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Million Britons miss out on ‘decent’ broadband speeds

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The UK's digital divide has narrowed but more than one million homes and offices still struggle to get good broadband, says an Ofcom report.The Connected Nations report found that about 4% of properties cannot get a broadband speed fast enough to meet their needs.Last year, about 1.6 million UK properties were in this position.Smartphone access to the net also needed to improve, it said, as many only got weak signals when travell... Read More
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Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit

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Thousands of Vodafone customers will be able to end their contracts early after the UK's communications regulator raised concerns over new charges.In April, Vodafone introduced new international roaming charges for 60 countries outside the European Union, and told customers via text message.Ofcom said it had "intervened" because it had "concerns about the clarity of that text message".In a statement, Vodafone said its customers "like" its products.Vodafone's Roam Further charges, introduced in 2017, mean customers on a monthly contract are charged a flat fee of £6 per day to use their pho... Read More
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Schools warned over hackable heating systems

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Dozens of British schools' heating systems have been found to be vulnerable to hackers, according to a probe by a security research firm.Pen Test Partners says the problem was caused by the equipment's controllers being connected to the wider internet, against the manufacturer's guidelines.It says it would be relatively easy for mischief-makers to switch off the heaters from afar.But an easy fix, pulling out the network cables, can address the threat.Even so, the company suggests the discovery highlights that building management systems are often installed by electricians and engineer... Read More
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NatWest bank spat prompts web security changes

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NatWest bank says it will enhance the security of its website, following a spat with security experts who spotted a vulnerability.Several researchers had asked why some banks used encrypted HTTPS connections for online banking, but not on their main customer-facing websites.When security expert Troy Hunt told NatWest its site "needed fixing", the bank replied "sorry you feel this way".But the bank has now told the BBC it will ... Read More
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‘Flirty secretary’ smart assistant taken offline in China

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One of China's largest tech companies has taken its "flirtatious secretary" virtual assistant offline, following a suggestion that it objectified women.The avatar, called Vivi, was designed to be built-in on a new virtual reality headset sold by iQiyi, the video platform owned by search giant Baidu.The voice-controlled assistant could recommend films and video games, but could also be made to flirt and dance. Vivi has now been taken offline for "modification", said iQiyi.'Beta-testing version'The virtual reality headset was first announced in March, a... Read More
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Star Citizen game makers being sued

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The makers of the crowdfunded space game Star Citizen are being sued for copyright infringement and breach of contract by development studio Crytek.Crytek claims Roberts Space Industries (RSI) and Cloud Imperium Games "have caused substantial harm" to them.Crytek said it would seek damages and an injunction that stopped further use of its CryEngine game engine software.Star Citizen's creators said the suit was "meritless" and added that it would defend itself "vigorously".Development of Star Citizen began in 2012 and since then it has raised more than $170m (£126m) in crowdsourced fu... Read More
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Mirai botnet: Three admit creating and running attack tool

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A US-based man has pleaded guilty to creating a giant botnet that was used to disrupt access to much of the web in October 2016.The Mirai malware also caused havoc later last year when it was used to stop people's internet routers working.Paras Jha has admitted working with others to infect more than 300,000 devices and using them to carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and other criminal activity.He has yet to be sentenced.Two other people - Josiah White and Dalton Norman - have also agreed to plead guilty to using the botnet for criminal gain. The details we... Read More
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Starbucks wi-fi makes computers mine crypto-currency

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Starbucks has acknowledged that visitors to one of its shops were unwittingly recruited into a crypto-currency mining operation.The wi-fi service provided by one of the coffee chain's Buenos Aires outlets surreptitiously hijacked connected computers to use their processing power to create digital cash.Starbucks said that it had taken "swift action" to address the problem.But one expert said it highlighted the risks of using public wi-fi.It is not clear how long the malware involved was active or how many customers were affected.The issue was identified only when the chief execu... Read More
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Broadband over ‘wet string’ tested for fun

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Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string.The connection reached speeds of 3.5Mbps (megabits per second), according to the Andrews and Arnold engineer who conducted the experiment.The point of the experiment appears to have been purely to see if it was achievable.The firm does not believe there is a way to exploit the finding."To be honest it was a bit of fun, which one of our techies decided to try out - we have equipment we could test in the office, and why not?" Adrian Kennard, the inter... Read More
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LinkedIn hosted jihadist lectures, Blair institute reveals

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Lectures by a radical Islamist cleric linked to the 9/11 attacks and other jihadist content have been discovered on LinkedIn.The business-focused social network was alerted to the issue after an investigation by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.The Microsoft-owned business has since removed the material.But it faces criticism for not having taken a more proactive stance ahead of the discovery.According to the former prime minister's research body - whose remit includes counter-extremism - some of the documents had been on LinkedIn for eight years.The researcher who ma... Read More
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‘Meghan Markle’ and ‘fidget spinners’ top UK Google search

