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U.S. Senate Judiciary committee plans to subpoena Twitter CEO over blocking New York Post articles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is moving to subpoena Twitter’s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey after the social media platform decided to block stories from the New York Post that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son.Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Republican senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley said...

YouTube cracks down on QAnon, banning conspiracy content targeting individuals

(Reuters) - YouTube, the video service of Google parent Alphabet Inc, said on Thursday it was banning content that targets an individual or a group using conspiracy theories such as QAnon or pizzagate that have “been used to justify real-world violence.”The company said in a blog post it would begin enforcing these expanded...

Volkswagen closes $2.6 billion investment in self-driving startup Argo AI

German automaker Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) has closed its $2.6 billion investment in Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based self-driving startup disclosed in a blog post on Tuesday.Argo, founded in 2016 by Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander, is now jointly controlled by VW and Ford Motor Co, which made an initial investment in Argo shortly after...

Facebook’s Zuckerberg faces employee backlash over Trump protest comments

(Reuters) - Facebook employees accusing Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg of inadequately policing U.S. President Donald Trump’s posts took to Twitter to praise the rival social media platform for acting and rebuke their own employer.Some took part in a virtual walkout on Monday, abandoning their working-from-home desks in a pandemic-era protest reminiscent of a...

Logitech sales rise nearly 14% as work from home boosts demand

(Reuters) - Logitech International (LOGN.S) reported a 13.6% rise in fourth-quarter sales on Tuesday as more people used its products while working from home due to the coronavirus crisis.Logitech, which makes webcams, keyboards, mouses as well as video conferencing devices and software, said its fourth-quarter sales rose to $709.2 million, compared with $624.3...

Microsoft’s Bill Gates targeted by social media mobs after coronavirus response, WHO comments

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is being targeted and harassed on social media in the wake of his comments criticizing the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S. decision to withdraw funds from the World Health Organization.On a recent Instagram post thanking health care workers, the billionnaire philanthropist was subjected to hundreds of thousands of comments calling him a...

Foxconn workers in China face daily temperature checks, thermal screenings

Workers at factories in China are being subjected to stringent surveillance in the wake of the novel coronavirus, as the country cautiously restarts its manufacturing sector.At one of Foxconn’s iPhone-making factories in Zhengzhou, workers are placed in teams of 20 that stick together night and day to facilitate health surveillance, reports The Washington Post.

Apple Watch, wearables show promise to help detect spread of coronavirus

Apple Watch and WearOS devices can detect early signs of infection, according to research, which could lead to wearables joining the fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.Cardiogram, which provides a heart rate monitor app for the Apple Watch, Garmin and WearOS by Google, said that in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, heart rate monitoring...

Coronavirus-battling robots deployed to help fight deadly outbreak in China

Could robots be a vital weapon in the battle against the novel coronavirus?The outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, has infected more than 60,000 people worldwide and the death toll stands at more than 1,300 as of Friday. This has taxed human health care workers, doctors and nurses.Robots have already...

Scientists develop AI that can turn brain activity into text

Are we moving a bit closer to the day when machines can read our minds?Scientists have developed a system using artificial intelligence that can turn brain activity into text. At the moment, it works on neural patterns interpreted when someone speaks aloud, but there is hope among researchers that it could eventually be...

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