Monthly Archives: October 2016

Rights groups ask Facebook to clarify policies on content removal

More than 70 rights groups asked Facebook on Monday to clarify its policies for removing content, especially at the behest of governments, alleging the company has repeatedly censored postings that document human rights violations. In a letter sent to Facebook … Continue reading

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CNN, Brazile part ways amid renewed WikiLeaks controversy

By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) – CNN cut ties with political commentator and interim Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile after leaked emails suggested she offered advisers to Hillary Clinton advance information about presidential debate questions, the news network … Continue reading

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Facebook users ‘check in’ to support North Dakota pipeline protests

Thousands of supporters of a Native American tribe and environmental activists fighting construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota turned to social media on Monday in a bid to confuse police who they believe are using it to track … Continue reading

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Airbnb, New York in talks to resolve rental law lawsuit: source

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – Airbnb Inc and New York state are in talks to resolve a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it says could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals, … Continue reading

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Facebook pledges fewer content removals, new criteria as yet unclear

Facebook will allow more content on its platform that it would have earlier removed because it violated its standards, with new criteria being worked out, a senior executive said on Monday, following a row over the removal of an iconic … Continue reading

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Controversial Chinese cybersecurity law enters home stretch for approval

A controversial Chinese cybersecurity law that has sparked protests from foreign governments and business groups neared approval on Monday as parliament held the third reading of the draft bill. The official Xinhua news agency said parliament had fully taken on … Continue reading

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Alibaba boosts entertainment business with 10 billion yuan fund

In a major reorganization of the company's entertainment assets, Alibaba Holdings Group Ltd. has announced the formation of a new digital media group along with plans for a 10 billion yuan ($1.48 billion) fund for new projects. The move marks … Continue reading

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Warming to lithium-ion, Toyota charges up its battery options

By Naomi Tajitsu and Norihiko Shirouzu TOYOTA CITY, Japan (Reuters) – Engineers at Toyota Motor Corp say they have tamed volatile lithium-ion battery technology, and can now safely pack more power at no significant extra cost, giving the Japanese automaker … Continue reading

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Amy Schumer defends her ‘Formation’ video, says Beyonce approved it

Share Tweet Pin Mail After a social media backlash, comedian Amy Schumer penned an essay defending the video she made dancing and lip syncing to Beyonce's 2016 hit "Formation," saying she made it out of admiration. It was just us … Continue reading

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U.S. appeals court upholds man’s conviction for Facebook death threats

Share Tweet Pin Mail A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction of a Pennsylvania man who made threatening statements toward his then-wife and others on Facebook, in a case that probed the boundaries of freedom of speech on … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear sex offender social media ban case

Share Tweet Pin Mail By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took up a case testing free speech rights in the digital age, agreeing to decide whether a North Carolina law banning convicted sex offenders … Continue reading

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Seventy-five percent of internet use in 2017 will be mobile: report

Share Tweet Pin Mail By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) – Seventy-five percent of internet use will be mobile in 2017, up slightly from this year, as a growing number of consumers around the world access the web on smartphones … Continue reading

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EU data protection watchdogs warn WhatsApp, Yahoo on privacy

Share Tweet Pin Mail By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European privacy watchdogs warned WhatsApp on Friday over sharing user information with parent company Facebook, and cautioned Yahoo over a 2014 data breach and scanning of customer emails for U.S. … Continue reading

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Spending vs. profits: Amazon, short-term investors at odds again

Share Tweet Pin Mail While Amazon's stock fell 4.5 percent to $781.67 in morning trading, it had risen 36 percent in the past six months alone. The trigger for the profit-taking was the company's statement on Thursday that its operating … Continue reading

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Italy antitrust agency probes WhatsApp messaging service

Share Tweet Pin Mail Italy's antitrust watchdog said on Friday it had opened a probe into whether messaging service WhatsApp obliged users to agree to sharing personal data with its parent company Facebook and imposed "unfair" conditions on users. The … Continue reading

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