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    👍|Twitter spotlights Asia democracy movements wit…

    Twitter on Thursday launched an emoji to mark one year since the first use of the “Milk Tea Alliance” meme which has grown into a symbol of pro-democracy movements in Asia. “To celebrate the first anniversary of the #MilkTeaAlliance, we designed an emoji featuring 3 different types of milk tea colours from regions where the Alliance first formed online,” the tech giant’s public policy account tweeted in a thread on Thursday. The hashtag – originating in the shared passion in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan for milky tea – emerged as a symbol of support for democratic movements and concern over …

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    📱|The ‘Hey Google’ car: Fiat 500 family given Goo…

    “Hey Google, how much petrol is left in the car,” you ask from your couch. That’s one of the scenarios envisaged by Fiat and Google, who have teamed up for one of the most striking branding exercises in the modern car world. In what is believed to be the first time that a tech company has given its logo for use on car bodywork, three models in the 500 line-up get “Hey Google” badges above the front wheel arches and on the central B-pillars. Inside, the centre section of the front seats features a design resembling the swirling dots used in Hey Google animations and headrest tags are embroidere…

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    👍|Wave of phishing emails feared after massive Fa…

    Once again, the personal information of hundreds of millions of Facebook has surfaced online, following a new data leak that threatens to unleash a wave of sophisticated email scams relying on these stolen contact names. The IT security firm Hudson Rock said it found data of 533 million Facebook users, mostly from the US, in an online forum for hackers, according to a Business Insider report. This information includes phone numbers, email addresses, the names of the cities in which users live and their birthdays. The leak even contains the phone number of founder and chief executive Mark Zucke…

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    📱|Update your iPhone fast: Apple has fixed anothe…

    It’s that time again: Hackers have apparently been exploiting another vulnerability in iPhone and iPad software and Apple is calling for all iOS users to update to the latest version as soon as possible. A critical security vulnerability in the iOS browser engine WebKit was allowing attackers to use manipulated web content to access the user’s data. According to Apple, the gap is already being actively exploited by hackers, which is why the company is calling for users to update to iOS or iPadOS version 14.4.2 if their device hasn’t done so automatically. If you’re still running iOS 13, then y…

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    👍|German court dismisses bid to restrict Facebook…

    A German court on Wednesday said that competition authorities’ bid to restrict US internet giant Facebook’s data collection is partly illegal. The presiding judge in the case said a bid by the Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s competition authority, to prohibit Facebook from linking user’s data from services such as Instagram and Whatsapp to their Facebook accounts without their express permission focused too much on German law, and not enough on EU law. Judge Juergen Kuehnen added that it was quite possible that Facebook had a legitimate interest in a significant part of the data. In 2019, the Bund…

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    👍|German court hears Facebook case on restricting…

    US internet giant Facebook is opposing efforts by German competition authorities to restrict its data collection before a regional court in Dusseldorf on Wednesday. In 2019, the Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s competition authority, prohibited Facebook from linking user’s data from services such as Instagram and Whatsapp to their Facebook accounts without their express permission. “It is a kind of internal unbundling of data processing on Facebook,” Bundeskartellamt President Andreas Mundt said at the time, meaning that consumers would be able to prevent Facebook from collecting and using their da…

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    👍|Instagram boosts safety features around teenage…

    Instagram is to restrict the ability of adults to contact teenagers who do not follow them on the platform as part of new safety tools aimed at protecting younger users. Under the new rules, adults will be blocked from sending a direct message (DM) to any Instagram user under 18 if that account does not already follow them. As part of a range of new measures being introduced, the social media platform will also begin sending safety alerts to users aged under 18 to encourage them to be cautious in conversation with adults they are already connected to, but have exhibited potentially suspicious …

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    📱|Google creates massive online museum dedicated …

    Google has launched a sprawling online museum to explore the vast culture of electronic music, from the instruments that shaped iconic pop song riffs to the club culture silenced by the pandemic. As part of Google’s “Arts & Culture” gallery of experiments, history and culture-related games, the online exhibitions of electronic music history is a welcome addition to the internet at a time when many museums remain closed and difficult to access during the pandemic. The comprehensive show, developed by renowned curators and music journalists, pays tribute to the cultural significance of the elect…

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    👍|Instagram recommending misinformation to users,…

    Instagram is recommending anti-vaccination and coronavirus misinformation to potentially millions of users, a new report has claimed. A study from the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) and charity Restless Development says the social media platform is suggesting content to users that includes conspiracy theories about Covid-19 as well as anti-Semitic and other harmful content. It claimed that as well as health misinformation and anti-Semitic content, conspiracy theories tied to QAnon and false claims about the US presidential election were also being promoted by Instagram’s algorithms….

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    📱|Google vows to stop developing ways to track us…

    Google has vowed not to build new ways of tracking users across the internet as it makes plans to scrap third-party cookies on Chrome. The tech giant is pressing ahead with its proposal for the web browser, despite concerns from publishers who argue the move will impact their ability to generate revenue. Improving privacy has been the main argument for the project, known as the Privacy Sandbox, which was revealed last year. Third-party cookies are used by websites other than the one the user is visiting, and are particularly popular among advertisers. The Competition and Markets Authority is a… More

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    👍|Instagram launches Live Rooms for four-person l…

    Instagram has expanded its live-streaming feature to enable up to four users to stream at the same time. The social media platform has launched Instagram Live Rooms, an expansion of the app’s Live feature which allows a user to begin live-streaming to their followers. The Facebook-owned platform said it hopes that expanding the number of people allowed on a stream will spark increased use among prominent users for content such as creating podcasts, as well as offer a new way for friends to come together while also sharing the content with those who follow them. The new feature began rolling ou…

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    👍|Why is nobody following me on Instagram?

