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Apple, Facebook, Uber, Google, Intel, Snap and Netflix join slew of companies to take legal action against Trump

Apple, Facebook, Uber, Google, Intel, Snap and Netflix join slew of companies to take legal action against Trump

(The Independent)- Ninety-seven companies, from Apple to Zynga, filed an impassioned legal brief condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, stepping up the industry’s growing opposition to the policy. The amicus brief was filed late Sunday in the Ninth Circuit...

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Opposes Donald Trump’s Immigration Action

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Opposes Donald Trump’s Immigration Action

(Wall Street Journal)- Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday publicly opposed two executive orders signed by President Donald Trump aiming to curtail immigration and bolster border security, contrasting with the neutral stance the tech executive has taken since the election....

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Facebook, Nodding to Its Role in Media, Starts a Journalism Project

Facebook, Nodding to Its Role in Media, Starts a Journalism Project

 (New York Times)- Facebook is increasingly owning up to its role as one of the world’s largest distributors of information by taking more responsibility for the millions of stories that flow through its site. On Wednesday, the social network made its latest move to acknowledge that...

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Samsung Electronics CEO says firm should make no product quality compromise

Samsung Electronics CEO says firm should make no product quality compromise

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) should make no compromises on the quality of its products, Chief Executive Kwon Oh-hyun said on Monday, asking employees to improve manufacturing processes and safety inspections. The executive, in a New Year's speech to Samsung employees disclosed by...

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Snapchat buying Israeli augmented reality start-up Cimagine

Snapchat buying Israeli augmented reality start-up Cimagine

Messaging app Snapchat is buying Israeli augmented reality startup Cimagine Media for an estimated $30-$40 million, marking Snapchat's first acquisition in Israel, the Calcalist financial daily reported on Sunday. Cimagine developed True Marketless Augmented Reality – technology that...

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube unite to 'fingerprint' terrorist content

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube unite to 'fingerprint' terrorist content

(Sky News)- Major technology companies are joining forces to spot terrorist propaganda and prevent it spreading online. Twitter, Microsoft and Google-owned YouTube will join Facebook in creating a form of digital database to "fingerprint" flagged up terrorist content.   By...

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Google announces artificial intelligence group for Google Cloud

Google announces artificial intelligence group for Google Cloud

Alphabet's Google announced the formation of an artificial intelligence group for Google Cloud, the tech company's latest gambit to increase its market share in the lucrative cloud computing business. Diane Greene, who leads Google's cloud business, announced the team at an event at the...

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Facebook fixes glitch that turned profiles into memorial pages

Facebook fixes glitch that turned profiles into memorial pages

Facebook Inc said on Friday a glitch that changed profiles of several users, including that of Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, to memorial pages had been resolved. A message meant for memorialized profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts, a company representative said in an emailed...

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Facebook 'pauses' WhatsApp data sharing after ICO intervention

Facebook 'pauses' WhatsApp data sharing after ICO intervention

(The Guardian)- Facebook has agreed to “pause” its plan to use data from UK users of messaging service WhatsApp for advertising and product improvement purposes across the rest of its business, after an intervention from the UK information commissioner. Elizabeth Denham wrote to Facebook...

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German prosecutors investigate Facebook over hate postings

German prosecutors investigate Facebook over hate postings

German prosecutors are investigating Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives, a spokesman for the Munich prosecutor's office said Friday, following a complaint alleging the company broke national laws against hate speech and sedition by failing to remove racist postings. The spokesman...

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Philippines launches app for peace process

Philippines launches app for peace process

The Philippines’ government has launched a mobile application to provide updated information about its ongoing peace processes with communist and Moro Muslim rebels as part of efforts for greater transparency and inclusivity. GMA News reported Saturday that the Office of the Presidential...

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Social media used to fuel South Sudan's civil war

Social media used to fuel South Sudan's civil war

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, shares the rest of the world’s love of social media, but with one difference: Observers believe combatants have marshalled this digital tool to incite atrocities and massacres along ethnic lines in the nation’s two-and-a-half-year-old civil war....

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Yahoo says at least 500 million accounts hacked in 2014

Yahoo says at least 500 million accounts hacked in 2014

Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) said on Thursday information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from its network in 2014 by what it believed was a "state-sponsored actor." The data stolen may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and hashed...

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Facebook is pushing more people to an app they didn't choose

Facebook is pushing more people to an app they didn't choose

Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another. Two years ago, the social-media giant forced its users to adopt its Messenger app for direct communication, a change it enforced by deactivating messages in the main Facebook app and steering users to the app. There was...

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Stop massacres, want our life back: Southern Damascus residents

Stop massacres, want our life back: Southern Damascus residents

(Zaman Al Wasl- Video)- A Syrian resident from the blockaded southern suburbs of Damascus demanded the International Community to reach an agreement ends Syrian people's suffering who have been facing daily massacres for over five years. The besieged man who addressed his message in...

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Facebook changes policies on 'Trending Topics' after criticism

Facebook changes policies on 'Trending Topics' after criticism

Facebook Inc said Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its "Trending Topics" section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias...

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Islamic State-linked hackers post target list of New Yorkers

Islamic State-linked hackers post target list of New Yorkers

A group of hackers linked to Islamic State has posted online a list of thousands of New York residents and urged followers of the militant group to target them, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Federal agents and New York City police officers have been contacting the...

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Thousands of apps running Baidu code collect, leak personal data - research

Thousands of apps running Baidu code collect, leak personal data - research

Thousands of apps running code built by Chinese Internet giant Baidu have collected and transmitted users' personal information to the company, much of it easily intercepted, researchers say. The apps have been downloaded hundreds of millions of times. The researchers at...

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