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U.S. senators say social media letting algorithms 'run wild'6/26/2019 2:11:56 PM A U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday questioned how major social media companies like Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google unit use algorithms and artificial intelligence to serve up new content to keep users engaged.U.S. sanctions put telecoms firms off Cuba, internet task force says6/26/2019 6:45:32 AM U.S. sanctions on Cuba are deterring American firms from exploring its telecommunications sector even as Washington seeks to expand internet access on the Communist-run island, according to the final report of a U.S. government task force released on Tuesday.Brazil court slashes fine for Facebook's refusal to share WhatsApp data6/26/2019 6:13:20 AM Facebook Inc's fine for withholding WhatsApp messages from a drug-trafficking investigation in Brazil should be reduced to 23 million reais ($6 million), a Brazilian federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.Fed to hold Facebook's crypto coin to 'high' bar: Powell6/25/2019 11:26:40 PM The U.S. Federal Reserve is looking carefully at Facebook's planned cryptocurrency Libra, and will hold it to high standards regarding protecting consumers and regulation, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Tuesday.Hackers steal data from telcos in espionage campaign: cyber firm6/25/2019 7:04:35 PM Hackers broke into the systems of more than a dozen global telecom firms and stole huge amounts of data in a seven-year spying campaign, researchers from a cyber security company said, identifying links to previous Chinese cyber-espionage activities.Online game helps fight the spread of fake news: study6/25/2019 5:36:55 PM An online game that allows people to deploy Twitter bots, photo-shop evidence and incite conspiracy theories has proven effective at raising their awareness of "fake news", a study from the University of Cambridge has found.China's iQiyi looks abroad after hitting 100 million paying subscribers6/25/2019 4:02:48 PM (This June 24 story corrects to add company clarification that iQiyi's partnership with Netflix has ended, not ongoing. Removes quote which suggested that partnership was ongoing.)Walmart in Mexico launches grocery orders via WhatsApp6/25/2019 1:52:43 AM Walmart's Mexico unit has begun offering grocery delivery from its Superama stores via messaging service WhatsApp, the retailer said on Monday, in a new stab at attracting shoppers outside bricks-and-mortar supermarkets.Beauty retailers fall after Amazon opens store for professionals6/25/2019 1:10:41 AM Shares of a number of specialized beauty retailers fell on Monday after Inc said it had started selling beauty products used by licensed stylists, barbers and beauticians.No evidence Russia influenced Brexit via Facebook, says Clegg6/24/2019 9:01:12 PM There is "absolutely no evidence" that outside forces such as Russia used Facebook to target users and influence Britain's vote to leave the European Union, the world's biggest social network said on Monday.Facebook's Clegg rejects break-up calls, prefers more regulation6/24/2019 8:46:22 PM Facebook dismissed calls for a break-up of the world's biggest social network and other big internet companies on Monday, saying this would not tackle issues such as privacy, attempts to influence elections or harmful content.Factbox: U.S-India trade, e-commerce disputes likely to top Pompeo's New Delhi agenda6/24/2019 5:43:49 PM U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit India from Tuesday for talks with government leaders over a growing list of trade and investment issues that has cast a shadow over ties between the two big democracies.Bogus Brexit murder plot and other lies planted online by Russian accounts: study6/24/2019 2:09:46 PM In August 2018, Spanish authorities uncovered a plot by anti-Brexit campaigners to assassinate leading Brexiteer and now favorite to be Britain's next prime minister, Boris Johnson. Or did they?U.S. cyber attacks on Iranian targets not successful, Iran minister says6/24/2019 12:21:16 PM U.S. cyber attacks against Iranian targets have not been successful, Iran's telecoms minister said on Monday, after reports that the Pentagon had launched a long-planned cyber attack to disable his country's rocket launch systems.Pokemon Go creators release Harry Potter mobile game Wizards Unite6/21/2019 5:42:27 PM The creators of mobile gaming phenomenon Pokemon Go unleashed a new game on Thursday that features Harry Potter and other characters from the wizarding world made famous in best-selling books and blockbuster movies.UK regulator tells Facebook, eBay to tackle sale of fake reviews6/21/2019 5:32:14 PM Britain's competition watchdog on Friday told Facebook and eBay to go through their websites and crack down on the sale of fake and misleading online reviews.Picture perfect: Chinese tourists flock to lake to recreate viral photos6/21/2019 4:04:58 PM Chinese tourists are flocking to a lake in southwest Yunnan province to recreate photos that have gone viral on social media, the country's latest selfie craze.Italy pushing telecoms merger to break broadband logjam: sources6/21/2019 3:08:34 PM Italy's sovereign wealth fund is maneuvering to pull off a multibillion-euro telecoms merger and end a prolonged corporate stalemate that has held up Rome's plans to create a national broadband network, sources say.France creates G7 cryptocurrency task force as Facebook's Libra unsettles governments6/21/2019 2:53:57 PM France is creating a G7 task force to study how central banks ensure cryptocurrencies like Facebook's Libra are governed by regulations ranging from money-laundering laws to consumer-protection rules, France's central bank governor said on Friday.Dollars in the detail: banks pan for gold in 'data lakes'6/21/2019 2:07:38 PM From sending special offers on restaurants to burger-loving current account holders to selling anonymized credit card records, banks are racing to monetize the huge troves of data they hold.