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YouTube rolling out free, ad-supported movies in U.S.

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:48 PM

No word yet on whether the free movies will hit Philippine shores or other regions


Tinder 'Swipe Surge' notifies users when many users are active

Nov 17, 2018 - 4:58 PM

During a surge, the chances of matching with someone may go up 2.5 times higher than usual

Photo from Tinder


Alibaba hits another 'Singles Day' record but growth slows

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Although retail sales in China have been steady, the outlook is uncertain as the economy slows and concerns rise over the impact of the trade war with the United States

Google touts progress in fight against piracy

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Google claims progress in the war on piracy, but notes a new battlefront in the form of installable add-ons on legitimate open-source media players such as the Kodi box to illicitly stream copyrighted content

Blockchains won't fix internet voting security – and could make it worse

Oct 28, 2018 - 2:12 PM

As scholars who have studied traditional and blockchain-based voting, we believe that while blockchains may help with some specific issues, they can’t fix the basic problems with internet voting. In fact, they could make things worse.

Duterte wants to 'suppress' online gambling

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says gambling is a magnet for crimes like extortion and kidnapping

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez on the sidelines of the 2015-2017 Philippine Quality Award conferment ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on October 24, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Binge-worthy: 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM

This tale of witchcraft and coming of age packs lots of thrills

BINGE-WORTH? Certainly. Image courtesy of Netflix

Binge-worthy: 'Daredevil' season 3

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:01 PM

A powerful villain returns, and a new one arrives to wreak havoc on Hell’s Kitchen

BINGE-WORTHY? Has there been a superhero show with as much self-doubt and trepidation as 'Daredevil?' Image from Netflix

Facebook simplifies Messenger app

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The new version, currently being rolled out, has 3 tabs instead of 9

Image from Facebook


Chills and thrills: 21 shows, movies to watch for Halloween

Oct 23, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Get in the mood for Halloween with a healthy dose of scary shows and films

Lack of protection on admin account blamed for ABS-CBN store hack – NPC

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The NPC notes that, 'had ABS-CBN insisted its third-party developer to use multi-factor authentication earlier, the site would not have been compromised'

Silent addiction: How Filipinos fall prey to the online gambling market

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Foreign online casino sites not regulated by Pagcor are easily accessible in the Philippines, leaving Filipinos at risk of gambling addiction

How China’s online gambling addiction is reshaping Manila

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:00 PM

There's more dim sum in the metro, but the Chinese have driven up rent for locals and brought in a gambling contagion

Q&A: RiskIQ's Yonathan Klijnsma on the group that hacked the ABS-CBN store

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:07 AM

In this Q&A, we discuss the learnings of RiskIQ, which has been tracking Magecart operations for the past few years

Why do so many people fall for fake profiles online?

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Mistakenly thinking each friend request has come from a real person may cause people to accept friend requests simply to be polite and not hurt someone else’s feelings


Twitter to ban 'dehumanizing' comments with user help

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:18 PM

The social network asks for feedback from users around the world regarding wording to be used in the policy amendment

TWITTER. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Here’s how you can get beauty deals from Amazon, Sephora, Althea, Lazada

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:55 AM

And yes, there’s an easier way to get products from Amazon shipped to the Philippines – up until September 30, that is

INFOGRAPHIC: How to protect yourself from bank fraud

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Be informed. Here’s how you can help your bank protect you from falling victim to fraud

Fighting disinformation is a community effort, say journalists

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'If fact-checking and truth-telling [are] to win against the propaganda machine, they need the effort of the communities, the campus journalists, and the citizen journalists from the ground, says Rappler news editor Miriam Grace Go

ABS-CBN online store hacked – report

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'Filipinos are recommended to carefully check their credit card statements for unauthorized payments,' says Dutch security researcher Willem De Groot who discovered the alleged breach


The Information and Democracy Commission: Defending free flow of truthful info

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The Information and Democracy Commission is a global initiative launched by Reporters Without Borders to build a formal multi-sectoral approach to combating misinformation and disinformation in the digital age


Propaganda-spewing Russian trolls act differently online from regular people

Sep 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Trolls take advantage of weaknesses in society, and the fix involves not just technological means but more so educating people


U.S. teens prefer remote chats to face-to-face meeting – study

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The last time the same survey was conducted in 2012, meeting face-to-face hit 49%, far ahead of texting's 33%

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Saudi Arabia declares online satire a punishable offense

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Those who make and distribute online satire which 'disrupts public order' will be liable for a cybercrime punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a fine of $800,000

PH startup Connected Women among 12 finalists at MIT innovation challenge

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The Connected Women Jobs website allows Filipinas to search for online jobs in customer service, marketing, editorial services, and administrative work

FINALISTS. From left to right, the members of Connected Women: chief technology officer Bobby Jimenez, CEO Gina Romero, business development head Ria San Gabriel, and senior developer JC Soriano. Photo from Connected Women


Amazon Prime Video to be part of Globe's on-demand offerings

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The world's second-largest video-on-demand platform comes to Globe


Facebook rolls out 'Watch' video service worldwide

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The product is not designed for 'mindless consumption' but to get people 'engaged,' says Fidji Simo, Facebook's vice president for video

