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News highlights – 15 October 2017

News highlights – 15 October 2017

Written by on October 16, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

News highlights for 15 October 2017 Oi’s bondholders demand a meeting SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A group of bondholders that are Oi SA’s largest creditors demanded on Sunday that the company’s top executives meet them as soon as possible to renegotiate a debt plan. Read more… Tesla fires hundreds of employees Reuters) – Luxury electric […]

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Facebook begins to overhaul how it handles political adverts

Facebook begins to overhaul how it handles political adverts

Written by on October 12, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has begun overhauling how it handles political ads on its platform and may put some changes in place before U.S. elections next year, Facebook’s chief technology officer said on Wednesday. U.S. congressional and state elections set for November 2018 present a deadline of sorts for social media companies […]

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What happens to your online personal data after you pass on?

What happens to your online personal data after you pass on?

Written by on October 6, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

A group of lawyers are pressuring EU legislators to propose rules that could force internet platforms to hand over data that belongs to another person who had died or is being cared for. Lawyers pushing for new legislation argue that there is a need to create rules that apply across the bloc because internet companies, […]

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Another thousand people to review ‘election interfering’ ads on Facebook

Another thousand people to review ‘election interfering’ ads on Facebook

Written by on October 3, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc plans to hire 1,000 more people to review ads and ensure they meet its terms, as part of an effort to deter Russia and other countries from using the social media network to interfere in others’ elections, it said on Monday. Facebook said last month that it believed people […]

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Mark Zuckerberg asks for forgiveness for divisive use of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg asks for forgiveness for divisive use of Facebook

Written by on October 2, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asked for forgiveness for ways his work was used to divide people in a Facebook posting marking the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement on Saturday. “For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I […]

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Facebook et al to testify over Russian election meddling

Facebook et al to testify over Russian election meddling

Written by on September 28, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from Facebook, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter have been asked to testify to the U.S. Congress in coming weeks as lawmakers probe Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election, committee sources said on Wednesday. A Senate aide said executives from the three firms had been asked by the Senate Intelligence […]

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Is it the end of the free ride for the internet giants?

Is it the end of the free ride for the internet giants?

Written by on September 26, 2017 in Opinion with 1 Comment

News that technology stocks are weathering their first setback in years comes as no surprise. For many years, internet giants have had a pretty easy ride through the regulation that has shackled telcos. Now, that is changing. And it will cost massive sums of money. Taking down extremist content within an hour or so is, […]

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Internet giants face huge challenge to remove political ads

Internet giants face huge challenge to remove political ads

Written by on September 26, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google have little choice but to rein in internet political ads in the face of growing U.S. government pressure, a panel of advertising consultants and executives said on Monday. Speaking at a trade conference, the marketers seized on allegations that Russian operatives bought U.S. political ads […]

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Internet giants are moving to compromise on policy issues

Internet giants are moving to compromise on policy issues

Written by on September 25, 2017 in Features, News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Internet giants, including Alphabet’s Google and Facebook, are moving to compromise on several major policy issues as they adjust to an abrupt shift in the political winds in Washington. Just last week, the U.S. Senate took a big step toward advancing legislation that would partially strip away the internet industry’s bedrock legal […]

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Facebook and why the census is no way of counting people

Facebook and why the census is no way of counting people

Written by on September 8, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

You may have noticed that we are being quite nice and quite quiet about our friend Facebook, the anti-social network. In the past we have wondered how investors continued to pile in to a business based on a one-sided business model – advertising. We marvelled at the metrics not only Facebook, but other platforms, used […]

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