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Exclusive: Facebook to ban misinformation on voting in upcoming U.S. elections

Oct 15 2018

MENLO PARK, Calif. Facebook Inc will ban false information about voting requirements and fact-check fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations ahead of next month's U.S. midterm elections, company executives told Reuters, the latest effort to reduce voter manipulation on its service. | Video

Apple tells Congress it found no signs of hacking attack

Oct 08 2018

SAN FRANCISCO Apple Inc's top security officer told Congress on Sunday that it had found no sign of suspicious transmissions or other evidence that it had been penetrated in a sophisticated attack on its supply chain. | Video

UK cyber security agency backs Apple, Amazon China hack denials

Oct 05 2018

LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO Britain's national cyber security agency said on Friday it had no reason to doubt the assessments made by Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc challenging a Bloomberg report that their systems contained malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence services.

Exclusive: In test case, U.S. fails to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls - sources

Sep 28 2018

SAN FRANCISCO U.S. investigators failed in a recent courtroom effort to force Facebook to wiretap voice calls over its Messenger app in a closely watched test case, according to two people briefed on the sealed ruling.

Facebook expands fake election news fight, but falsehoods still rampant

Sep 20 2018

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook Inc on Wednesday said it would team with two U.S. non-profits to slow the global spread of misinformation that could influence elections, acknowledging that fake news sites were still read by millions. | Video

Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources

Aug 17 2018

SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance. | Video

Google employees demand more oversight of China search engine plan

Aug 17 2018

SAN FRANCISCO Google is not close to launching a search engine app in China, its chief executive said at a companywide meeting on Thursday, according to a transcript seen by Reuters, as employees of the Alphabet Inc unit called for more transparency and oversight of the project. | Video

Google employees demand more oversight of China search engine plan

Aug 16 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 16 Google's plan to launch a censored search engine in China requires more "transparency, oversight and accountability," hundreds of employees at the Alphabet Inc unit said in an internal petition seen by Reuters on Thursday.

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