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Women in Tech

Getting better? More women in tech but not at the top

LISBON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Technology firms are hiring more women and narrowing the gender gap, a poll by Europe’s largest technology conference found on Wed...

Facial Recognition

Twitter wants your feedback on its deepfake policy plans

Reuters – Social media platform Twitter on Monday unveiled its plan for handling deepfake videos and other manipulated media, and called for feedback from the public.

Algorithm

Be more transparent about algorithms, Berners-Lee tells tech giants

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tech companies should be more transparent about how computer algorithms make decisions that affect people’s lives, the inventor of...

Line SoftBank

SoftBank’s Yahoo Japan confirms merger talks with Line, shares jump

TOKYO (Reuters) – SoftBank’s Yahoo Japan, one of Japan’s top internet firms, confirmed it is in talks to merge with Line Corp, a $27 billion union that would brin...

Google

Google to offer checking accounts next year – source

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google will offer personal checking accounts from sometime next year in partnership with Citigroup Inc and a small credit union at Stanford U...

Disney Plus

Disney+ streaming exceeds expectations with 10 million sign-ups, shares surge

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co shares soared to a record high after the entertainment firm said its new streaming service, Disney+, had been met with “extraordinary consume...

Fake News

Facebook and YouTube scrub the Trump whistle-blowers name

US platform players Facebook and YouTube have declared that they have removed content that mentioned the potential name of the whistle-blower whose complaint sparked an impeachment...

Streaming

British broadcasters join up for new BritBox streaming service

LONDON (Reuters) – A streaming service created by British broadcasters ITV and the BBC and went live on Thursday, entering a market dominated by Netflix and Amazon with a £5....

Server spec

Servers and software used (version 1)

We are a relatively new property, with a ton of CPU and memory intensive functionality. Our functional spec is based around the serving of content, e-commerce transactions and memb...

MSFT

Microsoft rolls out new cloud tool for analysing business data

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp announced on Monday a new service aimed at helping large businesses put to use the huge amounts of data stored in corporate systems.

Social media

Two plead guilty in conspiracy involving Uber, LinkedIn, others – U.S. Justice Dept

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two hackers pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday for a conspiracy to extract bounties from Uber Technologies Inc, LinkedIn and other corporatio...

Cloud IaaS

An insight into our hosting set-up

We have recently moved from the dedicated server hosted in Australia, over to the cloud primarily based in San Francisco. So far so good. Certainly, I am loving how easy it is to m...

Google’s search for sales in cloud, hardware clip Alphabet profit

Reuters – Google parent Alphabet Inc reported quarterly results on Monday that show costs continue to rise faster than revenue as the web search leader seeks to broaden its b...

Libra

Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra and digital wallet Calibra

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc revealed lofty plans to establish a cryptocurrency called Libra in June, but the project quickly ran into trouble with sceptic...