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Apple should address youth phone addiction, say two large investors

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Jana, a leading activist shareholder, and CalSTRS, one of the nation’s largest public pension plans, delivered a letter to Apple on Saturday asking the company to consider developing software that would allow parents to limit children’s phone use, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Sunday. Jana and CalSTRS also asked Apple to study the impact of excessive phone use on mental health, according to the publication. CalSTRS and Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Jana and CalSTRS together control about $2 billion (£1... Read More »

Mark Zuckerberg vows to ‘fix’ Facebook

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Mr Zuckerberg has famously set himself challenges every year since 2009. Facebook launched in 2004. Social media firms have come under fire for allowing so-called fake news ahead of US and other elections to spread. Facebook in particular has been criticised for allowing Russia-linked political ads in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential vote. Mr Zuckerberg said he intended to focus on "important issues", which he listed as "protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that t... Read More »

Macron proposes anti-fake news election law

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Emmanuel Macron has said he will overhaul media law in France this year to fight the spread of  "fake news" on social media. Since he was elected last year, the French President has criticized Russian media in particular, openly accusing TV channel RT of sowing disinformation about him via its website and social media during the presidential election. "If we want to protect liberal democracies, we must have strong legislation," Mr Macron told a news conference on Wednesday. Mr Macron said the legislation would concern social media platforms,... Read More »

Gambling-style apps offered on Facebook without age checks

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The company behind thousands of the UK’s fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is offering gambling-style apps on Facebook without age checks, prompting allegations that children are being exposed to the risk of addiction. Earlier this month, the industry watchdog warned that more than 60,000 children were either gambling addicts or were in danger of becoming hooked. Experts have warned that games mimicking real-life gambling are the “number one risk factor” for developing a problem later in life. Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, who ha... Read More »

#MeToo, #TakeAKnee and #Covfefe: Hashtags that dominated in 2017

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In 2017, Twitter also increased its character length for tweets from 140 to 280, giving the platform's 300,000 active users an opportunity to express their opinions in even more detail. From #MeToo to #TakeAKnee vie #Covfefe here are some of the hashtags that have emerged in 2017. #MeToo One of the most prominent hashtags of 2017 inspired a global movement of men and women to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment. In 2007, the US activist Tarana Burke started the Me Too movement that would be rekindled in 2017 by the hashtag ... Read More »

Obama warns against ‘irresponsible’ social media use

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He warned that such actions were distorting people's understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation. His successor Donald Trump is a prolific user of Twitter, but Mr Obama did not mention him by name. Mr Obama was quizzed by Prince Harry on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. The ex-president said those in positions of power should be careful when posting messages, warning that social media is distorting civil discourse. He expressed concern about a future where facts are discarded and people only read and listen to things that reinfo... Read More »

Facebook caves under pressure from governments to change tax structure

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It currently re-routes revenue through its international headquarters in Dublin and attracted criticism in the UK after it was shown to have paid just over £4,000 in tax in 2014. Corporate taxation has become a hot-button topic in the wake of revelations of tax avoidance schemes by multinationals which have led to calls for companies to pay more tax. The company is expected to start paying tax on its local operations across roughly 30 jurisdictions outside the United States including France, Germany and eight other EU countries where Faceboo... Read More »

Adidas recruits all of the famous people to feature in their new campaign

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Selena Gomez had her own collection back in 2015. Karlie Kloss has been the face of Stella McCartney’s line for ages.  Gareth Bale was the poster boy for Adidas Football. But the brand has stepped up its influencer game of its latest ad. Because they’ve got every famous person ever to launch their new ‘Calling All Creators’ campaign. Adidas prides itself on being driven by creatives – artists, designers, musicians, and so they’ve put together an all-star cast which includes a load of them and some of the world’s best sportspeople. Just look at ... Read More »

Selfieccino debutes in London cafe

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This flight attendant discovered the cafe on the internet in Singapore before even travelling to London. Flight attendant, Safirah Safari said, "I actually heard it through Facebook back at home in Singapore when I was browsing through the Facebook and I saw one of the faces that actually shot the video of this and I actually texted my friend because we were going to London the next week so I told her let's come to this and just check it out. This is really interesting I've never seen any cafe that has a selfieccino, so it is really amazing"... Read More »

German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage

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The agency alleges that Chinese intelligence used the networking site to target at least 10,000 Germans, possibly to recruit them as informants. It released a number of fake profiles allegedly used for this purpose. BfV head Hans-Georg Maassen said the accounts show China's efforts to subvert top-level German politics. "This is a broad-based attempt to infiltrate in particular parliaments, ministries and government agencies," he said. China has denied similar allegations of cyber espionage in the past and has not yet responded to the Germ... Read More »

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