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In light of the supreme court's verdict, memes and status updates on social media on how to access the medicines have explodedFacebook and Instagram have begun removing posts related to abortion pills, as posts about such medication spiked following the supreme court's ruling stripping away constitutional protections for abortions.Memes and status updates explaining how people can obtain abortion pills in the mail have exploded across social platforms in recent days. Continue reading... [...]
The company said the move has reduced violence, rule violations and health concerns since last yearAirbnb is making its ban on parties at properties listed on the site for short-term rentals permanent, the company announced on Tuesday.San Francisco-based Airbnb said it believes the ban has worked to reduce violence, rules violations and health concerns, with reports of parties at listed properties having dropped 44% from a year ago. More than 6,600 guests were suspended last [...]
Silicon Valley lobbied to change EU policy. Europe needs better ways to hold firms like Google and Meta to accountThe tide is seemingly turning against Meta, Google and other tech giants. Groundbreaking new European Union legislation is imminent, aimed at forcing the large digital platforms to do more to keep users safe and cutting down market abuses, data capture and surveillance infrastructure. As the Digital Services Act package was being finalised, the very public crossing [...]
Even before the supreme court decision to overturn Roe v Wade, the trend to ditch the apps began amid fears of prosecutionMany American women in recent days have deleted period tracking apps from their cellphones, amid fears the data collected by the apps could be used against them in future criminal cases in states where abortion has become illegal.The trend already started last month when a draft supreme court opinion that suggested the court was [...]
Sites such as Letterboxd and GoodReads encourage us to document our cultural consumption. But does gamification get in the way of actually enjoying the arts?The end credits are still rolling when I open up my JustWatch app to mark Luca Guadagnino's seductive psychodrama A Bigger Splash as “Seen”, complete with satisfying green tick. I click on my Letterboxd account to do the same, logging the date I watched it, before scrolling back and finding my [...]
Small-frame Windows 11 machine has good keyboard, trackpad, slick design and better performanceMicrosoft's second attempt at a lower-cost Surface Laptop is faster, quieter and cheaper than its predecessor, while keeping all its good features.The Surface Laptop Go 2 starts at £529 ($599/A$1,099) and costs £20-£170 less than the first iteration depending on version. The starting model has been upgraded with modern components making it much more tempting, too, although it is still mid-range priced rather [...]
Disclosure of subpoenas for board members by blank cheque firm Digital World is latest blow to Donald Trump's social media plansA ​​US federal grand jury has issued subpoenas to the board members of the company merging with Donald Trump's social media company, Truth Social.The disclosure, made on Monday by the blank cheque company Digital World Acquisition Corporation, is the latest blow to Trump's plans to take Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the creator of [...]
FCA could bar Kristo Käärmann from senior role after claim he failed to pay £720,000 in taxFCA investigates Wise co-founder after tax defaultWhen the payments company Wise floated on the London Stock Exchange last summer it propelled its founders into the ranks of Britain's richest people. But Kristo Käärmann, one of the Estonian pair who launched the firm, soon found himself on an altogether less desirable list: named and shamed as a tax defaulter by [...]
They are essential tools but can be expensive. From trade-ins to refurb there are ways to get a better dealPrices for the same model regularly fluctuate between retailers. While manufacturers typically only sell their phones at the recommended retail price, third-party retailers can discount them depending on stock levels and age, so shop around and check multiple price comparison tools such as Google Shopping, Kelkoo, PriceRunner or Price Spy. Continue reading... [...]
The founder of Binance, the world's largest digital currency exchange, is on a mission to talk to governments and regulators even as investors retreatChangpeng Zhao does not like ambiguous words. Which is just as well: the crypto industry, in which he is a leading figure, is in turmoil and crying out for clarity.The 45-year-old founder and chief executive of Binance, the world's biggest cryptocurrency exchange, meets the Observer in an upmarket London hotel after one [...]