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(FILES) A file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US multinational technology company Google displayed on computers' screens. Google is dropping out of the bidding for a huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion, saying the deal would be inconsistent with its principles. The decision by Google, confirmed to AFP in an email October 9, 2018, leaves a handful of other tech giants including Amazon in the running for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract aimed at modernizing the military's computing systems. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to

Shareholder activists want Google parent Alphabet Inc to break itself up before regulators force the world’s biggest internet ad seller to split into different pieces.
A pedestrian walks past a Huawei product stand at an EE telecommunications shop in central London on April 29, 2019. – British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged caution over the role of China’s Huawei in the UK, saying the government should think carefully before opening its doors to the technology giant to develop next-generation 5G mobile networks. His comments come after Prime Minister Theresa May conditionally allowed China’s Huawei to build the UK 5G network, information that was leaked to a newspaper from top secret discussions between senior ministers and security officials, a leak that has caused a scandal that has rocked Britain’s splintered government. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / various sources / AFP)

Huawei replaces Android OS with ‘Hongmeng’

China’s Huawei is in the process of potentially launching its “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) to replace the US Android OS, an executive confirmed after it was reported that the company has applied to trademark the OS in various countries.
Uber on Wednesday will unveil its newest Volvo self-driving car in Washington as it works to eventually deploy vehicles without drivers under some limited conditions.

Uber rolls out next-generation self-driving Volvo

Uber on Wednesday will unveil its newest Volvo self-driving car in Washington as it works to eventually deploy vehicles without drivers under some limited conditions.
Facebook might be putting Messenger back into its main social media app.

Facebook suspends pre-installation of WhatsApp, Instagram apps on Huawei phones

Facebook has said it would no longer allow pre-installation of its WhatsApp, Instagram and other apps on new Huawei phones.
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are are displayed on an iPhone. Jenny Kane-AP

Facebook suspends pre-installation of WhatsApp, Instagram apps on Huawei phones

Facebook Inc. said on Friday it would no longer allow pre-installation of its WhatsApp, Instagram and other apps on new Huawei phones.
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Nancy Pelosi: Facebook’s refusal to remove video shows it enabled Russian election meddling

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that Facebook’s refusal to remove a heavily edited video that attempted to make her look incoherent had convinced her the company knowingly enabled Russian election interference.
A pedestrian walks past a Huawei product stand at an EE telecommunications shop in central London on April 29, 2019. – British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged caution over the role of China’s Huawei in the UK, saying the government should think carefully before opening its doors to the technology giant to develop next-generation 5G mobile networks. His comments come after Prime Minister Theresa May conditionally allowed China’s Huawei to build the UK 5G network, information that was leaked to a newspaper from top secret discussions between senior ministers and security officials, a leak that has caused a scandal that has rocked Britain’s splintered government. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / various sources / AFP)

Huawei accuses US of bullying

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei called itself the victim of U.S. “bullying” on Tuesday and said it was working with Google to counter trade restrictions imposed by Washington last week, a senior Huawei executive said.
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It’s time to break up Facebook – co-founder

Facebook Inc co-founder and former Mark Zuckerberg roommate, Chris Hughes, has called for the break-up of the social network in an opinion piece in the New York Times.
Facebook has banned the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform. Jim Bourg-Reuters

Facebook bans Alex Jones, other extremist figures

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it was banning Alex Jones and other controversial U.S. political personalities for violating the social media company’s policies on “dangerous individuals and organizations.”
FILE - Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the Apple TV during an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, March 21, 2016. Reuters

Apple joins streaming market, says can coexist with Netflix

Far from being a Netflix Inc killer, Apple Inc envisions its forthcoming Apple TV+ streaming service as one that could sit alongside other services that viewers buy, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Tuesday.
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Bytedance: India TikTok ban causing $500,000 daily loss

India’s ban on popular Chinese video app TikTok is resulting in “financial losses” of up to 500,000 dollars a day for its developer, Beijing Bytedance Technology Co. and has put more than 250 jobs at risk, the company said in a court filing seen by Reuters.

Facebook’s flood of languages leave it struggling to monitor content

Facebook Inc’s struggles with hate speech and other types of problematic content are being hampered by the company’s inability to keep up with a flood of new languages as mobile phones bring social media to every corner of the globe.
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Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds Discovery, Animal Planet

Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday raised the monthly membership price of its YouTube TV online service by 25 per cent to 49.99 dollars, while adding channels such as Discovery, Animal Planet and TLC.
This photo taken on August 23, 2018 shows the Google logo on display at the Smart China Expo at Chongqing International Expo Center in southwest China's Chongqing. - AFP PHOTO - STR - China OUT

Google dissolves AI ethics council after just 10 days

The council had run into controversy over two of its members, according to online news portal Vox, which first reported the dissolution of the council.
The shooting at two mosques in New Zealand killed 50 people and was livestreamed on Facebook for 17 minutes [Vincent Yu-AP]

French Muslims sue Facebook, YouTube over Christchruch footage

One of the main groups representing Muslims in France is suing Facebook and YouTube, accusing the media companies of inciting violence by allowing the streaming of footage of the Christchurch massacre on their platforms.

New Zealand shooting: Firms consider pulling ads from social media

Some New Zealand companies are weighing whether to advertise on social media as two industry groups urged them not to in the wake of recent mass shooting in Christchurch that was live-streamed on Facebook and redistributed on other platforms.

Facebook rejects move to regulate adverts, news feeds

Facebook Inc has rejected an Australian regulator’s recommendation for greater scrutiny over the social network’s advertising market power and the ranking of news articles in customers’ feeds.

Facebook to pay hefty fine to US agency over privacy violations

Facebook Inc and the United States Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a hefty settlement over the company’s privacy lapses that could require the online social network to pay a multibillion-dollar fine.

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Pro-democracy protesters react as police fire water cannons outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 15, 2019. - Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons on September 15 at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, in a return to the political chaos plaguing the city. (Photo by Isaac LAWRENCE / AFP)

Hong Kong returns to violence with tear gas and Molotovs

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