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TikTok eyes European data centres amid regulatory pressure

Chinese social media company TikTok plans to open two more data centres in Europe, according to a senior executive, a move that could mitigate concerns over the security of users’ data and ease regulatory pressure on the company. TikTok has been seeking to assure governments and regulators that users’ personal …

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Tesla fired employees for union efforts, workers’ group says

Several employees at a United States Tesla factory in Buffalo, New York were fired a day after launching union-organising efforts, according to the local labour group Tesla Workers United (TWU). The workers received an email Wednesday evening updating them on a new policy that prohibits them from recording workplace meetings …

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Could bird flu become a pandemic?

It is a bloody trail: Avian flu has killed 15 million domestic birds and led to the culling of an unprecedented 193 million more since October 2021. The rampant virus has jumped from Europe and Asia to North America — spreading shortly afterwards to bird populations in South and Central …

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What Chatbot Bloopers Reveal About the Future of AI

What a distinction seven days makes on this planet of generative AI. Last week Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, was gleefully telling the world that the brand new AI-infused Bing search engine would “make Google dance” by difficult its long-standing dominance in internet search. The new Bing makes use of a bit …

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Ethiopian Orthodox Church reaches deal with three rogue bishops

The influential Ethiopian Orthodox Church said late on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with a breakaway synod from the Oromia region following deadly violence that killed dozens and led to partial internet shutdowns. The rift threatened to bring fresh instability to Africa’s second most populous nation, just as …

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