US trade regulators on Friday approved 10 out of 15 requests for tariff exemptions filed by Apple Inc amid a broader reprieve on levies on computer parts, according to a public docket published by the US Trade Representative and a Federal Register notice. The move by US officials could make it easier for both Apple and small makers of gaming computers to assemble devices in the United States by lowering the costs of importing parts.

Facebook is reportedly working on a secret project. According to a report published by CNBC, Facebook has been working on its new tech venture, smart glasses that are designed to replace smartphones. The social media giant has signed a partnership with Fashion powerhouse Ray-ban parent company Luxottica so that the smart glasses have a ‘cool’ frame which would be appealing for people to wear.

Changes to the way YouTube "verifies" channels by celebrities and brands have upset some of the platform's stars. YouTube said it wanted to "reduce confusion" as viewers "often associated the checkmark with an endorsement of content, not identity". Some video-makers who currently have a "verified badge" on their channel will lose the icon as part of the changes.

Facebook says it has suspended tens of thousands of apps as part of an investigation it launched in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal. The suspended apps were associated with about 400 developers, it said. Facebook said not all the apps posed a threat to users. The company came under huge pressure in 2018 after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had accessed many users' data without permission.

Apple’s latest iPhone 11 range hit stores in China on Friday, with short queues of die-hard fans contrasting with the hundreds who camped out ahead of some previous launches. The sales performance of the US tech giant’s latest line-up is being closely watched in the world’s largest smartphone market, where Apple has been losing ground to competitors with cheaper and feature-packed handsets in recent years.

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s Eros Now said on Thursday it is tying up with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to host and stream its digital video offerings, in a boost to the U.S. software giant’s push to expand in the Indian market. As part of the tie-up, Microsoft will build an online video platform for the Bollywood production house, which will offer interactive voice search features in multiple Indian regional languages.

MOSCOW: Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service said on Thursday it had fined Google $1,560 for circulating adverts for financial services by Ali Trade, a company it said did not have the required license for such activity. Russia has fined Google on several occasions in recent years, although those fines typically amount only to small sums. It fined Google 700,000 roubles in June for failing to remove entries from its search results that Moscow believes contain illegal information.

The drone unit spun out of a “moonshot” lab at Google parent Alphabet will start making “last-mile” deliveries for FedEx and Walgreens next month under a pilot project announced Thursday. The drone delivery service to launch in October in Christiansburg, Virginia, will be the most advanced real-world test of the technology to quickly fly items ranging from Gummy Bears to painkillers to customers, Wing chief executive James Burgess said Thursday.

Chinese tech giant Huawei launches its latest high-end smartphone in Munich on Thursday, the first that could be void of popular Google apps because of United States sanctions. Observers are asking whether a phone without the Silicon Valley software that users have come to depend on can succeed, or whether Huawei will have found a way for buyers to install popular apps despite the constraints.

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Wednesday unveiled second-generation Portal smart screens, touting them as a way to stay connected to loved ones at the leading social network. Facebook also pushed down costs to make new Portal, Portal Mini, and Portal TV devices more enticing to consumers at a starting price of $129.