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Russia to probe Facebook after Telegram crackdown

Russia’s telecoms watchdog plans to probe Facebook before the end of the year after blocking access in the country to the popular messaging app Telegram, its head said.

Facebook is forming a team to design its own chips

Facebook Inc is building a team to design its own semiconductors, adding to a trend among technology companies to supply themselves and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel Corp and Qualcomm Inc, according to job listings and people familiar with the matter.

Facebook is seeking to hire a manager to build an “end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organisation,” according to a job listing on its corporate website, indicating the effort is still in its early stages. — AP

Zuckerberg under pressure to face EU lawmakers over data scandal

Facebook Inc's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg came under pressure from EU lawmakers on April 18 to come to Europe and shed light on the data breach involving Cambridge Analytica that affected nearly three million Europeans.

Tajani last week repeated his request to Zuckerberg to appear before the assembly, saying that sending a junior executive would not suffice. — Reuters

Uber doubling down on India investments after exiting South-East Asia

Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc is "doubling down" on its investments in India, one of its biggest markets, after its recent exit from Southeast Asia, its chief operating officer said on Wednesday.

EU antitrust chief says investigation of Google’s Android, AdSense is advancing

Investigations into how Google may be using its Android smartphone operating system and its AdSense advertising service to thwart rivals are advancing, Europe's antitrust chief said on Wednesday, amid concern about the lengthy proceedings.

"We are advancing on our two cases involving Google, both the Android case and the AdSense case," Vestager told EU lawmakers. — Reuters

Amazon’s Bezos says company topped 100 million Prime members Inc chief executive officer Jeff Bezos said the e-commerce giant has exceeded 100 million paid Prime subscribers and will continue to invest to meet “ever-rising” customer expectations.

‘Hey Alexa, where’s my delivery?’ XPO Logistics unveils voice tracking

XPO Logistics Inc, the largest provider of last-mile deliveries for heavy and bulky items in North America, unveiled on April 18 voice-enabled delivery tracking through Inc's Echo or Alphabet Inc's Google Home speakers.

Now you can check the status of your deliveries with Alexa. — AP

Flatpack fear no more? Robot assembles IKEA chair frame

Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread – assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture.

Robots assembling an Ikea chair at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. — NTU/Reuters

Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law

If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller.

The previously unreported move shows the world's largest online social network is keen to reduce its exposure to GDPR, which allows European regulators to fine companies for collecting or using personal data without users' consent. — Reuters

A news subscription for your iPhone? Apple may launch one by 2019: report

Last month, Apple announced it acquired the digital magazine distributor Texture as an entry to the journalism world. Now, it plans to use its platform to launch a premium news subscription by 2019.

Apple plans to use its Texture platform to launch a premium news subscription by 2019. — Dreamstime/TNS