India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

NEW DELHI — India’s government has proposed giving itself vast new powers to suppress internet content, igniting a heated battle with global technology giants and prompting comparisons to censorship in China. Under the proposed rules, Indian officials could demand that Facebook, Google, Twitter, TikTok and others remove posts or videos that they deem libelous, invasive of privacy, hateful or deceptive. […]

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Little Red App: Xi’s Thoughts Are (Surprise!) a Hit in China

BEIJING — Call it the Little Red App. Part social platform, part indoctrination tool, a new smartphone app called Study the Great Nation represents the latest effort by the Chinese Communist Party to bring its propaganda initiatives into the mobile age. So far, it seems to be working. Study the Great Nation recently became the most downloaded app on Apple’s […]

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Sequoia-backed Singapore telco Circles.Life to invest over $250 million in overseas push

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Sequoia-backed Singaporean mobile services provider Circles.Life said on Thursday it plans to invest more than $250 million to roll out services in over five countries, including Taiwan and Australia, in the next 18 months. Singapore’s telecom market is set for a shakeup this year as a new player TPG Telecom is preparing to launch services. Last year, […]

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EU agrees to curb unfair practices by tech giants, booking sites

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU countries, the European Commission and EU lawmakers clinched a deal late Wednesday to curb the powers of companies such as Google and Apple Inc with new rules. Unveiled by the Commission in April last year, the platform-to-business (P2B) law seeks to prevent unfair business practices by app stores, search engines, e-commerce sites and hotel booking websites […]

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Barclays' British online banking channels go down in latest outage

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Barclays said customers were experiencing problems logging into mobile, telephone and digital banking on Thursday, the latest in a string of such outages as banks upgrade their systems and push more customers online. “We are having a few issues but the team is on the job to get this fixed,” the bank told customers who were […]

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Cryptocurrency traders protest Indonesia's new futures rules

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian cryptocurrency traders are complaining that the government’s new rules on futures trading, which require high minimum capital for traders, will hinder development of the young but growing market. Use of cryptocurrencies as payment instrument is banned by Indonesia’s central bank, but trade in the blockchain-backed assets is allowed. Since October, Jakarta has allowed futures trading of […]

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Tech review: Canon Eos RP

CANON is back. The company that has been under siege by mirrorless rivals has finally come out with a competitively-priced full-frame mirrorless camera that will prove to be a compelling option for much of the current DSLR market, especially Canon shooters. An initial ‘hands on’ with the Eos RP indicates to us that this a powerful, traveller-friendly mirrorless camera that […]

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EU clinches copyright overhaul deal, critics see shortcomings

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is set to rewrite its two decades-old copyright rules to ensure a level playing field between its creative industries and tech giants such as Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc, after striking a deal on the issue on Wednesday. While the revamp is likely to result in more compensation for publishers, broadcasters and artists […]

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Amazon’s Alexa wants to ease your ‘cognitive overload’

Amazon's Alexa was the world's first mainstream product that really felt like talking to a computer, and having a computer talk back. But with rivals from Google and Apple long since establishing themselves, the next step for Alexa is to become even more person-like, being aware of context and learning from experience. Alexa can now whisper to you if she thinks […]

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The Strange Experience of Being Australia’s First Tech Billionaires

SYDNEY, Australia — Atlassian is a very boring software company. It develops products for software engineers and project managers, with hits like Jira (for software project management and bug tracking) and Fisheye (a revision-control browser). And who could forget Confluence (an enterprise knowledge management system)? So why are its two founders household names in Australia? Because Scott Farquhar and Mike […]

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