Silicon Valley & Technology

FILE - An Indian man surfs a Facebook page at an Internet cafe in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.
Anjana Pasricha contributed to this report.ISLAMABAD - Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts and pages linked to Indian political parties or the Pakistani military for what the company described as "coordinated inauthentic behavior or spam." The Facebook or Instagram accounts, pages or groups were detected through internal investigations into account activity in the region before upcoming elections in India."These Pages and accounts were engaging in…
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Mon, 04/01/2019 - 17:15
FILE- The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square, In this March 29, 2018. A report says Facebook and the FTC are negotiating a "multibillion dollar" fine for the social network's privacy lapses.
Facebook is lifting the lid on the algorithm that decides which posts appear in its news feed, as part of a drive to be more transparent and offer greater control to users. The feature "Why am I seeing this post?", being rolled out from Monday, offers some insight into the tens of thousands of inputs used by the social network to rank stories, photos and video in the news feed, the foundation of the platform. "The basic thing that this tool…
Items prohibited on passenger airlines and confiscated from passengers by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers, are displayed at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., March 26, 2019.
David Johnston stands over a table full of peculiar items confiscated at Dulles International Airport: a glittery clutch with brass knuckles as a clasp. A perfume bottle shaped like a grenade. A rusted circular saw blade. A pocket-sized pitchfork.None of those is quite right. Then Johnston sees it: a guitar shaped like a semi-automatic rifle. Bingo. It will do nicely for the Transportation Security Administration's social media accounts.Johnston, TSA's social media…
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For techies and phone geeks, Digital Cambodia 2019 was the place to be.More than a dozen high school students clustered at the booth for Cellcard, Cambodia’s leading mobile operator. Under the booth’s 5G sign, they played video games on their phones.Hak Kimheng, a ninth grade student in Phnom Penh, said his mom bought him a Samsung smartphone a few months ago, when he moved to the capital city from nearby Kandal province to live with his uncle while attending…
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Sat, 03/30/2019 - 12:30
This picture taken on March 27, 2019, shows the Grindr icon on a phone in Los Angeles. This week, the Committee for Investment in the United States reportedly directed Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech to divest itself of Grindr, a popular g
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For decades, it was virtually unknown outside a small circle of investors, corporate lawyers and government officials.    But in recent years, the small interagency body known as the Committee for Investment in the United States has grown in prominence, propelled by a U.S. desire to use it as an instrument of national security and foreign policy.    This week, the panel made headlines after it reportedly directed Chinese gaming company…
Masood Farivar
Fri, 03/29/2019 - 20:14
FILE - An illustration shows a 3-D-printed Facebook logo placed on broken glass above a printed EU flag.
Facebook said Friday it is further tightening requirements for European Union political advertising, in its latest efforts to prevent foreign interference and increase transparency ahead of the bloc's parliamentary elections. However, some EU politicians criticized the social media giant, saying the measures will make pan-European online campaigning harder. Under the new rules, people, parties and other groups buying political ads will have to confirm to…
FILE- The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square, In this March 29, 2018. A report says Facebook and the FTC are negotiating a "multibillion dollar" fine for the social network's privacy lapses.
Facebook was charged with discrimination by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development because of its ad-targeting system. HUD said Thursday Facebook is allowing advertisers to exclude people based on their neighborhood by drawing a red line around those neighborhoods on a map and giving advertisers the option of showing ads only to men or only to women. The agency also claims Facebook allowed advertisers to exclude people that the social media company…
FILE - People look at display models of the Huawei Mate20 smartphone series at a launch event in London, Britain, Oct. 16, 2018.
British cybersecurity inspectors have found significant technical issues in Chinese telecom supplier Huawei's software that they say pose risks for the country's telecom companies.   The annual report Thursday said there is only "limited assurance" that long-term national security risks from Huawei's involvement in critical British telecom networks can be adequately managed.   The report adds pressure on Huawei, which is…
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. Facebook said it is aware of outages on its platforms including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram and is working to resolve the issue.
Facebook has announced it is banning praise, support, and representation of white nationalism and separatism on its platform and on Instagram, which it also owns. The company made the announcement Wednesday in a blog post, saying, "It's clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services." The post says Facebook has long banned hateful speech based on race, ethnicity and religion, though it had…
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Wed, 03/27/2019 - 15:33
FILE - Computer scientist Geoffrey Hinton, who studies neural networks used in artificial intelligence applications, poses at Google's Mountain View, Calif, headquarters.
Computers have become so smart during the past 20 years that people don't think twice about chatting with digital assistants like Alexa and Siri or seeing their friends automatically tagged in Facebook pictures. But making those quantum leaps from science fiction to reality required hard work from computer scientists like Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun. The trio tapped into their own brainpower to make it possible for machines to learn like humans, a…
A salesman watches Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing to the nation, on TV screens inside a showroom in Mumbai, India, March 27, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the test was not intended to create an atmosphere of war, but to defend India
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Wed, 03/27/2019 - 07:49