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Twitter removes thousands of accounts linked to Chinese Communist Party

“They were tweeting predominantly in Chinese languages and spreading geopolitical narratives favourable to the Communist Party of China, while continuing to push deceptive narratives about the political dynamics in Hong Kong,” the company said in a statement. “Ultimately our goal is to serve the public conversation, remove bad-faith actors, and …

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PlayStation 5 consoles unveiled, including a disc-free version

Rival Microsoft has previously revealed the Xbox Series X, also releasing later this year, but while the two systems are built with similar parts the companies appear to have differing philosophical approaches. Microsoft has highlighted its machine’s raw power and the PC-like ability for players to move their libraries forwards …

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Fisher and Paykel, Honda join Lion on hacker hit list

New Zealand-based Fisher and Paykel and Japanese automaker Honda have since been targeted, with the appliance maker hit by a malware program called Nefilim and the Japanese carmaker reportedly infected by the “Snake” ransomware. The latest spate of attacks come in the wake of government department Service NSW, Toll Group …

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Apple to announce move from Intel to in-house Mac chips at WWDC

This will be the first time in the 36-year history of the Mac that Apple-designed processors will power these machines. It has changed chips only two other times. In the early 1990s, Apple switched from Motorola processors to PowerPC. At WWDC in 2005, Steve Jobs announced a move from PowerPC …

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IBM scraps face recognition development over racial profiling concerns

IBM says it is scrapping its facial recognition business over concerns about how it can be used for mass surveillance and racial profiling. In a letter to US Congress members Arvind Krishna, IBM’s chief executive, confirmed the company’s shift as it looks to “advance racial equality”. Arvind Krishna was recently …

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Drinks giant Lion hit by cyber attack as hackers target corporate Australia

Contacted byThe Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Tuesday, Lion confirmed it had been hit by a cyber attack that had forced it to shut down its IT systems. “Lion has experienced a cyber incident and has taken the precaution of shutting down our IT systems, causing some disruption …

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Nintendo’s fresh take on some very old game night favourites

With a kitschy clean presentation and a multicultural theme, Nintendo’s 51 Worldwide Classics is a glossy and generous collection of tabletop standards and rainy day time wasters, perfect for a night in with the family. Software that emulates board or card games isn’t exactly uncommon, but it’s also rarely remarkable. …

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Facebook unafraid of scrutiny as ACCC probes Giphy deal

Facebook says it has nothing to hide from the Australian competition regulator, which has launched an investigation into the social media giant’s acquisition of Giphy, a library of video clips and animated images known as GIFs. Facebook acquired Giphy for a reported $US400 million ($612 million) last month but the …

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Experts warn of new strains of misinformation as COVID-19 seeds conspiracy theories

“They might say look, we know that radio waves interfere with oxygen molecules, and people have difficulty breathing when they have the coronavirus. So you’ve got these bits and pieces that go together but the end result is there’s no scientific proof for these claims,” he said. Conspiracy theories are …

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