter not owned by him earlier this month. Though Twitter initially adopted a so-called poison pill to fend off a potential hostile takeover, it became more receptive to the bid after Musk revealed he secured $46.5 billion in financing. Prior to that, Musk revealed in the first week of April that h…

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    👍|Twitter limits Musk’s potential stake to 15% wi…

    Social media giant Twitter has introduced a plan to limit billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s potential stake in the company after he made a $43 billion non-binding bid to buy the whole company. Responding to Musk’s bid, Twitter’s board adopted a limited duration shareholder rights plan called a “poison pill” that makes it difficult for Musk to increase his stake beyond 15%. The billionaire founder of Tesla already owns a more-than 9% stake in Twitter. “The board adopted the rights plan following an unsolicited, non-binding proposal to acquire Twitter,” the social-media company said in a stat…

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    👍|Elon Musk offers to buy 100% of Twitter for $54…

    The billionaire owner of electric car manufacturer Tesla, Elon Musk, has offered to buy all of the outstanding shares in the social media platform Twitter. He delivered a letter to Twitter which contained a non-binding proposal to acquire all of the outstanding common stock not owned by him for an all-cash consideration, valuing the common stock at $54.20 per share. If the proposed transaction is completed, the common stock would become eligible for termination of its registration, and would be de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange. Elon Musk has engaged Morgan Stanley as his financial ad…

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    👍|Elon Musk offers to buy 100% of Twitter for $54…

    The billionaire owner of electric car manufacturer Tesla, Elon Musk, has offered to buy all of the outstanding shares in the social media platform Twitter. He delivered a letter to Twitter which contained a non-binding proposal to acquire all of the outstanding common stock not owned by him for an all-cash consideration, valuing the common stock at $54.20 per share. If the proposed transaction is completed, the common stock would become eligible for termination of its registration, and would be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. Elon Musk has engaged Morgan Stanley as his financial adv…

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    👍|Elon Musk offers to buy 100% of Twitter for $54…

    The billionaire owner of electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc, Elon Musk, has offered to buy all of the outstanding shares in the social media platform Twitter. He delivered a letter to Twitter which contained a non-binding proposal to acquire all of the outstanding common stock not owned by him for an all-cash consideration, valuing the common stock at $54.20 per share. If the proposed transaction is completed, the common stock would become eligible for termination of its registration, and would be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. Elon Musk has engaged Morgan Stanley as his financial…

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    👍|Elon Musk to join Twitter’s board of directors

    Elon Musk is joining Twitter’s board of directors, the social media company said on Tuesday, a day after it was revealed that the Tesla boss had bought up more than 9% of its stock. Twitter said it has entered into an agreement with Musk under which the company will appoint him to the board to serve as a class II director with a term expiring in 2024. Twitter chief executive Parag Agrawal said there had been ongoing discussion with Musk in recent weeks. Agrawal tweeted: “He’s both a passionate believer and intense critic of the service which is exactly what we need on @Twitter, and in the boar…

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    👍|Something to tweet about: Musk reveals 9.2% sha…

    He doesn’t just like to share his thoughts via Twitter – Tesla chief executive likes to own shares of Twitter, according to data filed in Washington on Monday. According to the filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, The Elon Musk Revocable Trust, of which Musk is the sole trustee, now owns 73,486,938 shares in the microblogging service, giving him 9.2% ownership of the company. The purchase makes Musk the owner of the largest single block of Twitter stock. Twitter shares shot up by 25% on the news. Musk is a prodigious user of Twitter, though he has also gotten into hot water f…

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    👍|Experts: Weakening end-to-end encryption would …

    Attacking or weakening end-to-end encryption used by apps such as WhatsApp would not make the world safer, IT experts have warned. Facebook has previously announced plans to roll out end-to-end encryption across its messaging services, however, a recent campaign backed by the British Government warned against a wider tech industry rollout. Critics of the technology, which means that messages can only be read by the sender and the recipient, have asked firms to try and find a way of allowing law enforcement agencies to access communications while still protecting privacy, warning that otherwise…

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    👍|Facebook and Instagram banned in Russia as ‘ext…

    Facebook and Instagram were banned on Monday by a Russian court as “extremist” organizations, after an application by the prosecutor general. The two services are already blocked in Russia; the messenger service WhatsApp, which also belongs to the US group Meta, is not affected by the ruling, according to the court. The background to the move is a decision by Meta not to remove calls for violence against Russian troops in Ukraine. Twitter is also currently blocked in Russia.