    Instagram is one of the most popular social networks out there. So how come you have so few followers? Sports stars, musicians and influencers often have enormous numbers of followers there and can earn a lot of money from it. Of course, that doesn’t have to be the goal of your own account. But if you’re hoping to collect a sizeable following, things shouldn’t just be ticking over. To start, you should at least be noticing a positive response from friends and family. But how can you give your account more profile? Social media consultant Teja Adams says the most important thing is to have fun …

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    👍|Twitter wants to allow creators to make money f…

    Twitter is exploring a feature that will allow users to charge followers for exclusive perks. Super Followers is designed to provide creators and publishers with paid support from fans who want a bit more than the usual tweets accessible to everyone. This includes bonus tweets only viewable to paying members, which would form part of a monthly subscription. In exchange, users could receive a support badge on their profile, subscriber-only newsletters, deals or discounts, special community access and other exclusive content, according to a mock screen published by the social network. The move c…

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    👍|Twitter aims to double its annual revenue by 2023

    Social media platform Twitter wants to double its total annual revenue to 7.5 billion dollars by the end of 2023, the company said at an event for investors on Thursday. By then, the site would increase the number of daily users it reaches with advertising from 192 million to 315 million. In response to the announcement, the company’s shares were up 7 per cent on early trading on the stock market in the United States. Twitter generates almost all of its revenue through advertising, so it presents only the number of people whom ads reach when reporting its key metrics. Twitter is also weighing …

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    👍|Australia standing ground over media code despi…

    Australia’s treasurer said he spoke to Mark Zuckerberg on Friday in a bid to get Facebook to accept new rules that would require the social media giant to pay news outlets for their content. “We talked through their remaining issues and agreed our respective teams would work through them immediately,” Josh Frydenberg said, according to news agency AAP. “I reiterated Australia remains committed to implementing the code.” Frydenberg hopes to convince Facebook to accept the code after the social media giant blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news articles on its platform on Wednesday. T…

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    📱|When is my phone getting Android 11?

    Android 11 has been available since the beginning of September 2020. But many smartphone manufacturers are in no hurry to adapt the operating system to their devices. It’s also hard to find out which phones will be getting Google’s latest mobile operating system – and which will not. While Google has been the first to deliver new Android versions on its Pixel phones, other manufacturers like Samsung have been notoriously slow. That is why the programming community XDA Developers has created a comprehensive overview with an “Android 11 Update Status” for for each manufacturer and model. You can…

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    📱|Ford announces deal with Google to run cars on …

    Ford has announced it will use Android, Google Maps and Google’s voice-activated assistant as its standard digital equipment in cars from 2023 onwards. As part of a new cooperation announced on Monday, Google is also to become the central provider of cloud services for the US car giant, while infotainment features in Ford cars will be tied together by Android Auto as an operating system. Google’s role is mainly limited to the interaction of occupants with the vehicle. However, Ford also wants to use Google infrastructure to send data from future cars to workshops for maintenance recommendation…

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    📱|Google threatens to pull search engine from Aus…

    Google threatened to pull its search engine from Australia on Friday over a proposed media code that would require the tech firm to pay for news content. Mel Silva, managing director for Google’s Australian operations, told a Senate enquiry the code was unworkable and the company was unable to calculate the financial risk, news agency AAP reported. Leaving the Australian market is the “only rational choice if this law were to pass,” she said. The news media bargaining code bill was introduced into Australia’s parliament in December. If passed, it will force tech companies to pay news outlets f…

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    👍|Twitter permanently suspends Trump, cites risk …

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

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    👍|Twitter permanently suspends Trump, cites risk …

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

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    👍|Facebook bans Trump from access to accounts ind…

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

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    👍|Facebook bans Trump from access to accounts ind…

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

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    👍|Facebook bans Trump from access to accounts ind…

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

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    📱|Chrome Music Lab lets you experiment with music…

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

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    👍|Facebook removes Hebrew-language groups spreadi…

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

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    👍|Reality TV meets video games … on Facebook? A n…

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

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    👍|Justice Department claims Facebook discriminate…

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

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    👍|Justice Department claims Facebook discriminate…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    👍|Twitter launches ‘fleets’ – tweets that get del…

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

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

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

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    👍|Facebook slammed for blocking government-critic…

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

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    👍|Facebook tiptoes into cloud gaming with free mo…

    Facebook has officially tiptoed into the cloud-gaming arena by announcing the opening of several games to the public in beta version – no downloads or special equipment required.However, the social media giant underplayed the release, saying that it saw its mobile cloud gaming as a supplement to PC and console games, and was not spinning off a separate service.”We’re not trying to replace your favorite gaming software,” Facebook said. The idea is to allow people to jump into a game, free of charge, straight from the usual Facebook platform.For now the test run is limited to Android devices and…