White House Vaccine Chief Says First American Could Get Vaccinated On December 11

The first person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in the United States could get it as soon as December 11, according to the White House.  An application to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorisation for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate was submitted by the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner…

Governments And Tech Giants Join Hands Against Covid-19 Misinformation

Misinformation and conspiracy theories around Covid-19 vaccinations will not attempted to ne dispelled by tech companies including Facebook, Twitter and Google together with governments including the United Kingdom and Canada. Standards for tackling misinformation across the various digital platforms and how organizations accountable for their failure to do so can be held responsible is being…

Facebook, Twitter to hand over U.S. institutional handles on January 20, 2020

In a statement, social media giants, Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc said, they will transfer control of the @POTUS account to the Joe Biden administration on January 20, 2020. On both social media platforms, the @POTUS account is the official account of the President of the United States and is separate from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter…

Deutsche Bahn & Siemens Mobility developing green hydrogen powered train engines

In a significant development, Deutsche Bahn and Siemens Mobility have started developing hydrogen-powered fuel cell trains as well as filling station; trials for the same will commence in 2024. In time these will replace diesel powered train engines on Germany’s local rail networks. A prototype, which will be built by Siemens, will be based on…

Even With China Allowing Its 737 Max, Boeing’s Challenges In China To Continue

Despite the United States based aircraft maker Boeing is close to getting back into the air its grounded 737 Max planes, there are a host of other challenges awaiting the company in the critical aviation market of China. There has yet been no word from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) about allowing a…

$113 Million To Be Paid By Apple Over Charges Of It Deliberately Slowing Down Older iPhones

In relation to its controversial previous practices of intentionally slowing down older iPhones to extend their battery life, Apple has agreed to pay millions of dollars in damages to to 34 states in the United States. Under the agreement struck by Apple, the iPhone has to pay $113 million for the settlement of an investigation…

Alliance for Automotive Innovation sues to block Massachusetts vehicle data initiative

In a significant development, a group representing Volkswagen AG, General Motors Co, and Toyota Motor Corp and other major carmakers filed a lawsuit to block the state of Massachusetts’ ballot initiative that aims to significantly expand the access to vehicle data. Earlier this month, Massachusetts overwhelmingly approved the initiative to revise the state’s 2013 “Right…

Estimate Of Hate Speech On Its Platform Provided By Facebook For The First Time

For every 10,000 content views posted on Facebook in the third quarter about 10 were included in hate speech, said the social media company while disclosing numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on its platform, for the first time in  its history. The estimate was released in its quarterly content moderation report by the…