WATCH. Facebook's long-form video feature will have to compete with YouTube and Netflix for attention. Image from Facebook


IN NUMBERS: The fake YouTube views market

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:23 PM

For about $14, a client can buy 1,000 'views' for a YouTube video


Netflix testing show ads that pop up in between episodes

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Users have reported seeing video promos for different shows play in between episodes


Secret service: Underground doctors induce safe abortions

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Conclusion: A group of medical doctors in the Philippines risk careers to help women, in the belief that it is their duty to ensure the mental and physical well-being of their patients

How backstreet abortionists terminate 7-month pregnancies

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Part 2: The methods used by backstreet abortionists in the Philippines are barbaric, as told by women who experienced it themselves

Filipinas buy, sell, rate abortions in online forum

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:59 PM

In the Philippines, abortion is illegal and deeply stigmatized, leaving desperate women with no choice but to seek unsafe options online

Can spreading gossip or hoaxes online land you in jail?

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:30 AM

It can, lawyers say, if the information you spread harms the reputation or the rights of another person

Facebook testing dating feature, 'Create' button

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Facebook has begun internally testing their dating service with employees. A new 'Create' button, on the other hand, will make it easier to create new events, groups and other pages

FB DATING. In their 2018 developers' conference, the company announced its plans to venture into online dating services. Screenshot from Facebook F8 2018 livestream


Music streaming giant Deezer raises 160M euros

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The French company is the third-biggest streaming service after Sweden's Spotify and Apple Music

DEEZER. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2015, a lounge is pictured at the French music-streaming services Deezer's headquarters in Paris.  Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


A hacker explains Russia's use of cyber warfare in 2016 U.S. election

Jul 30, 2018 - 7:30 AM

'Everything about Hillary Clinton had to be negative and you really had to tear into her. It was all about the leaked email, the corruption scandals, and the fact that she is super rich,' says a former Russian troll


[Two Pronged] After 3 dates, I think I'm falling in love with my Tinder match

Jul 29, 2018 - 5:50 PM

'I am afraid he won’t take me seriously because we met via Tinder,' writes RC

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Jul 27, 2018 - 2:35 PM

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Amazon quarterly profit jumps 12-fold to $2.5B

Jul 27, 2018 - 6:43 AM

The e-commerce giant reports earnings that are in stark contrast to social media giant Facebook which saw massive stock market losses

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by Ryder/AFP


Time to break up Google and Facebook – U.S. attorney general candidate

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:26 AM

Facebook and Google account for a majority of the US digital ad market – an estimated 56.8%


Facebook disputes claims they retain extreme content for money

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:55 PM

In a new documentary by Channel 4 in the UK, former Facebook investor Roger McNamee says it's the extreme, dangerous content that's the most engaging – something he says Facebook stands to profit from

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Relationship status: Happy and pro-divorce

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:12 PM

In a survey conducted by The Nerve, Filipinos weigh in on the legalization of divorce

#BabaeAko on Robredo as opposition lead: 'She cannot do it alone’

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The #BabaeAko movement is organizing a protest on the day of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address, calling the activity the 'Anti-Misogyny Activists sa SONA', or #AMaSONA.

Revellers blast Titans by 38 points

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Jeff Viernes erupts for 35 points as the Revellers keep the Titans winless

BOARD BATTLE. Che'Lu's Jai Flores and AMA Online's Owen Graham fight for the rebound. Photo by PBA Images.

YouTube to offer $25M funding to boost 'trusted' news sources

Jul 11, 2018 - 2:56 PM

The first partners in the program will be US-based Vox Media, Jovem Pan of Brazil and India Today

MEDIA FUNDING. The grants "will enable our partners to build key capabilities, train staff on video best practices, enhance production facilities and develop formats optimized for online video," YouTube said. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


How governments are cracking down on encryption and anonymity

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression reports on how governments have cracked down on two key elements to expression in the digital age from 2015 to 2018

ENCRYPTED MESSAGING. The report praises the end-to-end encryption of some messaging apps, encouraging all messaging app makers to implement the technology as a default and to keep improving them. Image from Open Whisper Systems.


Go for Gold destroys listless AMA by 44

Jul 09, 2018 - 3:34 PM

The Go for Gold Scratchers keep the AMA Online Education Titans winless in 7 games

BALANCED ATTACK. Paul Desiderio is one of the 7 Go for Gold players to breach double figures. Photo from PBA Images


Wikipedia down in several countries in EU law protest

Jul 05, 2018 - 2:50 PM

In Spain, Italy and Poland, an explanatory protest statement about the upcoming vote comes up when the online encyclopedia is consulted

WIKIPEDIA. The Wikipedia logo is seen on a tablet screen on December 4, 2012 in Paris. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Marinerong Pilipino dominates AMA in lopsided fashion

Jul 03, 2018 - 7:49 PM

The AMA Online Education Titans remain winless in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup

BLOWOUT. Javi Gomez de Liano drops 27 points to help blow out the Titans. Photo by PBA Images

Propagandists target Catholic Church after Duterte rant vs God

Jul 02, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Over the weekend, Rappler receives nearly 30 reports about fake news on the Catholic Church. The fake news items spare no one, from Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to Pope Francis himself.