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Reddit and Twitter have filed supporting evidence in a lawsuit against the US government, which challenges the requirement that nearly all visa applicants submit their social media handles for scrutiny.

Reddit faces lawsuit over child sexual abuse material

A woman has sued Reddit for allowing an ex-boyfriend to repeatedly post pornographic images of her as a 16-year-old. The lawsuit applies controversial measures instituted in 2018 under FOSTA-SESTA to a site that’s drawn particular criticism for child sexualization. The resulting case will test the limits of platforms’ legal shields amid ongoing efforts to pare back the law behind them.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20: Google's offices stand in downtown Manhattan on October 20, 2020 in New York City. Accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets, the Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust case against Google. Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Google: No tracking tools to replace third-party cookies in Chrome

Alphabet’s Google will not build or use alternate tools to track web browsing traffic once it begins phasing out existing technology from its Chrome browser next year, it said in a blog post on Wednesday, in a move that will reshape how online advertising works.
Residents set fire to mysterious monolith that appeared in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo February 17, 2021. REUTERS-Kenny Katombe

Silver monolith torched in Congo after mysterious appearance

The latest in a series of mystery monoliths to capture the imagination of science-fiction fans around the world met a fiery end in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday when it was torched at a roundabout in the capital.

Silver monolith appears in Congo, prompting suspicion and selfies

A roundabout in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa has become the latest site occupied by a mystery monolith after similar objects in the United States and elsewhere caught the fancy of science-fiction fans.
FILE PHOTO - Letters spell the word Alphabet as they are seen on a computer screen with a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Paris, France, August 11, 2015. REUTERS-Pascal Rossignol

Google to invest $75 million in coronavirus-hit small businesses

Google is teaming up with the European Investment Fund (EIF) and two other organisations in Latin America and Asia to provide $75 million in funding to small- and medium-sized companies suffering from the impact of COVID-19.
FILE PHOTO - A 3D printed Google logo is placed on the Apple Macbook in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic

Google to stop using Apple tool to track iPhone users, avoiding new pop-up warning

Google’s iPhone apps such as Maps and YouTube will stop using a tool from Apple Inc that allows them to personalize ads, avoiding a new Apple warning that informs users their browsing is being tracked.
FILE PHOTO - A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Facebook investors, shrugging off election woes, look for ‘social commerce’ payday

Facebook Inc may face questions about fallout from U.S. election controversies when it posts earnings on Wednesday, but top of mind for investors is a less political matter: the company’s heavy bet on e-commerce to drive ad sales.
FILE PHOTO - An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

Google workers to form global union

Google employees from across the globe are forming a union alliance, weeks after workers at the search engine giant and other units of its parent company, Alphabet Inc. formed a labor union for US and Canadian offices.
Vehicles line up at a self-swabbing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a Rite Aid drive-thru during the outbreak of COVID-19, in Pasadena, California, U.S., January 22, 2021. REUTERS-Mario Anzuoni

Alphabet’s Verily bets on long-term payoff from virus-testing deals

For Alphabet Inc’s Verily, a healthcare venture that is one the tech giant’s most prominent “other bets,” the coronavirus pandemic offered an immediate business opportunity.
FILE PHOTO - A Google Project Loon internet balloon is seen at the Google I-O 2016 developers conference in Mountain View, California May 19, 2016. REUTERS-Stephen Lam

Alphabet shutting Loon, which used balloon alternative to cell towers

Alphabet Inc is shutting down Loon after concluding the business, which offers balloons as an alternative to cell towers, is not commercially viable, Google’s parent company said on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO - An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

Google seals content payment deal with French news publishers

Google and a French publishers’ lobby said on Thursday they had agreed a copyright framework under which the U.S. tech giant will pay news publishers for content online, in a first for Europe.
FILE PHOTO - A sign is pictured outs a Google offcie near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., May 8, 2019. REUTERS-Paresh Dave

Google and French publishers sign agreement over copyright

Alphabet’s Google and French publishers said on Thursday they had concluded an agreement over copyrights, the first in Europe under which the U.S. tech giant will sign a general framework to pay publishers for content.
FILE PHOTO - An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

Google investigates ethical AI team member over handling of sensitive data

Alphabet Inc’s Google is investigating a member of its ethical AI team and has locked the corporate account linked to that person after finding that thousands of files were retrieved from its server and shared with external accounts, the company said on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO - Former Google and Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski leaves the federal court after his arraignment hearing in San Jose, California, U.S. August 27, 2019. REUTERS-Stephen Lam

Donald Trump pardons former Google self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had given a full pardon to a former Google engineer sentenced for stealing a trade secret on self-driving cars months before he briefly headed Uber Technologies Inc’s rival unit.
FILE PHOTO - A sign of a NHS vaccination centre is seen, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Wembley, London, Britain, January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Matthew Childs

British hospitals use blockchain to track coronavirus vaccines

Two British hospitals are using blockchain technology to keep tabs on the storage and supply of temperature-sensitive COVID-19 vaccines, the companies behind the initiative said on Tuesday, in one of the first such initiatives in the world.
Twitter said Tuesday it was rolling out tweets which disappear after 24 hours, joining rival social platforms in offering ephemeral messages.

Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law

Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) attends the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing 'Does Section 230's Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?', on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., October 28, 2020. Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. Senate Republican asks tech firms to explain account, content removals

The outgoing Republican chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee asked the chief executives of major U.S. tech firms Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter to answer detailed questions about decisions to restrict or permanently ban accounts of conservative users and other steps to restrict content or platforms.
The outgoing Trump administration said on Thursday it was issuing new rules that would allow manufacturers of automated vehicles to bypass some crash standards required of conventional vehicles, which would cut production costs.

U.S. exempts automated vehicles from some crash standards

The outgoing Trump administration said on Thursday it was issuing new rules that would allow manufacturers of automated vehicles to bypass some crash standards required of conventional vehicles, which would cut production costs.
Parler, which claims it had more than 12 million users before being shut out by large service providers, styles itself as a 'free-speech' space and has been favoured by supporters of US President Donald Trump [Gabby Jones-Bloomberg]

Parler chief says social app may not return

Social media platform Parler, which has gone dark after being cut off by prominent service providers that accused the app of failing to police violent content, may never get back online, said its CEO John Matze.
YouTube has suspended Donald Trump’s channel for seven days, saying content had violated its policies on inciting violence. Lucy Nicholson-Reuters

Civil rights groups plan YouTube boycott if site won’t ban Donald Trump

YouTube is the last major tech company that has not banned US President Donald Trump from posting on its platforms after last week’s Capitol riot.
Google workers have announced plans to unionize with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

Google workers announce plans to unionize

Google workers have announced plans to unionize with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The Alphabet Workers Union will be open to all employees and contractors at Google’s parent company. Its goal will be to tackle ongoing issues like pay disparity, retaliation, and controversial government contracts.
Small drones will be allowed to fly over people and at night in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday, a significant step toward their use for widespread commercial deliveries.

FAA approves small drones in the U.S. to fly over people and at night

Small drones will be allowed to fly over people and at night in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday, a significant step toward their use for widespread commercial deliveries.

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Chelsea told their supporters on Friday that the club regretted joining the short-lived Super League project that collapsed within 48 hours of being announced, while Tottenham Hotspur fans called on their club’s board to resign immediately.

Christian Pulisic: Chelsea battle ready to overcome Leicester City at Wembley

Chelsea midfielder, Christian Pulisic has revealed that the team is battle-ready to overcome Leicester City in today’s FA Cup clash at Wembley Stadium.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest suspects over murders in Osun

A statement by the State Police spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, said that about 30 hoodlums at 5:30p.m. on Thursday, attacked the residence of Wakili Olayiwola in Ede, Osun, shooting sporadically into the house before setting a car ablaze.
Barcelona are ready to sell Antoine Griezmann, less than one year after signing him from Atletico Madrid, according to Sport.

Report: Barcelona open to selling Antoine Griezmann for the right price

Italian Sky Sports journalist Matteo Moretto has proclaimed that Barcelona are willing to sell French superstar Antoine Griezmann in the summer if they were to receive an adequate offer, in order to try and ease the pressure on their accounts.

Oyo council polls: OYSIEC to refund nomination fees to candidates

Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), has expressed its readiness to refund the sum of N50,000 for Councillorship candidates and N250,000 for Chairmanship candidates as stated on Time-Table and guidelines released for local government council elections, coming up in the state.
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Official: Lagos government has completed more than 1097 school projects

The Lagos State Government has completed more than 1,097 school projects covering 970 schools across the State, just as it has also ensured the upgrade and rehabilitation of 322 dilapidated public schools and the furnishing of Primary Schools with 87,000 dual composite unit of chairs and desks in two years.

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Liverpool are joint-top at the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, following their 3-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday.

Premier League to renew £5 billion TV deal

The English top-flight sought and secured government approval in principle to roll over its existing rights agreement with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport.
Former Minneapolis police officers (clockwise from top left) Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng pose in a combination of booking photographs from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Minnesota Department of Corrections and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS.

Judge postpones trial for three ex-cops in George Floyd case – reports

A judge postponed the trial of three former Minneapolis policemen accused of taking part in the murder of George Floyd to March 2022 after they said that prosecutors leaked prejudicial information about the case, online court records showed.

Plateau council chair asks Nigerian government to give incentives, light weapons to vigilante group

The Executive Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Council of Plateau State, Hon. Ubandoma Joshua Laven, has appealed to Federal Government to provide incentives and grant Vigilante Group of Nigeria license to carry light weapons in the fight against kidnapping and banditry in the country.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

Four killed in customs clash with ‘smugglers’ in Oyo

Four people have been killed in a crossfire between the Nigeria Customs Service operatives and unknown gunmen suspected to be smugglers in Iseyin.
Ahmed Musa trained with Kano Pillars for the first time since rejoining the club on Monday morning.

NPFL: Ahmed Musa returns to Kano Pillars lineup on Sunday

The time has come for Kano Pillars Football Club to unleash their star player and Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, who is expected to make his second debut for the club in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) against Adamawa United, in the league on Sunday.