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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube praised for “steady progress” quashing illegal hate speech in Europe

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are likely to be breathing a little easier in Europe after getting a pat on the back from regional lawmakers for making “steady progress” on removing illegal hate speech. Last week the European Commission warned it could still draw up legislation to try to ensure illegal content is removed from online platforms if tech firms do ...

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Twitter updates total of Russia-linked election bots to 50,000

Twitter has provided updated details on its investigation into Russian election interference on its platform in 2016. Its identification of more than 13,000 more Russian-linked bots that made election-related tweets puts the total over 50,000. In addition, about 3,800 (up 1,000 from Twitter’s data in the fall) were associated with the now-notorious Internet Research Agency. Still, Twitter denied that these ...

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Apple has hired tech team from data science startup SVDS

Apple has made a quiet but interesting move in its longer-term strategy around courting more business from enterprises. The company has hired the tech team — at least 18 people, including at least two co-founders, one of whom is the CEO — from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS), a startup based out of Mountain View that provides business transformation consulting ...

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Facebook’s latest News Feed update will prioritize trustworthy publishers

Facebook is gearing up to prioritize news content by publishers a group of Facebook users have deemed trustworthy. Facebook head of News Feed Adam Mosseri said the company surveyed “a diverse and representative sample” of U.S.-based people about their familiarity and trust in various sources of news, he wrote in a blog post. That data, Mosseri said, will serve to ...

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Crunch Report | Amazon reveals 20 finalists for second HQ

Today’s Stories  Amazon reveals top 20 city candidates for its second HQ Farewell, unpaid blogger: HuffPost drops free contributor platform that drove its growth Uber’s big SoftBank deal has officially closed Credits Written by: Tito HamzeHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by: Tito HamzeEdited by: Tito Hamze Notes: I don’t know what to wear on Crunch Report (It’s a hard decision and ...

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Yahoo Finance launches social savings app Tanda, an alternative to credit cards

Yahoo Finance today launched a new app called Tanda that allows small groups of either five or nine people to save money together for short-term goals. The app uses the concept of a “money pool” – that is, everyone participating in one Tanda’s collaborative savings circles will pay a fixed amount to the group’s savings pot every month. And every ...

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Amazon brings voice control to its Alexa app for Android, with iOS coming soon

Amazon’s slow push into mobile is getting a lot more real this morning with the addition of voice integration into its Android app for Alexa. Up to now, the app has been little more than a way to manage settings for the Echo and other smart home devices built around its smart assistant. The addition of voice commands means users ...

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Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Code’ program expands more broadly in Europe

Apple announced this morning it’s bringing its “Everyone Can Code” program to 70 more colleges and universities across Europe. The program, which Apple designed to help students learn how to build apps, launched in May 2017 but was initially limited to the U.S. before expanding to other markets, including Australia, and select institutions in Europe last November. The expansion brings ...

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Your monthly Amazon Prime membership fees are about to increase

If you’re on-board for Amazon’s monthly Prime membership, I’ve got a bit of bad news for you on this cold January morning. The company’s bumping up pricing from $ 10.99 to $ 12.99. Not the end of the world, of course, but that comes out to about $ 156 a year — a $ 24 increase over the old price. ...

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