Twitter account deletions on 'pause' after outcry

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Image caption Twitter faced criticism for how the accounts of dead people would be handled

Twitter has said it will "pause" plans to disable inactive accounts following user backlash, a day after announcing plans for a huge cull of such accounts.

The social network said it now would not remove accounts until it had a process for "memorialising" dead users on the network.

It admitted not having a policy in place was a "miss on our part”.

The firm said it was taking action on inactive accounts due to regulatory concerns.

It said once it had a full process in place, account deactivations would occur in the EU first. This was in order, Twitter said, to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Twitter prepares for huge cull of inactive users

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Image caption Twitter said the accounts would start being deactivated from 11 December

Twitter will begin deleting accounts that have been inactive for more than six months, unless they log in before an 11 December deadline.

The cull will include users who stopped posting to the site because they died - unless someone with that person's account details is able to log-in.

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'Thanksgiving Four' say Google is punishing them

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Image caption Employee activism has been a major disruption for Google over the past two years

Google has fired four employees in what activists within the company describe as an attempt to "crush" workers' attempts to organise.

The people, who have been dubbed the "Thanksgiving Four", had their contracts terminated on Monday.

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Tesla's new Cybertruck smashed during demo

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Tesla has unveiled its "Cybertruck" pickup truck, but not without an embarrassing moment on stage.

The truck's windows were smashed during a demonstration supposed to show how hard they were to break.

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Google to restrict political adverts worldwide

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Google is extending a ban on political campaigns targeting advertising at people based on their supposed political leanings.

It said political groups would soon only be able to target ads based on "general categories" such as age, gender and rough location.

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Uber self-driving crash 'mostly caused by human error'

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A distracted safety operator in an Uber self-driving car was primarily to blame for a fatal crash in 2018, a US regulator has ruled.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said an “inadequate safety culture” at Uber was also a major contributing factor.

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Amazon begins appeal over Pentagon cloud contract

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Image caption The Pentagon contract will be worth $10bn over the next 10 years

Amazon has filed an intention to appeal the US Department of Defense's decision to give a major contract to Microsoft.

Amazon had been considered the favourite to win the deal, worth $10bn over the next 10 years.

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Motorola Razr flip phone revived with foldable screen

The new Razr is ever-so-slightly thicker when folded compared to the 2004 original Image copyright Motorola
Image caption The new Razr is ever-so-slightly thicker when folded compared to the 2004 original

Motorola has revived its slim Razr flip phone, some 15 years after the original “game changing” device hit the market.

The new device features a 6.2in screen which folds together when closed, with another, smaller screen to display notifications on its outer shell.

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DJI makes app to identify drones and find pilots

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Image caption Drones have caused widespread disruption at airports around the world

Drone maker DJI has demonstrated a way to quickly identify a nearby drone, and pinpoint the location of its pilot, via a smartphone.

The technique makes use of a protocol called “Wi-Fi Aware”, with which the drone essentially broadcasts information about itself.

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Disney bets the House of Mouse on streaming

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Image caption The Mandalorian will be a Star Wars series exclusive to Disney+

There’s no question Disney produces incredible entertainment. The firm has had us laughing, crying and falling in love with its characters for almost 100 years.

But the launch of its eagerly-anticipated streaming service Disney+ - which goes live in the US, Canada and the Netherlands on Tuesday - will mean the legendary House of Mouse will need to be able to compete not just on programming, but technology too.

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