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WHO enlists Facebook, Google to fight coronavirus fake news

Can some of the world's biggest tech companies work together to devise a plan to rein in misinformation about the coronavirus? The World Health Organization hopes so.


The agency convened about a dozen large tech companies at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters on Thursday — among them Google, Amazon, YouTube and Airbnb — to "work together on solutions to the coronavirus," CNBC reports. Shoddy information about the virus emerged as an initial focus, but the group plans to convene every few months. The holdouts who were invited but didn't attend? Apple, Uber and Lyft.

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Mark Zuckerberg says regulate Facebook as something between a telco and a newspaper.

The Facebook CEO proposed a new framing for how he thinks regulators should treat his company during a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany today, Reuters reports.

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No really, Europe is very serious about taxing tech companies.

EU members of the G20, plus Britain, say that "taxation of the digital economy" should be "the highest priority," according to a document seen by Reuters.

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The 5G rollout is reportedly slowing.

The Wall Street Journal reports that equipment makers are seeing a slowdown in infrastructure spending, including in the U.S.

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Mark Zuckerberg plans to say 'we want tax reform.'

POLITICO reports that on Saturday, the Facebook CEO will give a speech in Munich where he'll say the company is willing to pay more tax.

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Judge blocks Microsoft's JEDI contract.

Temporarily, at least.

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