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    👍|Facebook restores news for Australian users aft…

    SYDNEY – Facebook on Friday restored access to news for its Australian users after reaching agreement with the government on a landmark law requiring it and other tech firms to pay for journalistic content. The Facebook pages of Australian news outlets were able to update from early Friday morning for the first time in a week, since the social media slapped a ban on news content being seen Down Under in a dispute over the law which was adopted Thursday. Facebook and Google, the two companies targeted by the regulation, strongly objected to clauses requiring them to submit to mandatory arbitrat…

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    👍|Facebook bans Myanmar military accounts

    Facebook said it has banned all remaining accounts linked to the Myanmar military on Thursday, citing the junta’s use of deadly force against anti-coup demonstrators. The move, which takes effect immediately, applies to the military and entities controlled by the armed forces on both Facebook and Instagram. It also bans “military-linked commercial entities” from advertising on the platforms. “Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated a need for this ban,” the social media giant said in a statement. “We believe the risks of allowing the Tatmadaw on Facebook …

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    👍|Test your privacy knowledge with a cup of milk…

    Test your privacy knowledge with a cup of milk teapublished : 25 Feb 2021 at 04:00 newspaper section: [Life](http://search.bangkokpost.com/search/result_advanced?category=news&xNewsSection=Life) Facebook provides privacy settings for all personal information while Instagram offers tips to ensure our security after sharing photos with the rest of the world. The problem is how much we know about this. photo courtesy of Facebook’s Privacy Café Facebook’s Privacy Café is coming to Bangkok to test your privacy knowledge on social media from tomorrow until Sunday, from 11am to 8pm at Cha Bar Lido Co…

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    👍|Australia and Facebook in talks over sweeping n…

    SYDNEY: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg held talks with the Australian government on Friday over a law that would force the social media giant to pay for content, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisted the country would not bend to “threats” from big tech. From Thursday, Australians could no longer post links to news articles or view the Facebook pages of Australian outlets, which are also barred from sharing their content. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he had spoken with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, and that negotiations would continue over the weekend. “We talked through their …

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    👍|Facebook blocks news sharing in Australia over …

    BRISBANE, Australia: Facebook blocked the sharing of news in Australia on Wednesday over government plans to make it pay media groups for content, but the move disrupted the pages of emergency services while triggering accusations of censorship. From early Thursday, Australians were unable to post links to news articles or view the Facebook pages of news outlets from anywhere in the world. The move came as retaliation for laws proposed in Canberra that would force social media giants to pay for news content shared on their sites. Fire, health and meteorological services around the country were…

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    👍|Why the world is watching Australia’s new big-t…

    SYDNEY: Australia on Friday moved a step closer to introducing pioneering legislation that would force tech giants to pay for sharing news content, a move that could change how people worldwide experience the internet. Here is a look at what the proposed rules are, why companies such as Facebook and Google hate them, and what it might mean for net users. What is happening? After two decades of light-touch regulation, companies such as Google and Facebook are coming under increased government scrutiny. In Australia, regulators have zeroed-in on the firms’ online advertising dominance and the im…

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    👍|WhatsApp flap shows importance of message platf…

    WASHINGTON: When WhatsApp users began to raise concerns about a new privacy policy being rolled out, members of a Washington pickup soccer group decided to switch their communications to rival messaging platform Signal, ditching the Facebook-owned service. The shift was “about moving as many users away from the Facebook empire, which for my liking has become way too big and powerful,” said Bernhard Fleck, one of the players. The flap over WhatsApp’s privacy policy — described by Facebook as a misunderstanding about efforts to bring businesses onto the platform — threatens to erode trust in the…

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    📱|Google bombards Australian search users as PR c…

    SYDNEY: US tech giant Google stepped up its public relations campaign against Australian regulation Friday, presenting all search users Down Under with a “proposal” to water down planned rules. Australians searching for any term were presented with a pop-up setting out the company’s opposition to proposed legislation that would force them to pay news companies for content. Google and Facebook have vehemently opposed the proposed rules, which are designed to rebalance the relationship between long-struggling news companies and tech giants that dominate the online advertising market. Under the n…

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    👍|Twitter shifts US presidential accounts to Bide…

