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Twitter bans content which 'dehumanizes' based on race, ethnicity

Twitter is expanding its rules on hateful content by banning comments that dehumanize people onthe basis of race or ethnicity. WASHINGTON: Twitter said on Wednesday it was expanding its definition of hateful content to ban language which “dehumanizes” people on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. The move announced by the messaging platform is the latest to refine its definition of abusive and harmful content which has led to a backlash against social networks. Twitter said the latest update is based on feedback since it published expanded rules on hateful content in 2019. “While we encourage people to express themselves freely on Twitter, abuse, harassment and hateful conduct continue to have no place on our service,” a blog post from the Twitter safety team said. “Today, we are further expanding our hateful conduct policy to prohibit language that dehumanizes people on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin.” Twitter said it would remove

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Twitter bans content which 'dehumanises' based on race, ethnicity

Twitter is expanding its rules on hateful content by banning comments that dehumanise people on the basis of race or ethnicity. (AFP photo) WASHINGTON: Twitter said on Wednesday it was expanding its definition of hateful content to ban language which “dehumanises” people on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. The move announced by the messaging platform is the latest to refine its definition of abusive and harmful content which has led to a backlash against social networks. Twitter said the latest update is based on feedback since it published expanded rules on hateful content in 2019. “While we encourage people to express themselves freely on Twitter, abuse, harassment and hateful conduct continue to have no place on our service,” a blog post from the Twitter safety team said. “Today, we are further expanding our hateful conduct policy to prohibit language that dehumanizes people on the basis of race,

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Microsoft apologises for feature criticised as workplace surveillance

Microsoft has apologised for enabling a feature, “productivity score”, which critics said was tantamount to workplace surveillance.The company says it will now make changes to the service, which lets IT administrators “help their people get the most” from its products, in order to limit the amount of information about individual employees that is shared with managers.“At Microsoft, we believe that data-driven insights are crucial to empowering people and organisations to achieve more,” Jared Spataro, the corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, said in a statement. “We also believe that privacy is a human right, and we’re deeply committed to the privacy of every person who uses our products.”The core use-case of the productivity score service is at an organisational level: administrators can use it to see technical information about their network, and also to understand how employees are using features such as chatrooms and scheduling tools.But that information could also be seen on a user-by-user basis, potentially allowing managers to identify individual employees who weren’t contributing enough, or using tools in the right way.Now, Microsoft says, it will removing individual user names from the productivity score entirely. “Going forward, the communications, meetings, content collaboration, teamwork and mobility measures in productivity

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Chinese probe lands on Moon to gather lunar samples

A Long March 5 rocket carrying China’s Chang’e-5 lunar probe launches from the Wenchang Space Centre on China’s southern Hainan Island in November. BEIJING: A Chinese probe has landed on the Moon in an ambitious attempt to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades. Beijing has poured billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022 and of eventually sending humans to the Moon. The Chang’e-5 spacecraft — named for the mythical Chinese moon goddess — touched down on the near side of the Moon on Tuesday, the China National Space Administration said. Chang’e-5’s goal is to collect lunar rocks and soil to help scientists learn about the Moon’s origins, formation and volcanic activity. If the return journey is successful, China will be only the third country to have retrieved samples from the Moon, following the United States and the Soviet

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Salesforce to buy Slack in $27.7bn deal aimed at competing with Microsoft

Business software pioneer Salesforce.com is buying work-chatting service Slack for $27.7bn in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft.The acquisition announced Tuesday is by far the largest in the 21-year history of Salesforce. The San Francisco company was one of the first to begin selling software as a subscription service that could be used on any internet-connected device instead of the more cumbersome process of installing the programs on individual computers.Salesforce’s flamboyant founder and CEO Marc Benioff hailed the “cloud computing” concept as the wave of the future to much derision initially.But software as a service has become an industry standard that has turned into a goldmine for longtime software makers. Microsoft for one has developed its own thriving online suite of services, known as Office 365, which includes a Teams chatting service that includes many of the same features as Slack’s six-year-old application.Slack in July filed a complaint in the European Union accusing Microsoft of illegally bundling Teams into Office 365 in a way that blocks its removal by customers who may prefer Slack.Microsoft also has been posing a threat to Salesforce’s main products, a lineup of tools

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The 'fan edition' phone for non-Samsung fans

