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Tag: San Francisco

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Coronavirus vaccine: US Lab Finds SARS Antibody to neutralise COVID-19 virus

San Francisco: An antibody first identified in a blood sample from a patient who recovered from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 has demonstrated ability to prevent SARS-CoV-2 live virus infection of cells in laboratory, says a study, raising new hope in the fight against COVID-19. The antibody, called S309, is now on a […]

Facebook rolls out new rules for political advertising globally

San Francisco: Facebook has rolled out its transparency tools globally for advertisers wanting to place ads about social issues, elections or politics. The social networking platform already requires that advertisers get authorized and add disclaimers to political ads in over 50 countries and territories, including in India. “Now we’re expanding proactive enforcement on these ads […]

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Microsoft joins NASA to get kids interested in space

San Francisco: Microsoft’s education arm and NASA have come together to create online lessons to get school students interested about space. The eight online lesson plans range from titles such as Designing Astro Socks to protect astronauts’ feet in microgravity to designing one’s own space station, CNET reported on Friday. The curriculum includes 3D design challenges, […]

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Elon Musk forecasts grim future of human race

San Francisco: Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s grim forecast of humanity suggests that a “population bomb” would lead to a worldwide collapse in humans in the coming decades and everybody would start to see the evident effects by 2050. Musk’s prediction was triggered by a tweet from a page called World of Engineering that said: “1950 (historical) […]

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Twitter removes precise location tagging on app

San Francisco: Micro-blogging site Twitter has decided to eliminate the option of letting users add their precise location details like latitude and longitude as part of their tweets. “Most people don’t tag their precise location in tweets, so we’re removing this ability to simplify your tweeting experience,” Twitter Support posted on Wednesday. However, the company […]

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Trump trolled after he claims moon part of Mars

San Francisco:  US President Donald Trump has left people astonished with his knowledge of space and the universe and has become a laughing stock yet again after he claimed that the moon is a part of Mars. In a tweet on Friday, he said: “For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be […]

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Mozilla Firefox begins blocking web tracking

San Francisco: Mozilla, the maker of Open Source browser Firefox, has started blocking website cookies that can let advertisers and publishers track users across the web. The company is blocking third-party cookies under a Firefox feature named Enhanced Tracking Protection, it had announced in 2018. “Today, Firefox will be rolling out this feature, Enhanced Tracking […]

'Privacy-focused' Facebook unveils new look, features

San Francisco: In yet another bid to make its platforms “privacy-focused” amid close scrutiny into its privacy practices from governments the world over, Facebook has unveiled new looks and features for Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. Addressing nearly 5,000 developers at its annual F8 conference in San Jose, California late Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg said gaining users’ […]

Apple employees donated $125 mn in charity in 2018

San Francisco:  Keeping up with the ongoing Martin Luther King Day celebrations, Apple announced that as part of its “Giving” programme, the amount donated by its employees in 2018 to help non-profit organisations globally exceeded $125 million with over 250,000 hours of volunteer work. The programme came into existence three years ago where for every […]

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YouTube revises guidelines to address dangerous pranks, challenges

San Francisco: Aiming to let its users know that dangerous viral pranks such as the Bird Box challenge or the Tide Pod stunt have no place on the platform, video-sharing giant YouTube has updated its community guidelines. The move comes in the wake of Bird Box challenges that are going viral, and that urge participants […]

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Microsoft to end all support for 'Windows 7' in 2020

San Francisco: Even though Microsoft ended mainstream support for “Windows 7” in January 2015, the software giant has now decided to put a final halt on the roll-out of free security patches also for the operating system (OS) next year. “After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs […]

Facebook planned to sell users' data in 2012: Report

San Francisco: Facebook considered selling users’ data to companies some years ago but later decided to act against it, the media reported. According to Arstechnica.com that viewed an unredacted court document, Facebook staff in 2012 considered charging companies at least $250,000 for “access to one of its primary troves of user data — the Graph […]

Apple removes app claiming homosexuality is 'sin'

San Francisco: Apple has removed a religious app from App Store after a petition by an LGBTQ rights organisation called for its removal as the app portrayed homosexuality as “sickness” and “sin”. According to a report in Fortune on Sunday, the app was created by Living Hope Ministries, a Texas-based religious group. The app sought […]

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Twitter dubbed 'Harvey Weinstein of social media', stock falls

