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How Each Big Tech Company May Be Targeted by Regulators

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have been the envy of corporate America, admired for their size, influence and remarkable growth. Now that success is attracting a different kind of spotlight. In Washington, Brussels and beyond, regulators and lawmakers are investigating whether the four technology companies
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Alibaba set for ‘big challenge’ as flamboyant chairman Ma departs

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma will step down from the Chinese firm on Tuesday, leaving his handpicked successor a daunting task of steering the $460 billion juggernaut at a time when the market for its core e-commerce business has slowed sharply. As
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Chinese face-swap app triggers privacy fears after going viral

Zao lets users superimpose themselves on to celebrities but critics warn of data threat

A new Chinese app that lets users swap their faces with celebrities, sports stars or anyone else in a video clip racked up millions of downloads at the weekend but was swiftly criticised over privacy issues.

The app’s surge in popularity and sudden backlash from some users highlights how artificial intelligence (AI) technologies raise concerns surrounding identity verification.

Zao was uploaded to China’s iOS App Store on Friday and immediately went viral. According to a post from the app’s makers on China’s Weibo social media site, Zao’s servers nearly crashed because of the deluge of traffic.

According to App Annie, a firm that tracks app downloads all over the world, Zao was the most downloaded free app in China’s iOS App Store as of 1 September…

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