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Pinterest Will Now Forward Vaccine Searches To Public Health Sites

Pinterest users searching for vaccine-related information will be directed to results from “public health organisations”. The firm also said it won’t show ads, comments or recommendations on results pages for vaccine searches. Late last year, the firm stopped showing results for vaccine searches to tackle the spread of misinformation on its platform. Under the new […]

US Government Has Been Hit With 130-Plus License Requests To Sell To Huawei

US officials have not granted any licences to trade with blacklisted Chinese firm Huawei, despite receiving more than 130 requests, Reuters says. The US restricted companies from selling to the electronics giant in May, citing national security concerns, which have been dismissed by Huawei. President Donald Trump said last month that some exemptions would be allowed

Biostar Security Software Left Million Fingerprints Unsecured

A huge cache of unsecured biometric credentials and personal information has been discovered by security researchers. Researchers working with cyber-security firm VPNMentor say they accessed data from a security tool called Biostar 2. It is used by thousands of companies worldwide to control access to specific parts of secure facilities. More than a million fingerprints […]

CBS And Viacom Rejoin As ViacomCBS Inc

After days of negotiations, CBS Corp. has reached an agreement to acquire Viacom which will now take on the name ViacomCBS Inc. CBS and Viacom announced the agreement Tuesday after more than 48 hours of intense final negotiations between the boards of both companies. The all-stock deal values Viacom at around its current market cap […]

Senators Request Amazon To Explain How It Recommends Products

  Sens. Bob Menendez and Richard Blumenthal wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Monday asking it to say whether people or algorithms are making decisions about what gets the “Amazon’s Choice” label. They are worried that the Choice category can be manipulated via fake reviews and can mislead customers. Amazon said it […]

Chinese Search Engine Firm, Sogou, Using AI To Narrate e-Books In Authors’ Voice

Chinese search engine Sogou is creating artificial-intelligence lookalikes to read popular novels in authors’ voices. It announced “lifelike” avatars of Chinese authors Yue Guan and Bu Xin Tian Shang Diao Xian Bing – created from video recordings – at the China Online Literature+ conference. Chinese think tank iiMedia expects the market to more than double […]

Dr. Lisa Su Tweets About False Rumors Of Her Exiting AMD

AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su has denied a report stating that she is potentially planning to leave later this year for a top executive role at IBM. Su tweeted on Tuesday that there is “zero truth” to the report published earlier in the day by news site Wccftech, which cited unnamed sources for its story. “Just […]

Hulu Gains the Streaming Rights To Bleecker Street Films

  Hulu and distributor Bleecker Street have announced a new deal, giving Hulu exclusive streaming rights to all of Bleecker Street’s upcoming theatrical slate. “Hulu is committed to bringing impactful, quality films to audiences everywhere,” said Heather Moosnick, SVP Content Partnerships at Hulu. “We’re excited to enter into this new partnership with Bleecker Street, whose […]

Universal Pictures Inks a First-Look Deal With Phil Lord And Chris Miller

Filmmaking duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, after winning an Oscar for producing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, have signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures. This marks the first overall feature deal for the duo who not long ago did a five-year overall television deal with Sony Pictures Television. Lord and Miller previously chaired 21 […]

Texas Joins 14 Other State AGs Lawsuit Against T-Mobile / Sprint Merger

Texas has joined 14 other states in suing to block the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that “[Texas] Attorney General Ken Paxton will assume a key leadership role in this case, along with [California] Attorney General Becerra and myself”. “After careful evaluation of the proposed merger and the […]

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