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Nearly a million businesses in the UK and around the world can now set up a single online store to sell products, with no fee, on Facebook and Instagram. The initial stage of the Facebook Shops rollout has been brought forward and extended because of Covid-19. The stores will appear on business pages, Instagram profiles […]

Disney’s head of streaming Kevin Mayer is stepping down to become the boss of social media platform TikTok. He has been named the chief executive officer of TikTok and chief operating officer of ByteDance, the platform’s Chinese parent company. TikTok, an app where users post short videos, has seen an explosion of growth since its […]

Microsoft has revealed some of the first third-party games that will be optimised for its next-generation console, the Xbox Series X. The Xbox livestream featured previously unseen footage of the highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. But many viewers complained too little gameplay was displayed. Both Microsoft and PlayStation-maker Sony have promised to deliver their latest […]

Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Maria Sharapova are among the tennis stars who will compete in a live-streamed tournament of Mario Tennis Aces. Top tennis players will partner celebrities and play as characters from the game on Nintendo Switch. E-sports have surged in popularity as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the cancelation of live events. […]

Facebook has added a wave of new video-calling features to WhatsApp, Messenger and its main app, following increased demand for social video calling. New Messenger Rooms will let people start group video chats that can be joined by up to 50 people. The company told the BBC it released the features earlier than planned due […]

The mobile-first streaming service Quibi launched in the US on Monday, despite concerns the coronavirus outbreak might impact its viewership. The company has raised $1.8bn (£1.47bn) for the project intended to rival Netflix and YouTube. Quibi’s shows are 10 minutes or shorter and movies are broken into segments. It has lined up a host of […]

Facebook will pay its third-party US content moderators to work from home. On a call with reporters, Facebook’s chief Mark Zuckerberg said the contract workers would still get their full salaries even if they were unable to do all their normal tasks. The company will also increase use of artificial intelligence to moderate content during […]

Microsoft has fixed a glitch in Windows 10 that meant one of the operating system’s core features stopped working. Dozens posted on social media that Windows Search had stopped working for them on Wednesday morning. Users said that when they used the desktop search tool it brought up a blank box rather than related results. […]

Google is temporarily closing all of its offices in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as a result of the coronavirus. Other tech giants, including Amazon and Microsoft, have also taken action to protect staff from infection. This week global corporations have been shutting operations in China and advising overseas staff not to visit the country. […]

Whether to allow Huawei to help build the UK’s 5G network is one of the most consequential and difficult national security decisions government has faced. The decision – due to be made at a meeting of the National Security Council later – involves balancing complex technical risks with geopolitics and costs to the economy. But […]


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