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Final Ruling on Trump Facebook Ban Delayed

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A final ruling on whether to overturn Facebook’s ban on former U.S. president Donald Trump will take a bit longer than anticipated, an independent oversight board said Friday. Critics of the social media company and even strong advocates of unfettered political discourse called on Facebook’s oversight board to endorse the decision to boot Trump from […]

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Zuckerberg Urged to Nix Kids’ Version of Instagram

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Advocates for children from around the world urged Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday to ditch plans for a version of Instagram geared toward preteens. Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Electronic Privacy Information Center were among nearly 100 groups and individuals from North America, Europe, Africa and Australia to make the plea in […]

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South African Telecom App Helps Gender-Based Violence Survivors

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South African mobile communications company Vodacom South Africa, with British parent company Vodafone and charity Hestia, has launched a free mobile phone application to support targets of gender-based violence, which has soared during the coronavirus pandemic.  The application, “Bright Sky,” provides information for people to identify gender-based violence and get counseling and emergency help. Franco Puglisi reports from Johannesburg. […]

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A Computerized Map Can Predict the Next COVID-19 Outbreak

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Predicting whether an outbreak is likely to happen is now possible with the COVID-19 Outbreak Detection Tool, a map that shows the coming hotspots for the disease, if accurate data is available.  VOA’s Elizabeth Lee has the details. Producer: Elizabeth Lee details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received this content from this noted web source: VOANews.Com

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Expansion Plan by World’s Largest Contract Chipmaker Won’t Ease Global Shortage: Experts

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Plans by the world’s largest contract chipmaker for a record $100 billion capacity expansion will just mildly dent a growing worldwide shortage of semiconductors for gear such as high-speed notebook computers, 5G smartphones and newer vehicles, tech experts believe. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said in an April 1 legal notice to the Taipei stock exchange […]

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Facing Pressure at Home, Chinese Tech Giants Expand in Singapore

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Chinese tech giants are expanding in Singapore as they face a crackdown at home and growing pressure in other key markets — but they may struggle to find talent in the city-state.  Messaging-and-gaming behemoth Tencent is opening a hub and TikTok owner ByteDance is on a hiring spree after establishing a regional headquarters, while e-commerce giant Alibaba is investing in property and recruiting.  The […]

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LinkedIn Gives Staff Week Off for Well-being

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Professional social network LinkedIn is giving nearly all of its 15,900 full-time workers next week off as it seeks to avoid burnout and allow its employees to recharge, the company told AFP Friday. The Microsoft-owned firm said that the “RestUp!” week starting Monday is meant to give employees time for their own well-being. “There is […]

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Microsoft Wins $22 Billion Deal Making Headsets for US Army

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Microsoft won a nearly $22 billion contract to supply U.S. Army combat troops with its augmented reality headsets.     Microsoft and the Army separately announced the deal Wednesday.   The technology is based on Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets, which were originally intended for the video game and entertainment industries.   Pentagon officials have described the […]

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US Lawmakers Press Big Tech for Internal Research on Kids’ Mental Health

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Four Republican U.S. lawmakers requested on Tuesday that Facebook Inc., Twitter, and Alphabet Inc.’s Google turn over any studies they have done on how their services affect children’s mental health. The request follows a joint hearing last week of two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees at which the companies’ chief executives discussed their content moderation […]

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SpaceX’s SN11 Rocket Prototype Explodes Upon Landing

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX suffered another setback Tuesday when one of its experimental rockets malfunctioned during a test flight at the company’s Texas facility.   The incident occurred as the Starship SN11 prototype was attempting to land after what the company called a normal ascent to roughly 12 kilometers in altitude.   Heavy fog obscured observers […]

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A ‘Soft’ Robot Dropped by Drone Helps First Responders

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A robot conceived to roll on planets is being used by firefighters in the U.S. to give them “situational awareness” before going into dangerous situations. It’s called Squishy, and Michelle Quinn found out more. Camera: Michelle Quinn Producer: Michelle Quinn    details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received this content from this noted web source: VOANews.Com

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Tech Faces a Year of Scrutiny and Change

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Facebook hired fact-checkers, Twitter labeled tweets and Google took down videos, but for tech companies, disinformation is the problem that won’t go away. The social media giants face intensifying pressure to curtail disinformation as lawmakers in the US talk about new regulations. Tina Trinh reports. Producer: Matt Dibble details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received this content […]

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Facebook Finds Chinese Hacking Operation Targeting Uyghurs

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Hackers in China used fake Facebook accounts and impostor websites to try to break into the computers and smartphones of Uyghur Muslims, the social network said Wednesday. The company said the sophisticated covert operation targeted Uyghur activists, journalists and dissidents from China’s Xinjiang region, as well as individuals living in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the U.S., Syria, […]

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Years-Long US Pressure Campaign Chokes Huawei’s Growth

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When Joe Biden took office as president, the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies saw at least a glimmer of hope that the U.S.-led campaign to shut it out of international markets might be eased somewhat.  Once a global leader in smartphone sales, Huawei has seen its market share outside China plummet since the Trump administration […]

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Press Freedom Group Sues Facebook Over Misinformation, ‘Hate Speech’

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Press freedom advocate Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is suing Facebook in France, saying the social media platform spreads misinformation. The suit was filed Monday with the Paris public prosecutor.   “Reporters Without Borders accuses Facebook of ‘deceptive commercial practices’ on the grounds that the social media company’s promises to provide a ‘safe’ and ‘error-free’ online […]

