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  • Facebook exec apologizes for censoring Diamond & Silk

    WASHINGTON – A Facebook executive publicly apologized Tuesday for mistreating Diamond and Silk, the pro-Trump social media personalities. “We badly mishandled our communications with them,” Monika Bickert, head of Global Policy Management at Facebook, said at the House Judiciary Committee. The comments came at a hearing on whether Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are censoring conservative […]

  • Releases Commercial Machine Data Platform

    By Jack M. Germain Jun 20, 2018 10:57 AM PT on Tuesday introduced a commercial Machine Data Platform, along with a new version of its open source SQL database for the Internet of Things and machine data. The company also announced an US$11 M Series A funding round. The Machine Data Platform is’s […]

  • New MacBook Pros Get Major Power Boost

    Apple on Thursday announced updated MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch notebooks with a Touch Bar, 8th-generation Intel Core processors, support for up to 32 GB of DDR memory in the larger notebook, a True Tone display, and an improved third-generation keyboard for quiet typing. The 15-inch model comes with 6-core Intel Core i7 and i9 […]

  • China auto firms to set up ride-sharing platform

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese firms FAW Group, Dongfeng Automobile and Chongqing Changan Automobile have set up a venture to establish a ride-sharing platform, Changan said on Saturday, creating the kind of service pioneered by Uber. “The three major car companies have joined forces to enter the field of shared travel, which provides an opportunity to […]

  • Russians indicted over US election hack

    Image copyright CBS The US justice department has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the dozen accused used spear phishing emails and malicious software in the cyber-attacks. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry is looking into alleged Russia meddling in the 2016 election. […]

  • Emmy nominations 2018: Westworld, Silicon Valley, Donald Glover get nods – CNET

    The nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards were revealed Thursday. Westworld earned three leading actor nominations and a nomination for best drama series. Rachel Brosnahan, of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, was nominated for best actress in a drama series. And Samira Wiley earned a nomination for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Additionally, Killing […]

  • FCC may soon charge $225 to handle your complaint

    FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai is shown arriving for an FCC meeting. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)  (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) As the rules currently stand, filing a consumer complaint with the FCC […]

  • Ribbons and Tabs Give OnlyOffice Suite a Fresh Look

    By Jack M. Germain Jul 10, 2018 9:56 AM PT Ascensio System SIA recently released its free office suite upgrade — OnlyOffice Desktop Editors — with a ribbon and tab interface plus numerous updated features. The refresh makes version 5.1 a potential alternative to Web versions of the Microsoft Office suite and Google Docs for […]

  • Next Up, Game Consoles: Is There Anything Google Can't Do Badly?

    It’s interesting to compare Google and Amazon — two of the most incredibly powerful companies in the world. Amazon brings out product after product, with more successes than failures. Google largely buys companies and then loses interest in what they do. Amazon is a retailer, and profit is built into its efforts, while Google largely […]

  • Benson Oak's new fund to invest in Israeli blockchain technology

    TEL AVIV (Reuters) – European investment bank Benson Oak said on Sunday it has secured $25 million in investment commitments for a new Israel-dedicated fund and plans to raise $100 million in total. The new fund, Benson Oak Ventures, will support Israeli startups, with an emphasis on blockchain technologies. Benson Oak’s first technology fund from […]