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Google doubles down on artificial intelligence with Home, Allo

CALIFORNIA - Alphabet's Google Inc. unveiled its answer to Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant along with new messaging and virtual reality products at its annual I/O developer conference on Wednesday, doubling down on artificial intelligence and machine learning as the keys to its future.Full article

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Facebook changes policies on 'Trending Topics' after criticism

As of 05/24/16 4:39 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc. said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its "Trending Topics" section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. Full article

WhatsApp strengthens encryption in wake of iPhone case

As of 04/06/16 10:47 AM
WASHINGTON - Facebook on Tuesday announced it had bolstered the default encryption settings for the more than one billion users of its popular WhatsApp messaging service so that all messages will now be accessible only to the sender and recipient. Full article

Egypt blocked Facebook Internet service over surveillance - sources

As of 04/01/16 7:11 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - Egypt blocked Facebook Inc's Free Basics Internet service at the end of last year after the U.S. company refused to give the Egyptian government the ability to spy on users, two people familiar with the matter said. Full article

Apple's encryption battle with US still alive in Brooklyn

As of 03/30/16 11:23 AM
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Department of Justice will disclose over the next two weeks whether it will continue with its bid to compel Apple Inc to help access an iPhone in a Brooklyn drug case, according to a court filing on Tuesday. Full article

Tinder looks to 'swipe' into presidential campaign

As of 03/25/16 9:15 AM
WASHINGTON, United States - Tinder made a name for itself by getting users to "swipe" right or left to find a date. Now it wants to use that idea in the US presidential campaign. Full article

Apple hopes small is big again as iPhone SE debuts

As of 03/22/16 12:16 PM
CUPERTINO, Calif. - The low-key launch, held at the technology company's Cupertino, California campus rather than its traditional splash at a much larger venue in San Francisco, did not wow tech experts or investors.
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Apple hires corporate security officer amid legal battle with gov't: sources

As of 03/19/16 10:03 AM
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc, amid a pitched battle with the U.S. government over law enforcement's desire to crack into iPhones, has hired a new security executive to oversee its corporate digital defenses, people familiar with the matter said.
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Twitter an awkward child as it turns 10

As of 03/18/16 11:21 AM
SAN FRANCISCO, United States - As Twitter marks its 10th birthday Monday, it is somewhat of an awkward child -- having become a powerful communication tool but still struggling to win users and reach profitability. Full article

Apple to unveil new creations on March 21

As of 03/12/16 9:23 AM
SAN FRANCISCO, United States - Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a press event at which it is expected to unveil new iPhone and iPad models. Full article

Xurpas buys stake in HK-based mobile HR solutions firm

As of 03/09/16 11:17 AM
MANILA - Xurpas Inc. has acquired a stake in Micro Benefits Financial Consulting, a Hong Kong-based company providing innovative mobile HR solutions to Fortune 500 companies in China. Full article