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    📱|You can leave your mask on: Apple gives Face ID…

    Unlocking an iPhone in a public place during the pandemic typically meant having to take off your face mask so that Face ID can work. But Apple has now released an update for iPhone users that promises to remove one common everyday hassle. As of the latest version of the iPhone’s operating system, iOS 15.4, the phone’s cameras are now able to identify your face and unlock the phone even when you have a mask on. The same goes for when you need to confirm your identity for Apple Pay and password autofill. The update only applies to people with an iPhone 12 and newer phones, however. At the same …

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    👍|Instagram blocked in Russia after Facebook and …

    Instagram has been blocked in Russia, just like fellow social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. The Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor made the announcement in a statement, saying Instagram had been used to spread calls for violence against Russian citizens and soldiers amid the war in Ukraine. The state prosecutor’s office had earlier ordered Roskomnadzor to restrict access to Instagram – and also announced the deletion of its own Instagram account. A spokesperson for US parent company Meta – which owns Instagram, Facebook and messaging service WhatsApp – said the phrase “Death to Russi…

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    👍|Facebook group relaxes hate speech rules for wa…

    Facebook is relaxing its rules on calls for violence, creating a partial exception when the proposed target is Russian troops in Ukraine. As an example of an exception for statements that would normally have violated guidelines, a spokesperson for Facebook’s parent company, Meta, cited the phrase “Death to the Russian invaders” late on Thursday. “We still won’t allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians,” the spokesperson wrote on Twitter. The relaxation only applies to users in some countries, including Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Hungary, The New …

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    👍|Facebook group relaxes hate speech rules for wa…

    Facebook is relaxing its rules on calls for violence, creating a partial exception when the proposed target is Russian troops in Ukraine. As an example of an exception for statements that would normally have violated guidelines, a spokesperson for Facebook’s parent company, Meta, cited the phrase “Death to the Russian invaders” late on Thursday. “We still won’t allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians,” the spokesperson wrote on Twitter. The relaxation only applies to users in some countries, including Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Hungary, The New …

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    👍|Facebook blocked in Russia, says Moscow regulator

    Russia has blocked Facebook, after the social media platform blocked the pages of several Russian media outlets, according to the Roskomnadzor regulator on Friday. The step came after the closure of several independent media outlets by the Russian authorities. The Russian parliament earlier voted in favour of a legal amendment that will pave the way for heavy fines and up to 15 years’ imprisonment for the spread of false information about the country’s armed forces.

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    📱|Google, Airbnb join brands limiting services in…

    US tech giant Google has stopped selling online advertisements in Russia amid Moscow’s attack on Ukraine. “In light of the extraordinary circumstances, we’re pausing Google ads in Russia,” the company said in a statement. “The situation is evolving quickly, and we will continue to share updates when appropriate.” It had earlier banned Russian state-funded media from buying or selling ads through its technology, and switched off real-time traffic information services for Ukraine in its Google Maps navigation software, which it said was a move to protect the Ukrainian public decided inconsultati…

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    👍|Facebook bans Russian state media from monetizi…

    Social media giant Facebook will prohibit Russian state media from running ads or monetizing on the platform. Facebook will also continue to apply labels to additional Russian state media, head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher announced via Twitter. “We are closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and will keep sharing steps we’re taking to protect people on our platform,” he said. Facebook earlier launched a new feature in Ukraine, allowing users to lock their profiles for extra security and privacy. Russia has partially restricted Facebook in response to its blocking of some Russian …

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    📱|Update your iPhone or Mac now to plug security …

    Apple has released updates for many iPhones and iPads as well as Mac computers to patch vulnerabilities that can make the devices susceptible to attack when visiting manipulated websites. All iPhone models from the 6s onwards, all iPad Pros, iPad Airs from the second generation onwards, and iPads from the fifth generation onwards are said to be affected. Apple also recommends to update iPad Minis from the fourth generation onwards and iPod Touch devices from the seventh generation onwards. According to a report, the vulnerabilities are already being exploited by attackers. Affected iPhone and …

