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Instagram Hides 'Likes' from More Users

Instagram started hiding "likes" on its platform in Australia, Brazil and several other major markets Thursday, saying it wanted to ease pressure on users, following criticism about its impacts on mental health.

The Facebook-owned social media giant's trial changes mean users in the six countries will no longer be able to see the number of likes other people's posts receive.

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France Defiant as Digital Tax Showdown with U.S. Looms at G7

France on Wednesday expressed defiance in a row with the United States over taxing tech giants that threatens to dominate a G7 meeting, saying an international accord was the only way to solve the dispute.

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New UK Bank Note to Feature Mathematician Turing

The Bank of England on Monday said World War II code-breaker Alan Turing had been chosen to feature on the back of Britain's new £50 bank note ($63, 56 euros).

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Tech Tax Set to Dominate G7 Finance Ministers Meeting

A row over taxing tech giants is set to dominate a meeting of G7 finance ministers near Paris this week, with the world's leading industrialized nations already riven by disruptive US trade policies.

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Facebook's Libra Currency under Fire

Facebook's planned virtual unit Libra, already under heavy attack from U.S. President Donald Trump and global regulators, faces skepticism among the wider cryptocurrency community as well.

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Facebook Faces a $5B FTC Fine, the Largest Ever in Tech

At $5 billion, the fine the FTC is about to levy on Facebook is by far the largest it's given to a technology company, easily eclipsing the second largest, $22 million for Google in 2012.

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'Miss us?' Twitter Hit with Hour-Long Outage

"Miss us?" Twitter tweeted from its official account as the Great Twitter Outage wound down.

We did, apparently.

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France Passes Law Taxing Digital Giants in Defiance of U.S. Anger

France's parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry U.S. President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs.

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Trump Can't Block Twitter Critics, Appeals Court Affirms

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump cannot legally block users on Twitter based on their political differences with him, affirming a lower court decision.

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Monaco Rolls Out Huawei-Built 5G Network in European First

Monaco on Tuesday became the first country in Europe to inaugurate a next-generation 5G mobile phone network based on technology from Chinese firm Huawei, which is seen by the U.S. as a major security risk. 

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