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Russia demands foreign tech companies open offices in the country or face sanctions
The demand listed Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok among the companies being targeted - and some of them already have Russian offices.
Apple Sues Pegasus-Maker Israeli Firm For Targeting Its Users
In a statement, Apple said it is also seeking a "permanent injunction to ban NSO Group from using any Apple software, services, or devices".
Lush quits Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat amid concerns over online harm
The firm says it has "finally had enough" and turns its back on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat due to growing concerns over user safety.
Apple pushes return to office plans back to February
Initial plans for staff at one of the world's largest technology companies to be back in the office this September were delayed due to the Delta variant.
Google signs 5-year deal to pay for news from AFP
It's one of the biggest licensing deals struck by a tech giant under a new French law.
Instagram's Impact On Children Probed By US States
The investigation targets, Meta's techniques for increasing the frequency and duration of engagement by young users and the resulting harms, said California Attorney General
Facing opposition, U.S. bank regulator nominee pledges to protect small lenders
U.S. President Joe Biden's pick to lead one of the country's top banking regulators will focus on ensuring a fair and competitive market in which small and mid-size banks can thrive, according to her prepared congressional testimony rele...
Google Cloud, Snap, Spotify And Several Other Sites Down
Spotify said it was aware of "some issues right now and are checking them", after more than 50,000 users reported they were facing issues.
Facebook and the true meaning of 'meta'
Prefixes rarely make headlines, but with Facebook's rebrand, "meta" became a word for 2021. Nathan Dufour explores its ancient origins to find out what it says about our present.
'Mad Money' Jim Cramer Names Three Metaverse Companies One Should Invest In
The term metaverse was coined in the 1992 science fiction novel "Snow Crash" where humans interact with each other as avatars in an online realm that resembles the real world, but is computer generated. In recent years, tech companies ha...
US Media Watchdog Grades Big Tech Average 'F' Over Suppression of Free Speech
In recent years, US watchdogs have noted an increase in the incidence of censorship by the tech giants of Silicon Valley against their users in the field of free speech regarding political issues and, in particular, information about the...
‘They tell you what you want to hear’: people buying fake vaccine cards get scammed themselves
The Covid vaccine is free, but some people have tried to illegally obtain fake vaccine cards only to get scammed, by other criminals
Iceland spoofs Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Meta’ unveiling in tourism video
Inspired by Iceland says skip the metaverse and visit the country without wearing ‘silly looking headsets’
'Sex workers, reggae girls, squatters, all the ones who didn’t fit in': how Rebel Dykes reveals a secret lesbian history
What began when Siobhan Fahey looked up her old friends from 80s London, grew into a vital document of a tough community at the forefront of the gay rights struggle
COP26: Barack Obama praises Nandi Bushell's climate change song
An 11-year-old musician said it was "incredible" Barack Obama praised a song she made about climate change.
Reddit co-founder invests in blockchain social media
Reddit's co-founder and Solana venture team up for a €86 million blockchain investment initiative.
The Metaverse: Will it be a decentralized haven or a centralized tyranny?
Corporate-owned social media giant Facebook is getting ready to track you to the ends of the Metaverse and back — if you let them.
Wall Street Closes at Record Highs After Lawmakers Agree to Infrastructure Deal
Wall Street continued with its streak of record highs on Monday after lawmakers in Congress agreed to the Biden administration’s plan to spend more than $1 trillion to upgrade bridges, roads and other aging infrastructure in the United S...
Tech bosses could face criminal cases over online harm, warns UK minister
Nadine Dorries issues threat to likes of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg over failure to tackle harmful algorithms
Facebook says it just uncovered one of the largest troll farms ever - run by the government of Nicaragua
One of the most sweeping state-run “troll” operations was taken down this week after researchers uncovered hundreds of accounts linked to the Nicaraguan government that were focused on slandering its political opposition, Facebook announ...
Early Facebook Investor calls for criminal charges and prison for Facebook execs as tech world enters open revolt against social media
Longtime Facebook investor and Zuckerberg mentor Roger McNamee called for criminal probes into the company at Web Summit. His call, echoed by others, shows the tech world is in open revolt against its leading platforms.
Governments Must Check Facebook Scraps Face Recognition: Whistleblower
Facebook made the announcement on Tuesday, partly in response to growing scrutiny from regulators and legislators over user safety and abuses on its platforms.
Chinese tech giant applies for ‘meta’ trademark right after Facebook changes name
China’s answer to Google may have stolen a long march on Facebook. Soon after Mark Zuckerberg announced his umbrella company would be changing its name to Meta, the Beijing-based Baidu applied for a ‘MetaApp’ trademark.
Facebook Face Recognition To End, Data Of Billion People To Be Deleted
"Removal of Face Recognition setting will result in the deletion of more than a billion people's individual facial recognition templates," parent company Meta said in a statement.
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