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    📱|’Don’t kill my app!’ Put your Android smartphon…

    Built into the Android operating system is the capacity to maximise a smartphone’s battery life by stopping apps from running in the background. Phone manufacturers are happy to exploit this capacity, but for users it can be more irritating than beneficial. The annoyance comes when your phone or your smartwatch no longer notifies you when new messages or emails arrive. Or perhaps your fitness app is blocked from recording activity. These are just some of the examples of a phone being overzealous when it comes to preventing background activity and they can drive Android users crazy. Fortunately…

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    📱|Google Chrome gets visual identity overhaul aft…

    Tech giant Google has decided to overhaul the visual identity of its Chrome browser, the first change it has initiated in eight years. The first changes since 2014 are very subtle, and will be visible on both the app and web version of the browser within the next few months. “Some of you might have noticed a new icon in Chrome’s Canary update today. Yes! we’re refreshing Chrome’s brand icons for the first time in 8 years. The new icons will start to appear across your devices soon,” tweeted Elvin Hu, a designer for Google Chrome. Hu said the main brand icon was simplified by removing the shado…

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    👍|Facebook shares plummet on weak Q4 earnings and…

    Shares in Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms were down by more than 24% on Thursday morning after the company reported weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings and tepid outlook. The first-quarter revenue outlook came in below Wall Street expectations. For the first quarter, the company expects revenue to grow 3%-11% to between $27 billion and $29 billion. Net income in the fourth quarter declined to $10.285 billion from $11.219 billion in the same quarter a year ago, hurt by higher expenses. Revenue for the quarter, however, increased to $33.671 billion from $28.072 billion last yea…

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    📱|Quarterly revenues of Google parent company Alp…

    Google parent company Alphabet on Tuesday reported its fourth-quarter results, with both profit and revenues trouncing Wall Street estimates, driven by increased ad spending and cloud revenues. The company also announced a 20-for-1 stock split. Alphabet reported a fourth-quarter profit of 20.64 billion dollars, a jump from last year’s profit of 15.23 billion dollars. Revenues for the quarter surged 32 per cent to 75.33 billion dollars from 56.90 billion dollars last year. Google advertising revenues surged to 61.24 billion dollars from 46.20 billion dollars last year, as YouTube ad and Google …

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    👍|Facebook’s digital currency dream ends as Diem …

    Mark Zuckerberg’s plans for a Facebook digital currency is officially over, and the technology behind the cryptocurrency Diem has been sold to Californian bank Silvergate for a total of 182 million dollars. Silvergate says it will continue to try to launch its own digital currency tied to the dollar. The project, originally developed at Facebook, was unveiled in June 2019 under the name Libra. The plan was ambitious at best: A global digital currency that could be bought and exchanged back into various national currencies. The currency was immediately opposed by regulators and governments who …

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    👍|Facebook’s Meta plans supercomputer for multi-l…

    A large group of people, all speaking different languages, engaged in one conversation that is instantly translated with the help of an unprecedented artificial intelligence – that’s the newly announced goal of Facebook owner Meta. The social media giant has announced that it’s building what it says will be the world’s most powerful supercomputer for AI applications. The system, launching later in 2022, is set to “power real-time voice translations to large groups of people, each speaking a different language, so they can seamlessly collaborate on a research project or play a […] game togeth…

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    👍|Twitter invests in Aleph Group for undisclosed sum

    US social networking giant Twitter Inc has made a minority investment in Aleph Group Inc, a global partner to digital media players, Aleph said on Tuesday. The financial terms were not disclosed. Aleph noted that the investment will help support its educational efforts worldwide. This includes building a proprietary educational tech platform, digital advertising education, training and certification to over 50,000 digital professionals in 90 countries across five continents, and efforts to create new digital jobs in underserved markets.

