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China’s ZTE removed chief compliance officer before US sanction: source

ZTE Corp's chief compliance and chief legal officer was removed from his posts more than a month before the Chinese telecom equipment maker was slapped with US sanctions this week, a company source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

Southwest passenger trolled for livestreaming stricken flight

The first reaction of Southwest Airlines passenger Marty Martinez when an engine exploded on the plane on April 17 was to live stream what he feared might be his last minutes of life.

While Martinez (left) said he wanted to communicate with loved ones, many social media users questioned his motives, saying they didn't see him say anything to his loved ones. — Marty Martinez/AP

Google Chrome’s new update blocks autoplaying videos with sound

Don’t you hate it when you access a website and a video with audio plays without any prompting?

The feature is now reportedly available in the Chrome 66 update. — AP

Google’s Chrome browser gets support for Oculus Rift VR headset

Google just extended virtual reality (VR) support for its Chrome browser to work with VR hardware made by Facebook’s Oculus: The Windows version of Chrome now works natively with the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Touch controllers, according to a new browser flag spotted by a Reddit user.

The Windows version of Chrome now works natively with the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Touch controllers, according to a new browser flag. — Oculus/TNS

Tesla’s key statistic in Autopilot defence comes under scrutiny

Tesla Inc’s ardent defence of its Autopilot system is getting heat from safety advocates who question a key data point the company has been citing to plead its case.

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