The ‘fan edition’ phone for non-Samsung fans Galaxy S20 FE 5G is a go-to choice for newcomers to the brand This review hurts me personally because I paid a lot of money and got myself a Samsung Galaxy S20+ around mid-year. Now, the newly-released S20 FE 5G is cheaper, faster and has all the same Samsung features with a set of slightly inferior cameras at around half the price. I have owned or tried Samsung, Oppo, Apple, Sony, Motorola, Lenovo, HTC and OnePlus phones over the past decade and I can still say that in 2020 Samsung produces the most social-media-ready photos and videos with the least effort. Yes, the FE produces less-detailed shots compared to its big brothers (the Note20 Ultra & S20 Ultra, I mean) but what you see on social media is far less than what the FE can comfortably produce with ease. At about half the price, the FE can do 95% of what the S20+ does with all the bells and whistles, gimmicks and shooting modes intact. Samsung’s AI helps to pick and adjust how you take your photos instantly. You can also zoom 3x optically as

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Depa unveils digital roadmap

Mr Abhisak, Mr Patompong, Mr Tinnakorn and Mr Natwut, from left to right, give their views on the digital industry at Post Today’s virtual forum on Monday. The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) has introduced its digital blueprint for Thailand as a driver of digital transformation, to cope with rapid changes in technology, consumer behaviour and the business environment. The blueprint was crafted to ensure the success of Thailand’s 20-year digital economy development roadmap, which started in 2016. Only 0.4% of companies in the industrial sector have achieved Industry 4.0 practices, where smart production is involved, the agency indicated. Depa president and chief executive Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin said the way forward for enterprises is to adopt digital technology by developing products with new platforms. Those who only operate physical functions must gear towards non-physical features, while traditional businesses need to go for digitalisation,

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Demand for 5G handsets, services is strong

AIS organises an event to deliver iPhone 12 handsets to customers who pre-ordered. The event took place at AIS eSports Studio at Samyan Mitrtown shortly after midnight on Friday. The roll-out of the iPhone 12 line-up, heavy subsidies from mobile operators and tax rebate incentives are expected to be catalysts for demand for 5G-enabled smartphones and 5G usage in the country, according to tech pundits. Apple began selling its 5G-compatible iPhone 12 range in Thailand on Friday. This comprises the iPhone 12 mini, which has a starting price of 25,900 baht, the iPhone 12 at 29,900 baht, iPhone 12 Pro at 36,900 baht and iPhone 12 Pro Max at 39,900 baht. The top two mobile operators — Advanced Info Service (AIS) and True Move H Universal Communication — yesterday arranged a variety of activities shortly after midnight to

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Sales brisk for local iPhone 12 debut

Customers wait in line outside the Apple Store at CentralWorld to buy the new 5G iPhone 12 on Friday. (Photo: Chanat Katanyu) Hype was high for first-day sales of the new iPhone 12 series in Thailand on Friday, with major mobile operators holding activities and passing out phones to customers who had pre-booked from the first minute after midnight. And queues started forming before dawn outside the first official Apple store in the country.  Apple’s first 5G-compatible lineup comprises the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Advanced Info Service (AIS), the country’s biggest mobile operator by subscribers, was busy at AIS eSports STUDIO at Samyan Mitrtown, handing out iPhone 12 handsets to pre-order customers from 12.01am. A delivery team also began dropping off purchases to customers’ homes. “AIS is extremely proud to be delivering the new models of iPhone 12 to Thai customers, bringing the

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Cluster of catalysts expected to tempt buyers at Commart

Visitors browse the latest models of computers and IT gadgets at Commart Xtreme. The fair runs until Sunday at Bitec Bangna. More advanced technology in the computer segment, the launch of the iPhone 12 lineup and the government’s tax rebate “Shop and Payback” scheme are expected to be catalysts for IT sales at the Commart fair, say leading IT firms. The positive trend for the IT segment can be expected to continue into next year. “In this final quarter, ‘Commart Xtreme’ is upbeat as the exhibition space is fully booked,” said Pornchai Jantarasupasang, deputy general manager of ARIP, the organiser of Commart, which runs from Thursday to Sunday. The Commart held during the previous quarter saw a 20% drop in exhibition space, while the show held in March saw a decline of 30% because of the impact of the pandemic, he said. The latest Commart should also receive a boost from the latest Gen11

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