Technology

Internet giants fight spread of coronavirus disinformation

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Internet companies are stepping up their fight against the spread of disinformation about the coronavirus, after new cases and fatalities outside China have seen a major spike. Google, Facebook, and other platforms took part in...

US military adopts new ethical guidelines for using AI in war

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The US military announced Monday it has adopted new ethical principles for the use of artificial intelligence in warfare. The move comes after 15 months of talks with technology giants and universities. The military said...

New Mexico sues Google for collecting children’s personal data

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New Mexico’s attorney general Hector Balderas announced on Thursday that it sues Google. The lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Albuquerque. It claims that Google’s educational software for resource-deprived schools collects young...

Boeing says it found debris in fuel tanks on grounded 737 Max jets

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Boeing announced it has ordered inspections of its grounded 737 Max series jets, after it found foreign objects in the fuel tanks of some of the aircraft. The company said it immediately made corrections to...

Airbus announces 2,300 job cuts in defense and space division

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European planemaker Airbus announced that it plans to cut 2,362 jobs across several countries by the end of next year. Its Germany-based subsidiary, Defence and Space, has said the job cuts are the result of...

IRS sues Facebook for $9b over Irish offshore deal

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Facebook and US tax authorities are beginning a multi-billion dollar dispute over profits shifted to an Irish subsidiary by the social media giant. The US Internal Revenue Service says that Facebook dodged about $9 billion...

France steps up Ghosn probe into misuse of funds at Renault

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French prosecutors have stepped up their investigation into alleged misuse of funds at Renault by former boss Carlos Ghosn. A judge had  been assigned to the case to launch a formal investigation, prosecutors announced. The...

China prepares to launch new satellite, role not revealed

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China’s space program is expected to soon launch its Long March 7A rocket from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center. The official acknowledgement of a mission came on 12 February, but there was no indication of...

Europeans remain concerned about cybercrime despite growing awareness

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Europeans are better informed about cybercrimes but are becoming increasingly concerned about their own security, according to the latest survey by the European Commission, which also noted that the number of Europeans who feel...

Spain moves forward with new digital tax on tech giants despite US warning

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Spain’s government approved the introduction of new taxes on digital business and stock market transactions. The move has angered United States’ authorities and brought a threat of tariffs by Washington. Other European countries, including France,...

US House speaker Pelosi warns allies against working with Huawei

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi warned NATO allies against allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei into their 5G networks. During her visit to Brussels, where she met with leaders of the EU and NATO,...

Facial recognition technology breaches GDPR says Vestager

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Margrethe Vestager, EU's tech chief Margrethe Vestager said on Thursday that facial recognition technologies breach the need to give consent, which is stipulated in Europe's data protection rules (GDPR). However, the Commissioner backed their use in case...

Zuckerberg calls on Europe to better regulate social networks

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During meetings with European officials in Brussels, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urged the EU to better regulate political advertisements on social media and take measures that would better guarantee that the privacy and data...

Zuckerberg meets EU Commissioners ahead of antitrust proposals

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Chairman and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg will meet on Monday Europe's tech chief, Margrethe Vestager along with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton and EU Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová, days before the EU Commission...

Zuckerberg welcomes new framework for digital tax

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg backed the OECD moves, saying he accepts he may have to pay more taxes under the proposed digital tax reforms. The OECD group of free-market economies has been working on a...

Boeing vows to rebuild public trust

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Boeing says it is working to rebuild trust in its brand, even as it struggles to bring its 737 Max back into service. The plane was involved in two crashes that resulted in the deaths...

UK to hold social media companies responsible for harmful content

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The UK government has announced it will appoint media watchdog Ofcom as an online regulator that will have power to hold social media companies to account for harmful content, such as violence or child...

EU and Google go to court over €2.4bn fine

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Google on Wednesday sought to overturn a €2.4 billion EU antitrust fine at the EU's General Court. The EU’s antitrust office, headed by competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, imposed the fine in 2017 after its investigation...

US orders Facebook, Amazon and others to reveal details of years of acquisitions

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The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it has ordered Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Facebook to provide detailed information on their acquisitions of smaller companies from 2010 to 2019. The move comes after dozens...

