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Google Buys Fitbit for $2.1 Billion, Stepping Back into Wearables

Google Buys Fitbit for $2.1 Billion, Stepping Back into Wearables

Fitbit is being acquired by Google’s parent company for about $2.1 billion, a deal that enables the internet company to...

Sources: US Opens National Security Probe of  TikTok Owner’s Acquisition

Sources: US Opens National Security Probe of  TikTok Owner’s Acquisition

The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co.’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly,...

Dubai Displays Tech Reputation With Global Robotics Contest

Dubai Displays Tech Reputation With Global Robotics Contest

Seeking to bolster its image as a forward-looking metropolis, Dubai hosted the largest-ever international robotics contest this week, challenging young...

Security Firm Says Chinese Hackers Intercepted Text Messages

Security Firm Says Chinese Hackers Intercepted Text Messages

Chinese hackers with a history of state-sponsored espionage have intercepted the text messages of thousands of foreigners in a targeted...

India Asks WhatsApp to Explain Privacy Breach

India Asks WhatsApp to Explain Privacy Breach

India has asked Facebook-owned WhatsApp to explain the nature of a privacy breach on its messaging platform that has affected...

Going Its Own Way: Twitter Bans Political Ads from Its Service

Going Its Own Way: Twitter Bans Political Ads from Its Service

In a major break from other internet companies, Twitter said on Wednesday it would no longer accept political ads, a...

Twitter to Ban Political Advertisements

Twitter to Ban Political Advertisements

Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating...

Facebook Removes 3 Russian Networks It Says Engaged in Foreign Interference in Africa

Facebook Removes 3 Russian Networks It Says Engaged in Foreign Interference in Africa

Less than a week after the Africa-Russia Summit, Facebook has suspended three networks of Russian accounts it says were engaging...

A Female Drone Community Blooms Despite Industry Attempt to Target Men

A Female Drone Community Blooms Despite Industry Attempt to Target Men

After falling in love with flying her drone, a young videographer searched for a community of other female drone flyers—but...

Concert Promoters Turn Away From Facial Recognition Tech

Concert Promoters Turn Away From Facial Recognition Tech

Concert promoters in the U.S. are stepping back from plans to scan festivalgoers with facial recognition technology, after musicians and...

Apple Resumes Human Reviews of Siri Audio With iPhone Update

Apple Resumes Human Reviews of Siri Audio With iPhone Update

Apple is resuming the use of humans to review Siri commands and dictation with the latest iPhone software update.In August,...

China Accuses US of ‘Economic Bullying’ Over Equipment Ban

China Accuses US of ‘Economic Bullying’ Over Equipment Ban

China on Tuesday accused the U.S. of “economic bullying behavior” after U.S. regulators cited security threats in proposing to cut...