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    📱|Adjusting volume: Google’s smart speakers are a…

    Google’s smart speakers can be connected via a group feature to create a better audio experience. But thanks to a legal dispute, a vital function has now been cut, which will also affect devices from different brands running on Google Cast. The volume of Google smart speaker groups must in the future be adjusted for each speaker individually, the company recently announced. The Speaker Group feature will not be available anymore in the Google Home app and the Nest hub display. Group volume control via the Google voice assistant or your smartphone is also no longer possible. Google says it had …

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    📱|German competition regulator to keep closer eye…

    The German government’s competition regulator announced on Wednesday that is setting a stricter course for monitoring Google and its parent company Alphabet. The Federal Cartel Office (BKA) has determined that Google is “of paramount significance for competition across markets,” a statement said. The validity of the decision is limited to five years, during which time Google will face “special abuse control” from the regulator. This is the first decision taken under a new provision of the German Competition Act, which allows for earlier intervention in the practices of large digital companies,…

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    👍|Twitter completes sale Of MoPub to AppLovin for…

    Social media company Twitter said on Monday that it had closed the sale of MoPub to marketing software company AppLovin Corp for 1.05 billion dollars in cash on January 1, 2022. With the sale of MoPub, Twitter said it will continue to concentrate its efforts on enhancing ads across the platform to deliver faster growth in key areas and accelerate its product development. The MoPub platform, including network mediation, Advanced Bidding, and Marketplace, will sunset on March 31, 2022. The MoPub Dashboard and Reporting will be available until April 8, 2022. Publishers will benefit from a 90-day …

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    👍|Twitter permanently suspends far-right US congr…

    Twitter has “permanently suspended” the personal account of Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for violating the social media company’s Covid-19 misinformation policy. The far-right Georgia politician has pushed baseless conspiracy theories that questioned the safety of coronavirus vaccines and the efficacy of wearing face masks to mitigate the risk of infections. Greene, one of former president Donald Trump’s most vocal allies in Congress, recently made headlines for comparing coronavirus restrictions on public life to the persecution of Jews by the Nazis. She refuses to wear a m…

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    📱|Google fined nearly 100m dollars in Russia over…

    A Russian court has fined Google a total of 7.2 billion roubles (98 million dollars) for allegedly refusing to delete “forbidden content.” According to the court ruling cited by news agency Interfax on Friday, the amount of the fine was based for the first time on the company’s annual turnover in Russia. The US internet giant said it wanted to study the ruling in detail before discussing further steps. Google has already been fined several times in Russia, as have Facebook, Twitter and TikTok. Russian authorities have been targeting social networks especially since the mass protests at the beg…

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    👍|Instagram will now tell you when to take a brea…

    Instagram will now suggest users take a break from the platform if they spend too long scrolling, the social media giant has said. The move is part of new tools being rolled out to boost safety on the app, which also includes parental controls such as setting app time limits for teenagers, due for launch next year. Instagram boss Adam Mosseri said the new Take A Break feature, which is launching in the UK on Tuesday, aimed to “empower people to make informed decisions about how they’re spending their time.” The feature will be available to all users, but Instagram has spoken of specifically en…

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    📱|Google kills headphone support for Assistant on…

    Gone are the days when you could use the Google Assistant over your headphones with an iPhone or iPad. Apple users are now stuck with the company’s own voice assistant, Siri, it would appear. Google now says in a support document that headphones with Google Assistant on board will no longer have full functionality on Apple devices. “After December 7, on iPhones and iPads, you’ll no longer be able to […] talk to the Assistant when you hold the Assistant button on your headphones,” Google says. The company says you will also no longer get any audio feedback from Google’s digital assistant abou…

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    👍|Instagram launches new parental guidelines afte…

    Teenagers are often more adept at using social networks than their parents, but that shouldn’t mean parents can’t understand what their children are doing on social media. That’s why Instagram is giving parents and guardians clear advice on how to make sure their children are using the platform safely. The advice is likely also aimed at parents whose concerns have been raised by recent headlines Instagram’s mental health impact. The new guidelines come after then-parent company Facebook came under renewed scrutiny when a whistleblower leaked information reportedly showing that the company was …

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    📱|Bring an old phone back to life with a free And…

    Berlin (dpa) — Your phone’s hardware is still in good shape, but the manufacturer has stopped supporting the software. In cases like these, you should consider installing an alternative Android version so that you can continue making the best of a perfectly good phone. Smartphone manufacturers are notorious for ending Android updates after two to three years, despite phones being capable of longer lifespans. The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has been leading an upcycling initiative for Android phones with the goal of preventing e-waste by extending the lifespan of Android phones using…