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"Meghan Markle", fiancee to Prince Harry, has been revealed by Google as the top most searched term in the UK for 2017.It puts the royal bride-to-be ahead of "iPhone 8" and "Hurricane Irma" in the list of top search terms.The Manchester bombing and Grenfell Tower also featured in the top 10.The UK election featured heavily in the list of top "What is...?" queries, with people asking about a hung Parliament and the Democratic Unionist Party."Bitcoin" became one of the year's buzzwords and "What is Bitcoin?", "How to buy Bitcoin" and "How to mine bitcoins" all appeared on trending lists... Read More
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Netflix defends A Christmas Prince tweet

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Netflix has defended a tweet that revealed 53 people had watched its new Christmas film every day for 18 days in a row."Who hurt you?" read the tweet, addressed to them.The tweet caused controversy, with some saying it was "creepy" of the platform to keep such close tabs on its audience, and mock their choices.However, others found it entertaining - and unsurprising that Netflix should know what its customers were viewing.In a statement, Netflix said the privacy of its members was important."This information represents overall viewing trends, not the personal viewing information of ... Read More
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Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns

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About half a million children and young people gamble every week, a Gambling Commission report is expected to show.The regulator has warned that children as young as 11 are using so-called skin betting websites, which let players gamble with virtual items as currency.The items won - usually modified guns or knives within a video game known as a skin - can often be sold and turned back in to real money.The Gambling Commission is releasing its annual survey on Tuesday.It is estimated that half of the UK online population - more than 30 million people - play video games.The Gambli... Read More
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Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

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Scan your eyes over Apple's just-published list of the year's most popular iPhone apps, and there's one notable omission: Shazam.In fact, it's been a while since the song-identifying software squeezed its way into the iOS App Store's top 10. So, why has Apple confirmed it is "combining" its business with that of the smaller London company? It has not revealed the price it is paying, but the sum is rumoured to be as much as $400m (£299m), ... Read More
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HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

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Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models.Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work.HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the "potential security vulnerability".It has issued a software patch for its customers to remove the keylogger.The issue affects laptops in the EliteBook, ProB... Read More
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German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage

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China is using fake LinkedIn profiles to gather information on German officials and politicians, the German intelligence agency (BfV) has said.The agency alleges that Chinese intelligence used the networking site to target at least 10,000 Germans, possibly to recruit them as informants.It released a number of fake profiles allegedly used for this purpose.BfV head Hans-Georg Maassen said the accounts show China's efforts to subvert top-level German politics."This is a broad-based attempt to infiltrate in particular parliaments, ministries and government agencies," he said.... Read More
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Apple ‘to buy Shazam for $400m’

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Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say.Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound.Shazam, which says it has more than 100 million monthly users, makes most of its revenue from commissions paid on referrals to Apple's iTunes Store.Neither Apple nor Shazam have commented on the reports on the TechCrunch site.If the deal is confirmed, Shazam will become the latest in a string of UK technology firms to be bought up by larger businesses... Read More
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Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’

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Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl site. Scattered among the artists, cooks and professional eaters are a growing band of young women wearing revealing clothing while they game. Some go further and entertain fans by dancing or by doing a series of suggestive exercises, like squats, to tempt people to subscribe to their channel or to hand over Twitch's micro-currency - bits.Dubbed "booby streamers" these young women have been a feature of Twitch for years but their numbers have... Read More
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Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable

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Apple has fixed a security flaw in its HomeKit system that could have let unauthorised people control smart home gadgets such as door locks and lights.The bug appeared in the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system iOS 11.2, and could have let criminals unlock internet-connected doors.A researcher disclosed the problem to tech news site 9to5Mac.Apple said it had now disabled remote HomeKit access for shared users, as a temporary solution to the problem.The company'... Read More
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DanTDM named richest YouTuber of 2017 after making £12.3m

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DanTDM has been named the highest-earning YouTuber of 2017 - making £12.3m this year, according to Forbes magazine.The 26-year-old, from Aldershot, started off making videos of himself playing Minecraft and Pokemon.He's got more than 16 million subscribers and has had more than 10 billion views of all his videos.The YouTuber, whose real name is Dan Middleton, did not feature in the top ten list last year.DanTDM's recent live tour included a show at the Sydney Opera House - which became the second fastest-selling show in the venue's history.He started posting videos, which were aimed at the under-10s, while working in Tesco... Read More
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Steam stops accepting payments in bitcoins

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Online game service Steam has stopped accepting payments made with the Bitcoin virtual currency.In a statement, development studio Valve, which runs Steam, said "high fees and volatility" had driven it to stop accepting them.It said that fees to process Bitcoin payments had "skyrocketed" in 2017, making the virtual currency much less attractive as an option.It said it may re-evaluate Bitcoin as a payment possibility in the future.... Read More
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San Francisco to restrict goods delivery robots

