Internet

Meta targets 'cyber mercenaries' using Facebook to spy

Facebook parent Meta on Thursday banned a series of "cyber mercenary" groups, and began alerting some 50,000 people likely targeted by the firms accused of spying on activists, dissidents and journalists worldwide.

Internet

Instagram boss tells US lawmakers app 'can help' teens

Instagram's boss on Wednesday pushed a rosy view of the photo-sharing app's impact on teens in testimony to US lawmakers that was at odds with damning news reports based on the firm's own research.

Machine learning & AI

AI researchers take aim at COVID-19 'infodemic'

As the COVID-19 pandemic surged, the World Health Organization and the United Nations issued a stark warning: An "infodemic" of online rumors and fake news relating to COVID-19 was impeding public health efforts and causing ...

Business

Shares of Vodafone's India arm in free-fall

Shares in telecoms giant Vodafone's debt-ridden Indian unit fell sharply for a second day Wednesday following reports that its billionaire chairman thought the firm was on the brink of collapse and wanted to sell his stake.

Security

Pegasus spy claims probed as Macron switches phone

Hungary, Israel and Algeria on Thursday probed allegations that Israeli-made spyware was used on journalists, rights activists and 14 heads of state, as French leader Emmanuel Macron ordered tighter security and changed his ...

Business

Robinhood officially files to go public on Wall Street

High-flying online investment service Robinhood officially filed paperwork Thursday to take the company public, submitting plans to US securities authorities to trade on Nasdaq under the ticker "HOOD".

Internet

Mass scale manipulation of Twitter Trends discovered

New EPFL research has found that almost half of local Twitter trending topics in Turkey are fake, a scale of manipulation previously unheard of. It also proves for the first time that many trends are created solely by bots ...

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