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Russia's RT fumes after Facebook blocks 'wildly popular' page

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:14 PM

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan says it should not be an issue that the page did not disclose its Russian funding to visitors

Razer Game Store to close after less than a year

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Razer says the closure is part of 'the company’s realignment plans'

RAZER GAME STORE. Razer's gaming storefront is closing. Screenshot of Razer Game Store website.

British intelligence says Huawei risk manageable – Financial Times

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:32 PM

(UPDATED) The National Cyber Security Center sees ways of limiting risks from using Huawei in future 5G networks, according to two unnamed sources cited by the 'Financial Times'

UK Parliament calls Facebook 'digital gangsters' which violated privacy laws

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) British lawmakers' 18-month investigation into disinformation and 'fake news' also accuses Facebook of failing to faithfully fight Russia's alleged attempts to influence elections

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

NBA shows off number-changing ‘jersey of the future’

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:59 PM

You can change the jersey’s player name and number on the smart jersey through an app on your smartphone

3 pages publishing viral videos suspended by Facebook for alleged Russian ties

Feb 18, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Videos from the channels aimed at American millennials grab over 30 million views combined since September of 2018

Australia says 'state actor' hacked parties, parliament

Feb 18, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Australian security agencies say they do not yet know who was behind the attack or their motives

HACKING PROBLEM. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

U.S. Facebook fine over privacy could be in billions – reports

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The fine may be in the range of $2 billion, almost 3 times that of the UK fine back in October 2018

Saudi defends app allowing men to monitor women relatives

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Critics argue that Absher, a free app, enables abuse against Saudi Arabian women and girls by allowing men to track their movements

Team Cherry expands DLC into new game with 'Hollow Knight' sequel 'Silksong'

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Originally meant as a piece of DLC for 'Hollow Knight,' 'Hollow Knight: Silksong' is now being developed as a sequel to the original title

HOLLOW KNIGHT: SILKSONG. Face new foes as the fearsome hunter Hornet in this action RPG. Images from Team Cherry.

Alibaba takes stake in Chinese video platform Bilibili

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Bilibili carves out a following by allowing viewers to add comments on livestreams of anime cosplay performances and video tutorials for popular online games

Mint condition 'Super Mario Bros.' nets $100,150 in auction

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:41 PM

The game is from Nintendo's 1985 to 1986 test run of the NES in New York and Los Angeles

SUPER MARIO. Photo from Heritage Auctions

Facebook taps user data to defend workers from threat

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Facebook has a 'be on the lookout' or 'BOLO' list which tracks people who have made threatening statements against the company or its workers, CNBC reports

Apple eyes starpower as it takes on Netflix, Amazon Prime in streaming wars

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Apple is believed to be investing at least $1 billion in content and has acquired the rights to a new series starring and co-produced by American actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon

Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Residents oppose Amazon's plan to build 'HQ2' in New York, with one saying that the Amazon jobs might not be what people in the community need right now

RALLY. Activists and community members who opposed Amazon's plan to move into Queens rally in celebration of Amazon's decision to pull out of the deal, in the Long Island City neighborhood, February 14, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Germany to let NATO use its cyber skills

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:55 PM

German officials used a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels on February 14 to tell allies Berlin would make its cyber capabilities available, including offensive elements, sources say

Nintendo bringing battle royale-style puzzle action with 'Tetris 99'

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:59 PM

Tetris 99 pits you against 98 others in the ultimate multiplayer puzzle challenge

TETRIS 99. Of 99 players, only one will be left stacking. Image from Twitter.

Samsung dating app connects people based on fridge contents

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Samsung, best known for its phones and TVs, launches a free dating app called Refrigerdating to promote its Family Hub fridges

Globe CEO says Huawei concerns overblown 'to a certain degree'

Feb 14, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'As we’ve said many times, [Huawei] supplies the equipment but we run the network – and so, what’s attached to our network and what goes through it,' Ernest Cu says in a Bloomberg TV interview

Google investing billions in U.S. operations

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Spending goes up from $9 billion last year to $13 billion this year in US investments

PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in Mountain View, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

'The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening' getting Nintendo Switch remake

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:58 AM

This game, which originally came out in 1993, will get a 'modern re-imagining'

LINK REAWAKENS. Nintendo reimagines 'The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening' for a modern audience. Screenshot from YouTube.

Despite record 2018 results, Activision Blizzard slashes 770 jobs

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Despite results which Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick says were 'the best in our history,' the company slashes 770 jobs because it didn't reach its full potential

Google Maps rolling out update to help Manila cars on coding day

Feb 13, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The number coding option on Google Maps will let users attempt to plot routes that bypass coding-restricted areas in Metro Manila

NUMBER CODING OPTION. Google Maps will have a number coding option available in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Screenshot from livetsream

500,000 openings to be listed on Job Search on Google

Feb 13, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Google's launching a job search service in the Philippines this February

LOOKING FOR JOBS? Stacie Chan, Google's search product partnerships lead in Asia Pacific, announces Job Search on Google. Screenshot from Google livestream

Google Go joins Google’s roster of 'light' apps in the Philippines

Feb 13, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Google Go is designed to work smoothly even on phones with 1GB or less RAM

TOKUMINE. Simon Tokumine, the group product manager of Google Search, presents the benefits of Google Go. Screenshot from Google livestream

