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UK to strengthen internet laws to fight Russian disinformation

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Britain is proposing a new law that will require social media companies to proactively tackle disinformation posted by foreign states such as Russia, the government said on Monday. The law would tackle fake accounts on platforms such as Meta's Facebook and Twitter that were set up on behalf of foreign… Read

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Docomo and CyberAgent to establish new advertising company

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NTT Docomo Inc and CyberAgent Inc have agreed to establish a new company, Prism Partner Inc, to utilize Docomo and CyberAgent's business resources for advertising. In 2021, online ad spending in Japan totaled nearly 2.71 trillion yen, up 21.4% from the previous year and the first time that online ad… Read

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Ruling could dampen government efforts to rein in Big Tech

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The Supreme Court’s latest climate change ruling could dampen efforts by federal agencies to rein in the tech industry, which went largely unregulated for decades as the government tried to catch up to changes wrought by the internet. In the 6-3 decision that was narrowly tailored to the Environmental Protection… Read

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KDDI says mobile network almost recovered across Japan

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KDDI Corp said Monday voice calls and data communications have almost been restored nationwide, two days after the Japanese telecom giant suffered disruptions on up to 39 million mobile connections during maintenance work. But KDDI, the country's second-largest mobile carrier by subscribers, did not have a firm timetable set for… Read

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Sony’s wearable air conditioners selling like cold cakes in heat-stricken Japan

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We always thought it’d be nice if someone could develop wearable air conditioning tech that’s a little more sophisticated than those working AC capsule toys we tried out a while back. So, imagine my surprise to find that Sony had already done it, and three years ago no less. Reon Pocket is the name… Read

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Range extenders: Solar panels provide more juice to EVs

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Startups and major carmakers are starting to incorporate solar panels on their electric vehicles, an addition that extends the range of the cars even if perpetual motion remains a dream. As it rolls under the blistering sun of northern Spain, the Lightyear 0 generates enough electricity every day to drive… Read

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U.S. funds software for Russians to slip past censors

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A U.S.-backed campaign is giving Russians access to anti-censor software to dodge Moscow's crackdown on dissent against its invasion of Ukraine, involved groups told AFP. Russia has intensified its restrictions on independent media since attacking its neighbor in February, with journalists under threat of prosecution for criticizing the invasion or… Read

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KDDI says 70% of services restored after wide network troubles

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Japanese mobile carrier KDDI Corp said it aimed to restore services Sunday evening after nationwide network troubles affected up to nearly 40 million users, making calls and getting online difficult for more than a day. The disruption, which started about 1:35 a.m. on Saturday, has affected a wide range of… Read

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Elon Musk breaks Twitter silence with photo with pope

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American billionaire Elon Musk on Saturday broke his silence on the Twitter social media site, which he plans to buy, posting a picture of himself with Pope Francis. "Honored to meet @Pontifex yesterday," Musk tweeted next to a photograph of him and four of his children with the Argentinian-born pontiff.… Read

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Crypto lending world sways under risk and turmoil

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Starting with the lofty goal of competing with traditional banks, cryptocurrency lending giants and their clients now face financial ruin due to their appetite for risk and a paucity of regulatory guardrails. Celsius Network, which suspended withdrawals in mid-June, had advertised a seemingly difficult-to-reconcile mix of interest rates, charging just… Read

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