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News outlets seek to negotiate with Google, Facebook on ads

News outlets seek to negotiate with Google, Facebook on ads

News outlets are seeking permission from Congress for the right to negotiate jointly with Google and Facebook, two companies that dominate online advertising and online news traffic. The News Media Alliance, which represents nearly 2,000 news organizations, says that because of those two...

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Facebook now deleting 66,000 posts a week in anti-hate campaign

Facebook now deleting 66,000 posts a week in anti-hate campaign

Facebook is deleting about 66,000 posts a week as the social media giant cracks down on what it considers to be hate speech. The company says in a blog post Tuesday that deleting posts can "feel like censorship," but that it is working on explaining its process better. Facebook says it...

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EU fines Google record $2.7 billion in first antitrust case

EU fines Google record $2.7 billion in first antitrust case

EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company's dominance in searches and smartphones. It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a...

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Google 'faces record EU anti-trust fine'

Google 'faces record EU anti-trust fine'

The EU's powerful anti-trust regulator will decide a historic case against Google in the coming weeks that could see the Internet giant hit with a record fine, sources said on Friday. "We are heading towards a decision this summer," one source close to the matter told AFP on condition of...

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EU fines Facebook 110 mn euros over 'misleading' info in WhatsApp takeover

EU fines Facebook 110 mn euros over 'misleading' info in WhatsApp takeover

The European Commission on Thursday fined U.S. social media giant Facebook 110 million euros ($120 million) for providing incorrect and misleading information on its takeover of WhatsApp. "Today's decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger...

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Microsoft adds tools to flag bad content in Amazon, Google face-off

Microsoft adds tools to flag bad content in Amazon, Google face-off

Microsoft Corp on Wednesday turned up the heat on other technology giants by launching new image and video recognition products which could help it court businesses worried about running ads next to offensive content. The Redmond, Washington-based company said its new Video Indexer can...

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Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia website

Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia website

Turkish authorities on Saturday blocked access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, an internet monitoring group said, the latest in what government critics say is a crackdown on free speech on the internet. A block on all language editions of the Wikipedia website was detected at 8:00 a.m....

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Tech firms race to spot video violence

Tech firms race to spot video violence

Companies from Singapore to Finland are racing to improve artificial intelligence so software can automatically spot and block videos of grisly murders and mayhem before they go viral on social media. None, so far, claim to have cracked the problem completely. A Thai man who broadcast...

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Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results. The changes have been in the works for four months, but Google hadn't publicly discussed most of them until now. The announcement in...

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Facebook targets 30,000 fake France accounts before election

Facebook targets 30,000 fake France accounts before election

Facebook says it has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country's presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation. The company said Thursday it's trying to "reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including...

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Apple sparks row with pledge to drop Imagination Tech graphics

Apple sparks row with pledge to drop Imagination Tech graphics

 Apple has given Imagination Tech notice that it will stop using its graphics technology in the iPhone and other products in up to two years' time, dealing a major blow to the British company. Imagination said Apple, its biggest customer, had not presented any evidence to substantiate...

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Samsung faces 'biggest test' with Galaxy S8 launch

Samsung faces 'biggest test' with Galaxy S8 launch

The world's biggest smartphone maker Samsung will unveil its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, Wednesday in New York as it seeks to move on from last year's humiliating recall crisis. Samsung Electronics was forced to discontinue the Galaxy Note 7, originally intended to compete with Apple's...

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Pro-Erdogan hackers in Twitter attack as EU blasts Turkey

Pro-Erdogan hackers in Twitter attack as EU blasts Turkey

Hackers supporting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday defaced Twitter accounts of top individuals and institutions with Nazi jibes, as the EU hit back at Ankara's behaviour in an escalating crisis. Turkey and the European Union are going through their most explosive crisis...

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Google vows fix for 'inappropriate' search results

Google vows fix for 'inappropriate' search results

Google said Monday it was working to fix a search algorithm glitch that produced "inappropriate and misleading" results from its search engine and connected speaker. The internet giant reacted after a blog post highlighted unsubstantiated search results indicating former president Barack...

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Facebook creates 'Community Help' feature for disaster assistance

Facebook creates 'Community Help' feature for disaster assistance

Facebook plans to add a feature Wednesday to make it easier for people affected by disasters to find each other locally to provide and receive help. The world's largest social network said its "Community Help" will activate after natural disasters and major accidents as a part of "Safety...

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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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