Huawei, ZTE get called out during Senate hearing on Facebook, Twitter

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Facebook and Twitter were supposed to be under the microscope at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, but Chinese device makers Huawei and ZTE ended up catching some of the flak. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg came to Capitol Hill to offer insight about how foreign governments are using their sites to spread misinformation on social media and what they’re doing to fix the problem. The tenor of the hearing was largely cordial as lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee talked about how they could work with…

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Amazon Go cashierless store reportedly finds New York location

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Amazon Go has reportedly found its New York home across the street from the World Trade Center. The cashierless store, which the e-commerce giant last month confirmed would be coming to the Big Apple, will be in Brookfield Place, according to Recode. We don’t know when it’ll open, but Amazon has reportedly already started hiring staff. The Lower Manhattan shopping and office complex, known as the World Financial Center until 2014, is already home to upscale stores like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue. It sits across across West…

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Twitter ‘censorship’ still an obsession for Congress as hearing gets political

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Twitter returned to its role of punching bag Wednesday over suggestions of partisan bias, at a US House hearing grilling CEO Jack Dorsey. A Senate hearing earlier in the day, which also questioned Facebook‘s Sheryl Sandberg, barely mentioned political censorship, but the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee opened its session with words about bias and ‘shadow banning.’ ‘We hope you can help us better understand how Twitter decides when to suspend a user or ban them from the service, and what you do to ensure such decisions are made without undue…

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For Halloween, Google Doodle scares up addictive multiplayer game

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Google has another Halloween treat for fans of its Doodle games — its first-ever multiplayer game. Two years ago, Google captivated Doodle players with a game featuring an adorable black cat with magic powers that races the clock to save its school from a horde of invading spirits. This year’s Great Ghoul Duel takes things up a notch by letting you form two teams of four ghosts to collect as many wandering spirit flames as possible and return them to your home base within two minutes. The team that collects the…

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Twitter launches prototype app, ‘twttr,’ to improve conversations

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  Twitter on Monday launched its prototype app, ‘twttr,’ which lets testers try out new features and provide feedback. Twttr is the social network’s original name. The Twitter Prototype Program will try to make conversations easier to find and follow. Users can apply to join the program on Twitter’s site. They’ll get an email within a few weeks about their application status.  Those who are chosen for the program are asked to use twttr as their primary Twitter app, according to a series of screenshots posted by social media consultant…

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New Firefox suggests ways to get more out of the web

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Starting Tuesday, Firefox will nudge you to try out options designed to make the web more interesting, more useful or more productive. Mozilla’s new Firefox 64 keeps an eye on what you’re up to and prompts you to try extensions and features that could help you with that activity, the browser maker said. For example, if you open the same tab lots of times, it could suggest you pin it to your tab strip for easier future access. Other suggestions include installing the Facebook Container extension to curtail the social…

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YouTube reportedly making future exclusive content free with ads from 2020

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YouTube will reportedly make all its upcoming original programming free and ad-supported from 2020. That’ll mean you won’t need a YouTube Premium subscription to watch the Google-owned video sharing site’s original shows and movies, but you’ll have to sit through ads, Reuters reported Tuesday. YouTube said it’s making all Originals free with ads, and it’ll provide free ‘windows’ to watch previously released shows like Origin and Cobra Kai (which currently require a subscription).  Typically, ‘windows’ means content is released behind a paywall and moves outside it after a period of time.…

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