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Uber offers insurance policy for Ghanaian riders

Uber has announced that it is offering a new insurance policy for anyone who uses the app in Ghana. The insurance is being provided by Star Assurance Company Limited and will provide riders with personal accident insurance, which covers the rider’s medical expenses after an accident, as well as compensation for death or permanent disability suffered by a rider while ...

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Google retires the Pixel C tablet as it shifts focus to the Pixelbook

As noted earlier today by Android Police, Google has stopped selling the Pixel C through its online store. It’s a quiet and not unexpected end for the company’s well-received tablet, designed to make room for Google’s latest and greatest. The company confirmed with TechCrunch that the end of sale also represents the end of life for the device, though Google added that it ...

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Instagram will now add ‘Recommended’ posts to your feed

Instagram’s feed will now show users recommended posts – a change that earlier this month was spotted while in testing, and has since quietly gone live. The feature, described here in the company’s Help documentation, will suggest posts for you based on those that have been liked by other accounts you follow. The new section, “Recommended for You,” is clearly labelled so as ...

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Apple faces lawsuits over slowed iPhones

Two class action lawsuits have been launched against Apple in the US following the tech giant’s admission that it slows down older models of the iPhone as they age. Apple has said that it did this to “prolong the life” of the devices and maximise diminishing battery power. The lawsuits were filed in California and Chicago by groups of iPhone users representing others, who ...

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Facebook: Post more to feel better about yourself

Facebook has defended itself against claims that using the site can damage wellbeing and mental health. In a blogpost, it said while there was evidence it could negatively affect mood, the way it affected people was determined by how they used it. Facebook’s downsides could be combated by making more use of the site and interacting positively, it said. A social ...

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Reddit launches new mobile apps with support for real-time comments, chat, mod tools and more

Reddit today is giving its mobile apps a major upgrade – the first since their launch last year when the company decided to take back control over the official Reddit experience on mobile – an experience that had long been available mainly through third-party clients. Today’s updated apps introduce a number of new features focused on media consumption – including how ...

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Google pledges 10,000 staff to tackle extremist content

Google will dedicate more than 10,000 staff to rooting out violent extremist content on YouTube in 2018, the video sharing website’s chief has said. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Susan Wojcicki said some users were exploiting YouTube to “mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm”. She said the website, owned by Google, had used “computer-learning” technology that could find extremist videos. ...

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Facebook: Now for young children too

How young is too young to be on social media? Strictly speaking, only those aged 13 and over are allowed to use Facebook. But the prevention methods are trivial, meaning more than 20 million under-13-year-olds are thought to be using the network. So on Monday, Facebook launched its first app tailored for young users. It’s a ringfenced network that needs parental ...

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Facebook and Google targeted in Australian media probe

Australia’s competition regulator has begun an inquiry into whether the influence of Facebook and Google has harmed the media sector. It will investigate whether the disruption of the news media by the US tech giants has been detrimental to consumers and publishers. The government ordered the inquiry as part of wider media reforms. Traditional media companies have been squeezed by ...

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Facebook to expose Russian fake news pages

Facebook plans to let people see if they had “liked” pages created by “foreign actors” to spread propaganda during the US presidential election. The social network has previously said as many as 126 million Americans may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based agents over the past two years. It is building a tool to let people see whether they had ...

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