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Stock rout demotes Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey from billionaire to millionaire

Jack Dorsey is no longer a billionaire, thanks to the crashing stock markets and his struggling tech empire. As global stocks tumbled on Wednesday morning, so did Square and Twitter, the two tech companies he helped found. An hour and a half after the opening bell, Twitter had fallen 6% and …

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Flat-Earthers are back: ‘It’s almost like the beginning of a new religion’

YouTube user TigerDan925 shocked his 26,000 followers recently by conceding a shocking point: Antarctica is a continent. It’s not, as he previously thought, an ice wall that encircles the flat disc of land and water we call earth. For most of us, that’s not news. But TigerDan925’s followers, like Galileo’s …

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Adele’s ‘Hello’ fastest to reach 1 billion views on YouTube

Sorry, Psy. Adele has outpaced the South Korean pop star on the race to 1 billion views on YouTube. The streaming service announced Thursday that her music video for “Hello” greeted its 1 billionth view in 87 days, breaking the 158-day record held by Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” “If anyone deserves …

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Google sidelined 780 million suspect ads in 2015

Google revealed on Thursday that it sidelined more than 780 million ads deemed rude, dishonest or dangerous in 2015 in a leap from the 524 million targeted a year earlier. “Some ads are just plain bad—like ads that carry malware, cover up content you’re trying to see, or promote fake …

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Young Chinese scale Great Firewall to flood Taiwan media

The Facebook page of Taiwan’s president-elect was flooded Thursday with tens of thousands of pro-China comments following a campaign by young mainlanders to jump the country’s “Great Firewall” into normally forbidden overseas social media to express displeasure over the recent election. President-elect Tsai Ing-wen is from a party that is …

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Facebook gets in game with new sports hub

Facebook announced a drive Thursday to be a place for sports with a new online hub for news and sharing on sporting events. The “Facebook Sports Stadium” will offer live updates of scores, posts from friends and commentators as well as information on where to watch games live. The new …

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Crowdfunding grows for new journalism projects

Crowdfunding has been growing as a way to finance journalism projects around the world as news media industry struggles deepen. A study released Wednesday by Pew Research Center found 658 journalism projects launched on the Kickstarter platform since 2009, raising a total of $6.3 million in the US and several …

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Google unveils virtual tour of Buckingham Palace

Web surfers will be able to peek into the gilded interiors of Queen Elizabeth II’s home in a new virtual reality tour launched by Google on Wednesday. Buckingham Palace, the queen’s primary residence, has opened its doors to the tech giant for 360-degree photos of some of its richly-decorated rooms. …

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Indian regulator slams Facebook in row over free Internet

India’s telecom regulator has attacked Facebook over an aggressive campaign to drum up support for its controversial free Internet project after being deluged with millions of comments asking it not to ban the service. In a letter dated January 18, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) accused the social …

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A widow’s battle to access her husband’s Apple account

It comes as a shock to many when they realise that the apps and content on their computers and mobile devices are not their property to do with as they wish. This mostly becomes an issue when someone dies and the relatives try and get access to apps, accounts and …

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