Twitter Eyes India Expansion; Facebook Goes After Fake News – Again

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 1:52 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A man watches a video on his mobile phone as he commutes by a suburban train in Mumbai, India, March 31, 2016. (Reuters)

FILE – A man watches a video on his mobile phone as he commutes by a suburban train in Mumbai, India, March 31, 2016. (Reuters)

Twitter Pushes Into Countries With Poor Connectivity

Twitter’s latest “Twitter Lite” mobile service, a faster, more data-efficient version of the microblogging service, will target parts of the world where connectivity is spotty in an effort to add new users. Twitter Lite will be rolled out globally, but is primarily aimed at India, Africa and parts of Latin America.

Facebook Puts Link to 10 Tips for Spotting ‘False News Atop Feed

Facebook continues to look for ways to combat fake news that show up every so often as trending stories. Its latest effort is a link at the top of users’ news feeds with tips to help them spot fake news before they share it. The various tips draw attention to odd characteristics in the URL, story formatting, dates, pictures, and other useful advice.

Australian Regulator Sues Apple for Millions Over iPhone Repair Policies

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is suing Apple for allegedly violating local consumer laws by killing iPhones not repaired at Apple stores. Error 53, according to Apple, was intended as a protection measure for users whose touch ID sensors had been used by third-party repair shops. But then Apple said this was a mistake and showed users ways to avoid it. Nevertheless, consumer advocates take issue with Apple for preventing repairs to its products by third-party vendors.

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Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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