San Francisco: The Twitter stock nosedived over 12 per cent after a famed Wall Street analyst dubbed the micro-blogging platform the “Harvey Weinstein of social media”, days after an Amnesty International study found Twitter a “toxic” place for women. In a note to investors, online investment newsletter Citron Research’s founder Andrew Left called the platform […]

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Twitter warns 'unusual activity' from hackers in China, Saudi Arabia

San Francisco: Twitter has warned of “unusual activity” from state-sponsored actors based in China and Saudi Arabia after it found a bug that could have revealed the country code of users’ phone numbers or if their account was locked. The revelation led to Twitter stock dropping nearly 7 per cent on Monday. In a statement, […]

I have no plan to step down: Zuckerberg

San Francisco: Despite mounting pressure from investors to step down as Facebook chairman as the social media firm faces intense scrutiny on data scandals, Mark Zuckerberg has said he has no plans to retire. In an interview with CNN late on Tuesday, he said this was not the time for him to quit as Facebook […]

Apple may delete 'WhatsApp Stickers' from App Store

San Francisco: Apple may delete all “WhatsApp Stickers” from the App Store as these apps have found to be violating the company’s guidelines for developers, according to WABetaInfo — a fan website that tracks upcoming WhatsApp features. The main reason why Apple could take the decision is that, “there are too many apps with similar behaviour […]

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Microsoft acquires conversational AI and bot development firm

San Francisco: Microsoft has announced to acquire a conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) and bot development company XOXCO for an undisclosed sum. Texas-based XOXCO has been paving the way in conversational AI since 2013 and was responsible for the creation of Howdy, the first commercially available bot for Slack that helps schedule meetings. “It also developed […]

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Tesla appoints Robyn Denholm to replace Elon Musk as Chairman

San Francisco: Electric car company Tesla on Thursday announced the appointment of Robyn Denholm, an executive at Australian firm Telstra, to become the Chair of the Tesla Board. Denholm takes over the role from Elon Musk who agreed to step down as Chairman of Tesla for three years and pay a $20 million fine in […]

Facebook Messenger planning 'delete' feature for sent messages

San Francisco: Facebook is planning to roll out a new update to Messenger that will allow users to delete sent messages from chat threads within 10 minutes of sending. A Twitter user spotted the feature listed as “coming soon” in the release notes for version 191.0 of Messenger’s iOS client, The Verge reported on Wednesday. […]

Google employees in San Francisco join worldwide walkout

San Francisco: More than 1,000 Google employees here on Thursday joined global walkout in the city’s downtown area to protest workplace sexual harassment at the world’s top internet company. The demonstrators gathered at San Francisco’s major tourist neighbourhood at the waterfront Embarcadero in the northern part of the city, holding placards that read “Don’t Be […]

With $62.9 bn revenue, Apple has $237 bn in cash on hand

San Francisco: Riding on robust growth in Services, App Store purchases and device sales, Apple reported $62.9 billion in revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter for 2018, ending with $237.1 billion in cash on hand. Apple sold 46,889 iPhones (it sold 41,300 units in fiscal Q3), 9,699 iPads and 5,299 Macs in the fiscal fourth […]

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Twitter gives more freedom to report spam, fake accounts

San Francisco: Twitter has said that it is giving its users more freedom to report fake, suspicious accounts to intensify crackdown on online spamming activities a few days ahead of US midterms elections. Twitter announced the new measure through its official safety account by saying that it will not allow any attempts to manipulate or disrupt […]

Google commits $25 mn to AI-powered humane projects

San Francisco: Google has pledged to give $25 million to launch projects that apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to inspiring solutions to societal problems. Google said the grant will be used to fund the Google AI Impact Challenge contest, which is part of its AI for Social Good program dedicated to “addressing some of society’s […]

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IBM to acquire Red Hat for $34 bn

San Francisco: Sending a strong signal towards dominating the emerging $1 trillion Hybrid Cloud market, tech major IBM has announced to acquire Open Source Solutions leader Red Hat for a massive $34 billion. The acquisition, IBM’s biggest so far, will provide open approach to Cloud, featuring unprecedented security and portability across multiple clouds, a joint […]

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Snapchat to run out of steam as user growth stalls: Report

San Francisco: With just $1.4 billion in its kitty at the end of third quarter results, the already struggling multimedia messaging platform Snapchat could even lose $1.5 billion in 2019, analysts have predicted. Snapchat lost nearly 2 million daily active users in the third quarter this year and now has 186 million daily users. “Snapchat […]

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Artificial Intelligence now helps design novel perfumes

