Apple and Google ‘hold data hostage’ and stifle competition, Senate told | Apple

Apple and Google “hold data hostage” from small apps and force competitors to pay high commissions, stifling their ability to compete, a number of companies said in a US Senate hearing on Wednesday. The hearing before the Senate antitrust committee offered a rare opportunity for smaller competitors – including Spotify, Continue Reading

Vaccine booking website causes confusion with some regional Australians told to head interstate | Society

The government’s Covid-19 vaccination booking website is telling regional Australians they will need to travel hundreds of kilometres, in some cases across state borders, to receive their dose , despite much closer options expected to be available within weeks. The errors have prompted doctors to urge the Morrison government to Continue Reading

Twitter told to delete Russian opposition’s online news content | Russia- Tempemail

Russia’s media watchdog has told Twitter to delete the account of an opposition news outlet following threats from Moscow to block the social network entirely if it did not remove “banned content” within a month. The moves are part of a wider crackdown on social media and the opposition after Continue Reading

I told you Facebook was bad – I even posted cartoons about it on Facebook | First Dog on the Moon

Even the Bureau of Meteorology were on the receiving end of Facebook’s despotic strongarm stunt Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading… Continue Reading

Facebook moderators ‘told not to discuss working conditions’ | Facebook

Facebook has been accused of using nondisclosure agreements to try to build a “wall of secrecy” and prevent its moderators from discussing working conditions with Leo Varadkar, the Irish tánaiste (deputy PM). The moderators claim that Facebook warned them they could not break a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) they had signed Continue Reading

Mikel Arteta told Arsenal of online threats to his family | Arsenal- Tempemail

Mikel Arteta says his family have received threats this season and that it is vital football is given better protection against online abuse. The Arsenal manager is the latest high-profile Premier League figure to reveal he has been affected by threatening behaviour, a day after Newcastle’s Steve Bruce said he Continue Reading

Take action on MPs supporting Covid conspiracy figures, PM told | World news- Tempemail

Boris Johnson has been urged to act after two more Conservative MPs were linked to figures spreading Covid conspiracy theories or making discredited claims. Last week it emerged that Desmond Swayne, a former Tory minister, encouraged anti-lockdown street protesters to “persist” and suggested NHS capacity figures were being “manipulated” to Continue Reading

Davina McCall replies to online troll who told her to ‘cover up’ because she is ‘wrinkly’- Tempemail

Davina McCall has been praised on social media for her response to an online troll who told her she was too “wrinkly” to wear the gown she wore on Saturday’s episode of The Masked Singer, on which she is a judge. Ahead of the programme, the 53-year-old shared a photograph Continue Reading

‘No more monkey selfies’: scientists told images could drive illegal pet trade | Environment- Tempemail

Celebrity primatologists and scientists have been urged not to post selfies with chimpanzees, orangutans and other primates on social media to help conservation efforts for threatened species. Cuddling baby monkeys on camera and sharing Instagram posts interacting with primates at sanctuaries is strongly discouraged under new guidelines aimed at scientists, Continue Reading

Google told scientists to use ‘a positive tone’ in AI research, documents show | Technology

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter Google this year moved to tighten control over its scientists’ papers by launching a “sensitive topics” review, and in at least three cases requested authors refrain from casting its technology in a negative light, according to internal communications and interviews with researchers Continue Reading