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Judge Says Amazon Won’t Have to Restore Parler Web Service

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Amazon won’t be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said she was not dismissing Parler’s “substantive underlying claims” against Amazon […]

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Twitter Says It Locked Account of China’s US Embassy Over Xinjiang-Related Tweet

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Twitter has locked the account of China’s U.S. embassy for a tweet that defended China’s policies in the Xinjiang region, which the U.S. social media platform said violated the firm’s policy against “dehumanization.”  The Chinese Embassy account, @ChineseEmbinUS, posted a tweet this month that said that Uighur women were no longer “baby making machines,” citing […]

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Official US Government Social Media Accounts Switch to New Administration

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When Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th U.S. president Wednesday, he inherited several social media accounts, including the @POTUS, @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS and @VP Twitter accounts.    Unlike after the last inauguration in 2017, when then-President Barack Obama’s followers were transferred to his successor Donald Trump, Biden inherited none of the @POTUS account’s existing […]

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Palestinian High-Tech Sector Takes Off

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In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, dozens of Palestinian high-tech startups are flourishing. Some are branches of international companies, others are all Palestinian. High-tech also offers new possibilities for Israeli-Palestinian cooperation. Linda Gradstein reports for VOA from Jerusalem. Camera: Ricki Rosen    details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received this content from this noted web source: VOANews.Com

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Turkey Hits Twitter, Pinterest with Advertising Bans

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Turkey imposed advertising bans Tuesday on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest for not complying with a new law requiring social media companies to appoint a local representative to handle content removal orders.   The rules that went into effect in October have drawn criticism from human rights and media freedom groups who argue Turkey’s government is […]

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Should Social Media Platforms Lose Legal Protection?

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The decision by social media giants to police more content, along with banning U.S. President Donald Trump and some of his supporters from posting, is intensifying a debate in Europe over how to regulate platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The hotly contested debate has mostly focused on whether governments should intervene to censor and […]

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Europe’s Populists Fearful of Social Media Restrictions

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Europe’s populist leaders are outraged by the decision of U.S. social-media giants to block U.S. President Donald Trump from posting on their sites. They fear Facebook, Twitter and other major social media companies could start banning them, too.     Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemned the internet giants Tuesday. “The censorship of freedom of […]

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Social Media Wrestle With Aftermath of Blocking President Trump Over Capitol Riot

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The attack on the U.S. Capitol has reignited criticism of social media and its alleged role in inciting violence. While Facebook and Twitter have banned President Trump, there are questions about the future of online speech. Tina Trinh reports. Producer: Matt Dibble  details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received this content from this noted web source: VOANews.Com

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Facebook Shuts Down Ugandan Government-Linked Accounts Ahead of General Election 

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Facebook has taken down several accounts linked to the government of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, saying they were being used to manipulate public opinion ahead of this week’s presidential election.   The U.S.-based social media giant said Monday it linked the network of accounts to the Uganda’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.      […]

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Parler Social Network Service Loses Web Hosting

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Parler, a social network service popular with conservatives, went offline Monday after its web hosting service Amazon suspended it for allowing posts that encourage violence.   Before the site went down, Parler CEO John Matze accused Amazon and other tech giants of a “war on free speech.”   Google banned Parler’s smartphone app from its […]

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Twitter Bans Trump, Removes Tweet by Iran’s Khamenei on Same Day, Sparking ‘Double Standards’ Backlash

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U.S. tech giant Twitter took sharply different actions against the leaders of the U.S. and Iran on Friday, permanently banning President Donald Trump’s personal account while removing one tweet from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s apparent English account and suspending new posts on it. The greater severity of Twitter’s action against the @realdonaldtrump account, compared with the […]

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Giant US Consumer Tech Show Goes On — Online

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As a major showcase for the latest innovations in consumer technology, the Consumer Electronics Show typically draws over 170,000 attendees from all over the world. But this year, it’s going all digital for the first time in its history. VOA’s Tina Trinh reports. Produced by: Tina Trinh   details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received this content […]

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COVID Pandemic Pushes Companies to Start VR Training

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With in-person coaching off the table because of the COVID pandemic, hundreds of companies nationwide are using virtual reality training to help employees master some essential skills. Maxim Moskalkov has the story. Camera: Aleksandr Bergan     details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received this content from this noted web source: VOANews.Com

