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Facebook, Twitter join coalition to improve online news

Washington, United States | AFP |  Facebook, Twitter and news organizations including Agence France-Presse have joined a coalition of media and technology groups seeking to filter out online misinformation and improve news quality on social networks. First Draft News, which is backed by Google, announced Tuesday that some 20 news …

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Fugitive Snowden urges Obama to pardon him

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden called on President Barack Obama to pardon him, saying in comments published Tuesday it had been morally “necessary” to shine a light on mass surveillance. The former intelligence contractor has spent three years in exile in Russia after initiating …

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Facebook Messenger allows for direct merchant sales

San Francisco, United States | AFP | Facebook announced Monday a new online payment system that will allow businesses to sell directly to consumers on its Messenger application. “We’re kicking off the beginning of messages with payments that will allow businesses to sell products and services directly to customers in …

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LinkedIn founder offers $5 mn if Trump releases taxes

Washington, United States | AFP |  The co-founder of LinkedIn pledged Monday to donate up to $5 million to a crowdfunded charitable campaign for veterans if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump releases his tax returns. Reid Hoffman, a founder of the professional social network and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, made the …

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Samsung shares plunge over smartphone explosion debacle

Seoul, South Korea | AFP | Samsung shares plunged Monday after the South Korean electronics giant urged global consumers to stop using its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone due to a spate of exploding batteries that raised alarm around the world. Stepping up its warnings, the world’s largest smartphone maker on …

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Airlines ban use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on flights

Singapore, Singapore | AFP |  Singapore Airlines (SIA) said on Saturday that it has joined other airlines in banning the inflight use of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phones after reports of exploding batteries in some units. “The powering up and charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones is prohibited …

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The hajj in numbers as the spiritual goes virtual

  Mecca, Saudi Arabia | AFP |  The Muslim hajj pilgrimage which begins on Saturday in western Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s largest annual gatherings. Here are some figures illustrating its scale, according to officials and local media: – More than 1.4 million foreign pilgrims from around the …

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Google parent Alphabet unit to drop burritos by drone

San Francisco, United States | AFP | A team at Google parent Alphabet working on unmanned aerial systems this month will try out delivering burritos by drone on a college campus in Virginia. Astro Teller, playfully referred to as the ‘Captain of Moonshots’ at an X lab created at Google …

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Apple makes splash with waterproof iPhones

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  Apple is out to make a splash with new waterproof iPhones, a smartphone game starring Nintendo’s beloved “Mario” and a push on wireless headphones. The iPhone 7 and larger iPhone 7 Plus, with sophisticated camera technology, improved water resistance and other features, were …

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