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WhatsApp introduces video and voice calls on desktop version
WhatsApp will be hoping the new feature rivals other such platforms that have boomed during the pandemic, such as Zoom.
COVID-19: Twitter expands 'warning labels' to target misleading vaccine posts
The social media platform is also starting a strike system that "determines when further enforcement action is necessary".
China Aims for Tech Independence Amid Looming Cut-Throat Race With US
China is moving swiftly to map out potential weaknesses in dozens of technological sectors and draft a sweeping plan to address areas that are exposed to external risks, Chinese officials said on Monday.
Ant Group Exec Tells Workers Firm to Go Public as State Regulators Slam 'Insufficient' Data Sharing
An internal post from a top executive responded to concerns from an employee over the company's future and talent retention strategy, and comes after major challenges following the suspension of a historic public listing in November last...
10 US cities paving the way for the future by investing in technology, sustainability, and infrastructure
Denver, Atlanta, and Raleigh-Durham are some of the cities tackling the digital divide and making big strides in innovation and sustainability.
Covid Cases Rising Again In Europe, Warns WHO
"Last week, new cases of Covid-19 in Europe grew nine percent to touch a little over one million," WHO Europe's regional director Hans Kluge told a news conference.
Anal Covid swabs are now compulsory for travellers to China
Anal Covid swabs have been made compulsory for everyone flying into China from abroad, despite protests from governments around the world.
EU blocks shipment of 250,000 Oxford vaccines in supply row
A shipment of 250,000 vaccines due to go to Australia has been blocked from leaving the European Union.
Sen. Ted Cruz: Texas reopening will 'accelerate' California's mass exodus
Sen. Ted Cruz argued on Wednesday that the planned opening of Texas next week to "100%" will "accelerate” the mass exodus from California.
House Republicans move to block financial transaction tax as GameStop furor revives Dems' calls for penalty
House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a bill to block a financial transaction tax after the recent frenetic trading of GameStop shares revived a years-long effort by progressive Democrats to impose a penalty on stock trades.
Fake COVID-19 vaccines shipped from China to South Africa: Interpol
South African authorities have seized hundreds of fake COVID-19 vaccines following a global alert issued by Interpol warning vaccines would be a prime target for criminal networks.
Controversy as EU considers vaccine passports in time for summer travel
The European Commission will present a proposal in March on creating an EU-wide digital Covid-19 vaccination passport that may allow Europeans to travel more freely over the peak summer holiday period. Some member states have expressed c...
More bad news for Google as Indian media demand lion's share of ad revenue
An Indian media association has demanded Google pay more to local newspapers for using their content, just after Australia passed a hotly-contested law to compel global tech companies to fork out royalties for news.
Anti-Covid vaccine tweets face five-strikes ban policy
Twitter is to ban users who repeatedly tweet harmful misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.
Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, marks 90th birthday on Zoom
Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, was set to throw a Zoom party in quarantine to celebrate his 90th birthday on Tuesday, as President Vladimir Putin hailed him as an “outstanding statesman” who influenced the course of history.
Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine misinformation with strike system
Accounts with two strikes against them will be locked for 12 hours. Five strikes will get a user permanently banned from Twitter.
International travel delays could cost the UK economy €30bn
The UK has just announced its plan for leaving lockdown - but experts are predicting huge losses to the economy if international travel is delayed any longer.
Twitter Now Labeling Content for 'Misleading Information' on COVID-19 Vaccines
Back in December, Twitter Safety announced the social media platform would begin prioritizing the "removal of the most harmful misleading information" from users' timelines. Twitter has since removed over "8,400 Tweets and challenged 11....
Just ONE dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine slashes Covid hospitalisations for over-80s by 80%, English study says
A single dose of the Pzifer or AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 cuts the hospitalisation rate of those aged 80 years and older by 80 percent, Public Health England (PHE) officials said on Monday, citing a pre-print study.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock and NHS Sued Over £23.5 Mln Contract With US Data Firm Linked to CIA
Palantir was set up in 2003 by German-born tech billionaire Peter Thiel and four business associates. It specialises in storing big data and allowing corporations and governments to visualise it to solve problems.
Oxford University COVID-19 Lab Reportedly Hacked by Cyber Gang
Researchers have been scrambling to learn more about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. So far, the deadly virus has infected more than 113 million people worldwide and killed more than 2.5 million others.
New York Governor Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Second Woman
A second ex-employee of powerful New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo has accused him of sexual harassment, charges the governor denied on Saturday.
Six million accidental savers 'created by Covid crisis'
More than six million people have become "accidental savers" during the pandemic by keeping jobs while facing fewer outgoings, a report has said.
Covid: How this Indian firm is vaccinating the world
As pharmaceutical giants ramp-up production in the race to vaccinate the world, one firm has shot into the lead.
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