Facebook and other tech giants are setting up a database for terrorist content

Facebook and other tech giants are setting up a database for terrorist content

Four of the world’s biggest tech companies are collaborating to crack down on terrorist content on their platforms. Facebook(FB, Tech30), Twitter (TWTR, Tech30), Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) and Google’s (GOOG) YouTube say they will set up a shared database to help them track and remove “violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos.” The database will contain the digital “fingerprints” of the images and videos, allowing the tech firms to identify potential terrorist content more efficiently, the…

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How Chinese start-ups are disrupting the electric supercar market

How Chinese start-ups are disrupting the electric supercar market

(CNN)It’s not often that a start-up can claim to be a world-beater from the off. But that’s precisely what’s happening in the auto industry, where Chinese unknown NextEV has launched what it claims is the world’s fastest electric car. Pure-electric cars have been around for decades but only in the past five years or so have the mainstream manufacturers really started to take them seriously — prompted by tightening rules over when and where conventionally…

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Inside the luxury car manufacturer’s billion-dollar turnaround

Inside the luxury car manufacturer’s billion-dollar turnaround

(CNN)There was a time when British luxury car manufacturer Bentley produced just a few hundred vehicles a year and hoped that would be enough to keep it alive. What happens when Bentley and Peter Blake join forces? Had it not been for Bentley’s reputation — garnered through success at the famous Le Mans 24 Hours sports car race — it could have disappeared altogether. But no more — now Bentley is buzzing. Its factory in…

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AT&T to launch DirecTV Now Nov. 30 with $35 promo

AT&T to launch DirecTV Now Nov. 30 with $35 promo

AT&T’s new online TV service, DirecTV Now, will launch Wednesday at its promised low, low price: $35 for over 100 channels. But customers will have to lock in that deal. Packages for the DirecTV Now live-TV streaming service will range from $35 for more than 60 channels to $70 for more than 120 channels. But the deal that AT&T has touted for a month — more than 100 channels for $35 — is a discounted…

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Chevrolet Bolt named Motor Trend Car of the Year

Chevrolet Bolt named Motor Trend Car of the Year

The Chevrolet Bolt electric car was given the Motor Trend Car of the Year award in a ceremony ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Chevy Bolt, which is expected to go on sale by the end of this year, is General Motors (GM)’ new all-electric compact car. It is not to be confused with the Chevrolet Volt, which has a gasoline engine in addition to electric motors. At the same award ceremony, the…

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iPhone sales will ‘suffer’ if Trump targets China, officials warn

iPhone sales will ‘suffer’ if Trump targets China, officials warn

As the world watches to see how President-elect Donald Trump handles his newfound responsibilities, China’s state-run press has readied something of a warning: Start a trade war with the country and American companies could suffer. “China will take a tit-for-tat approach” if Trump were to declare China a currency manipulator, as he claimed he could do, the Global Times wrote in a column. “US auto and iPhone sales in China will suffer a setback, and…

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Yahoo admits some employees knew of massive hack in 2014

Yahoo admits some employees knew of massive hack in 2014

As any investigator can tell you, it’s not just what you knew, but when you knew it. On Wednesday, Yahoo admitted that not long after a hack in 2014 some of its employees were aware a state-sponsored hacker had breached its network. The revelation is sure to cast a larger shadow over Verizon’s $4.8 billion deal to acquire the company. Yahoo said in September that an investigation in August had uncovered the theft of personal…

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Facebook buys black market passwords to keep your account safe

Facebook buys black market passwords to keep your account safe

  For a data-saturated company of its size and scope, Facebook has markedly managed to avoid the kind of security scandals, breaches and hacks that have affected many other major web companies. Take a closer look, and you’ll see why. Though on the surface all seems calm, below the waves the social network is kicking its legs frantically and working around the clock to keep users’ accounts safe. Keeping Facebook safe and keeping it secure…

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Obama, the nerd in chief, unveils $300 million for science

Obama, the nerd in chief, unveils $300 million for science

  President Barack Obama wants to cement his legacy as the technology president. Obama, a self-proclaimed Trekkie, has used the final months of his presidency to double down on technology, and what it means for the future of the nation and the world. At an event Thursday, the president unveiled more than $300 million in federal and private money earmarked for supporting science and technology. The total includes $165 million for smart city initiatives, like…

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Samsung tells users: Turn off your Galaxy Note 7 phone NOW

Samsung tells users: Turn off your Galaxy Note 7 phone NOW

Samsung issued an alert to customers on Monday, asking users to immediately turn off their Galaxy Note 7 smartphones — which have been spontaneously catching fire.   The unprecedented move comes one day after Samsung halted production of the dangerously glitchy devices. In a corporate statement, Samsung said it will also “ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7” while it investigates the cause of the…

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