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Apple blocks Russian social media and communication sites, removing them from the app store
U.S. tech company Apple Inc. frustrated Moscow this week after its top social networking and communications sites were removed from the app store, blocking "millions" from future communication on these platforms across Russia.
Meta disables Russian propaganda network targeting Europe
A sprawling disinformation network originating in Russia sought to use hundreds of fake social media accounts and dozens of sham news websites to spread Kremlin talking points about the invasion of Ukraine, Meta revealed Tuesday.
CEO Tim Cook says Apple avoids the word 'metaverse' because the average person doesn't know what it means — a stark contrast to rival Facebook
Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed in an exclusive interview with Dutch media outlet Bright that the tech giant's hesitancy toward joining the metaverse hype is intentional.
The surprising power of internet memes
Is there more to internet memes than meets the eye? The science of these viral mash-ups reveals why they are so effective at spreading ideas and beliefs.
WhatsApp Testing Group Call For Up To 32 People
The new feature is expected to increase the competition among the video calling and conferencing apps.
Senate committee passes bill giving news organizations more power against Big Tech
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve legislation allowing news organizations to join together to negotiate with Google, Facebook and other dominant platforms to win more revenue.
Meta and Google are cutting staff. Just don’t mention layoffs.
Facebook parent is looking to reduce costs by at least 10%, people familiar with the plans said, while Google has required some employees to apply for new jobs.
Berlusconi says Putin invaded Ukraine to put ‘decent people’ in Kyiv
Berlusconi has struggled to stay on message when it comes to the war in Ukraine and his Russian friend.
The real threat to Italy’s election: Home-grown social media lies
Local politicians and social media influencers, not the Kremlin, are the main peddlers of falsehoods ahead of this weekend’s vote.
Twitter whistleblower raises security concerns before US Congress
‘I am here today because Twitter leadership is misleading the public,’ company’s former security chief tells lawmakers.
‘Stop trying to be TikTok’: user backlash over Instagram changes
Updates to copy features of arch-rival leave some users struggling to find friends and family content
Instagram Could Lose to TikTok in Both Photos and Videos
As Instagram continues to focus on video, Generation Z are posting their photos on TikTok instead. Could Instagram lose out on both formats?
Did someone 'accidentally' send you money on Venmo? You might be getting scammed
I was still in the hazy just-past-newborn phase with my son when someone sent me $500. Between diaper changes and endless bounce sessions on the yoga ball, I got a push notification on my phone.
Google’s image-scanning illustrates how tech firms can penalise the innocent
New technology helps to track child abuse images, but in the case of false positives, companies don’t always rescind suspensions
A Man Named As A Finalist For 'Women In Technology' Award. Here's Why
A man has been named as a finalist for a 'Women in Technology' award, sparking confusion and outrage on social media. Simon Button, a senior executive and digital leader in Australia, has been nominated for 'Inspiring Diversity in STEM c...
Thailand tightens rules on crypto advertising
Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has rolled out new rules on advertising for cryptocurrency companies after the industry has come under greater scrutiny from authorities.
Russian punk band Pussy Riot detained in Switzerland over anti-war graffiti
The band members were released after a few hours.
The remote workers swapping homes
With the changing nature of work, there are new possibilities for people who want to get a taste of life abroad.
Trump demands reinstatement as 'rightful' president or 'a new Election, immediately!' as some Republicans seek distance from him
Former President Donald Trump demanded reinstatement as president or "a new Election, immediately" after news that Facebook temporarily limited a controversial story about Hunter Biden's laptop in users' news feeds before the 2020 election.
Meta’s Facebook agrees to settle Cambridge Analytica data privacy suit
Terms of the preliminary settlement were not disclosed.
Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach lawsuit ends in 11th hour settlement
Dramatic move shows Mark Zuckerberg ‘desperate to avoid being questioned over cover-up’, says Observer journalist
Facebook Censored Story On Joe Biden's Son, Admits Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook censored the 'Hunter Biden laptop' story following a general request from the FBI to restrict election misinformation.
Facebook users report seeing 'random' posts to celebrities in their feed
One Twitter user said: "My feed is spammed with random people posting on celebrity pages?" While another wrote: "Hey @facebook, are you OK bro?"
Firing of Hungarian weather forecasters sets off storm at home and abroad
The firing of Hungary's two top weather forecasters after a big storm predicted by the National Meteorological Service did not materialise has drawn protests at home and abroad, with meteorologists calling for their reinstatement.
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