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TECH 08 Jun 2017 | 6:41 AM

China closes 60 celebrity gossip social media accounts

China's cyberspace authorities have ordered Internet companies to close 60 popular celebrity gossip social media accounts in the latest in a series of crackdowns on independent media.

TECH 01 Aug 2018 | 2:30 AM

How to fix Silicon Valley’s shortage of engineers? Free alcohol, of course

With their company-logo T-shirts tucked in by Gucci belts, gripping mixed drinks in Gatorade bottles and chatting about the latest work gossip, hundreds of interns streamed out of an all-paid-for coach bus on a Friday night in July.

TECH 30 Jan 2018 | 12:30 AM

China tightens screws on social media

Chinese authorities have ordered a major social media platform to curb “harmful content” more effectively as they intensify oversight of online expression – even taking aim at rap music, crude cartoons, dirty jokes and celebrity gossip.

TECH 06 Dec 2016 | 9:14 AM

US pizzeria attack underscores fake news dangers

An assault rifle-wielding gunman’s appearance at a Washington pizzeria that was falsely reported to house a paedophile ring has elevated worries over the unrelenting rise of fake news and malicious gossip on the Internet.

TECH 19 Aug 2016 | 8:08 AM

Gawker.com to shut down as Univision buys other sites

US Internet publisher Gawker Media Group Inc said that it would shut down its news and gossip website Gawker.com next week after Univision Holdings Inc successfully bid for the Internet publisher's six other websites.

TECH 15 May 2017 | 2:30 AM

How to teach kids to recognise and resist click-bait

Phony photos, outrageous claims, too-good-to-be-true contests, cute puppies, celebrity gossip – all these are wrapped up in headlines that move your mouse hand even before your brain registers what it's doing.

TECH 10 Feb 2017 | 12:00 AM

How politics ruined Facebook: Can't we go back to puppies and food photos?

Not too long ago, your average Facebook feed was a pleasantly fluffy mix of cat videos, photos of your friends' kids, and celebrity gossip, occasionally infected by some viral contagion. But that's changed and drastically.

TECH 28 Jun 2018 | 3:30 AM

Porn detectors, Facebook tax: Uganda tightens grip on Internet

If Ugandan authorities have their way, checking Facebook or Twitter will cost you a few cents a day while a state-procured device scans your computer for pornography.