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TikTok Launches $200 Mn 'Creator Fund'

July 30 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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TikTok unveiled plans for a $200 million "creator fund" to add content from emerging social media personalities to the fast-growing video-sharing app.

The new US fund will "help support ambitious creators who are seeking opportunities to foster a livelihood through their innovative content," said Vanessa Pappas, general manager of TikTok US.

The move comes with TikTok seeing strong mom...
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Coronavirus: Kodak Pivots Itself To Become Strategic Drug Maker

July 29 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Better known for making cameras, Kodak has moved into drug making and has just secured a $765m (£592m) loan from the US government.

The fallen giant of the photography industry will make ingredients used in generic dru...
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Big Tech And Antitrust: Where Things Stand

July 28 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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The four major tech firms whose chief executives are testifying at a congressional antitrust hearing face a variety of complaints about their dominance in the US and elsewhere.

Investigations are being led by antitrust enforcers at the Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission and by authorities in US states.

Here is a summary of the main issues:

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Intel's Next-Generation 7nm Chips Delayed Until 2022

July 27 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Intel says the production of its next-generation chips will be set back until 2022, following years of delays getting its current-generation chips on sale.

The company said it was exploring "contingency plans" such as having third-party manufacturers produce some of its products.

In June, Apple said it w...
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Twitter Says Hackers Saw Messages From 36 Accounts, Including Netherlands Official

July 27 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Twitter said on Wednesday that the hackers who breached its systems last week likely read the direct messages of 36 accounts, including one belonging to an elected official in the Netherlands.

In tweets from its support account and an updated blog post, Twitter said it had no indication tha...
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US Unveils Blueprint For Quantum Internet

July 26 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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US officials and scientists have begun laying the groundwork for a more secure "virtually unhackable" internet based on quantum computing technology.

At a presentation Thursday, Department of Energy (DOE) officials issued a report that lays out a blueprint strategy for the development of a national q...
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Xbox Cloud Gaming Service To Debut In September

July 26 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Microsoft said Thursday its cloud video game service will debut in September as a feature available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers

"We're bringing Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud together at no additional cost for Xbox Game Pass Ultima...
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Amazon, Google And Wish Remove Neo-Nazi Products

July 25 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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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...
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Apple To Remove Carbon From Supply Chain, Products By 2030

July 22 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Apple Inc said on Tuesday it plans to remove carbon emissions from its entire business, including its products and sprawling supply chain, over the next decade.

The iPhone maker said its global corporate operations such as offices and data centres are already carbon neutral but that it will extend its effort to the thousands of suppliers that contribute to its products.

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GP Introduces Portable Pocket Router

July 21 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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To address the growing need for home office and remote working solutions, Grameenphone has introduced a new LTE pocket router (MF927U) that enables 4G LTE mobile data access for homes, retail stores, SMEs, and offices across Bangladesh. 

Mohammad Sajjad Hasib, CMO Grameenphone, said, "We’re happy to introduce this modern device that will add significant value to our customers' digital...
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Beetle-Mounted Camera Streams Insect Adventures

July 20 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Researchers have developed a tiny wireless camera that is light enough to be carried by live beetles.

The team at the University of Washington in the US drew inspiration from the insects to create its low-powered camera system.

Its beetle-cam can stream up to five frames per second of low-resolution, black and white footage to a nearby smartphone.

The research was published in the Scienc...
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Coronavirus: England's Test And Trace Programme 'Breaks GDPR Data Law

July 20 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Privacy campaigners say England's test and trace programme has broken a key data protection law.

The Department of Health has conceded that the initiative to trace contacts of people infected with Covid-19 was launched without carrying out an assessment of its impact on privacy.

The Open Rights Group (ORG) says the admission...
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