News highlights – 15 December

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News highlights for 15 December

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Facebook to roll out new tools to tackle fake news

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Thursday it will introduce tools to prevent fake news stories from spreading on its platform, an about-face in response to rising criticism that it did not do enough to combat the problem during the U.S. presidential campaign. Read more…

FBI is probing Yahoo hack, cannot yet provide scope: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday said it could not address the potential scope of vulnerable material from Yahoo Inc’s most recently disclosed hack, adding that the FBI is investigating the breach.

Germany urges Yahoo users to think about other email providers

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s cybersecurity authority, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), criticized Yahoo on Thursday for failing to adopt adequate encryption techniques to protect its users’ personal data. Read more…

Elevator makers think outside the box – and even sideways

DUESSELDORF/ZURICH (Reuters) – ThyssenKrupp’s new $43 million elevator test tower soars 246 meters (808 ft) above the German town of Rottweil, but the company’s lifts chief is not only thinking vertically. Read more…

Instagram’s user base crosses 600 million

(Reuters) – Instagram’s user base rose to more than 600 million, the Facebook Inc owned company said on Thursday, as new features helped it gain popularity. Read more…

China takes action on thousands of websites for ‘harmful’, obscene content

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has shut down or “dealt with” thousands of websites for sharing “harmful” erotic or obscene content since April, the state’s office for combating pornography and illegal publications announced on Thursday. Read more…

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