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Moderation, the way to go

PAS, or any other group, should not be allowed to use religion to challenge Malaysia’s social climate and political system.

Google could drop a Home Mini smart speaker to rival Amazon's Echo Dot

Google could be poised to reveal a low-cost "mini" version of its Home smart speaker at its fall event.

With the help of highly sensitive microphones and a natural language processing system, Google Home does a relatively good job of understanding what a home's different occupants are asking. — AFP Relaxnews

Zuckerberg nixes new Facebook share class, fulfills pledge to give away wealth

WILMINGTON, Del.: Facebook Inc Chairman Mark Zuckerberg abandoned plans on Friday to create a new class of company stock with no voting power, which was meant to be a way for Zuckerberg to retain control over the company he founded while fulfilling a pledge to give away his wealth.

Zuckerberg on Friday said that he could meet the charity pledge and maintain voting control of Facebook without the change. His decision followed a shareholder lawsuit opposed to the creation of a new class of stock.

Adobe sees a future of digital ads in the driver’s seat

ADOBE Systems Inc has helped companies tackle digital marketing on computers and smartphones.

Facebook removes feature that let ads reach ‘Jew haters’

FACEBOOK Inc says it is temporarily disabling the ability of advertisers to target based on people’s self-reported education and job information after a report that those features allowed targeting based on anti-Semitic topics.

Is Europe going the wrong way on taxing tech?

THE European Commission on Tuesday tentatively opened the door to a plan by 10 member states, including Germany, France, Italy and Spain, to hit multinational tech companies with a turnover tax to compensate for their avoidance schemes. A new proposal presented by European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis allows for such stop-gap measures while it works with members states on a better, more permanent solution. It’s a mistake: A bad tax is a bad tax, temporary or permanent.

Tabur Extreme

This week Phoenix trails takes you to Tabur Extreme.

A view from the top.

Taxman comes to the digital world

THE tax offices of governments around the world are getting pretty worked up about the digital economy. They seem to be playing catch-up with businesses that are able to stealthily move into their countries without a traditional physical presence. And not only that, their product offerings are entirely in the form of bits and bytes.

At smartphone pioneer HTC: a new, or virtual, reality

When HTC Corp brought back founder Cher Wang two years ago to turn around the struggling Taiwanese mobile phone maker, investors hoped she could stem a sharp loss in market share to Apple and Samsung Electronics.

Some investors hope the Google cash helps HTC focus on its Vive VR headsets and reduce its development costs. — Reuters

Facebook to overhaul political ads after threat of US regulation

Facebook Inc on Sept 21 launched an overhaul of how it handles paid political advertisements, giving a concession to US lawmakers who have threatened to regulate the world's largest social network over secretive ads that run during election campaigns.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the company, for the first time, would now make it possible for anyone to see any political ads that run on Facebook, no matter whom they target. — Reuters