Facebook removes accounts from UAE, Nigeria, Egypt and Indonesia

Hundreds of pages accused of ‘coordinated inauthentic behaviour’ and misleading millions of users worldwide. Facebook has removed several pages, groups and accounts on its platforms from the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia, citing “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” aimed at misleading social media users. A total of 443 Facebook accounts, 200 pages and 76 groups, as well as 125 Instagram accounts, were removed, the social media platform said on Thursday. They were traced to three separate and “unconnected” operations, one of which was operating in three countries, the United Arab Emirates,…

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Apple to raise iPhone 11 production by 10 percent

Suppliers have been told to increase production of the latest iPhone due to strong demand, the Nikkei Asian Review said. Apple Inc. has told suppliers to increase production of the latest iPhone 11 product line by as much as 10% to meet stronger-than-expected demand for the new handsets, the Nikkei Asian Review reported. The boost would add 7 million to 8 million units to the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s smartphone production, the publication reported. The increase may validate Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s strategy of offering budget-conscious consumers less expensive models…

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Printer problem: HP says to slash up to 9,000 jobs to cut costs

HP estimates that it can save $1bn by the end of its 2022 fiscal year, but the restructuring will also cost it $1bn. Personal computer and printer maker HP Inc said on Thursday it would cut up to 16 percent of its workforce as part of a restructuring plan aimed at cutting costs. The company will cut about 7,000 to 9,000 jobs through a combination of “employee exits and voluntary early retirement”, it said in a statement. HP estimates that it will be able to save about $1bn by the…

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FTC seeks data on advertising and sales for e-cigarette companies

US regulator appears to be taking first steps in a larger investigation of marketing practices by vaping firms. The United States Federal Trade Commission has ordered a half-dozen e-cigarette companies to turn over sales and advertising data, the federal regulator said on Thursday in the first sign of a likely probe into the companies’ marketing practices. The order was sent to Juul Labs Inc, RJ Reynolds Vapor Company, Fontem US Inc, Logic Technology Development LLC, Nu Mark LLC and NJOY LLC, the FTC said in a statement. The FTC is…

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MGM to pay Las Vegas shooting survivors, families up to $800m

MGM reaches settlement with survivors, families of 58 people killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Survivors and the families of the 58 people killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history have reached a settlement of at least $735m with MGM Resorts, a law firm representing the victims and MGM Resorts International said on Thursday. MGM Resorts owns the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas where Stephen Paddock, 64, fired more than 1,100 rounds from his 32nd-floor suite into a crowd of 22,000 people…

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