Facebook won’t operate in China until there is ‘free expression’

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In a letter to Congress, Facebook says it won't do business in China.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images That’s a thumbs down on China. In a letter to Congress, Facebook said that it would only provide service in China if it was free from government censorship. In other words, as Xi Jinping’s power over the country intensifies, […]

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DeepMind hands off role as health app provider to parent Google

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DeepMind’s recent foray into providing software as a service to U.K. hospitals has reached the end of its run. The Google -owned AI division has just announced it will be stepping back from providing a clinical alerts and task management healthcare app to focus on research — It’s been a phenomenal journey to see Streams […]

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Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter

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Another day, another political grilling for social media platform giants. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing took place this morning, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey present to take questions as bearded wiseman CEO Jack Dorsey (whose experimental word of the month appears to be “cadence” — as in he frequently said […]

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Heres Twitters position on Alex Jones (and hate-peddling anti-truthers) hint: Its a fudge

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The number of tech platforms taking action against Alex Jones, the far right InfoWars conspiracy theorist and hate speech preacher, has been rising in recent weeks — with bans or partial bans including from Google, Apple and Facebook. However, as we noted earlier, Twitter is not among them. Although it has banned known hate peddlers […]

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Is insurance a rich enough game to disrupt?

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Martha Notaras Tech giants may be tempted to use their troves of data to compete with insurers directly. They also have access to data that insurers can only dream of having: global geospatial imagery of homes, infrastructure and buildings; location, browsing and advertising data; even real-world behavioral data from smartphones and IoT devices. Combining all […]

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Say hello to Google One

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Google is revamping its consumer storage plans today by adding a new $2.99/month tier for 200 GB of storage and dropping the price of its 2 TB plan from $19.99/month to $9.99/month (and dropping the $9.99/month 1 TB plan). It’s also rebranding these storage plans (but not Google Drive itself) as “Google One.” Going forward, […]

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