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US Justice Department Confirms It Was Victim of SolarWinds Hack

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The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed on Wednesday that it had been the victim of a massive hacking operation linked to Russian intelligence.   In a statement, Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi said about 3% of the agency’s email accounts appeared to have been compromised, although no classified information was accessed.  “After learning of the […]

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SolarWinds Hack ‘Likely Russian’, US Intelligence Confirms

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U.S. intelligence officials investigating last month’s massive cybersecurity breach that impacted thousands of companies and dozens of government agencies warn the hack is part of an ongoing intelligence operation, likely being carried out by Russia.  The public conclusion, shared Tuesday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the […]

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US Intelligence Confirms SolarWinds Hack ‘Likely Russian’

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U.S. intelligence officials investigating last month’s massive cybersecurity breach that impacted thousands of companies and dozens of government agencies warn the hack is part of an ongoing intelligence operation, likely being carried out by Russia.  The public conclusion, shared Tuesday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the […]

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Trump Bans Transactions with 8 Chinese Apps Including Alipay

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese software applications, including Ant Group’s Alipay, the White House said, escalating tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office this month.  The order, first reported by Reuters, tasks the Commerce Department with defining which transactions will be banned under […]

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Online Collaboration Tool Slack Suffers Global Outage

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Online communication and collaboration service Slack reported a global outage Monday, as millions returned to work after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. “Our team is currently investigating, and we’re sorry for any troubles this may be causing,” Slack said in a statement. Slack has seen its popularity grow as many people work and study […]

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US Approves Delivery Drones Over Populated Areas

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In the not-so-distant future, America’s evening skies could be filled with the buzzing sounds of delivery drones. On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the use of delivery drones over populated areas at night. Many see the move as the next step to widespread adoption of drone deliveries. “The new rules make way for the […]

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Suspected Russian Hackers Used Microsoft Vendors to Breach Customers 

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The suspected Russian hackers behind the worst U.S. cyberattack in years used reseller access to Microsoft Corp. services to penetrate targets that had no compromised network software from SolarWinds Corp., investigators said. Updates to SolarWinds’ Orion software were the only known point of entry until Thursday, when security company CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. said hackers had gained […]

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SolarWinds Hackers ‘Impacting’ State, Local Governments, US Cyber Agency Says

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The U.S. cybersecurity agency said on Wednesday that a sprawling cyber espionage campaign made public earlier this month is affecting state and local governments, although it released few additional details. The hacking campaign, which used U.S. tech company SolarWinds as a springboard to penetrate federal government networks, was “impacting enterprise networks across federal, state, and […]

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Growing Calls for US to Retaliate for Massive Cyber Hack

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U.S. lawmakers briefed on the massive cybersecurity breach that has impacted government agencies and the private sector are calling for the country to act, warning that so far, all evidence is pointing to Russia as the culprit.  The admonitions, from both Republicans and Democrats, follow warnings from U.S. cybersecurity officials that the scope of the […]

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China Turns Up Heat on Country’s Tech Giants

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In recent weeks, Chinese regulators have cracked down on some of the country’s biggest and most powerful technology companies, illustrating the immense market power of these companies, which has drawn concern from the government.  On Monday, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), China’s top market regulator, fined three of the country’s largest technology companies, […]

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38 States Sue Google Over Antitrust Complaints

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The lawsuits against Alphabet Inc.’s Google continue to pile up.  On December 17, 38 states filed a joint antitrust complaint that accuses the tech giant of expanding its search monopoly through smart speakers, televisions and cars, according to Reuters. It is the third major lawsuit against the company.  The states are seeking to attach their […]

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US Says Recent Hacking Campaign Hit Government Networks

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The U.S. government confirmed on Wednesday that a recent hacking campaign affected its networks and said the attack was “significant and ongoing.” Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments, Reuters reported earlier this week, citing people who said they feared the hacks […]

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EU Unveils New Rules to Curb Technology Companies

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The Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act have just been presented in Brussels. These proposed policies aim to revise all the principles that apply to digital services within the 27 member states — from the publication of illegal content on social networks to the sale of products online. Big Tech companies will not […]