U.S. senators say Amazon smart speaker for kids violates privacy law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four U.S. senators urged the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to investigate Amazon.com Inc’s smart speakers aimed at children, claiming the devices violate a privacy law that protects children. Senators Edward J. Markey, Richard Blumenthal, Dick Durbin and Josh Hawley asked for the probe, saying the smart speakers captured information about the children, allegedly in violation of […]

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Verizon opens pre-orders for Samsung 5G phone, adds 20 more cities

(Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc started taking preorders for Samsung’s first 5G smartphone in the United States on Thursday, and said it would launch the high-speed wireless service in 20 more cities after Chicago and Minneapolis. Verizon said customers pre-ordering the device can get up to $650 off on the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G if they switch to its network […]

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Amazon plans to launch over 3,000 satellites to offer broadband internet

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc on Thursday confirmed its plan to build a network of over 3,000 satellites through “Project Kuiper” to provide high speed internet. The project will launch a constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to people globally who lack basic access to broadband internet, the company said. Details of the project were […]

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Facebook deletes accounts linked to India's Congress party, Pakistan military

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Facebook has deleted 712 accounts and 390 pages in India and Pakistan for “inauthentic behavior”, it said on Monday, many of them linked to India’s opposition Congress party days before a general election, and others related to Pakistan’s military. Facebook has come under increasing pressure around the world to ensure its social media platform is not […]

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Poland faces 5G slowdown without regulatory change: Ericsson

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland will fall behind the rest of Europe on 5G unless it makes regulatory changes, an Ericsson executive told Reuters, raising fresh concerns over the country’s plans as it considers excluding China’s Huawei from its 5G rollout. Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson is among the companies that could benefit should Poland bar Huawei from its 5G plans […]

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EU antitrust watchdog considering Apple probe: Vestager

BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union’s competition watchdog is considering opening a probe of Apple over allegations that it uses its app store to gain an advantage on its own services over rivals’, the authority’s chief said on Thursday. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, told German newspaper Tagesspiegel her watchdog would examine if there were parallels with Google, which in 2017 […]

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Smartphone shipments to China hit six-year low in February: market data

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Smartphone shipments to China in February fell to their lowest in six years, market data indicated, as consumers continued to put off handset purchases amid a slowing economy. Shipments to the world’s biggest smartphone market totaled 14.5 million units, down 19.9 percent from a year ago, according to data from the China Academy of Information and Communications […]

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