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France hits back at US over tax on digital giants

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - July 11, 2019 3360

Donald Trump threatens trade war over planned levy on firms such as Amazon and Facebook

France has hit back against US plans to investigate a planned tax on big digital companies, saying it was free to decide how it applies taxes as a sovereign country.

On Wednesday Donald Trump ordered an investigation into the French tax, a probe that could lead to the US imposing tariffs or other trade restrictions.

NHS teams up with Amazon to bring Alexa to patients

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - July 09, 2019 2890

Voice assistant enlisted to aid elderly and blind patients who cannot easily search for advice

The NHS has teamed up with Amazon to allow elderly people, blind people and other patients who cannot easily search for health advice on the internet to access the information through the AI-powered voice assistant Alexa.

The health service hopes patients asking Alexa for health advice will ease pressure on the NHS, with Amazon’s algorithm using information from the NHS website to provide answers to questions such as: “Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?”; ‘Alexa, what are the symptoms of flu?’; and “Alexa what are the symptoms of

Trump violated US constitution by blocking critics on Twitter, federal court rules

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - July 09, 2019 2804

First amendment calls for more speech, rather than less, on matters of public concern, federal appeals court says

President Donald Trump can’t ban critics from his Twitter account, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday, saying the first amendment calls for more speech, rather than less, on matters of public concern.

The second US circuit court of appeals in Manhattan upheld a lower court judge who said Trump violates the constitution when he blocks critics.

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner review – social media storm lit up

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - July 09, 2019 2722

Royal Court, London
Jasmine Lee-Jones’s play follows an online battle about the Instagram star and tackles racism, misogyny and colourism

The lights are still dead when this play opens. A wrapped-up body is dragged on stage and dumped in a grave. This is not the outright murder it seems but the acting out of a digital fantasy. The imagined victim is the titular celebrity. Her virtual killer is Cleo (Danielle Vitalis), who has created a Twitterstorm with threatening messages suggesting ways to kill her (method 1: death by poison).