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Democrats considering a bill to ban Facebook from the finance industry

Democrats in Congress are considering a new bill that would stop Facebook’s cryptocurrency plans in its tracks. Dubbed the Keep Big Tech Out of Finance Act, the new bill would explicitly ban large platform companies from performing banking functions. The bill would be a direct rebuke to Facebook’s plans with the …

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Huawei will reportedly lay off hundreds of US workers

Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei is reportedly preparing to lay off hundreds of workers in the United States, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company has struggled in recent months after the Trump administration placed a de facto ban on US sales to the company, citing potential security threats and amidst …

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Facebook ‘to be fined $5bn over Cambridge Analytica scandal’

US regulators have approved a record $5bn (£4bn) fine on Facebook to settle an investigation into data privacy violations, reports in US media say. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been investigating allegations that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained the data of up to 87 million Facebook users. The …

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Photos confirm Galaxy Note 10 won’t have a headphone jack

Samsung’s long history of including a 3.5mm headphone jack in its flagship phones is about to come to an end. Despite years of persevering after Apple, Google, Motorola, and other companies ditched the headphone connector, Samsung is about to follow the same path with the Galaxy Note 10. Photos published by …

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Internet wobble caused by Cloudflare glitch

Internet users faced problems accessing many websites for about an hour because of a problem with Cloudflare. The company provides internet security and other services meant to help online businesses operate smoothly. Many members of the public had reported seeing “502 errors” displayed in their browsers when they tried to …

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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by file transfer glitch

Some Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users cannot upload photos, videos and files. A spokesman for Facebook, which owns all three apps, told BBC News: “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.” Together, the social networks have billions of users worldwide. In March, Facebook and Instagram …

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Walmart uses AI cameras to spot thieves

US supermarket giant Walmart has confirmed it uses image recognition cameras at checkouts to detect theft. The cameras identify when items are put in a shopping bag without first being scanned by a cashier, or at the self-service checkout. Walmart told the news site Business Insider than it used the technology in …

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US town pays $600,000 virus ransom

A Florida town has decided to pay malicious hackers $600,000 (£475,000) to get its computers working again. Municipal computers for Riviera Beach, a suburb of Palm Beach, were rendered unusable by the ransomware attack. The virus disabled email, hit emergency response systems and forced staff to use paper-based admin systems. …

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