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EU's Vestager says not precluding Facebook case in future

Facebook is not currently in EU regulators' crosshairs but it may well be in future because of the crucial role played by data, Europe's antitrust chief said on Feb 19.

Vestager said she has no case against Facebook regarding its market power for now but nevertheless was monitoring the market. — Reuters

Google to make private browsing more secure in Chrome’s Incognito mode

Many websites including Facebook collect your on-device data such as cookies to serve you targeted advertising. Privacy conscious users prefer browsing in Google Chrome's Incognito Mode than the regular browsing.

Google is now finally addressing the problem with a mechanism that bars hackers and malicious websites to track your web activity even browsing in Chrome's incognito mode. — dpa

Robot-made coffee and burgers in San Francisco? How automation is affecting jobs

Nobody’s perfect, not even robots. So at some Bay Area businesses where automation is front and centre, robots still need a helping human hand or two to make sure everything is OK.

Google Doodle celebrates the Lantern Festival

Google celebrates the end of the Chinese New Year with a Doodle and some history lessons on Yuan Xiao, the Lantern Festival.

Google celebrates the end of the Lunar New Year with a Doodle and some history lessons on Yuan Xiao, the Lantern. — Google

China’s JD.com to lay off 10% of senior executives this year: report

JD.com Inc, one of China's largest e-commerce sites, will lay off 10% of its senior executives this year, Chinese online media outlet Sina Tech reported on Feb 19, citing unnamed sources.

A JD.com spokesperson declined to comment on Reuters' queries, but said the company was looking to maximise its resources. — Reuters

Brexit means Facebook can breathe easy in Britain: opinion

Facebook Inc might have one reason to be thankful for Brexit.

The UK’s latest inquiries have left the issue of how to regulate the likes of Facebook on the doorstep of the CMA, but its ability to take the lead looks limited. — AFP

Facebook’s AI chief researching new breed of semiconductor

Facebook Inc’s chief AI researcher has suggested the company is working on a new class of semiconductor that would work very differently than most existing designs.

LeCun said that for the moment, GPUs would remain important for deep learning research, but the chips were ill-suited for running the AI algorithms once they were trained, whether that was in datacentres or on devices like mobile phones or home digital assistants. — Reuters

Visa launches first mobile concierge app in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Visa Inc has launched Malaysia's first concierge mobile app that enables affluent Visa cardholders to access a host of concierge services on their mobile phone which is downloadable on iOS App Store and Google Android Store.

New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

New Zealand’s government plans a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax.

Ardern said the proposed digital services tax would tax multinational online companies at about 2% or 3% on the revenue they generate in New Zealand, a rate that is in line with other countries considering similar taxes. — AP

Google will expand finance team to Chicago, adding ‘hundreds’ of jobs

Google plans to create "hundreds" of new jobs in Chicago this year, expanding the office it already calls its Midwest headquarters.

Google announced that it will be hiring hundreds of new employees for its finance team. — Chicago Tribune/TNS