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Martin Lewis drops Facebook legal action

Consumer campaigner Martin Lewis has dropped his legal action against Facebook over a series of ads that ran on its platform, falsely claiming he backed several investment schemes. The MoneySavingExpert website founder had claimed the fake endorsements had caused him reputational damage. He said he had dropped the case because Facebook had agreed to introduce […]

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The 50 best jobs in America for 2019

Goran Bogicevic/Shutterstock Job site Glassdoor released its annual ranking of the 50 best jobs in America. For the fourth year in a row, the top job in the US is data scientist. Glassdoor ranked the jobs based on three criteria: median base income, job satisfaction, and number of job openings in the US. Glassdoor has […]

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How Huawei Wooed Europe With Sponsorships, Investments and Promises

Supported by How Huawei Wooed Europe With Sponsorships, Investments and Promises ImageHuawei’s booth at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The company plans to announce new handsets and provide an update of its 5G plans next month at this year’s conference.CreditCreditEric Gaillard/Reuters By Adam Satariano and Raymond Zhong Jan. 22, 2019 LONDON — […]

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France fines Google $57 million for breaking Europe's strict new privacy rules

Google CEO Sundar Pichai.AP France’s data regulator has fined Google €50 million ($ 57 million) for breaching European privacy rules. The regulator, CNIL, said Google didn’t properly explain how or why it collects people’s data. CNIL also said Google didn’t obtain proper consent to target ads at its users. This is the first major test […]

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Google hit with £44m GDPR fine over ads

Google has been fined 50 million euros (£44m) by the French data regulator CNIL, for a breach of the EU’s data protection rules. CNIL said it had levied the record fine for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding ads personalisation”. The regulator said it judged that people were “not sufficiently […]

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YouTube Bans Dangerous Pranks And Stunts In Wake Of 'Bird Box' Challenge

YouTube is cracking down on risky prank and challenge videos amid a wave of users committing outrageous stunts, like driving a car while blindfolded, for viral fame. The video-sharing site announced Tuesday that it will prohibit any content “that encourages dangerous activities that are likely to result in serious harm.” “While it might not seem […]

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Bits: The Week in Tech: How Google and Facebook Spawned Surveillance Capitalism

Supported by Bits The Week in Tech: How Google and Facebook Spawned Surveillance Capitalism ImageShoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” says digital services like Google and Facebook claim private human behavior “as something to be bought and sold in the marketplace.”CreditCreditMark Lennihan/Associated Press By Natasha Singer Jan. 18, 2019 Each week, technology […]

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AT&T to Advertise on YouTube Again After a Nearly 2-Year Holdout

Supported by AT&T to Advertise on YouTube Again After a Nearly 2-Year Holdout ImageAT&T pulled its advertising from YouTube in 2017 because it was appearing near offensive content too often.CreditCreditMike Blake/Reuters By Sapna Maheshwari Jan. 18, 2019 AT&T thinks YouTube is safe for advertisers again. The company, one of the nation’s biggest marketers, yanked its […]

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Common Sense: Why Jeff Bezos’ Divorce Should Worry Amazon Investors

Supported by Common Sense Why Jeff Bezos’ Divorce Should Worry Amazon Investors ImageJeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, at last year’s Vanity Fair Oscar party. Their impending divorce raises questions about the future of their roughly $ 140 billion stake in Amazon.CreditCreditDanny Moloshok/Reuters By James B. Stewart Jan. 18, 2019 Jeff Bezos and his wife, […]

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Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants

A conversation with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey can be incredibly disorienting. Not because he’s particularly clever or thought-provoking, but because he sounds like he should be. He takes long pauses before he speaks. He furrows his brow, setting you up for a considered response from the man many have called a genius. The words themselves sound […]

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Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years

Private tweets sent by users of Twitter’s Android app could have been exposed publicly for years. Twitter said it had discovered a security flaw which meant “protected” tweets became public when some changes were made to accounts. Anyone who updated the email address linked to their account between November 2014 and January 2019 could have […]

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Gaming worth more than video and music combined

The video games sector now accounts for more than half of the UK’s entire entertainment market, according to a new report. The industry is worth £3.86bn ($ 4.85bn) – more than double its value in 2007 – said the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). That makes it more lucrative than video and music combined. The success […]

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Apple's warning about poor holiday sales is dragging down the rest of the tech industry, from Amazon to Intel

GettyGettyApple CEO Tim Cook Apple said on Wednesday that its holiday quarter revenue would be 7% lower than expected due to weakening iPhone sales, primarily in China. Since the announcement, Apple’s stock has dropped over 7% in after-hours trading. The news of Apple missing its mark appears to be impacting other tech stocks, with Amazon, […]

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Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Can't Stop All Election Interference

Wrapping up Facebook’s worst year yet, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg admitted that he has no fix for the hate speech and election interference plaguing his company. In a celebratory New Year’s post on the platform last week, the social media giant said his personal goals of 2018 had been focused on “preventing election interference, stopping the […]

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The firm whose staff are all autistic

Peter, Evan and Brian work at a small technology firm based by the beach in Santa Monica, testing software and fixing bugs. On first inspection it seems like any other Los Angeles-based company, with tasteful art on the white walls and calm-inducing diffusers dotted about. Peter describes the working atmosphere as “quiet, but fun”, and […]