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Instagram to update breast-covering policy after comedian Celeste Barber calls out double standard

Instagram will update its policies around "breast coverings" after an Australian comedian had her post controversially censored.Celeste Barber's popular parodies of posts on Instagram have helped make her a social media sensation...

Source: - Technology | 27 Oct 2020 | 5:06 pm

Jack Ma's Ant Group set for record $34bn market debut

The Chinese firm is set for the biggest stock market listing ever, beating Saudi Aramco's $29bn flotation.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 27 Oct 2020 | 4:36 pm

Social media: Is it really biased against US Republicans?

Many conservative Americans believe Facebook and Twitter are biased against them, despite denials.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 27 Oct 2020 | 1:03 pm

Surprise deal: Sky Sport Now to be bundled with Spark Sport

Sky says it has reached a deal with Spark that will see Spark offer Sky Sport Now streaming service offered as a $49.99 per month bundle with Spark Sport from November 16. Read More Spark increases profit 4 per cent to $427m...

Source: - Technology | 27 Oct 2020 | 10:08 am

Uber sued by drivers over ‘automated robo-firing'

Uber drivers claim they were wrongly dismissed by an algorithm without a right to appeal.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 27 Oct 2020 | 8:48 am

Facebook avoids Apple with cloud-gaming launch

The company's internet-streamed games will not work on iPhones or iPads at launch.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 27 Oct 2020 | 3:21 am

Therapy patients blackmailed for cash after clinic data breach

Stolen data appears to have included personal identification records and notes about therapy sessions.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 27 Oct 2020 | 1:44 am

Facebook, Google and Microsoft 'avoiding $3bn in tax in poorer nations'

Facebook, Google and Microsoft should pay a global minimum rate of corporate tax, an aid charity says.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 27 Oct 2020 | 12:47 am

Pakistan's PM asks Facebook to ban Islamophobic content

It comes a day after Imran Khan accused French President Emmanuel Macron of "attacking Islam".

Source: BBC News - Technology | 26 Oct 2020 | 10:38 pm

The explosive problem of 'zombie' batteries

Batteries that power mobile phones and other devices are causing fires because they are not disposed of properly.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 26 Oct 2020 | 9:07 pm

How the rAInbow AI chatbot is tackling domestic abuse

The rAInbow chatbot learns people's behaviour to help detect whether users are in an abusive relationship.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 26 Oct 2020 | 7:17 pm

Climate change: Technology no silver bullet, experts tell PM

Boris Johnson's techno-optimism ignores the need for big societal changes, experts warn.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 25 Oct 2020 | 9:21 pm

Samsung chairman Lee Kun-Hee dies

Samsung says Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing chairman of Samsung Electronics, has died.A Samsung statement says Lee died on Sunday with his family members, including his son and de facto company chief Lee Jae-yong, by his side.Lee Kun-Hee...

Source: - Technology | 25 Oct 2020 | 3:28 pm

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political...

Source: - Technology | 25 Oct 2020 | 10:39 am

Tesla's 'full self-driving' vehicles can't drive themselves

Earlier this week, Tesla sent out its "full self-driving" software to a small group of owners who will test it on public roads. But buried on its website is a disclaimer that the $US8000 ($NZ11,960) system doesn't make the vehicles...

Source: - Technology | 24 Oct 2020 | 1:14 pm

Streaming service Quibi scuttled after only six months

After only six months in operation, the much-vaunted $2.4 billion ($US1.8 billion) streaming service Quibi is calling it quits.According to the Wall Street Journal, co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg called investors to tell them the...

Source: - Technology | 22 Oct 2020 | 12:41 pm

Rocket Lab stands down Canon launch

UPDATE: After two delays, Rocket Lab has abandoned morning's launch. The company tweeted, "We're standing down from today's attempt. Some sensors are returning data that we want to look into further. We have back up opportunities...

Source: - Technology | 22 Oct 2020 | 10:21 am

If Google's a monopoly, who is harmed by its market power?

Google has long defended itself against charges of monopoly by stressing that its products are free and that no one has to use them.And it's avoided tough government scrutiny for years based in part on the idea that people searching...

Source: - Technology | 22 Oct 2020 | 7:48 am

Netsafe Global Kids Online report: Quarter of New Zealand kids upset by online experiences

A quarter of New Zealand children were upset by an online experience in the last year while 36 per cent were exposed to violent or gory images and a fifth to self-harm methods, a survey has found.Netsafe's third Global Kids Online...

Source: - Technology | 22 Oct 2020 | 6:00 am

Study: Covid speeds up robot jobs revolution

As automation and online work gain ground, organisers of the annual Davos forum are projecting employers will split work equally between machines and people by 2025, with the coronavirus pandemic accelerating changes in the labor...

Source: - Technology | 21 Oct 2020 | 12:28 pm

Amazon, Valentino file joint lawsuit over shoes counterfeiting

Italian luxury brand Valentino and Internet giant Amazon have filed a joint lawsuit against New York-based Kaitlyn Pan Group for allegedly counterfeiting Valentino's shoes and offering them for sale online.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 2:48 am

DC superheroes coming to your headphones as Spotify signs podcast deal

Podcasts featuring Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman will soon stream on Spotify as the Swedish music streaming company has signed a deal with AT&T Inc's Warner Bros and DC Entertainment.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 2:44 am

UK ditches COVID-19 app model to use Google-Apple system

Britain on Thursday said it would switch to Apple and Google technology for its test-and-trace app, ditching its current system in a U-turn for the troubled programme.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 2:42 am

Russia lifts ban on Telegram messaging app after failing to block it

Russia on Thursday lifted a ban on the Telegram messaging app that had failed to stop the widely-used programme operating despite being in force for more than two years.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 1:54 am

Europe threatens digital taxes without global deal, after U.S. quits talks

The European Union said on Thursday it could impose taxes on digital giants such as Google , Amazon and Facebook even without a global agreement by the year-end, after Washington quit talks and stoked fears of a new trade war.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 1:37 am

Germany wants to rescue talks with U.S. on digital services tax

Germany wants to rescue talks with the United States on how to tax big digital firms such as Google , Amazon and Facebook , the finance ministry said on Thursday after Washington pulled out of the negotiations.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 1:35 am

Shunning international tax talks could trigger trade war: OECD

Failure to work towards an international deal on taxing big digital companies could trigger a dangerous trade war, the OECD said on Thursday, urging countries to remain engaged in talks after Washington announced it was pulling out of them for now.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 1:30 am

Reliance says Saudi's PIF to invest $1.49 billion in Jio

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) will buy a 2.32% stake in Reliance Industries' digital unit Jio Platforms for 113.67 billion rupees ($1.49 billion), the Indian conglomerate said on Thursday.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 12:58 am

Kenya video-conference platform elbows its way into crowded field

Tiny Kenyan start-up Gumzo is a minnow on the booming teleconferencing scene but its creators hope the platform will help companies spend more of their cash in Africa rather than on foreign technology companies.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 12:12 am

Thai central bank to develop payment system prototype for business using digital currency

Thailand's central bank unveiled on Thursday plans to build a prototype of a payment system for businesses using central bank digital currency (CBDC), or traditional money but in digital form being developed by monetary authorities around the world.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Jun 2020 | 11:46 pm

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