China’s revamped law bans online services that ‘induce addiction’ in kids

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China is implementing stricture measures in its bid to keep kids away from addictive digital content. The state-backed news agency Xinhua reported (via Reuters) that China has voted for revamped law that will ban internet products and services…

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Facebook turned down 2.2 million ads meant to interfere with US voting

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Facebook really, really wants you to know it’s cracking down on attempts to interfere with voting in the 2020 US election. Global affairs VP Nick Clegg told Le Journal du Dimanche in an interview (via The Guardian and AFP) that Facebook had re…

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Senate Republicans want to subpoena Twitter CEO over blocked Biden story

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote next week on whether to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after the company blocked a New York Post story on Joe Biden. Twitter said the article violated its rules on doxxing and hacked materials, as it …

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EU reportedly drafts ‘hit list’ of big tech companies to face stricter rules

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It’s no secret that the European Union wants a further crackdown on tech giants, and it may use a simple shortlist to decide which companies face new restrictions. Financial Times sources say the EU is drafting a “hit list” of up to 20 big tec…

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Instagram starts labeling ‘state-controlled media’ accounts and posts

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Over the last week, Instagram has started labeling state-backed media, following through on a policy the company’s parent Facebook announced last October and started implementing on its own social media network this past June. The labels were …

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Senate committee votes to subpoena Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs

By big tech, bigtech, commerce committee, commercecommittee, engadget, facebook, gear, google, Internet, Jack Dorsey, jackdorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, markzuckerberg, News, politics, section 230, senate, sundar pichai, sundarpichai, Twitter

The Senate Commerce Committee has voted unanimously to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter. The members plan to compel Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey to testify about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act …

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Trump approves TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart ‘in concept’

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TikTok appears to have avoided a US ban at the last minute… probably. President Trump has agreed to a deal “in concept” (via CNBC) that theoretically allays US security issues while letting it operate in the country. True to earlier discussi…

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Recommended Reading: Microsoft’s Panos Panay on the Surface Duo

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Exclusive Q&A: Panos Panay on how the Surface Duo transforms Microsoft againRaymond Wong, InputYou’ve likely read our review by now, but Input caught up with Microsoft’s chief product officer to discuss the company’s new folding device…

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US considers blocking deals with China’s largest chip maker

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The US’ trade bans on Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE might have been just the beginning. The Defense Department has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that agencies are discussing whether or not they’ll add China’s Semiconductor Manuf…

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Ford, BMW and others sign binding emissions agreement with California

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Five major automakers have signed a binding agreement with California that will compel them to follow the state’s vehicle emissions standards. Its fuel economy rules are stricter than federal ones, which has put the state at odds with the Trum…

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White House budget proposal would hike AI and quantum funding by 30 percent

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If the US is going to build a quantum internet and otherwise claim technical supremacy, it’s going to need appropriate funding — and that might be forthcoming. As the Wall Street Journal reports, The White House has proposed a 2021 non-defense…

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Facebook will label ads from politically connected publications

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With the 2020 presidential election coming up, Facebook is introducing a new policy that will require US-based publications connected with political parties, PACs and politicians to disclose their affiliation when they buy political ads.Facebo…

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Hackers defaced dozens of Reddit communities with pro-Trump messages

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If your favorite Reddit community looked like a political billboard on August 7th, you can blame it on hackers. Both Motherboard and ZDNet report that hackers defaced dozens of subreddits with pro-Trump messages, including major subreddits lik…

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Energy Department unveils roadmap for a national quantum internet

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The US is determined to achieve supremacy in quantum computing, and that now includes plans for a fledgling quantum internet. The Department of Energy has provided a “blueprint strategy” for a prototype national quantum internet that could be …

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