    SAN FRANCISCO: As US President Joe Biden took office on Wednesday, Twitter handed him the reins of an official @POTUS account as part of the transfer of power. The one-to-many messaging service gave Biden’s team control of all the official White House accounts, and activated a new @SecondGentleman handle for the husband of the country’s first female vice president Kamala Harris. Accounts for the White House, President, Vice President, First Lady and White House Press Secretary “have now inherited their new institutional usernames,” according to Twitter. Tweets posted at the accounts prior to B…

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    👍|WhatsApp stresses privacy as users flock to rivals

    SAN FRANCISCO: WhatsApp on Tuesday reassured users about privacy at the Facebook-owned messaging service as people flocked to rivals Telegram and Signal following a tweak to its terms. There was “a lot of misinformation” about an update to terms of service regarding an option to use WhatsApp to message businesses, Facebook executive Adam Mosseri, who heads Instagram, said in a tweet. WhatsApp’s new terms sparked criticism, as users outside Europe who do not accept the new conditions before February 8 will be cut off from the messaging app. “The policy update does not affect the privacy of your…

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    👍|Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts linked to pro-…

    SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter announced Monday it has suspended “more than 70,000 accounts” linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory following the attack on the US Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters. The social network began its purge Friday, shortly after it had permanently suspended Trump’s account for language that could incite violence. “Since Friday, more than 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with many instances of a single individual operating numerous accounts,” Twitter said in a blog post. “These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-a…

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    👍|Twitter bans Trump permanently

    WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump, already facing mounting calls to step down or risk impeachment, suffered further ignominy on Friday when Twitter permanently suspended his account, saying the US leader is too dangerous to use the platform. After a “close review” of tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account, “we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence”, the San Francisco-based social media company said in a statement. The unprecedented move, which severs Trump from his 88.7 million followers, is an astounding setback for the president in the…

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    📱|Google dominates advertising through unrivalled…

    OAKLAND: California: In 2000, just two years after it was founded, Google reached a milestone that would lay the foundation for its dominance over the next 20 years: It became the world’s largest search engine, with an index of more than 1 billion web pages. The rest of the internet never caught up, and Google’s index just kept on getting bigger. Today, it is somewhere between 500 billion and 600 billion web pages, according to estimates. Now, as regulators around the world examine ways to curb Google’s power, including a search monopoly case expected from state attorneys general as early as t…

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    📱|Gmail down twice in 2 days

    SAN FRANCISCO: Google’s cloud-hosted email service suffered a “significant” disruption on Tuesday, just a day after it went down during a massive outage of the internet giant’s platform. Google said on a status dashboard that it had Gmail operations back in order shortly before 0000 GMT (7am Bangkok), about two and a half hours after people started complaining of problems. “We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support,” Google said in the status dashboard notice. “Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are mak…

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    📱|Intel Not Inside: How Mobile Chips Overtook the…

    Intel Corp., once the dominant designer and manufacturer of microchips at the core of nearly all personal and cloud computing, has for years been losing ground to competitors. Hardly a ragtag bunch, the opposition now includes trillion-dollar companies alongside countless startups, and it’s well on its way to wrecking Intel’s hegemony. Apple Inc. recently declared an end to its use of Intel chips in Macs, which it adopted in 2006, and a switch to processors of its own design. With less fanfare, longtime Intel partner Microsoft Corp. put a custom chip in its Surface Pro X tablet PC, as an alter…

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    👍|#Covid19, #BlackLivesMatter top Twitter themes …

    WASHINGTON: The coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement topped the list of conversation topics on Twitter in a tumultuous year, the messaging platform said Monday. In a summary of trends, Twitter said the hashtag #Covid19 and other variations were tweeted nearly 400 million times, while #StayHome was the third biggest hashtag of the year. The number two hashtag of 2020 was #BlackLivesMatter, which spread worldwide after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, according to Twitter. “People continued to utilize Twitter to publicly advocate for political …

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    📱|Sales brisk for local iPhone 12 debut

