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Day: December 18, 2018

Google’s Secret China Project “Effectively Ended” After Internal Confrontation

Google has been forced to shut down a data analysis system it was using to develop a censored search engine for China after members of the company’s privacy team raised internal complaints that it had been kept secret from them, The Intercept has learned. The internal rift over the system has had massive ramifications, effectively […]

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Russia ‘Meddled in All Big Social Media’ Around US Election

Russia used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims. New research says YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal – as well as Facebook and Twitter – were leveraged to spread propaganda. The report, released today by the US Senate, exposes the scale of Russian disinformation efforts. Its authors criticise […]

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Kiwibot Delivery Robot Catches Fire After ‘Human Error’

A food delivery robot was destroyed after it caught fire because of “human error”, its creator has confirmed. Kiwibot autonomous delivery robots have been rolling around the University of California, Berkeley campus for two years. On Friday, students found one of the robots in flames and shared photos on social media. Kiwi said the cause […]

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Apple FaceTime Car Crash Lawsuit Dismissed

A lawsuit blaming Apple for a child’s death in a car crash, has been dismissed by a US appeals court in California. Garrett Wilhelm told police he was using FaceTime on the iPhone 6 when he crashed into the back of a family car. Five-year-old Moriah Modisette died from the injuries she sustained in the […]

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YouTube Rewind Backlash Sparks Unofficial Best of 2018 Videos

YouTubers have taken it upon themselves to fix this year’s YouTube Rewind. The annual video, which claims to review the highlights of 2018, became the most disliked in the website’s history. It was criticised for not including enough content creators, with popular personalities PewDiePie, Shane Dawson and Logan Paul all notable absentees. Now many YouTubers […]

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Twitter Warn of Suspicious Traffic Coming from China, Saudi Arabia

Suspicious traffic to a Twitter Inc user forum appears to be part of a government-backed activity coming from China and Saudi Arabia, a Twitter spokesman told Reuters via email on Monday. The company does not know the reason for the activity, but notified users earlier on Monday out of an abundance of caution, the spokesman […]

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