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Internet is growing market for illegal drugs — EU watchdog

February 12, 2016 | 2:31 pm | Agence France-Presse

The Internet is now a growing and varied market place for trading illegal drugs in Europe, the European Union’s watchdog agency said on Thursday.

Google developing virtual reality headset — WSJ

February 12, 2016 | 1:14 pm | Supantha Mukherjee, Reuters

Google is developing a virtual reality headset that works without a smartphone or computer, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Twitter making big product changes

February 11, 2016 | 4:54 pm | Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters

Since returning to Twitter Inc in July, Chief Executive, Jack Dorsey has made a handful of dramatic changes to the micro-blogging service – and promised more.

Twitter’s user growth hits wall

February 11, 2016 | 3:39 pm | Lehar Maan, Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters

Twitter Inc. reported its first quarter with no growth in users since it went public, stoking fresh concerns on how long it will take for the company to reverse the trend.

In boost to self-driving cars, US tells Google computers can qualify as drivers

February 10, 2016 | 3:01 pm | David Shepardson, Paul Lienert, Reuters

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.

Twitter looks to outside help in fighting abuse

February 10, 2016 | 11:02 am | Agence France-Presse

Twitter on Tuesday announced that it is pulling together a council of outside experts and organizations to battle abusive behavior at the one-to-many messaging service.

Globe joins global move against online fraud

February 9, 2016 | 5:43 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

Globe Telecom has joined a global initiative to combat online fraud and others scams in the digital space.

Doctor sets out to develop a game to raise HIV awareness

February 9, 2016 | 3:09 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

A medical doctor is now developing a game that will help promote HIV awareness and testing among Filipinos.

India introduces net neutrality rules barring Facebook’s free Internet

February 8, 2016 | 9:37 pm | Sankalp Phartiyal, Himank Sharma, Reuters

India introduced new rules on Monday to prevent Internet service providers from having different pricing policies for accessing different parts of the web, in a setback to Facebook Inc’s plan to roll out a pared-back free Internet service to the masses.

Red Hat hosts Philippine forum to promote open source technology

February 8, 2016 | 10:31 am | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

Multinational software company Red Hat hosted last Feb.3 an Asia Pacific forum to promote the benefits of open source technology in the region.

China bans websites with illegal content

February 8, 2016 | 12:19 am | Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s Internet regulator said Thursday it banned hundreds of websites and accounts with illegal content including pornography, gambling, terrorism and others. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said the banned websites included a platform for illegally trading firearms, …

Twitter users decry reported plan to prioritize tweets

February 7, 2016 | 11:33 pm | Amy Tennery, Reuters

The hashtag #RIPTwitter became the top trending U.S. item on Twitter on Saturday, after a report from BuzzFeed said the company is planning to change how it displays users’ tweets.

TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS | Chinese market electrifying for ‘green’ cars

February 7, 2016 | 10:58 pm | Julien Girault, Agenge France-Presse

Government subsidies are fuelling a boom in electric vehicles in China, driving hopes for the industry’s global future as the world’s biggest car market offers economies of scale that could make the technology mainstream.

Samsung continues to go all out digital with latest gadgets, TVs, IoT products

February 6, 2016 | 4:35 pm | Jing Garcia,

From wearable devices to ultra high-definition televisions, robotic vacuum cleaners to high-tech refrigerators and washing machines, Samsung presented to regional media what the future would look like using their products. But then again, for Samsung, the future is already happening now.

Twitter blocks 125,000 accounts in ‘terrorist content’ crackdown

February 6, 2016 | 4:09 pm | Rob Lever, Agence France-Presse

Twitter said Friday it suspended more than 125,000 accounts, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, as part of increased efforts to eradicate “terrorist content” on the popular messaging platform.