How ‘sex trafficking’ just opened the censorship floodgates

In a 388 to 25 vote Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed legislation that makes websites criminally responsible if they can be seen as facilitating sex work. It still needs to get through the Senate, but with his daughter’s endorsement, Trump is anticipated to sign it. Along with its maddening misconceptions about preventing sex trafficking […]

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Apple hires another Sony TV exec to boost its streaming efforts

Apple sure likes to use Sony’s TV wing as a talent pool for its streaming video team — it just lured away another executive. Angelica Guerra, Sony Pictures Television’s production leader for Latin American and US Hispanic content, has joined Apple as its head of Latin American programming. It’s not certain how this will affect […]

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Japan’s cryptocurrency exchanges plan self-regulating committee

Government-registered cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan are setting up a self-regulation body in the region. The move, Reuters reports, is an effort to legitimize and establish trust in the area following the $530 million Coincheck theft in January. There isn’t a name for the body yet and similarly, there’s no word for when all the paperwork […]

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Parody cryptocurrency just broke $2 billion for its market cap

A cryptocurrency that was created as a parody and named after an internet meme now has a market value of more than $2 billion. Dogecoin crossed the $2 billion barrier on Sunday, around two weeks after it first touched the $1 billion level on Christmas day. The digital currency traded as high as $0.018773, putting […]

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Obama Talks Leaving the White House, Social Media

Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned world leaders of the dangers of the internet in a newly broadcast interview with Britain’s Prince Harry. “One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases,” Obama told Harry, who acted as […]

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Google reportedly fires author of anti-diversity memo

CEO Sundar Pichai says internal document that criticised efforts to promote women and under-represented minorities is ‘contrary to our basic values’ Google reportedly fired a software engineer on Monday after a document he wrote criticising the company’s diversity efforts and attributing the tech industry’s gender imbalance to biological differences between men and women went viral. “To suggest […]

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Twitter Reveals Why It Hides Its Daily Active User Figures

Responding to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as to why Twitter is hiding its daily active user (DAU) growth, the company said “the absolute number of DAUs is less important than the percentage change in DAUs”. In a correspondence between the company and SEC, Twitter revealed that the percentage change in DAUs is the key factor to […]

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Facebook Said to Be Working on Video Chat Device, Standalone Smart Speaker

  Facebook is working on a video chat device for the home – the first major hardware product from its experimental Building 8 lab. Featuring a laptop-sized touchscreen, the device represents a new product category and could be announced as soon as next spring’s F8 developer conference, according to people familiar with the matter. They say the […]

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Instagram Stories Is Attracting Businesses, Says Company on Feature’s One-Year Anniversary

  Instagram, one of the only Facebook-owned services that hasn’t yet reached one billion active users, said on Wednesday people are spending more time than ever on Instagram app — nearly half an hour. The reason: Stories, a Snapchat-inspired feature which the company introduced exactly one year ago. More than 250 million people use Instagram Stories every […]

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Facebook News Feed to Prioritise Links to Websites That Load Faster

In the coming months, Facebook is updating its News Feed to show more weblinks that load faster and less stories which take time to open. In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook executives said they had heard from people how frustrating it is to click on a link that leads to a slow-loading webpage. “In fact, even […]

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