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    👍|’Just setting up my twttr’ – How Jack Dorsey he…

    Jack Dorsey has announced his resignation as chief executive of Twitter, the social media platform he co-founded in 2006. It ends the tech entrepreneur’s second stint at the company, which has grown to more than 350 million active monthly users. The platform was first created as a prototype in 2006 by Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams – all then employees at podcasting firm Odeo, who were said to have been looking for a new direction for the company. On March 21, 2006, Dorsey sent the first public tweet as the group began testing the platform – a message that read “just setting u…

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    📱|Google loses appeal over 2.4-billion-euro EU co…

    The EU General Court upheld on Wednesday a 2.4-billion-euro (2.8-billion-dollar) European Commission competition fine against Google for abuse of market dominance in the online shopping sector, boosting EU ambitions to rein in the US tech giant. Dismissing Google’s appeal, the European Union’s second highest court backed the EU executive branch’s view that Google Shopping put itself at illegal advantage. The Luxembourg-based judges found Google, when returning search results, had broken antitrust rules when it favoured “its own comparison shopping service over competing services,” an official …

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    📱|EU court upholds 2.4-billion competition fine a…

    The EU General Court upheld on Wednesday a 2.4-billion-euro (2.8-billion-dollar) European Commission competition fine from 2017 against Google for abusing its market dominance by promoting its own shopping service. The bloc’s second highest court largely dismissed the US tech giant’s appeal against the decision of the EU executive branch, which acts as the European Union’s competition watchdog, according to a press release. Wednesday’s ruling – a boost for EU ambitions to rein in Google’s market dominance – can still be challenged at the bloc’s highest court, the European Court of Justice. Aft…

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    📱|Google loses appeal over 2.4-billion-euro EU co…

    The EU General Court upheld on Wednesday a 2.4-billion-euro (2.8-billion-dollar) European Commission competition fine from 2017 against Google for abusing its market dominance by promoting its own shopping service. Dismissing the US tech giant’s appeal, the European Union’s second highest court backed the conclusions drawn by the EU executive branch. The Luxembourg-based judges found Google had favoured “its own comparison shopping service over competing services,” an official court press release stated. Wednesday’s ruling – a boost for EU ambitions to rein in Google’s market dominance – can s…

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    👍|Facebook whistleblower ‘terrified’ by Zuckerber…

    Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen says she is worried about the social media giant’s recently announced plans to develop a Metaverse with virtual spaces where where work, games and shopping can take place. “I personally am terrified of the idea of adding more microphones and sensors from Facebook into our homes, into our offices, of having these systems embedded in our lives, spying on us, when we have no idea how they use the data,” Haugen told dpa in an interview. Facebook, she said, has repeatedly shown that it cannot be trusted and that its public statements do not match developments w…

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    👍|Why is data-hungry Facebook ditching its facial…

    For years, Facebook has been in trouble for a feature designed to help us tag the faces of our friends in photos we post. Now, in an out-of-character move for a company known for its eagerness to harvest user data, Facebook has announced that it’s abolishing the controversial facial recognition function that automatically tagged people in photos. Stored data identifying the faces of more than a billion people will now be deleted, the online network says. So why is Facebook giving up one of the social media platform’s best-known features? Facebook says it’s because there are many concerns over …

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    👍|Facebook renames itself ‘Meta’ as part of shift…

    Facebook is giving itself a new name – Meta – as part of a reshuffle that sees the social media platform become just one of several products maintained by a new umbrella company. “Starting today our company is now Meta,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said at the company’s Connect conference on Thursday, announcing the company’s shift towards virtual reality. With the new name, Zuckerberg wants to underline the company’s focus on a new virtual environment that it calls “Metaverse”, in which he sees the future of digital communication. He also wants to use this new project to lead the group o…

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    📱|WhatsApp to block old Android versions – is you…

    There once was a time when Google named its versions of Android after sweet treats. Android 4.0 to 4.0.4, for example, was better known as Ice Cream Sandwich. If your phone is still stuck on this particular dessert, then you’ll soon have to give up WhatsApp. That’s because from November 1 onwards, the Facebook-owned messenger app will stop supporting older versions of Android. From this date onwards, you’ll need to have upgraded your phone or tablet to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) in order to run the messenger on the device, WhatsApp has announced. However, this should only affect very, very few u…