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Extremist Groups Thrive on Facebook Despite Bans

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A new outside report found that Facebook has allowed groups — many tied to QAnon, boogaloo and militia movements — to glorify violence during the 2020 election and in the weeks leading up to the deadly riots on the U.S. Capitol in January. Avaaz, a nonprofit advocacy group that says it seeks to protect democracies […]

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Japan Car Makers Scramble to Assess Impact of Renesas Auto Chip-plant Fire

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Toyota, Nissan, Honda and other Japanese automakers scrambled on Monday to assess the production impact of a fire at a Renesas Electronics automotive chip plant that could aggravate a global semiconductor shortage.  “We are gathering information and trying to see if this will affect us or not,” a Honda spokesperson said. Other car makers including Toyota and Nissan said they too were assessing the situation.  […]

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Biden to Nominate Former Sen. Nelson as NASA Chief

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U.S. President Joe Biden announced Friday he plans to nominate former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to lead the U.S. space agency, NASA. In a statement, the White House says as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a three-term senator from Florida, Nelson, a Democrat, chaired committees on space, science and transportation. They […]

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Twitter Asks Users to Weigh in on Rules for World Leaders

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Twitter on Friday began a survey of global users about platform rules for world leaders while consulting human rights and academic specialists on its next policy steps. The announcement comes after Twitter joined other social networks banning then-president Donald Trump for his comments seen as inciting the violent attack on the US Capitol in January. […]

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Twitter Turns 15, Confronts Growing Pains of Popularity

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Twitter celebrates its 15th anniversary this month (March 21). With 330 million users around the world, the company that once called itself the free speech wing of the free speech party has been forced to contend with abuses of its platform. Tina Trinh reports. details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received this content from this noted web […]

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Twitter Turns 15 Confronting Growing Pains of Popularity

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Twitter celebrates its 15th anniversary this month (March 21). With 330 million users around the world, the company that once called itself the free speech wing of the free speech party has been forced to contend with abuses of its platform. Tina Trinh reports. details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received this content from this noted web […]

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FBI: Surge in Internet Crime Cost Americans $4.2 Billion

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The FBI says it received a record number of complaints from the public last year about cybercrimes, including scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic, costing Americans a staggering $4.2 billion in losses. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 791,790 complaints in 2020, an increase of 69% over 2019 and the largest number since the […]

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Facebook Scraps Trans-Pacific Cable

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Facebook has scrapped plans to connect California, Taiwan and Hong Kong via a 12,000 kilometer underwater cable, citing tensions between the U.S. and China. The social media giant told the Wall St. Journal, which broke the story, it was halting the project due to political pressure from the U.S. government, which noted potential national security […]

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Russia Clamps Down on Twitter

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Russia’s Internet regulatory body, Roskomnadzor, announced it had slowed down Twitter’s ability to function in Russia effective Wednesday — part of what authorities said was an initial penalty for the American social media platform’s failure to delete illegal content inside the country. According to a statement posted on Roskomnadzor’s website, 100 percent of mobile devices […]

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Russia Restricts Twitter, Threatens Ban

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Russia said Wednesday it was restricting the use of Twitter on the grounds the company has not removed banned content.  State communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said if Twitter does not comply with Russian law, there will be further actions against the service, including a complete ban.  The agency said Wednesday’s action involved slowing service speeds for all those […]

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US Tech Competition With China Draws Bipartisan Support

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This week a U.S.-government backed commission of technology experts completed a three-year review of the country’s artificial intelligence capabilities, urging the development of a new national technology strategy to stay competitive with China. The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) has been studying how artificial intelligence and machine learning can address U.S. national security […]

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Vietnam Tapping Hackers to Silence Critics, Experts Warn

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An international advocacy group’s claim that the Vietnamese government has tapped hackers to target activists shows that the communist Southeast Asian state is widening the use of technology to quash its biggest opponents, experts believe.  Ocean Lotus, a shadowy group suspected of working with the Vietnamese government, is “behind a sustained campaign of spyware attacks,” […]

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Learning a Dog’s Many Moods … With a Smart Collar

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From a smart dog collar that can tell you your pet’s emotional state to toys that automatically move, the pet tech industry is growing, especially during the pandemic when many people staying at home have been adopting dogs and cats.  VOA’s Elizabeth Lee has more on the latest tech devices for pets. Camera:  Elizabeth Lee, Sam Verma    […]

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Learning a Dog’s Many Moods… With a Smart Collar

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From a smart dog collar that can tell you your pet’s emotional state to toys that automatically move, the pet tech industry is growing, especially during the pandemic when many people staying at home have been adopting dogs and cats.  VOA’s Elizabeth Lee has more on the latest tech devices for pets. Camera:  Elizabeth Lee, Sam […]

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What Is Clubhouse and Why Did It Get So Popular?

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There’s a new player in the social media webspace: it’s called Clubhouse. But unlike other social media platforms this one isn’t open to just anyone. Mariia Prus looked into why the platform got so popular so fast. Camera: Oleksii Osyka details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received this content from this noted web source: VOANews.Com

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Carter Center Targets Online Threats in Ethiopia

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With internet access increasing in many emerging democracies, use of social media is changing the ways that candidates and voters interact.  It’s also changing how the non-profit U.S.-based Carter Center assesses elections. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, monitoring online disinformation and threats to prevent political violence is a new front in the center’s democracy initiatives […]