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Hundreds of US news sites unavailable in Europe two months after GDPR

Many US news sites have yet to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation after more than two months, leaving European visitors blocked. Digital outlets run by Tronc, Lee Enterprises and GateHouse Media are among the hundreds of US news websites that remain unavailable within the EU, according to NiemanLab. The General Data Protection …

Joanna Baillie was close with famous poet, Sir George Lord Byron, and his wife, Lady Byron.

Google Doodle honours ‘female Shakespeare’, Joanna Baillie

Joanna Baillie, 1762-1851. Picture: The Hunterian MuseumSource:Supplied GOOGLE has today paid homage to a prolific Scottish poet and playwright, Joanna Baillie, who would have turned 256 years old today. Baillie’s works came at the start of the English Romantic period in literature and is best known for pieces such as Fugitive Verses and Plays on …

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$1 billion deal that could end up saving Facebook

WHEN Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, it seemed like a big gamble for an unproven little app. Six years later, that little app — along with Messenger and WhatsApp — are serving as Facebook’s safety net for a future that could find its flagship service on the sidelines. Sure, Facebook reigns in …

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Facebook’s Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe is leaving

Brendan Iribe, the co-founder of Facebook-owned Oculus, is leaving the virtual reality company. ‘This will be the first real break I’ve taken in over 20 years. It’s time to recharge, reflect and be creative. I’m excited for the next chapter,’ Iribe wrote in a Facebook post on Monday announcing his departure. Iribe, who co-founded the virtual reality …

New Turkish Law Allows Government Control Of Media Outlets And Internet Content

YouTube reportedly making future exclusive content free with ads from 2020

YouTube will reportedly make all its upcoming original programming free and ad-supported from 2020. That’ll mean you won’t need a YouTube Premium subscription to watch the Google-owned video sharing site’s original shows and movies, but you’ll have to sit through ads, Reuters reported Tuesday. YouTube said it’s making all Originals free with ads, and it’ll …

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Russia opens civil case against Facebook, Twitter over data laws

Russia’s telecom regulator on Monday opened a civil case against Facebook and Twitter over their alleged failure to explain how they’ll comply with data laws. Roskomnadzor wants to know how and when the social media sites will comply with legislation requiring all servers that store Russians’ personal data to be located in the country, it …

Walmart will use blockchain to track leafy greens.

Walmart picks blockchain to track food safety with veggie suppliers

Want to sell your vegetables through Walmart’s formidably large network of stores? Better get on the blockchain. Blockchain, a technology for creating a single ledger of transactions shared among the many parties involved, is potentially a big deal. That’s certainly how Walmart sees it, requiring all suppliers of leafy green vegetables for Walmart’s 5,358 stores to track their …

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Wi-Fi access only granted to students in China after they solve a puzzle

There’s no such thing as a free lunch in this world. Now apparently the same goes for Wi-Fi. Students in the cafeteria at China’s Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics must solve a calculus equation to get the school Wi-Fi password, state media Global Times reported Sunday. The password lies within the answer to the problem, …

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Charges laid against tech giant Huawei

The US Justice Department has charged Chinese tech giant Huawei, two of its subsidiaries and a top executive, who are accused of misleading banks about the company’s business and violating US sanctions. The company is also charged in a separate case with stealing trade secrets from US telecom T-Mobile, according to federal prosecutors. Prosecutors are …

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Instagram’s new tools improve account transparency

It’s all about being transparent now for Instagram. The Facebook-owned photo app announced three new tools Tuesday. As well as enabling two-factor authentication via third-party apps, users can now see more information about other Instagram accounts through a feature called ‘About the Account.’ A new verification request form found under settings will also let users …