TWITTER ACKNOWLEDGES ITS ALGORITHMS AMPLIFY RIGHT-WING MATERIAL

Sat 23 October 2021: According to an internal study, Twitter’s algorithms are amplifying more conservative and right-wing content. Conservative politicians’ tweets were magnified more than liberal politicians’ tweets in nearly every country studied, according to Twitter. Meanwhile, right-wing news outlets were amplified more than left-wing news outlets for Twitter users. According to the study, Twitter […]

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PODCAST: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NON-FUNGIBLE TOKENS (NFTS)

Sat 23 October 2021: When you think of digital media, you probably think of something like a YouTube video or a meme. Something you can access for free, any time you want. But some relatively new technologies are being used to make pieces of digital media sellable, thereby creating a high-stakes market for them. These […]

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WECHAT MAKES CONTENT SEARCHABLE ON GOOGLE, BING

Fri 22 October 2021: Tencent’s WeChat has made its content searchable on some foreign search engines such as Alphabet-owned Google and Microsoft’s Bing, Reuters checks showed, in the latest tearing down of “walled gardens” in China’s internet sector. Content from China’s most popular messaging app WeChat, including articles and videos on its popular public accounts […]

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SAUDI ARABIA TO LAUNCH ELECTRONIC CHIP FOR CITIZEN DATA LINKED TO PASSPORT

Thu 21 October 2021: As the Kingdom digitizes its services, it plans to implement an electronic chip that will contain a citizen’s data and link it to their passports. An interior ministry source told Al Arabiya that the Kingdom will establish a digital national identity in a few months. The source pointed out that biometric […]

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TESLA YIELDS RECORD-HIGH PROFIT DESPITE PARTS SHORTAGE, SHIP DELAYS

Thu 21 October 2021: Tesla’s third-quarter earnings were released after the market closed on Wednesday, and the company surpassed expectations on both the top and bottom lines. American electric carmaker Tesla achieved its best-ever net income and profit in the third quarter of this year, according to a statement. Tesla’s net income jumped 389% year-on-year […]

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PAYPAL PLANS TO BUY VIRTUAL BOARD PLATFORM PINTEREST

Thu 21 October 2021: Payment giant PayPal Holdings Inc. has started talks to acquire digital pinboard site Pinterest Inc., according to a person directly familiar with the matter, saying that a bid of $45 billion has been made. This combination of the two platforms could herald more tie-ups between financial technology and social media companies […]

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TRUMP TO LAUNCH MEDIA COMPANY, TRUTH SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM

Thu 21 October 2021: Former President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he is creating a new media company with its own social media platform, nine months after being banned from social media for his role in encouraging the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. He and his advisers have since hinted that they were planning to create […]

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FACEBOOK PLANS TO REBRAND ITSELF WITH A NEW NAME: TECH BLOG

Wed 20 October 2021: The American technology blog the Verge reported on Tuesday that Facebook Inc is going to rebrand itself with a new name next week, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. According to the Verge, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to discuss the name change during the company’s annual Connect […]

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APPLE UNVEILS NEW AIRPODS AND $4.99 SIRI-ONLY MUSIC PLAN

Tue 19 October 2021: Apple Inc. updated its audio lineup with the first update of the entry-level AirPods since 2019, a new $4.99 music plan that only works with Siri, and new color options for its HomePod tiny speaker. The new products were revealed Monday at a presentation named “Unleashed,” which also featured the latest […]

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ISRAEL REPORTS RISE IN CYBERATTACK ATTEMPTS AGAINST HEALTHCARE SECTOR

Mon 18 October 2021: The Israeli Health Ministry’s Cyber Security Center foiled several cyberattacks over the weekend, the ministry and the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD) said in a joint statement on Sunday. According to Check Point, there were 627 cyberattacks per organization in Israel’s health sector, which is 72 percent more than the average […]

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