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Removing Huawei by 2023 would cause data 'blackouts', MPs told

BT executive says UK customers on 5G, 4G and 2G would all face problems if equipment removedThe UK would face mobile phone “blackouts” if networks were required to remove all Huawei equipment by 2023, a BT executive has told MPs.Speaking to the Commons science and technology committee, Howard Watson, BT’s chief technology and information officer, said...

Facebook removes pages linked to Roger Stone and Jair Bolsonaro

Company says fake accounts promoted Trump ally’s books while material tied to Bolsonaro spread divisive messagesFacebook has suspended numerous pages linked to the longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone as well as a network of accounts associated with the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, in separate moves to tackle disinformation and fake accounts on...

Dell XPS 13 2020 review: a fantastic but flawed laptop

Latest top-of-the-line Dell is a brilliant machine with a great screen in a tiny body, but is let down badly by software problemsDell’s XPS 13 squeezes more screen, more power and even Windows Hello face recognition into a tiny frame, but trips up over software issues.The XPS 13 is Dell’s top-of-the-line compact laptop and starts at £1,349. Various...

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town review – absorbing rural rhythms

Nintendo Switch, PC; Marvelous/XseedIn a now-crowded field, this reboot of the noughties farm game retains the original’s gentle dramas and nuanced characterisationFriends of Mineral Town was originally a Harvest Moon game on the Game Boy Advance in 2003, and was indisputably the best farming-life game around. But since then this genre has become improbably...

Facebook decisions led to serious setbacks for civil rights – report

Two-year audit praises some decisions but criticises lack of action over Trump postsFacebook’s decisions over the last nine months have resulted in “serious setbacks for civil rights,” according to the damning conclusion of a two-year-long audit commissioned by the social network to review its impact on the world.The final report, which focuses primarily...

'Disappointing' Zuckerberg meeting fails to yield results, say Facebook boycott organizers

Civil rights groups say company did not commit to concrete plan to address hate speech and misinformationThe organizers behind a major advertiser boycott of Facebook have called a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg and other executives “disappointing”, saying the company failed to commit to concrete solutions for addressing hate speech and misinformation...

Apple under pressure to act after TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong

Social media firms react to sweeping new national security legislation imposed by ChinaTikTok is to withdraw from Hong Kong app stores and Zoom will stop complying with city authorities’ data requests as technology companies react to the sweeping new national security laws imposed on the city by Beijing.Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google and Telegram...

'It's hitting their pockets': a lead organizer on the biggest corporate boycott in Facebook's history

Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, lays out the movement’s goals as he prepares to meet with ZuckerbergFacebook is facing the biggest corporate boycott in the company’s history.Following a call from advocacy groups working under the umbrella Stop Hate for Profit, more than 300 advertisers have pledged not to spend money on the platform for...

Chinese ambassador: UK ban on Huawei would damage trust

Liu Xiaoming also defends Beijing’s stance on Hong Kong, warning UK not to interfere in China’s affairsChina’s ambassador to the UK has said a ban on the Chinese tech company Huawei from playing a role in developing the UK’s 5G network would damage Chinese trust in the UK and its belief that the UK can run a foreign policy independent of the US.Speaking...

Extend US Facebook boycott to Europe, campaigners urge

Calls follow Mark Zuckerberg’s dismissal of anti-hate-speech campaign in meeting with staffCampaigners are calling for an advertising boycott of Facebook in the US to be extended to Europe, after its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, dismissed the effects of the campaign in a meeting with staff.A growing number of companies have halted advertising on...

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