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Justice Department accuses Facebook of discriminating against U.S. workers

(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department accused Facebook Inc on Thursday of discriminating against U.S. workers, saying in a new lawsuit the social media giant has given hiring preferences to temporary workers, including those who hold H-1B visas. Read More


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Top AI ethics researcher says Google fired her; company denies it

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - A top Google scientist on ethical artificial intelligence says she was fired after criticizing the company's diversity efforts, a claim the Alphabet Inc unit disputed on Thursday, in the latest brush-up between the internet giant and worker activists. More »


U.S. Senate set to vote on Trump FCC nominee as soon as next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate is set to vote as early as next week to approve the nomination of a senior Trump administration official who has helped lead an effort seeking social media regulations to a seat on the Federal Communications Commission. More »


United States adds China's SMIC and CNOOC to Defense blacklist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday added China's top chipmaker, SMIC, and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. More »


Trump signs order on principles for U.S. government AI use

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday setting guidance for federal agency use of artificial intelligence in government decision-making. More »


Amid pandemic, orders soar for Brazil robot that feeds pigs playing classical music

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Orders for a Brazilian pig-feeding robot, which plays classical music while dispensing meals, soared this year as farmers strove to cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More »


Microsoft aims to help businesses get handle on data with new tool

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Thursday announced a new cloud-based tool designed to help corporate customers understand where data is scattered throughout their operations and whether they are in compliance with data privacy regulations. More »


Brazilian soy farmers try 5G technology with Huawei equipment

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Brazilian farm state of Goias rolled out a pilot project on Thursday to increase productivity and take fast action against disease using fifth-generation technology and equipment provided by China's Huawei Technologies Co. More »


Sailing: America's Cup yachts pose new challenges for graphics crew

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Ian Taylor has helped bring the America's Cup to life for TV viewers since 1992 but he is slightly worried that the secret designs and sheer speed of the boats for next year's regatta may have left his computer graphics company in the dark. More »


Facebook bans false claims about COVID-19 vaccines

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday said it would remove false claims about COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts, following a similar announcement by Alphabet Inc's YouTube in October. More »


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