Lawyers say Ghosn used Nissan-Mitsubishi venture to inflate pay

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Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn used a joint venture between Nissan and Mitsubishi to inflate his pay and to cover a personal tax debt, lawyers for the automakers said. Ghosn was arrested in Japan in...

Facebook demands Clearview stop scraping images for facial recognition tech

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Facebook has warned US-based tech company Clearview AI to stop using data scraped from its social networks for its facial recognition database. “Scraping people’s information violates our policies, which is why we’ve demanded that Clearview...

Boeing finds new software flaw on grounded 737 MAX jet

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Flight testers have found another flaw in the software of Boeing's grounded 737 MAX plane. Boeing as well as the top US aviation regulator said the issue could most likely be fixed without extending...

US, Chinese officials to meet to discuss further Huawei restrictions

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High level US officials agreed to meet later this month to discuss further restrictions on tech exports to China and the telecoms company Huawei. Media report that the meeting scheduled for 28 February will seek...

Google admits it accidentally sent users’ private videos to strangers

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Google alerted some of its Google Photo users that the tech giant accidentally sent their private videos to strangers. The company said the reason was a "technical issue". The glitch affected Google’s Takeout service, that...

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

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Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has launched investigations into the way Google and Tinder process user data. The regulator said it decided to look into how Google handles location data, after receiving a number of complaints...

Huawei says it will set up manufacturing bases in Europe

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Abraham Liu, Huawei´s top executive for Europe said the company would set up manufacturing hubs on the continent. "Huawei is more committed to Europe than ever before. We are looking forward to our next 20...

YouTube warns it will ban misleading election-related content

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YouTube announced it would remove election-related videos that are “manipulated or doctored” to mislead voters, and that the measures are part of an effort to be a “more reliable source” for news and to...

The idiocy of regulating mobile phone chargers

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Yes, the European Parliament is pushing for a standardized connector for all smartphones. For any phone that comes into the market today there's essentially two standards: USB-C, which replaced microUSB, and then Apple's Lightning...

UK-US relations ‘not at risk’ over Huawei decision

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United States’ secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the relationship between the US and the United Kingdom "is not at risk" over UK’s decision to give China's Huawei a role in its 5G...

UK allows limited 5G role for Huawei, bans ZTE

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The UK will let Huawei play a limited role in building the country’s 5G mobile phone networks, denying he United States’ efforts to ban the tech giant. London said it will keep high risk vendors...

UK to make Huawei 5G decision today amid intensifying US pressure

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London is expected to grant the Chinese tech giant Huawei some access to its 5G network, according to media reports. UK prime minister Boris Johnson is reportedly looking at imposing a cap on Huawei’s...

Tesla’s market value hits $100bn

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Tesla reached a $100 billion market cap for the first time on 22 January. The market value reached more than $107 billion, up by more than 8% before dropping at the end of the...

Soros accuses Facebook of working to reelect Trump

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US financier George Soros pledged $1 billion for a new university network project to battle the erosion of civil society in a world he said was ruled by "dictators”. "We live at a transformational moment...

UK prepares to allow Huawei into 5G

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The UK is preparing to allow Huawei to supply 5G equipment, and resist the pressure of the United States, who is trying to push for 5G ban over security concerns. “The market conditions are not...

Bangladesh’s future will hinge on being a global trade and technology leader

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While attending the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, New Europe’s Federico Grandesso spoke with Bangladeshi MP and business man Salman F. Rahman, about the technology and trade issues in his country and at...

Brussels steps up disinformation fight, Facebook warns of free expression

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Facebook has warned over freedom of expression as the European Union considers measures to stop disinformation campaigns across online platforms. Nick Clegg, Facebook’s VP for Global Affairs warned that in the online world, “the scope...

EU companies must be ones profiting from European data, Commissioner warns

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The EU’s internal market Commissioner Thierry Breton said the bloc must ensure that Europe’s own companies are the ones capitalizing on data generated within its borders. During a conference in Germany, he said the Commission...