    Hype was high for first-day sales of the new iPhone 12 series in Thailand on Friday, with major mobile operators holding activities and passing out phones to customers who had pre-booked from the first minute after midnight.And queues started forming before dawn outside the first official Apple store in the country.Apple’s first 5G-compatible lineup comprises the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.Advanced Info Service (AIS), the country’s biggest mobile operator by subscribers, was busy at AIS eSports STUDIO at Samyan Mitrtown, handing out iPhone 12 handsets to pre…

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    👍|Melia Koh Samui

    Melia Koh Samui83 Mu 5, Choeng Mon Beach, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320 THAILAND ♦Tel: 077-938-899 ♦Website: melia.com ♦Facebook: Melia Hotels & Resortspublished : 12 Nov 2020 at 04:00newspaper section:[Life](http://search.bangkokpost.com/search/result_advanced?category=news&xNewsSection=Life)Formerly known as Imperial Boat House, this property on the northeastern side of the island underwent a major renovation and relaunched in January this year.Now owned by Asset World Corporation (AWC) and — as its new name suggests — operated by a Spanish chain, the revamped beachside resort boasts…

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    👍|Thais love to talk shopping on Twitter

    Twitter has become a source of shopping information for major online sales days such as the upcoming Singles Day on Nov 11.A study by Statista found US$3.53 trillion was spent on e-commerce worldwide in 2019, while data from MediaRadar found e-commerce ad spending jumped from $4.8 million to $9.6 million during the pandemic.In Thailand, the e-commerce and mobile commerce market combined is valued at $39.8 billion.During Covid-19, while shopping malls in Thailand were closed and lockdowns were in force, there was a dramatic shift by consumers to shopping online.With online shopping an important…

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    👍|Twitter board backs chief Jack Dorsey after ous…

    SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter’s board on Monday said Jack Dorsey will remain chief after a management review prompted by an activist investor’s effort to push him out of the job.Twitter in March made a deal with key investors to end an effort to oust Dorsey, creating a new committee on the board of directors to keep tabs on company leadership.The plan called for a fresh investment in Twitter by private equity group Silver Lake, and a pledge by the social media group to launch a $2 billion share repurchase plan.The deal also enabled the hedge fund Elliot Management — which had been pressing to remove…

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    ✈|Japan’s ANA predicts record $4.87 bn net loss f…

    TOKYO – Japan’s biggest airline ANA Holdings on Tuesday forecast a record $4.87 billion net loss for this financial year and announced a major restructuring as the pandemic hammers the global aviation industry.The company said its first-half net loss came to 188.4 billion yen ($1.8 billion) — a sharp fall from the 56.7 billion yen in profit it logged during the same April-September period last year.“There has been a significant decline in passenger demand, which has been severely affected by the immigration restrictions around the world and the voluntary restraints on movement within Japan tha…

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    👍|Police move to silence news, Facebook pages

    Media crew covering the protest against the government outside Government House on Oct 14 are knocked to the ground during a scuffle. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)Police want to shut down four media outlets and a Facebook page run by protesters, on grounds their content constitutes a threat to national security.National police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk on Friday signed an order under the emergency decree requesting the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and the Digital Economy and Society Ministry to ban Voice TV, Prachathai.com website, The Reporters and The Standard, as …

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    👍|Police move to silence news, Facebook platforms

    Police move to silence news, Facebook platforms Critic: Heading for ‘complete dictatorship’Police want to shut down four media outlets and a Facebook page run by protesters, on grounds their content constitutes a threat to national security.National police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk on Friday signed an order under the emergency decree requesting the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and the Digital Economy and Society Ministry to ban Voice TV, Prachathai.com website, The Reporters and The Standard, as well as the Free Youth movement Facebook page.The Reporters is Facebook-bas…

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    👍|Thai artists make space on Twitter

    Thai artists make space on Twitterpublished : 8 Oct 2020 at 04:00newspaper section:[Life](http://search.bangkokpost.com/search/result_advanced?category=news&xNewsSection=Life)Thai cartoonists now have their own community on Twitter where they can share their works with the like-minded.A hashtag called Chum Chon Nak Sang San (Creative Community) was recently created on Twitter, which generated over 400,000 tweets within the past month alone. It serves as a community and a space for Thai artists to showcase their works and where creators can connect.The hashtag aims to support artists, while bri…

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    📱|Google clamps down on apps dodging Play Store 3…

