Saturday, 21 May, 2022


Facebook is biased against facts: Nobel winner Ressa

The campaigning Philippines journalist Maria Ressa, who was last week awarded the Nobel peace prize, has launched a stinging attack on Facebook, accusing the social media firm of being a threat to democracy that was “biased against facts” and failed to prevent the spread of

"Delete Facebook?" TIME Cover Ft. Zuckerberg

TIME magazine has featured Mark Zuckerberg on its cover in its latest issue amid claims Facebook fuels division, harms children and puts profits over safety. The cover photo comes with an illustration of a phone app deletion icon and a seemingly simple question - "Delete

Social media a coward’s palace: Australian PM

Australian PM says he is planning further action to deal with anonymous abuse online He also says social media companies should have to identify anonymous trolls or be held accountable Australian Prime Minister has called online trolls "cowards" and indicated the

Self-regulation on social media not working: White House

Social media platforms have made clear that self-regulation is not working, the White House asserted on Monday, saying reports about efforts to attract young users and negative effects on teenagers’ mental health are troubling. “As we saw the revelations that came out in

Facebook harms children and weakens democracy: ex-employee

A former Facebook employee has told US lawmakers that the company's sites and apps "harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy". Frances Haugen, a 37-year-old former product manager turned whistleblower, heavily criticised the company at a hearing on Capitol

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp restored after hours-long blackout

Facebook, Instagram and the widely-used WhatsApp messaging service are gradually returning to normal after an hours-long global outage that disabled the Facebook-owned social media platforms for some six hours. In a post on rival platform Twitter on Monday evening, Facebook confirmed

Ford plans $11.4bn investment in electric car plants 

Ford has announced a major investment in electric vehicle (EV) production in the US, promising to build its biggest ever factory in Tennessee, and two battery parks in Kentucky. Under the $11.4bn (£8.3bn) plan, the carmaker said it will build zero-emission cars and pickups

Spying concerns fuel the market for more secure tech

"People do not seem to understand that security and smartphones as one [single] concept simply do not exist," says Pim Donkers. Mr Donkers is a co-founder and chief executive of Switzerland's ARMA Instruments, a technology company which produces super-secure communication

5G by this December, says Mustafa Jabbar

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar has said the Fifth Generation (5G) technology will be launched in the country by December this year. He said the process of introducing 5G is a planned effort of the government as Teletalk will launch it by December. 

Huawei executive freed in Canada after deal with US prosecutors

A Chinese technology executive held in Canada on US fraud charges has left the country after a deal with prosecutors, following years of diplomatic tensions over her fate. Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, was detained on fraud charges in December 2018 at the request of

5G in Bangladesh by end of 2021: Sajeeb Wazed Joy 

The fifth-generation or 5G mobile network will be launched in Bangladesh by the end of this year, said Prime Minister's Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy. He said: "We are aiming to launch 5G (and) planning to pilot it at the end of this

SpaceX all-civilian orbital crew completes historic mission

Four SpaceX tourists returned to Earth safely on Saturday after spending three days in space, successfully concluding the first orbital mission in history with no professional astronauts on board. The SpaceX Dragon capsule, whose heat shield allowed it to withstand descent, was slowed

Apple introduces iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Apple on Tuesday introduced iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, the next generation of the world’s best smartphone, featuring a beautiful design with sleek flat edges in five gorgeous new colors.  Both models feature major innovations, including the most advanced dual-camera

Four will circle Earth on 1st SpaceX private flight

For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. SpaceX’s first private flight will be led by a 38-year-old entrepreneur who’s bankrolling the entire trip. He’s

South Korea fines Google for abusing smartphone dominance

South Korea fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google $177 million for hampering the development of rivals to its Android operating system, sustaining a campaign targeting the U.S. search giant’s dominance in smartphone software. Regulators accuse Google, whose mobile operating system

Apple rushes to block 'zero-click' iPhone spyware

Apple has issued a software patch to block so-called "zero-click" spyware that could infect iPhones and iPads. Independent researchers identified the flaw, which lets hackers access devices through the iMessage service even if users do not click on a link or file. The

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to come under control soon

Bangladesh has experienced an exceptional growth in the number of social media users in the past year. The number of people who joined a social platform or network in the country increased by nine million (90 lakh) between 2020 and 2021.  The misuse of social media platforms is

WhatsApp fined record €225m for breaching EU privacy laws

WhatsApp has been fined a record €225m (£193m) after it was found to have breached EU data protection rules. An investigation by Ireland's privacy watchdog found that the company broke stringent regulations in relation to transparency of data shared with other companies

Over 22,000 porn-gambling sites blocked: BTRC

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has blocked more than 22 thousand porn and gambling sites in a bid to contain crimes in social media platforms. BTRC director general (systems and services) Brigadier General Md Nasim Parvez made the disclosure at a press

Using Facebook Messenger is risky, say experts  

If you’re one of Facebook Messenger’s 1.3 billion users, then you have just been given a serious reason to quit. While recent headlines suggest the platform is adding new security protections, there's a nasty twist which makes this more risky than it seems, raising new