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Google announces patent agreement with Tencent amid China push

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:31:54 -0500

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google has agreed to a patent licensing deal with Tencent Holdings Ltd as it looks for ways to expand in China where many of its products, such as app store, search engine and email service, are blocked by regulators.(image)

Senate passes bill renewing internet surveillance program

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:16:49 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it undermined the privacy of Americans.(image)

Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech: EU

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:06:39 -0500

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube have greatly accelerated their removals of online hate speech, reviewing over two thirds of complaints within 24 hours, new EU figures show.(image)

Intel: Problem in patches for Spectre, Meltdown extends to newer chips

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:05:22 -0500

(Reuters) - Data center computers with Intel Corp's newer chips might reboot more often than normal because of problems with the patches issued to fix the so-called Spectre and Meltdown security flaws, the company said on Wednesday.(image)

Facebook widens probe into alleged Russian meddling in Brexit

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:53:40 -0500

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would conduct a new, comprehensive search of its records for possible propaganda that Russian operatives may have spread during the run-up to Britain's 2016 referendum on EU membership.(image)

Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:01:59 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.(image)

Regulatory fears hammer bitcoin below $10,000, half its peak

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:11:01 -0500

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin fell as much as 20 percent on Wednesday, piercing below $10,000, while other cryptocurrencies took similar spills due to investor fears that regulators could clamp down on them in an effort to curb speculation.(image)

Chart-topping fitness app 'Sweatcoin' secures funding

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:32:38 -0500

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Sweatcoin, a free smartphone app that pays people to be physically active, said on Wednesday it has secured its first round of institutional funding after topping download charts in Britain and the United States.(image)

21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:59:25 -0500

(Reuters) - A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling.(image)

YouTube again revises rules to protect advertisers from offensive content

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:06:17 -0500

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is making its second attempt in less than a year to protect advertisers on its YouTube user channels from being associated with videos featuring violence, gore or bad language.(image)