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Bezos-Hired Sleuth Suspects Sexts Stolen by “Government Entity”

Yesterday Jeff Bezos alleged that David Pecker, CEO of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, attempted to blackmail Bezos by threatening to publish nude photos of Bezos. The married Bezos allegedly sent the explicit photos to another woman, broadcaster Lauren Sanchez. One of the big unanswered questions in the story is how the National […]

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Airbnb Hires Airline Executive in Move to Offer Transportation Services

Airbnb is preparing to add transportation options to its line-up of travel services as the online company seeks to find areas of growth outside its original home-renting business. Airbnb said on Thursday it had hired veteran airline industry executive Fred Reid as its global head of transportation, marking the company’s most definitive step yet toward […]

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Apple ‘Won’t Have a Model’ in China in Five to Ten Years, Ian Bremmer Predicts

Apple’s business model in China will probably clash with the desires of Beijing’s authoritarian government, Ian Bremmer predicted on Thursday. “I think that within five to 10 years max, Apple doesn’t have a model in China,” Bremmer said during a presentation at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit. China is such an important market for Apple […]

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New Emojis Include ‘Drop of Blood’ Period Icon, Inter-Racial Couples and An Otter

Inter-racial couples, a guide dog, and a woman in a wheelchair are among the latest crop of emojis slated to be released this year. The Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organization that manages the world’s emoji standards, announced the list of 59 new images this week, as well as 171 variants for gender and skin tone. […]

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Facebook Starts Labeling Political Ads in India as Election Looms

As hundreds of millions of Indians prepare to vote in a new government this year, Facebook is making sure its users in the country know political ads when they see them. Starting Thursday, Facebook (FB) users in India will see disclaimers on ads that feature politicians, parties, elections or particular pieces of legislation, the company […]

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Instagram Vows to Remove All Graphic Self-Harm Images from Site

All graphic images of self-harm will be removed from Instagram, the head of the social media platform has told the BBC. The move comes after the father of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life in 2017, said Instagram had “helped kill” his daughter. Molly’s family found she had been viewing graphic images of […]

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Facebook to Appeal mGerman Ruling that Third-Party Customer Data Cannot Be Used to Target Ads

German authorities ruled Thursday that Facebook should not be allowed to use customer data from other apps and websites to help target advertisements shown on their Facebook pages without their explicit consent, saying it was exploiting its dominant position in social media. The Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, said Facebook was guilty of “exploitative abuse” […]

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Twitter Shares Drop 10% as Revenue Outlook Disappoints

Shares in Twitter have fallen 10% after the social media company’s revenue forecast fell short of expectations. Revenue for the first quarter of 2019 is now expected to be between $715m and $775m, below analysts’ forecasts. Twitter also warned that its operating costs could rise 20% in 2019. The share fall came despite the company […]

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Huawei: Tackling Security Concerns May Take Five Years

It will take three to five years for Huawei to address security issues raised by the UK government, the company has said. The Chinese firm, which has earmarked $2bn (£1.5bn) for the process, outlined the timetable in a letter to MPs. Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces allegations that its equipment could […]

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Hotel Booking Sites to End ‘Misleading’ Sales

Expedia, Booking.com, Agoda, Hotels.com, ebookers and trivago have been investigated over high-pressure selling tactics and misleading discount claims, the competition watchdog says. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was concerned the sites were making rooms seem more popular than they were. The sites will now say if commissions they receive affect the results. They also […]

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