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Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google face claims of 'harmful' power

Image copyright Getty Images/EPA/Reuters Image caption Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai defended their firms The heads of some of the world’s biggest tech companies have appeared before Washington lawmakers to defend their firms against claims they abuse their power to quash competitors. …

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Google offers refunds after smart glasses stop working

Image copyright North Smart glasses company North has told customers that their $600 (£460) purchases will stop working in a few days’ time. The Canadian company, recently purchased by Google, says its Focals glasses will cease functioning on Friday. From then, owners will not be able to use “any features” …

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Tech giants Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon to face Congress

Image copyright Getty Images/EPA/Reuters Image caption Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai will all give testimony Unprecedented is a dangerous word in journalism, but this really hasn’t happened before. On Wednesday, four of the biggest names in tech will give evidence to members …

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Google's new transatlantic data cable to land in Cornwall

Image copyright Google Image caption One end of Google’s “Curie” cable, finished last year – a similar project will land in Cornwall in 2022 Google has announced plans to build a new undersea network cable connecting the US, UK and Spain. The tech giant says it is incorporating new technology …

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Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook will be challenged on whether its current practices respect EU citizens’ right to privacy Facebook has pushed back against a European Union investigation into its practices, taking it to court over privacy concerns. Two investigations are being carried out into Facebook to find …

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Huawei holds summit as global pressure grows

Image copyright Getty Images Chinese technology giant Huawei starts a four-day online event today focussing on how technology can be used in the fight against the coronavirus. The “Better World Summit” will also explore how to boost the world economy in the wake of the pandemic. Meanwhile, HSBC has issued …

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Garmin smartwatch users cannot get hands on data

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Garmin users cannot currently record data from their smartwatches Garmin, which makes GPS-enabled fitness trackers and navigational software, is suffering what it has described as an “outage”. According to ZDNet, employees have claimed on social media that the firm is the victim of a ransomware …

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No end to Covid-19 webcam shortage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When people could not see each other in real life, they turned to virtual meetings requiring a webcam As Covid-19 lockdowns took effect around the world, millions turned to remote working and organising virtual hangouts with friends. Overnight, webcams went from mundane computer accessories …

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Amazon, Google and Wish remove neo-Nazi products

Amazon, Google and Wish have removed neo-Nazi and white-supremacist products being sold on their platforms following an investigation by BBC Click. White-supremacist flags, neo-Nazi books and Ku Klux Klan merchandise were all available for sale. Algorithms on Amazon and Wish also recommended other white-supremacist items. All three companies told the …

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Blackbaud Hack: Aberystwyth university's data attacked in global hack

Image copyright Aberystwyth University Image caption Aberystwyth’s Old College on the seafront was built in the 1860s A Welsh university has confirmed it was one of more than 20 institutions in the UK, US and Canada that has been affected after hackers attacked a cloud computing provider. Aberystwyth University has …

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