Tag: US

Facebook Blocks 115 Accounts on Eve of US Election

Facebook said Monday it blocked some 30 accounts on its platform and 85 more on Instagram after police warned they may be linked to “foreign entities” trying to interfere in the US midterm election. The announcement came shortly after US law enforcement and intelligence agencies said that Americans should be wary of Russian attempts to spread fake news. […]

Facebook Report Shows Backers of US Political Ads

Facebook on Tuesday released the first of what it promised will be routine reports showing who is behind US political ads seen at the social network or its Instagram service. An Ad Archive Report launched online provided information including numbers of ads and how much money was spent. It featured tools for searching the archive for specific advertisers, […]

Some Facebook Investors Want to Remove Mark Zuckerberg as Chairman

Four major US public funds that hold shares in Facebook on Wednesday proposed removing Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg as chairman following several high-profile scandals and said they hoped to gain backing from larger asset managers. State treasurers from Illinois, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, co-filed the proposal. They oversee money including pension funds […]

California’s Tough Net Neutrality Bill Prompts US Lawsuit

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest net neutrality measure Sunday, requiring Internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. The move prompted an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration. Advocates of net neutrality hope the new law in the home of the global technology industry will have national implications by pushing Congress […]

Facebook Allows Gender-Biased Job Ads on Its Platform: ACLU

The complaint was filed on behalf of three women, living in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois, who allegedly were not shown ads for jobs in traditionally male-dominated fields, even though they appeared qualified for those positions. The ads, which appeared over the course of several months in 2017 and 2018, were for jobs such as tire […]

Amazon Urged Not to Sell Facial Recognition Tool to Police

Amazon’s decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant’s reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they’re involved in crimes or not. It’s not clear how many law enforcement agencies have purchased […]

SoftBank Says Selling Its Entire Flipkart Stake to Walmart

SoftBank Group said on Wednesday it is selling its roughly 20 percent stake in Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart to Walmart. Walmart said earlier this month it will pay $16 billion (roughly Rs. 1.1 lakh crores) for a roughly 77 percent stake in Flipkart, the US retailer’s largest-ever deal. A SoftBank spokesman declined to give further details. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said earlier […]

Uber Disabled Emergency Braking in Self-Driving Car That Killed Pedestrian: NTSB

‘ Uber had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March even though the car had identified the need to apply the brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday. The report into the first fatal crash caused by a self-driving […]

Uber Shuts Its Arizona Self-Driving Car Programme After Fatal Crash

Uber has shut down its self-driving car operation in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles, the company said on Wednesday. Uber Technologies is not shuttering its entire autonomous vehicle programme and will focus on limited testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and two cities in California, a spokeswoman said. The ride-hailing company aims to resume […]