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MyHeritage offers 'creepy' deepfake tool to reanimate dead

Genealogy firm admits some might find the controversial technology "uncanny or creepy".

Source: BBC News - Technology | 27 Feb 2021 | 2:48 am

TikTok agrees legal payout over facial recognition

The video site has agreed to a $92m settlement in a case over how it uses biometrics to track users.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 27 Feb 2021 | 2:13 am

Twitter unveils 'super follow' feature

The network will enable users to charge for extra content such as bonus tweets and newsletters.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 27 Feb 2021 | 2:09 am

Cairngorms recreated in video game Minecraft

The initiative is designed to help young people find out how the Cairngorms national park is managed.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 26 Feb 2021 | 7:07 pm

MLM schemes in the UK: The 'cult-like' beauty businesses in your DMs

Newsbeat hears from young women about their experiences working for multi-level marketing companies.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 26 Feb 2021 | 1:58 pm

Vintage technology: 'It sounds so much cleaner'

Why do people like to use ancient personal organisers and music players?

Source: BBC News - Technology | 26 Feb 2021 | 1:08 pm

Amazon rainforest plots sold via Facebook Marketplace ads

Protected land reserved for Brazil's indigenous communities is being traded on the social network.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 26 Feb 2021 | 1:04 pm

Explore the Cairngorms - in Minecraft

The landscape has been recreated to help young people understand how to run a national park.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 26 Feb 2021 | 11:52 am

AI conquers challenge of 1980s platform games

A computer program that can solve 1980s exploration games could help improve robot intelligence.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 26 Feb 2021 | 6:00 am

Bill Gates: Bitcoin not for me, says ex-Microsoft chief

The billionaire said he preferred to invest in "companies that make products" such as vaccines.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 26 Feb 2021 | 5:53 am

Australia passes world-first new law forcing Facebook and Google to pay for news content

Australia has become one of the first countries in the world with the power to force tech giants to pay for the news they use after a controversial law passed in parliament today. The News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 25 Feb 2021 | 4:27 pm

Facebook says it will pay $1.3 billion over three years to news media

Facebook, following in Google's footsteps, says it plans to invest US$1 billion ($1.34b) to "support the news industry" over the next three years.The social networking giant, which has been tussling with Australia over a law that...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 25 Feb 2021 | 1:45 pm

Vodafone NZ losing 200 staff, including two key execs

Vodafone NZ is poised to lose another 200 staff in another restructure.An email to all staff by chief executive Jason Paris says there will be an all-hands meeting today to discuss the initiative. Read More Spark takes first-half...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 25 Feb 2021 | 10:32 am

Local Focus: From hui to zui, iwi sees added benefits from treaty negotiations

Treaty negotiations have brought Te Whakatōhea closer to a settlement for past grievances, and also closer to a digital future.For the Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi's lead negotiator, building the iwi's digital capabilities is...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 24 Feb 2021 | 12:33 pm

Spark takes first-half hit as travel restrictions choke lucrative roaming revenue

Spark has reported an 11.4 per cent fall in net profit after tax to $148 million for the six months to December 30, while revenue fell 1.5 per cent to $1.77 billion.The telco blamed Covid-19 for the revenue fall. Border closures...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 24 Feb 2021 | 9:52 am

Facebook to lift news ban for Australian users and publishers

Facebook will lift its news ban for Australian users and publishers, less than a week after making the shock decision.The ban – made last week in response to a proposed new Media Bargaining law – meant Australian users could no...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 23 Feb 2021 | 6:35 pm

Sky TV profit jumps 234 per cent, price increases on table after June

Sky has reported a 234 per cent jump in net profit to $39.6 million for the six months to December 30, in line with guidance, on the back of an 80 per cent spike in its streaming business, a stabilisation of its satellite business...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 23 Feb 2021 | 9:41 am

Vodafone NZ first to go big with 5G wireless broadband

Chorus blames Covid's effect on immigration as half-year profit falls People who can't afford UFB fibre - or don't have it available in their area - have a new option for super-fast internet from today.Vodafone has become the...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 22 Feb 2021 | 6:00 am

Amazon, Valentino file joint lawsuit over shoes counterfeiting

Italian luxury brand Valentino and Internet giant Amazon have filed a joint lawsuit against New York-based Kaitlyn Pan Group for allegedly counterfeiting Valentino's shoes and offering them for sale online.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 2:48 am

DC superheroes coming to your headphones as Spotify signs podcast deal

Podcasts featuring Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman will soon stream on Spotify as the Swedish music streaming company has signed a deal with AT&T Inc's Warner Bros and DC Entertainment.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 2:44 am

UK ditches COVID-19 app model to use Google-Apple system

Britain on Thursday said it would switch to Apple and Google technology for its test-and-trace app, ditching its current system in a U-turn for the troubled programme.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 2:42 am

Russia lifts ban on Telegram messaging app after failing to block it

Russia on Thursday lifted a ban on the Telegram messaging app that had failed to stop the widely-used programme operating despite being in force for more than two years.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 1:54 am

Europe threatens digital taxes without global deal, after U.S. quits talks

The European Union said on Thursday it could impose taxes on digital giants such as Google , Amazon and Facebook even without a global agreement by the year-end, after Washington quit talks and stoked fears of a new trade war.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 1:37 am

Germany wants to rescue talks with U.S. on digital services tax

Germany wants to rescue talks with the United States on how to tax big digital firms such as Google , Amazon and Facebook , the finance ministry said on Thursday after Washington pulled out of the negotiations.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 1:35 am

Shunning international tax talks could trigger trade war: OECD

Failure to work towards an international deal on taxing big digital companies could trigger a dangerous trade war, the OECD said on Thursday, urging countries to remain engaged in talks after Washington announced it was pulling out of them for now.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 1:30 am

Reliance says Saudi's PIF to invest $1.49 billion in Jio

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) will buy a 2.32% stake in Reliance Industries' digital unit Jio Platforms for 113.67 billion rupees ($1.49 billion), the Indian conglomerate said on Thursday.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 12:58 am

Kenya video-conference platform elbows its way into crowded field

Tiny Kenyan start-up Gumzo is a minnow on the booming teleconferencing scene but its creators hope the platform will help companies spend more of their cash in Africa rather than on foreign technology companies.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 19 Jun 2020 | 12:12 am

Thai central bank to develop payment system prototype for business using digital currency

Thailand's central bank unveiled on Thursday plans to build a prototype of a payment system for businesses using central bank digital currency (CBDC), or traditional money but in digital form being developed by monetary authorities around the world.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 18 Jun 2020 | 11:46 pm















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