Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are not acting quickly enough to tackle hate speech, according to the European Commission, which has told the companies to get their act together.
If the Silicon Valley companies do not speed up their response to tackling illegal hate speech on their platforms, they will be be held accountable under European law, the Commission said Sunday.
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The European Commission has released new proposed telecoms rules that aim to extend the same regulations that telcos already face to services such as WhatsApp and Skype.
Europe hopes the new proposed rules will also boost investment in mobile and broadband networks across the continent and lay the groundwork for 1Gbps internet speeds. It is aiming for more public-access Wi-Fi, and 5G in at least one major city in each member state by 2020.
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The net worth of the world’s richest person Bill Gates hit $90 billion on Friday, fueled by gains in public holdings including Canadian National Railway Company and Ecolab Inc. Gates’s fortune is now $13.5 billion bigger than that of the world’s second-wealthiest person, Spanish retail mogul Amancio Ortega, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. At $90 billion, the Microsoft Corp. co-founder’s net worth is equal to 0.5 percent of U.S. GDP.
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The Google Transparency Project is a Washington, DC group that’s laser-focused on letting Americans know about Google’s lobbying efforts. To get its message out, GTP has worked with journalists at Re/Code and The Intercept, which have run stories about Google’s many visits to the White House, the prevalence of ex-Googlers in the US Digital Service, and other links.
What wasn’t known, until today, is who was paying the bills for research by the “nonprofit watchdog” group. “The folks running the Google Transparency Project won’t say who is paying for it, which is odd for a group devoted to transparency,” noted Fortune’s Jeff John Roberts, one of many journalists who the group reached out to in April.
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Medical students at Case Western Reserve University were already using Microsoft’s Hololens technology to learn to practice medicine. But given the chance to experiment with it, they’ve also discovered it can be used to teach other subjects like music, data, and even the arts.