October 1, 2020

Farmville foreclosure! Why Facebook is canning its most popular game

After 11 years of digital ploughing, planting and harvesting, the most famous social network game of all time is being consigned to the scrapheap
October 1, 2020

Google unveils Pixel 5, Chromecast and Nest Audio smart speaker

Google has announced four new additions to its own-brand hardware line including two new Pixel smartphones, a new Chromecast and Nest Audio smart speaker. The Pixel 5 is Google’s new top phone, which slots in above the well received but heavily delayed Pixel 4a and the new Pixel 4a 5G, which also launches today. Announced [...]
October 1, 2020

Facebook merges Messenger chat service with Instagram

Facebook Messenger and Instagram have merged, more than 18 months after the Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, announced his intention to integrate the two platforms.Instagram’s old direct messaging service, Instagram Direct, has been replaced by Messenger, allowing users to send chats, photos and videos between the two platforms for the first time.It is the first [...]
October 1, 2020

Trade unions urge EU to investigate Amazon effort to spy on workers

European trade union leaders, including three UK unions, have called on the European commission to open an investigation into Amazon’s “potentially illegal” effort to spy on workers for union activities.The heads of some of Europe’s biggest unions, representing more than 12 million workers, wrote to the commission to demand an investigation into Amazon’s work practices [...]
October 1, 2020

Facebook removes Trump campaign ads with misleading claims about refugees

Facebook has removed a number of ads from the Trump campaign for making misleading and inaccurate claims about Covid-19 and immigration. On Wednesday the social media platform took down the Trump-sponsored advertisements which claimed, without evidence, that accepting refugees would increase Americans’ risk of Covid-19. The ad, which featured a video of Joe Biden talking [...]