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Facebook faces political hurdle over banned party in China

Facebook Inc finds itself entangled in yet another political spat – this time with China, a market the social media giant is seeking to enter.

Facebook may be keen to avoid inflaming tensions in China. Earlier this year, its attempt to open an “innovation hub” in the country was blocked. — Reuters

Instagram departures add to woes for Facebook

The departure of Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger adds to the woes of parent firm Facebook as it tries to repair its image hurt by privacy scandals and curb manipulation and misinformation.

According to a Pew Research Centre survey this year, 51% of US teens ages 13 to 17 use Facebook, compared with 72% for Instagram and 69% who are on Snapchat. — dpa

Spotify, Deezer and others call for stronger EU action against US rivals

Music streaming services Spotify and Deezer joined European business and industry bodies in calling on EU regulators to take tougher action to curb what they say are the unfair practices of online platforms.

Spotify and Deezer joined businesses and industry bodies such as the European Publishers Council and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in petitioning the EU authorities in a joint letter, saying the P2B proposal did not go far enough. — Bloomberg

US Justice Department meeting with state officials focuses on data privacy

A US Justice Department "listening session" with state attorneys general on Sept 25 focused on protecting consumer privacy when big tech companies amass vast troves of data, but came to no immediate conclusions, three participants said after the meeting.

The discussion had been expected to focus on companies like Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Google owner Alphabet Inc, which have been accused by some conservatives of seeking to exclude their ideas. — Reuters

Google, Facebook and Twitter agree to fight fake news in the EU

Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and other tech and advertising companies have committed to implementing new measures and investing in new technologies to fight the spread of hoax news online in Europe, according to a draft of the agreement.

Under the new plan, the firms will invest in products, technologies and programs that help people in Europe make informed decisions when they encounter online news that could be false; prioritise authentic information in search rankings or news feeds; and make diverse perspectives more visible. — AP

Google to acknowledge privacy mistakes as US seeks input

Leading Internet search engine Google will acknowledge that it has made "mistakes" on privacy issues in testimony an executive of the Alphabet Inc unit will deliver to a US Senate committee on Sept 26, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.

The US Commerce Department said it was seeking comments on how to set nationwide data privacy rules in the wake of tough new requirements adopted by the European Union and California. — Reuters

Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing its secrets to help Intel

Qualcomm Inc accused Apple Inc of stealing its chip-making secrets and giving them to rival Intel Corp, paving the way for Apple to switch to Intel's improved semiconductors, which may have cost Qualcomm billions of dollars in lost sales.

Qualcomm accused Apple of misusing secret Qualcomm software to share information about its chips with Intel engineers in a November lawsuit, but went further on Tuesday by saying Apple stole Qualcomm trade secrets as part of a "multi-year campaign of sloppy, inappropriate and deceitful conduct" designed to improve rivals' chipsets and ultimately divert Qualcomm's Apple-based business to Intel. — Reuters

WhatsApp says working with Reliance Jio to curb fake news menace

Facebook's WhatsApp is working closely with Reliance Jio to spread awareness of false messages, weeks after the Indian telecoms operator opened up the messaging service to tens of millions of customers using its cheap Internet-enabled phone.

UoSM to host public talk on The Artificial Intelligence Revolution

ARTIFICIAL Intelligence (AI) is developing faster than we imagined.

Artificial Intelligence is being developed to learn and think more like humans.

China stocks rally as MSCI considers lifting index weighting

SYDNEY: China’s mainland stocks rose after MSCI Inc. said it’s considering increasing the weight of the shares in its global indexes from next year, as well as allowing in a raft of smaller tech companies.