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Facial recognition becomes opt-in feature at Facebook

Facebook on Tuesday said facial recognition technology applied to photos at the social network will be an opt-in feature. The change that began rolling out to users around the world came as the leading social network remains under pressure to better protect privacy and user data, including biometric information. Nearly two years ago, Facebook introduced…

British PM faces Brexit rebellion, threatens election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a rebellion by his own lawmakers on Tuesday over his Brexit strategy, despite warning he would respond to any defeat by calling an early election. Members of Johnson’s own Conservative party are preparing to join opposition lawmakers to try to force a delay to Britain’s exit from the European…

Australia keeps interest rates on hold

Australia’s central bank kept interest rates at historic lows Tuesday, despite weaker-than-expected growth and global trade fears. Reserve Bank of Australia chief Philip Lowe said the cash rate would remain unchanged at 1.00 percent but the board would “ease monetary policy further if needed”. The bank had already cut rates by a quarter-point in June…

Pound slides on en election speculation, Brexit uncertainty

The pound slid Monday as speculation mounted about an early election and data revealed a slump in UK manufacturing fuelled by Brexit uncertainty, traders said. Sterling fell nearly 0.8 percent versus the dollar in late London trading. That helped lend strong support to London’s FTSE 100 shares index that features numerous multinationals earning in dollars…

China lodges WTO trade complaint against US: govt

China said Monday it had lodged a complaint against the United States with the World Trade Organization (WTO), one day after new tariffs imposed by Washington on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods came into force. The world’s two biggest economies have been embroiled in a bruising year-long trade war which escalated further on…

Airbus says AirAsia X places $5 billion order

Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia X has ordered 42 Airbus aircraft worth a total catalogue price of five billion dollars, Airbus said Friday. The Malaysian carrier has placed a firm order for 12 long-range A330neo planes and 30 medium-range A321XLR models, the European aircraft manufacturer said in a statement. Major purchases are often finalised at a…

‘Sense of urgency’, as top tech players seek AI ethical rules

Top players in global tech companies kicked off work Monday to draw up global ethical standards related to data and artificial intelligence, with Microsoft’s president voicing a “sense of urgency”. Some two dozen high-ranking representatives of the global and Swiss economies, as well as scientists and academics, met in Geneva for the first Swiss Global…

UK PM to call election if Brexit strategy defeated: top official

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call an election for October 14 if MPs vote against his Brexit strategy, a top official said Monday on the eve of a parliamentary showdown. MPs from Johnson’s own Conservative Party are preparing to join opposition lawmakers in a vote on Tuesday to try to force him to delay…