New rule comes in for holidaymakers to use lateral flow tests instead of PCR- Tempemail

Holidaymakers arriving back in England from non-red list countries can use a lateral flow test rather than the more expensive PCR version from today. In what the government is hailing a “huge boost” for the travel industry, from 4am on Sunday people can now use a lateral flow test on Continue Reading

FDA unlikely to rule on Merck’s COVID pill before December- Tempemail

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will ask its outside experts to meet in late November to scrutinize Merck s pill to treat COVID-19. The Nov. 30 meeting means U.S. regulators almost certainly won’t issue a decision on the drug until December, signaling that the agency will conduct Continue Reading

Facebook rule protects journalists and activists as ‘involuntary’ public figures | Facebook- Tempemail

Facebook will count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, its global safety chief said in an interview this week. The social media company, which allows more critical commentary of public figures than of private individuals, is changing Continue Reading

The horrific abuse of sports stars exposes social media’s mob rule | Online abuse- Tempemail

After covering last Saturday’s Wales-England rugby match, the BBC’s reporter Sonja McLaughlan found herself sitting in her car in tears. She had received a torrent of sexist obscenities and abuse on social media. “Toxic, embarrassing, disgraceful, appalling,” she said. She was not alone. After apparently being glimpsed on video absent-mindedly Continue Reading

‘Terrible and unacceptable’: People in Myanmar tell of their fears about a new era of military rule- Tempemail

O n the first day of February 2021 Myanmar awoke to an internet blackout: No social media, no apps, no search engines. No news from friends, family or the international community, no way of knowing what was happening. The streets filled as people questioned each other for any information, using Continue Reading

Facebook board set to rule on Trump ban reverses four content removal cases | Facebook

Facebook’s oversight board, the “supreme court” set up by the company to relieve Mark Zuckerberg of having the final say over moderation, has issued its first decisions, overturning the social network’s choices on four of the five first cases it has heard. The cases, all of which were appeals to Continue Reading

My golden rule for social media: talk trash to your heart’s content, but do it in private | Social media- Tempemail

Some friends of mine, a couple working from home together, have reacted to the boredom of lockdown by turning their hairless cat into a workplace antagonist, muttering darkly about his behaviour from the other side of the room. The impulse to invent enemies runs deep. And now that our entire Continue Reading

TikTok: US judge set to rule on ban preventing new downloads of app | Technology

A US judge is expected to rule on Sunday whether to allow a Trump administration ban on downloads of the popular video-sharing app TikTok, which is seeking an injunction to prevent what it said could be a devastating blow. The US district court judge Carl Nichols has promised to consider Continue Reading

EU throws new rule book at Google, tech giants – Cloud- Tempemail

Exasperated by its failure to loosen Google’s market grip, despite more than US$8 billion in fines, the European Union is lining up new rules to level the playing field for rivals. And just as its landmark privacy law became a global model, the EU’s new regulations could become a template Continue Reading

US posts rule allowing US companies to work with Huawei – Networking- Tempemail

The US Department of Commerce posted a new rule that allows US companies to work with China’s Huawei to develop standards for 5G and other cutting-edge technologies, despite restrictions on doing business with the telecommunications equipment maker. Reuters reported on Monday that the rule had been approved and sent to Continue Reading