LOOK: Google event takes on political hue as leaders do the Duterte fist

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The administration's symbol shows up at a photo opportunity during Google's event

DUTERTE FIST. PLDT's Manny Pangilinan (2nd from left), DICT's Eliseo Rio (3nd from right) and Google's Ken Lingan (2nd from right) do Duterte's pose, which for some has come to symbolize Duterte's bloody drug war

Public WiFi service Google Station to launch this month

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Google Station will initially be available in 50 locations across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

GOOGLE STATION. Mahesh Bhalerao discusses their public WiFi service at Google For Philippines 2019. Screenshot from Google livestream

NUJP website latest target of 'coordinated campaign' vs critical news

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Attacks continue after earlier hits on Bulatlat, Kodao Productions, and Pinoy Weekly

Mobile data boosts Globe's net income to P18.4 billion in 2018

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Mobile data usage lifts Globe Telecom's finances, while revenues from text messages and calls slow down

Facebook orders Stephen Curry documentary series exclusive to Facebook Watch

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Facebook is attempting to win back the younger demographic with original video content

Stephen Curry photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Trump orders government to prioritize artificial intelligence

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The order however stops short of specific funding or a detailed strategy for deployment of artificial intelligence

Tencent investment in Reddit sparks censorship worry

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:27 AM

News of Tencent buying into the popular social news website prompts concerns the platform could be vulnerable to the kind of online censorship that takes place in China

REDDIT. Reddit CEO Alexis Ohanian attends WORLDZ Cultural Marketing Summit 2017 at Hollywood and Highland on July 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for PTTOW!/AFP

AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:45 AM

'It can mimic a human pediatrician to interpret and integrate all types of medical data – patient complaints, medical history, blood and imaging tests – to make a diagnosis,' says lead researcher Kang Zhang

Illustration by Janina Malinis/Rappler

Hotel groups hail new offensive on Airbnb in Paris

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:37 AM

Paris city authorities demand a fine of 12.5 million euros ($14 million) against Airbnb for 1,000 properties without a registration number that were identified by local officials

AIRBNB. Photo by Frazer Harrison/AFP

China's 'red packets' go digital over Lunar New Year

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:01 PM

China, which is embracing a cashless society in which payments are made via smartphone apps, finds electronic 'red packets' are now hugely popular

AI correctly predicts Childish Gambino Grammy win

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:40 PM

US-based DataRobot compares all previous Song of the Year winners with this year's nominees, correctly predicting Childish Gambino's victory for 'This Is America'

GAMBINO. Childish Gambino performs on stage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 21, 2018. File photo by Valerie Macon/AFP

Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:17 PM

'We cannot simply leave the production of news and journalism to market forces,' says the head of Australia's competition watchdog, in light of Google and Facebook's dominance in digital ad spend

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Lawyer denies National Enquirer blackmailed Jeff Bezos

Feb 11, 2019 - 9:49 AM

'It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail,' says the lawyer who represents National Enquirer parent company American Media Inc (AMI)'s chief executive David Pecker

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: The New York Post with a headline referring to Jeff Bezos is photographed at a convenience store on February 8, 2019 in New York City. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon is accusing the David J. Pecker, publisher of National Enquirer, the nations leading supermarket tabloid, of extortion and blackmail. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP  STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Some airline, hotel booking apps on iOS found recording user screens – report

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:53 PM

The apps do not ask for permission to make screen recordings, prompting quick action from Apple

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German competition watchdog demands more control for Facebook users

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Germany's FCO rules that Facebook must change their system of shutting people out of the network who don't consent to their data collection activities

Bezos accuses Enquirer of 'blackmail' over intimate photos

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:17 PM

The Enquirer threatens the Amazon CEO that they will release his intimate photos if he doesn't stop investigating the motives behind the leak – which could allegedly be political in nature

BEZOS. Bezos speaks onstage at WIRED25 Summit: WIRED Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Tech Icons Of The Past & Future on October 15, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/AFP

Huawei 'shocked, amused' by espionage accusations

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Huawei decries allegations as the US continues to campaign against the Chinese tech giant in Europe

Altermidya 'strongly condemns' DDoS attacks against member sites

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Altermidya Network says it will not cower despite the attacks, remaining committed to reporting 'the truths that need urgent telling'

Instagram tightens rules on self-injury images

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:48 PM

The move comes after British Health Secretary Matt Hancock met with social media companies about doing more to safeguard the mental health of teenagers using their platforms

Australia using new decryption powers even before planned review

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Australian Federal Police reveals agents have already used the new decryption law while investigating drug trafficking and child exploitation cases

Twitter hammered as user losses overshadow improving finances

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'The falloff in monthly active users is likely a continuation of Twitter's efforts to remove questionable accounts,' says analyst

Australian parliament computer network breached

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Officials decline to comment on the nature of the breach, but say there is no initial evidence data had been accessed

DATA BREACH. Parliament House from Wikipedia by author Thennicke.

Startup uses math puzzles to trap malicious bots in infinite loop

Feb 07, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Kasada's goal is to exhaust the resources of bot operators and reduce the viability of malicious bot operations

German competition watchdog to rule on Facebook

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has accused Facebook of collecting data from users on third-party websites where the Facebook 'Like' button is embedded

Two top executives leave Facebook PR team

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:01 AM

PR executives Caryn Marooney and Debbie Frost are leaving Facebook