Facebook removes more pages in Philippines for misleading activity

Facebook removes more pages in Philippines for misleading activity

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Facebook has continued its crackdown on coordinated misinformation in the Philippines.

The social media giant said on Friday it had taken down more than 200 pages, groups, and accounts in the country, which it said misled others about who they were and what they were doing.

“We’re taking down these Pages and accounts based on their behavior, not the content they posted,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said in a statement online.

“In this case, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action.” Read more…

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Apple’s mock stream gives you something to do while you wait for today’s event

Apple’s mock stream gives you something to do while you wait for today’s event

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There’s an Apple event later today — one in which the company will likely announce a video streaming service, and possibly more. 

But something unusual has happened this time; nearly a full day before the start, you can already tune into the live stream

Of course, it’s a publicity stunt, which Apple seems to favor more and more in recent times (remember Tim Cook’s fake DM fail ahead of the 2018 iPhone launch event?), but this one’s far more elaborate than anything we’ve seen before. 

At first, the stream appears to just be showing the insides of the empty Steve Jobs Theater, where the event is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. ET Monday, from several angles. But look closely, and things start happening: Some innocuous, like a guard inspecting the place with a flashlight, and some odd, like the curtain being raised and a chat conversation being shown on the theater’s screen.  Read more…

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Huawei CFO was carrying an iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air when she was arrested

Huawei CFO was carrying an iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air when she was arrested

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It’s bad enough Huawei Chief Financial Official Wanzhou Meng, who was arrested last December in Vancouver on charges ranging from fraud to money laundering, faces decades of jail time.

But now, a report from Bloomberg has revealed Meng might be a big fan of Apple products. 

According to the report, a court filing has revealed Meng had her iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Pro, and MacBook Air seized by Canadian police at the time of her arrest. Meng also had a Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Edition — the only Huawei product on her — taken as well with the Apple products. Read more…

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Google to start offering alternative browsers and search engines to Android users in the EU

Google to start offering alternative browsers and search engines to Android users in the EU

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Android users in the EU will soon be offered a choice of browsers and alternative search engines on their devices, Google announced on Tuesday. 

The announcement is unsurprising, given the European Commission (EC) slapped Google with a record $5 billion fine in July 2018 for stifling browser and search engine competition in the EU. 

In a blog post, Google’s SVP of Global Affairs Kent Walker said the company will “do more to ensure that Android phone owners know about the wide choice of browsers and search engines available to download to their phones.” Read more…

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The first reactions to the Theranos documentary are in, and yikes

The first reactions to the Theranos documentary are in, and yikes

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HBO’s Theranos documentary has finally aired, and you bet people have thoughts.

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley was always going to be a creepy watch, but what’s particularly shocking are the details of how Elizabeth Holmes managed to fool enough rich people into given her millions of dollars for technology that didn’t work.

Holmes, who modelled herself after Steve Jobs, even wore a black turtleneck. At least one person dressed for the occasion.

This is my Super Bowl #TheInventor pic.twitter.com/m3MVQlwx0k

— Sophie Vershbow (@svershbow) March 18, 2019 Read more…

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Apple Store is down, new iMac and iPad could be on their way

Apple Store is down, new iMac and iPad could be on their way

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Apple Store is down, and you know what that (usually) means: New Apple hardware. 

And while Apple hasn’t officially announced any new hardware, there are a few hints that point to the company refreshing its iMac and iPad lineup of products. 

On March 25, Apple is having an event that’s unlikely to be hardware focused; the company will probably launch new subscription services instead. 

But Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman tweeted on Sunday that new iPad and iMac announcements this week would “make a real statement about how much it wants to focus its March 25th event on its news and video services.” Read more…

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