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Twitter hits milestone with first-ever profit

Twitter hits milestone with first-ever profit

Twitter Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly profit, a key milestone that sent shares soaring at the social network which has lagged for years behind fast-growing rivals. Twitter shares leapt 18 percent to $31.77 - their highest levels in over a year - as the San Francisco-based...

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Facebook booming even as time spent on it drops

Facebook booming even as time spent on it drops

Facebook Wednesday reported a big jump in profits even though people are spending less time on the world's biggest social network. The company said its priority is to encourage personal interaction among users, rather than simply boost the number of hours they spend on Facebook....

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Facebook vows to tackle social media threat to democracy

Facebook vows to tackle social media threat to democracy

Facebook acknowledged Monday that the explosion of social media poses a potential threat to democracy, pledging to tackle the problem head-on and turn its powerful platform into a force for "good". The comments from the world's biggest social network were its latest response to intense...

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Facebook to prioritize 'trustworthy' news sources

Facebook to prioritize 'trustworthy' news sources

 Facebook Inc will begin to prioritize “trustworthy” news outlets on its stream of social media posts as it works to combat “sensationalism” and “misinformation,” Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday. The company, which has more than 2 billion monthly users,...

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Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech: EU

Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech: EU

Social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube have accelerated removals of online hate speech, reviewing more than two thirds of complaints within 24 hours, new EU figures show. The European Union has piled pressure on social media companies to increase their efforts to...

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Facebook widens probe into alleged Russian meddling in Brexit

Facebook widens probe into alleged Russian meddling in Brexit

Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Wednesday it would conduct a new, comprehensive search of its records for possible propaganda that Russian operatives may have spread during the run-up to Britain’s 2016 referendum on EU membership. Some British lawmakers had complained that the world’s...

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Twitter won't block world leaders, citing need for discourse

Twitter won't block world leaders, citing need for discourse

Twitter announced Friday it would not block the accounts of world leaders even if their statements are "controversial," citing a need to promote a "public conversation" on political issues. The announcement came just days after a tweet from President Donald Trump hinting at the use of...

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Google launching artificial intelligence research center in China

Google launching artificial intelligence research center in China

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to target the country’s local talent, even as the U.S. search firm’s products remain blocked in the country. Google said in a statement the research center is the first...

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Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

Facebook Inc will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the U.S. to detect users with suicidal intent, the world’s largest social media network said on Monday. Facebook began testing the software in the United States in March, when the...

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Facebook tests splitting its News Feed into two

Facebook tests splitting its News Feed into two

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday it was testing the idea of dividing its News Feed in two, separating commercial posts from personal news in a move that could lead some businesses to increase advertising. The Facebook News Feed, the centerpiece of the world’s...

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Russia fines Telegram for not giving backdoor access

Russia fines Telegram for not giving backdoor access

A Russian court on Monday fined the popular Telegram messenger app for failing to provide the country's security services with encryption keys to read users' messaging data. A Moscow court imposed an 800,000-ruble fine (about $14,000/12,000 euros) over Telegram's failure to "provide law...

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Las Vegas shooting was Twitter's saddest day ever: study

Las Vegas shooting was Twitter's saddest day ever: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 injured, was the saddest day ever recorded on Twitter, according to Hedonometer, a tool that measures sentiment on social media platforms. The barometer, which measures the...

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Google to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone division in $1.1 billion deal

Google to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone division in $1.1 billion deal

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said it would pay $1.1 billion in cash to acquire the division at Taiwan’s HTC Corp (2498.TW) that develops the U.S. firm’s Pixel smartphones, its latest push into hardware manufacturing. Google has sought to beef up its hardware capability with...

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History of Syria’s War at Risk as YouTube Reins In Content

History of Syria’s War at Risk as YouTube Reins In Content

Syria's civil war has been one of the modern world's most brutal conflicts and one of its most heavily filmed. Hundreds of thousands of amateur videos uploaded to YouTube document every heartbeat of the war over the past seven years, from momentous events like cities under bombardment to...

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Google says it has no evidence of Russian ads about U.S. election

Google says it has no evidence of Russian ads about U.S. election

Search engine Google said on Thursday it had seen no evidence on its advertising platforms of the kind of suspected Russian propaganda campaign that Facebook Inc (FB.O) says appeared on its network before and after last year’s U.S. presidential election. “We’re always monitoring...

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Twitter no longer at 'death's door' as earnings report approaches

Twitter no longer at 'death's door' as earnings report approaches

Twitter Inc. heads toward its quarterly earnings report on Thursday with a stock that has risen more than 40 percent since April when much of Wall Street was ready to write off the tech company. The company's share price popped after its most recent earnings report in April, when Twitter...

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EU increases pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter over user terms

EU increases pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter over user terms

European Union authorities have increased pressure on Facebook, Twitter and Google to amend their user terms to bring them in line with EU law after proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient. The European Commission and consumer protection authorities in the bloc...

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Google redesigns mobile search app with personalized 'feed'

Google redesigns mobile search app with personalized 'feed'

Google on Wednesday announced an overhaul of its search app on mobile phones to include a personalized feed of links about hobbies, travel, sports and other topics, a move that puts the search company into more direct competition with social networks such as Facebook. Google, the world's...

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