Germany Cracks Whip Against Hate Speech on Social Media


Germany on Monday began enforcing its new Network Enforcement Act, or NetzDG, which imposes a fine of up to $60 million on social media networks that fail to remove hate-inciting posts promptly.
The controversial law, adopted in mid 2017, just entered its formal enforcement phase. It is designed to help combat hate and fake news at a time when ISIS-linked terror and anti-immigrant extremism have been on the rise in Germany. Further, Russian hackers have been accused of trying to sow nationalist tendencies through social media attacks.

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Twitter's purge of far-right accounts sparks backlash, praise and confusion

Twitter began enforcing its new rules on hate speech and abuse on Monday, suspending a number of far-right accounts including those linked to prominent white nationalists and neo-Nazis, prompting responses that range from defiance to praise and bafflement.

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Amazon Sneaks In Third-Party Seller Discounts


Amazon recently began reducing prices on merchandise sold by third-party sellers, ratcheting up its market share competition with discount stores, including Walmart and Dollar General. The company has started to display a new tag, “Discount Provided by Amazon.” Price cuts so far have been a little less than 10 percent on goods sold by independent retailers. Amazon has been making the cuts unilaterally and absorbing the losses itself, in order to provide customers with lower prices on an increasingly important mix of products.

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Trending Storylines Hone LinkedIn's Relevance


LinkedIn on Wednesday began rolling out Trending Storylines, a feature that offers curated feeds of the most interesting developing stories in a member’s industry. Storylines are personalized for members through a combination of algorithms and the choices of LinkedIn’s editorial team.
The feeds may include perspectives from relevant influencers and news sources, as well as individuals in the member’s LinkedIn network. Each Storyline will have its own hashtag, so other members can join the conversation.

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Google Pursues Both Fiber and Wireless Broadband Ambitions


Google Fiber this week began reaching its tentacles into North Carolina’s Research Triangle, a move that seems to contradict the gloom-and-doom rumors of layoffs and low consumer interest. The Triangle is Google Fiber’s eighth incursion. It’s already available in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; Provo, Utah; and Salt Lake City. The North Carolina activity may alleviate some of the doubts over Google Fiber’s direction, which mushroomed several months ago.

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Echo Owners May Get Their Own Kind of Music


Amazon is planning two music subscription services, according to rumors that began circulating last week. One is a $10 a month offering that is similar to Spotify and Apple Music, and the other is a $4-$5 a month cut-rate service available only on Amazon’s Echo device. Amazon reportedly wants to launch both in September, but it has yet to finalize deals with major music labels and publishers, or to settle on pricing for the Echo-only service, which will be ad-free and offer unlimited music on demand.

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Snapchat Rolls Out Ad-Friendlier Design


Snapchat recently began rolling out its redesigned Discover page. It now displays images and headline previews of the content inside Discover channels and Live stories on the Stories page. It previously displayed only logos for publishers or events on those sites. Publishers now can include an image and a headline to promote content. Their stories will run beside user-contributed Live Stories on both the Discover and Stories pages. The Discover page has a grid of tiles, while he Stories page combines Discover channels into one scrollable row.

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Walmart Tests 2-Day Subscription Shipping


Walmart on Thursday began testing a two-day unlimited shipping service priced at $49 a year. Subscribers will get more than a million items, including the most commonly purchased items on Walmart.com, delivered to their door in two days or fewer, Walmart spokesperson Bao Nguyen said. “Customers will continue to enjoy their two favorite features — no minimum order requirements and free returns online and in stores.” The service, called “ShippingPass,” launched last year as a three-day shipping pilot program with a $50 annual subscription fee.

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Amazon Offers Binge-Friendly Monthly Prime Subscriptions


Amazon on Monday began offering Prime Video as a standalone service with a monthly subscription option. Prime Video previously was offered only as part of a bundle with Amazon Prime, which is available for $99 a year. Amazon also offers a monthly Prime membership plan for $10.99, which includes all the benefits of the yearly Prime plan, including two-day free shipping. Prime Video is available for $8.99 a month, which is $1 below Netflix’s standard plan but $1 more than the basic Netflix offering that does not include high-definition content.

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First shipments of Apple's 9.7" iPad Pro arrive, are promptly unboxed

Article Image As scheduled, customers who purchased Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro last week began to receive shipments on Thursday local time, with pictures of the new tablet now flooding social media outlets.

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This week on AI: iPhone SE, 9.7" iPad Pro, Apple Watch changes & more

Article Image The week began with Apple announcing a collection of new products, mainly the iPhone SE and a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but continued to be eventful, with developments in the encryption debate, problems with iOS 9.3, and future plans for Apple Pay.

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Users of Microsoft's 'free' Windows 10 find unexpected ads on lock screen

Article Image Microsoft recently began running advertisements directly on the lock screens of Windows 10 devices, catching users by surprise with marketing on their PCs and tablets.

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The Pirate Bay Is Now Streaming


The Pirate Bay may be vying to become the world’s largest streaming site. It recently began testing a plug-in that turns browsers into torrent-streaming clients. Having returned from its latest exile, The Pirate Bay now is using the Torrents Time plugin to deliver an illegal answer to Netflix. Users can access a wealth of movies and TV shows without paying a cent to the copyright holders. Once the plugin has found enough peers, it can stream content without having to buffer — and peer acquisition takes just seconds.

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AT&T Baits Pay-TV Hooks With Unlimited Mobile Data


AT&T on Tuesday began offering unlimited mobile data to its pay TV customers. New or existing DirecTV and U-Verse TV subscribers can get unlimited talk, text and data for $100 per month. AT&T will charge $40 for two additional phones, and a fourth phone will be free. Subscribers can add smartwatches and certain connected devices to their unlimited plans for $10 per device. They can add feature phones for $25 per device. Tablets are eligible for inclusion for $40 or $10 for 1 GB per month.

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Google Tears Down App Walls


Google on Wednesday began streaming content from certain mobile apps in its search results, with no download required. The company is working initially with nine partners, including Weather, Chimani, My Horoscope, New York Subway and Hotel Tonight.
Technology Google acquired when it purchased Agawi lets it stream virtual versions of mobile apps. Devs who want their app content streamed in response to search results have to implement Google’s app-indexing API. Apps no longer need to have related websites.

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Apple details 'magic' gesture-controlled store tables in new filing

Article Image Apple recently began equipping its retail stores with advanced tables that allow hidden power and data ports to be exposed with a simple hand gesture, and a new patent filing details the technology behind it, as well as other potential future implementations.

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Best Buy begins taking preorders for new Apple TV with Nov. 4 launch date

Article Image Electronics mega-retailer Best Buy began accepting preorders for the fourth-generation Apple TV on Wednesday, with an anticipated arrival in one week, on Nov. 4.

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