Silicon Valley

Facebook Censors News Content in Australia ‘With a Heavy Heart’

Facebook announced on Wednesday that “with a heavy heart” it will be banning Australian media outlets and censoring users within the country from sharing or viewing news articles on its service. The move comes in response to a potential Australian law that would force Google and Facebook to pay news publishers for their content.

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Pinkerton: A Bad Romance — How Republicans Fell Out of Love with Big Tech

The Republican romance with Big Tech didn’t work out as planned. The Big Techsters, confident of kneejerk Republican support for low taxes and deregulation, were free to follow their bliss on avant-garde woke social issues. In other words, the GOP was safeguarding Big Tech, while the Techsters, taking Republicans for granted, acted like good Democrats.  

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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Welcomes Big Tech to Florida

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a Republican, is welcoming top executives in the tech world who are moving their companies to his city. Suarez said that tech executives and workers have been won over by his telling them, “Hey, we want you, hey, we appreciate you.”

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez speaks during a news conference regarding local efforts to support the Venezuelan democracy movement, at Miami City Hall, Monday, July 22, 2019, in Miami. The City of Miami will host a 5K run July 28 to raise money for the movement. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Twitter Buys Out ‘Breaker’ Podcast App to Expand Audio Features

Twitter recently acquired the social broadcasting app Breaker as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to expand its audio features. Breaker, a podcast app, gained steam after becoming one of the first podcast platforms on which users could comment and follow their friends. Breaker’s functions will be incorporated into a product called Twitter Spaces.

CANNES, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Co-chair / founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey attends the ' #SheInspiresMe: Twitter celebrates female voices & visionaries ' Event at Cannes Lions on June 21, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images for Twitter)

Slack Suffers Massive Outage on First Workday of 2021

The popular digital workplace service Slack recently suffered an outage on the first full workday of 2021. Companies that rely on the platform to manage their remote work activities were left unable to connect to the service for most of the day on Monday.

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Spotify Security Bug Exposes Private User Info

The music streaming service Spotify has reportedly reset an undisclosed number of user passwords after claiming that a software vulnerability in its systems exposed privacte user information to its business partners.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Director Paul Feig Demands Jack Dorsey Suspend Trump from Twitter: ‘He’s Trying to Tear This Country Apart’

Hollywood director Paul Feig is urging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to suspend President Donald Trump from the social media platform, claiming that the president is “trying to tear this country apart.” But the Joe Biden-supporting filmmaker failed to cite any examples of the president violating Twitter rules that could lead to a suspension.

Paul Feig is seen at the Los Angeles Premiere of Columbia Pictures' “Ghostbusters” at TCL Chinese Theatre on Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Sony/AP Images)