    SAN FRANCISCO: Google said Monday it plans to start enforcing a rule requiring Android apps in its Play store to use its payment system, which takes a 30% cut of transactions.“We have clarified the language in our Payments Policy to be more explicit that all developers selling digital goods in their apps are required to use Google Play’s billing system,” product management vice president Sameer Samat said in a blog post.People with smartphones or tablets powered by Google-backed Android software are free to get apps from online venues other than the Play Store run by the internet giant.Google …

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    📱|Google removes street view virtual tour of Aust…

    SYDNEY: Google has removed images from its Street View that allowed users to virtually walk on Australia’s Uluru, a sacred Aboriginal site closed to tourists since last year, the company said Friday.Parks Australia had asked that the user-contributed images be taken down in line with the wishes of the Anangu people who are the traditional owners of the World Heritage site.The giant red monolith in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in central Australia was closed to tourists in October 2019 at the request of the Anangu, who hold the site sacred.“We understand Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is deep…

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    👍|Twitter tightens security for politicians and j…

    SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Thursday said it is tightening security of high-profile politicians, campaigns and journalists as a “critical preventative step” ahead of the US presidential election.Twitter will be implementing more sophisticated systems to detect suspicious activity and ramp up defenses intended to thwart hackers from taking over accounts, according to the social media platform popular with US President Donald Trump.“Implementing these security measures is a critical preventative step,” the tech firm’s safety team said in a blog post.Twitter maintained that it is “focused on keepin…

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    👍|Kim Kardashian joins celebrities in social medi…

    Kim Kardashian joins celebrities in social media ‘freeze’ against hatepublished : 16 Sep 2020 at 14:45NEW YORK: Celebrities including Kim Kardashian won’t post on Instagram or Facebook for 24 hours from Wednesday as part of a protest to pressure the world’s biggest social media firm to fight hate and disinformation.Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Sacha Baron Cohen, Katy Perry and Michael B. Jordan have all expressed support for the freeze organised by “Stop Hate for Profit”, a coalition calling on Facebook, which owns Instagram, to change.“I can’t sit by and stay silent while these platforms con…

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    👍|Facebook lets friends watch shows together whil…

    SAN FRANCISCO: Coronavirus lockdowns have led to a sharp increase in virtual watch parties as a way to get together with friends, and Facebook is getting in on the action.The world’s largest social network on Monday launched Watch Together, a free feature it is rolling out globally on its Messenger communication platform.“Connecting through video has understandably become more important for our Messenger community in the past few months,” Facebook product manager Nora Micheva said in a blog post.“We created Watch Together to make spending quality time with friends and loved ones feel as close …

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    👍|Facebook threatens ban on Australians sharing n…

    SYDNEY: Facebook threatened Tuesday to block users and media organisations in Australia from sharing news stories if a government plan to force digital giants to pay for content goes ahead.Australians would be stopped from posting both local and international news stories on Facebook and Instagram, the company said, claiming the move was “not our first choice” but the “only way to protect against an outcome that defies logic”.In one of the most aggressive moves by any government to curb the power of the US digital giants, the Australian government has drawn up legislation to force Facebook and…

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    👍|Facebook ‘won’t take legal action’: DES

    Minister of Digital Economy and Society (DES) Buddhipongse Punnakanta yesterday said he does not believe Facebook will take legal action against the government and the DES Ministry in relation to past legal requests since the platform has cooperated well with previous requests.Mr Buddhipongse was speaking at a press conference at the DES Ministry to counter Facebook’s legal threat to sue the government for blocking access to accounts deemed defamatory to the monarchy.The minister referred to the Royalist Marketplace page on Facebook operated by Pavin Chachavalpongpun that contains sensitive po…

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    👍|PM: Facebook must respect Thai law

    RAYONG: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his ministers stood firm on Tuesday in demanding that Facebook respect Thai law when the government asks it to restrict access to certain accounts.In response to Facebook’s threat to take legal action against the government’s demand that it restrict access to content that offended the royal institution, Prime Minister Prayut said all parties must observe the laws of Thailand.He referred to the Royalist Marketplace page on Facebook, and named “Somsak and Pavin” as the people behind the site. This was an apparent reference to Somsak Jeamteerasakul, a …