San Francisco: Tech major IBM and Symrise, one of the top global producers of flavours and fragrances, have created industry’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI)-designed perfumes for sale. The AI-based system named “Philyra” can learn about perfume formulas, raw materials, historical success data and industry trends, IBM Research said in a statement late on Saturday. “Building […]

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Twitter 'deeply sorry' for failing to act on threatening tweets

San Francisco: Twitter has apologised for failing to act on threatening tweets made by Cesar Sayoc who is suspected of sending improvised explosive devices to Democratic leaders and critics of US President Donald Trump. “We are investigating what happened and will continue to work to improve how we handle concerns raised by anyone on Twitter,” […]

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Microsoft completes $7.5 bn acquisition of GitHub

San Francisco: Microsoft has closed its $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub, a leading software development platform which brings more than 31 million developers to create, collaborate, share and build on each other’s work. Nat Friedman, former CEO of Xamarin (acquired by Microsoft in 2016), is taking over as GitHub’s CEO, Microsoft said in a statement […]

Apple likely to launch iPads, Macs on Oct 30

San Francisco: Apple is likely to launch new iPads and Mac computer lineup on October 30 at an event in Brooklyn, the media reported. Apple sent at least two versions of its invite. One, colourful with sketched of images of people, buildings and other items, possibly indicating a new Apple Pencil or other artistic features, […]

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Facebook now has a War Room to fight election interference

San Francisco: In line with its efforts to prevent misuse of its platform during elections, Facebook has set up a War Room to reduce the spread of potentially harmful content. Facebook faced flak for not doing enough to prevent spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 US presidential election. The social networking giant […]

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Amazon invests $10mn to support US recycling infrastructure

San Francisco: Amazon on Tuesday announced a new investment of $10 million in Closed Loop Fund (CLF) to support recycling infrastructure in the US aimed at cutting the amount of waste treated at landfills. Amazon said its investment will increase the availability of curbside recycling for three million homes in communities across the country, making […]

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Google joins many in shunning Saudi summit after Khashoggi's fate

San Francisco: US internet giant Google Inc. has said its Cloud CEO Diane Greene will not attend an upcoming international business conference to be held in Saudi Arabia. The high-profile Future Investment Initiative (FII) Summit, dubbed as “Davos in the Desert” is scheduled for October 23-25 in Riyadh, Xinhua news agency reported. Greene is among […]

Facebook expands policies on voter suppression

San Francisco: With the US mid-term elections looming, Facebook has announced to expand its policies against voter suppression — action that is designed to deter or prevent people from voting. The social media platform has banned “misrepresentations about how to vote, such as claims that you can vote by text message, and statements about whether […]

Apple acquires music analytics start-up 'Asaii'

San Francisco: In a bid to further cement its position in the global music space, Apple has acquired “Asaii,” a start-up developed music analytics engine for music labels and artist managers, the media reported on Monday. According to a report in Axios, the deal was worth nearly $100 million. “Asaii’s products collect data from music […]

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Facebook may soon bring 'Unsend' feature on Messenger

San Francisco: Facebook could soon be rolling out the “Unsend” feature for Messenger that would allow users to retract sent messages not only from their inboxes, but also from the entire chat thread, the media reported. “We have previously confirmed that we intend to ship a feature like this and are still planning to do […]

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Facebook to allow up to 250 people on group chat

San Francisco: Social networking giant Facebook is rolling out the ability for members of Facebook Groups to launch group chats that, up to 250 members could join, the media reported. “Facebook Groups” gives the 1.4 billion active users of the app a platform to collectively plan events, arrange in-person meetings, or have deeper discussions with […]

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Instagram testing 'tap-to-advance' feature to browse through posts

San Francisco: Facebook-owned photo-messaging platform Instagram is testing “tapping” as a replacement of scrolling through posts on the platform, the media reported. The company is testing the tap-to-advance feature to navigate between posts in the Explore section of the app. “We’re always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to […]

Facebook kills over 800 accounts related to US mid-term polls

San Francisco: Facebook has removed 559 Pages and 251 accounts that consistently broke its rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behaviour related to upcoming US mid-term elections. Many were using fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same names and posted massive amounts of content across a network of Groups and Pages to drive traffic […]

Microsoft ends 'Minecraft' game for Apple TV

San Francisco: Microsoft is pulling back support for its popular game “Minecraft” from Apple TV given the small number of people who accessed the game via Apple TV. The decision went into effect on September 24, but no one really seemed to notice until this week, The Verge reported on Wednesday. “Effective from September 24, […]

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