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    📱|The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, tested: What a dif…

    Even Pixel fans might have trouble recognizing the latest smartphone generation of Google phones. The new Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are, like previous phones, eye-catchers with soft pastel colours. But the enormous black camera array stretching across the entire back of the phone is an unfamiliar design feature to most fans of Google phones. It might be an eyesore to some, but nobody can deny it’s a statement of what Pixel phones are all about – the camera. The bold design with a camera array that sticks out by almost 3 mm will not be welcomed by everyone. But take it in your hands and you’ll likely b…

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    📱|’Yes it’s me.’ Google trying to make 2FA login …

    The era of using one simple password to log into your email account appears to be slowly coming to an end. Years after Google first rolled out two-factor authentication (2FA), this more secure login method is on its way to becoming the standard for users of Gmail and co. The system, which requires you to confirm on your phone that it’s really you that is trying to log in, offers a second hurdle that renders it far more difficult for hackers to gain access to a person’s email account. Google has been calling on more and more users to activate this second step in addition to a secure password, a…

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    👍|Report claims a Facebook name change is imminent

    Facebook intends to change its name, according to a report by US technology website The Verge published on Wednesday. Considered well-connected in the tech world, The Verge cited a source “with direct knowledge of the matter” in its story. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is expected to announce the decision at the company’s Connect conference on October 28. The change is believed to herald the tech giant’s ambition to be known for more than just social media. According to the report, the group’s rebrand would likely position Facebook as just one of many products under a parent company oversee…

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    👍|Report: Facebook wants to change its name

    Facebook is planning to change the name of its company, according to a US media report, days after the social media giant announced it was starting work on a project to rethink the internet with a so-called “metaverse.” To allow the company to focus on this new virtual world for communication and commerce, the company is set to change its name in the coming week, the US website The Verge reported on Wednesday, citing a source with direct knowledge of the plans. The tech news website, known for breaking stories from inside Silicon Valley, said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is expected to tal…

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    👍|The next internet: What exactly is Facebook’s p…

    Social media giant Facebook has announced plans to hire 10,000 people in Europe over the next five years as part of ambitious plans to develop a web of new online spaces that it’s calling the “metaverse.” Rather than being another social media platform with endless feeds of posts and ads, Facebook’s plans put the emphasis on virtual experiences that make the internet a place where not only see and click on things, but where we also feel physically immersed. The company says it’s now scaling up its development of a “new phase of interconnected virtual experiences using technologies like virtual…

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    📱|Saying goodbye to the iPhone: Tips for switchin…

    Berlin (dpa) — When you change your smartphone you want to transfer your personal data from the old device to the new one as seamlessly as possible. The process is usually pretty simple if you’re sticking with the same operating system. However, things get complicated when you’re switching from iOS to Android. How do you go about it? “Generally speaking, there are three ways,” says Martin Gobbin from Stiftung Warentest, a consumer goods tester in Germany. One method is via Google Drive, another is to use migration apps. These apps are usually preinstalled on many new devices or you can choose …

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    📱|Remove Visa from Apple Pay travel card feature …

    Researchers have urged iPhone users to remove Visa as a transport card via Apple Pay after uncovering a flaw which they say fraudsters could use to bypass security and make unlimited contactless payments. Experts from the University of Birmingham and the University of Surrey warned the issue could be exploited to make transactions from an iPhone inside someone’s bag, without their knowledge. They claim the vulnerability only happens on Apple Pay when a Visa card is set up as an Express Travel Card, also known as Express Transit mode – a feature intended for owners to tap in and out of public t…

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    📱|Google wants to start freezing old apps you for…

    How many apps do you have on your phone? And how many of them have you not used for months? You don’t know? That’s exactly the problem – a security problem, in fact. Every installed app is a potential security and privacy risk, and Google is now rolling out a new feature to help deal with the problem of installed apps waiting to fill up with vulnerabilities as you forget about them. With its planned “auto-reset feature”, Google wants to automatically revoke any permissions you granted to Android apps that you haven’t used in months, from location to contacts to calendar or camera. This is alre…