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Israeli, UAE Technology Firms Pen Deal on Virus Research

A state-linked technology company in the United Arab Emirates has signed a partnership with two major Israeli defense firms to research ways of combating the coronavirus pandemic.

The agreement, announced late Thursday, comes just weeks after the UAE warned Israel that proceeding with its planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank would upend its efforts to improve ties with Arab states.

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Google Tightens Privacy Settings for New Users

Google has begun auto-deleting new users' search data and location history on a rolling 18-month basis, CEO Sundar Pichai announced, as the tech giant moves to tighten privacy settings.

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YouTube Hit with Discrimination Suit by Black Video Artists

A lawsuit filed this week in federal court accuses YouTube of discriminating against African American video makers and viewers by factoring in race when it comes to filtering or monetizing content.

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Zuckerberg Promises Facebook Policy Review

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday promised to review the social network's policies that led to its decision to not moderate controversial messages posted by US President Donald Trump.

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Facebook in Turmoil over Refusal to Police Trump's Posts

The clash between Twitter and Donald Trump has thrust rival Facebook into turmoil, with employees rebelling against CEO Mark Zuckerberg's refusal to sanction false or inflammatory posts by the U.S. president.

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Facebook Slams 'Severe' Singapore Misinformation Law

Facebook said Monday Singapore's use of an online misinformation law is "severe" and risks stifling free speech, after the company was again forced to block a page in the city-state.

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Social Media in Lebanon Erupts over U.S. Protests

Nations around the world have watched in horror and delight at the five days of civil unrest in the United States following the death of a black man being detained by police. But they have not been surprised.

In Lebanon, anti-government protesters flooded social media with humorous tweets sympathetic to U.S. protesters, using the hashtag #Americarevolts. That's a play on the slogan for Lebanon's protest movement -- Lebanon revolts -- which erupted on Oct. 17 last year.

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Trump Threatens to 'Close Down' Social Media after Tweets Tagged

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to close down social media platforms after Twitter labelled two of his tweets "unsubstantiated" and accused him of making false claims.

"Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen," Trump tweeted.

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Qatar Virus Tracing App Stirs Rare Privacy Backlash

Privacy concerns over Qatar's coronavirus contact tracing app, a tool that is mandatory on pain of prison, have prompted a rare backlash and forced officials to offer reassurance and concessions.

Like other governments around the world, Qatar has turned to mobile phones to trace people's movements and track who they come into contact with, allowing officials to monitor coronavirus infections and alert people at risk of contagion.

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Bitter Israel-Iran Rivalry Takes New Forms Online

Hacked websites in Israel, a reported cyberattack in Iran and a Twitter war between their leaders: the arch foes' animosity is flaring up online.

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