From toast of the town to toxic: Facebook CEO on outs with Democrats

Business Nov 5, 2019

From toast of the town to toxic: Facebook CEO on outs with Democrats

Mark Zuckerberg's social network in Washington is shrinking. Bipartisan hostility against Facebook has been building for months, fueled by a series of privacy scandals, the site's role in Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign and accusations that Facebook crushes competitors. Now, with the 2020 elections ...

WhatsApp hacked to spy on top government officials of U.S. allies, sources say

Business Nov 1, 2019

WhatsApp hacked to spy on top government officials of U.S. allies, sources say

Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc.'s WhatsApp to take over users' phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company's investigation. Sources familiar with WhatsApp's internal investigation into the breach said a ...

Google owner Alphabet in bid to buy Fitbit: sources

Business / Tech Oct 29, 2019

Google owner Alphabet in bid to buy Fitbit: sources

Google owner Alphabet Inc. has made an offer to acquire U.S. wearable device maker Fitbit Inc., as it eyes a slice of the crowded market for fitness trackers and smartwatches, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. While Google has joined other major technology ...

Google refines search to better understand sloppy queries

Business / Tech Oct 26, 2019

Google refines search to better understand sloppy queries

Google on Friday announced its "biggest leap forward" in years in its search algorithm, offering an unusually detailed public explanation of its secret formula. The world's most popular internet search engine said its latest refinement uses machine learning to improve how it handles conversationally phrased ...

Google touts quantum computing milestone

World / Science & Health Oct 23, 2019

Google touts quantum computing milestone

Google has claimed a breakthrough in quantum computing research, saying an experimental quantum processor completed in just a few minutes a calculation that would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years. The findings, published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature, show that "quantum speedup is ...