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US regulator blocks Nvidia’s planned $75 billion acquisition of British chip maker Arm

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued to block US chip supplier Nvidia Corp’s planned $75 billion acquisition of British chip design provider Arm. The FTC said the proposed vertical deal would give one of the largest chip companies control over computing technology and designs that competitors rely on to develop their own competing […]

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Twitter removes 3,465 accounts citing “state-backed information operations”

Twitter removed 3,465 accounts operating as “state-backed information operations” that it linked to six countries: China, Mexico, Russia, Tanzania, Uganda and Venezuela. Most of the erased profiles, about 2,048 “amplified Chinese Communist Party narratives” related to the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang province, the social media giant said in a statement published on Thursday. Another […]

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Uber partners with Meta to make ride-booking via WhatsApp in India

Uber wants to make booking a ride in India as easy as sending a WhatsApp message. The San Francisco-based company has partnered with Meta (FB) to launch a ride booking ability via its WhatsApp service in India, the two tech firms said in a statement on Thursday. The integration allow people to book an Uber […]

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Australia orders parliamentary inquiry into the behaviour of BIG technology companies

Australia will conduct a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry into the behaviour of the world’s largest technology companies and the need for new legislation, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. Australia has led global efforts to rein in the powers of the likes of Alphabet and Facebook, installing legislation that has been heralded as a model […]

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Twitter shares jumps 10% after Jack Dorsey announces resignation; CTO Parag Agrawal to take over

Jack Dorsey, the cofounder and public face of Twitter, will step down from his role as CEO, effective immediately, the company announced Monday. Dorsey will remain a member of Twitter’s board until at least next year. Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s chief technology officer, will take over as CEO. “I’ve decided to leave Twitter because I believe […]

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Chinese regulator asks Tencent to suspend new app roll out and updates

Technology giant Tencent has been told to halt the roll out of new apps in China. The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has also ordered a temporary suspension of updates to the products. It comes as the technology industry regulator reviews compliance with privacy rules introduced this month. However, current versions of […]

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Apple sues Israeli spyware firm NSO Group for targeting iPhone users with hacking tool

Apple is suing Israeli spyware firm NSO Group and its parent company for allegedly targeting iPhone users with a hacking tool. NSO’s Pegasus software can infect both iPhones and Android devices, allowing operators to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones and cameras. NSO Group said its tools were made to […]

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Facebook testing tools to give users option to customize their news feeds

Facebook is introducing new features to give people more control over what appears in their news feeds. The social network has been under intense scrutiny in recent years for how its algorithms promote content. Now, it says it is testing controls to “adjust people’s ranking preferences” and customise the feed. That includes, for example, increasing […]

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Apple to let users repair their own devices after regulatory pressure to ease restrictions on fixing products

Apple plans to give customers the ability to repair their own devices amid growing pressure from regulators and consumers around the world for manufacturers to ease restrictions on fixing products. The company on Wednesday announced a new program that will make spare parts for Apple products available to purchase starting early next year. The program, […]

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Pegasus: Controversial Israeli spyware company added to US trade blacklist

The Israeli company behind the controversial Pegasus spyware has been added to a US trade blacklist. Pegasus has reportedly been used by nation states to target the phones of rights activists and journalists. The US has now put its maker, NSO Group, on its “entity list”, banning business dealings with them. NSO Group said it […]

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Facebook to limit use of facial recognition software to identify faces in photographs and videos

Facebook has announced it will no longer use facial recognition software to identify faces in photographs and videos. There have been growing concerns about the ethics of facial recognition technology, with questions raised over privacy, racial bias, and accuracy. Regulators had not yet provided a clear set of rules over how it should be used, […]

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Facebook faces tough challenge to pull younger Gen Z users to platform

Facebook was once a hub for young people, but that’s changed in the last decade. Despite the company’s efforts, several studies have shown that younger people aren’t interested in joining the platform. Back in 2012, 94% of teens had a Facebook account, a Pew Research survey of 12- to 17-year-olds found. Almost 10 years later, […]