• 8
    Jan

    Trump returns to Twitter with what sounds like a concession speech

    It’s been a long couple of days for the country, but President Trump only had to wait 12 hours before returning to his social network of choice. In an uncharacteristically scripted three minute speech, the president denounced the “heinous attack” on the Capitol. “The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy,” Trump said, warning the individuals involved that ...
  • 7
    Jan

    Snapchat locks President Donald Trump’s account

    Snapchat locked President Donald Trump’s account after pro-Trump rioters stormed the United States Capitol. A Snap spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the action was taken on Wednesday and added that the company will monitor the situation closely before re-evaluating its decision. This is not the first time Snap has taken action against Trump’s account over concerns about dangerous rhetoric from the president. In ...
  • 24
    Dec

    Trump vetoes major defense bill, citing Section 230

    Following through on his previous threat, President Trump has vetoed the $740 million National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major bill that allocates military funds each year. In tweets early this month, Trump said he would sink the NDAA if it wasn’t altered to include language “terminating” Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, an essential and previously obscure internet law ...
  • 21
    Dec

    Apple puts contract partner Wistron on probation after violence at India plant

    Apple  has placed its contract manufacturing partner Wistron on probation and won’t give the Taiwanese firm any new business until it takes “complete corrective actions” following lapses at its southern India plant earlier this month. The iPhone maker said on Saturday that its employees and independent auditors hired by the company to investigate the issues at Wistron’s Narasapura facility found that ...
  • 18
    Dec

    Tencent-led consortium will lift stake in Universal Music to 20%

    Tencent is further strengthening its ties with music giant Universal Music Group as it continues to dominate the Chinese music streaming market. A consortium led by Tencent and comprising Tencent Music Entertainment,  the internet giant’s music spinoff, is set to buy an additional 10% equity stake in UMG from French media conglomerate Vivendi SA, TME said on Friday. The round values UMG  at 30 billion euros, ...
  • 16
    Dec

    Facebook launches revamped Instagram Lite app in India

    Facebook is working to bring back the Instagram Lite app, months after it shut down the light version offering worldwide. The social conglomerate said on Wednesday that it is testing the revamped Instagram  Lite app in India, where it hopes to “gain valuable insights” about the new offering before “a global rollout” of the app later. The revamped Instagram Lite app weighs less than ...
  • 16
    Dec

    Facebook to move UK users out of EU’s privacy jurisdiction next year, post-brexit

    Facebook is to follow Google’s lead and move millions of UK users out of the jurisdiction of EU privacy laws to the US (which has no such comprehensive data protection framework) next year under a looming Brexit-related change to its T&Cs, Reuters reported yesterday. Confirming the switch, Facebook told the news agency: “Like other companies, Facebook has had to make changes to respond to Brexit ...
  • 13
    Nov

    More voting software FUD falls flat after Trump highlights dubious data

    Reports that Dominion Software, which provides voting tabulation tools to about half the states in the U.S., “deleted” millions of votes have been soundly rebuffed after outgoing President Trump parroted numbers from a random internet forum. Tweeting Thursday morning about baseless claims of election fraud, Trump cited OANN, a right-wing news outlet, which itself seemed to have found its numbers in a ...
  • 13
    Nov

    Twitter labeled 300,000 US election tweets — around 0.2%

    Just over a week after the U.S. elections, Twitter has offered a breakdown of some of its efforts to label misleading tweets. The site says that from October 27 to November 11, it labeled some 300,000 tweets as part of its Civic Integrity Policy. That amounts to around 0.2% of the total number of election-related tweets sent during that two-week period. Of course, ...
  • 11
    Nov

    Here’s everything Apple announced at the ‘One More Thing’ event today

    Ready for more Apple  news? Because it’s time for more Apple news. This morning the company hosted its third event in as many months, where they finally detailed how and why they’ll be shifting Macs to chips designed and built by Apple — and showed off the first Macs that’ll make the jump: new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini! Didn’t ...