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San Francisco officials have voted to restrict where delivery robots can go in the city, in a blow for the burgeoning industry.Start-ups will have to get permits to use such bots, which will be restricted to less crowded urban areas.Opponents are concerned about the safety of pedestrians, particularly elderly people and children.Walk San Francisco, a group that campaigns for pedestrian safety, wanted a complete ban.A range of companies have begun trialling small robots that can deliver food and other goods.They use sensors and lasers in a similar way to self-driving cars in ord... Read More
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Google Amazon row leads to restricted YouTube access

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Google plans to stop Amazon's Fire TV streaming devices being able to use YouTube from the start of 2018.The search giant has also blocked a workaround that Amazon introduced to restore YouTube access to a screen-based version of its smart speaker.Experts say the steps mark an escalation of a business row in which consumers have been caught up in the fallout.Amazon had previously stopped selling several of Google's hardware products.It removed the latest Nest-branded smart home kit - including a home security system and a new version of its thermostat - from its online stores last mon... Read More
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Google’s ‘superhuman’ DeepMind AI claims chess crown

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Google says its AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess against world-leading specialist software within hours of teaching itself the game from scratch.The firm's DeepMind division says that it played 100 games against Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them.The research has yet to be peer reviewed.But experts already suggest the achievement will strengthen the firm's position in a competitive sector."From a scientific point of view, it's the latest in a ser... Read More
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Sad poop emoji gets flushed after row

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Plans to introduce a "frowning pile of poo" emoji have been flushed from the latest proposals by the group in charge of creating the symbols.The symbol was floated as one of many to be introduced in 2018, but it angered typographers who said it was "embarrassing" to the group.The Unicode Consortium pushes out a central list of emoji so that they show up properly on different devices.It said changes to the "pile of poo" emoji had not been totally dumped.While the Unicode Consortium curates the standard list of emoji, it is up to individual phone and app-makers to design what they look like.... Read More
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‘One-third of teenage girls sexually harassed online’

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Nearly a third of teenage girls have been sexually harassed online by children their own age, a study from charity Childnet suggests.Some 31% of girls aged 13-17 have been targeted with unwanted sexual attention, compared with 11% of boys.One in 10 of the 1,559 teens interviewed reported receiving threats of sexual violence, including rape.The government is currently preparing new guidance on how schools deal with sexual harassment.Other findings of the report are:26% of teenagers have been a victim of online... Read More
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Will tech firms challenge China’s ‘open’ internet?

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Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it. When that event is China's annual global internet get-together in Wuzhen there are plenty who turn up, but fewer who want to advertise their attendance. China has been smart and ruthless in its control of the internet within its borders. It blocks some foreign sites all together and it censors - heavily - what Chinese are allowed to see. Nonetheless the big idea at this gathering is openness. There wasn't much openness about the "great firewall" that keeps out Twitter, Face... Read More
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CryptoKitties craze slows down transactions on Ethereum

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A new craze for virtual kittens is slowing down trade in one of the largest crypto-currencies. CryptoKitties lets players buy and breed "crypto-pets" on Ethereum's underlying blockchain network. The game's developers told the Bloomberg news agency that CryptoKitties was a "key step" to making blockchains more accessible. But its popularity has underscored one of the technology's biggest do... Read More
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Nissan to trial robo-taxis in Japan

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Carmaker Nissan plans to test self-driving taxis on Japanese roads from March next year.The company is partnering with Japanese software company DeNA, which operates online services for the gaming, healthcare and automotive industries.It will adapt a Nissan Leaf electric car, which passengers will summon using an app.Nissan joins a growing band of carmakers trialling self-drive cars, including General Motors and Volvo.The free trials will be held over a two-week period in March in Yokohama. The Easy Ride system could be launched in Japan in the early 2020s."With 'more fr... Read More
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UK government mulls Bitcoin regulation

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Anti-money laundering regulations should be updated to include Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the UK Treasury has said. The Metropolitan Police says criminals are using crypto-currency cash machines to launder money in London.The government's aim is part of a broader update to the EU rules which are under negotiation. The update, revealed in Parliament last month, would mean that traders would no longer be able to operate anonymously.'Self-police'Bitcoin expert Dr Garrick Hileman, a research fellow at the University of Cambridge, said that in j... Read More
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Beyonce ‘unlikely’ to use burner email

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Experts say it is "unlikely" that Beyonce changes her email address every week as claimed by singer Ed Sheeran."I have an email address that I email - that actually changes every week," he said during an interview about working with her on a duet. The reporter, from Entertainment Tonight, then suggested that Beyonce was good at "hiding" and he agreed.He laughed during the interview but his comment has fuelled media... Read More
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Blue Planet II comes to iPlayer in 4K HDR

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The BBC's Blue Planet II programme is to become its first TV series to be made available in 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) colour via its iPlayer catch-up service.All seven episodes of the marine-themed show are being made available to UK-based owners of select TVs.Until now, the BBC had only released programmes in this format via ultra-high definition (UHD) Blu-ray discs.Netflix and Amazon already stream some of their shows in 4K and HDR.The BBC suggested that owners of compatib... Read More
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Regulator warns MPs over shared passwords

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The UK's data privacy regulator has cautioned MPs about sharing work computer passwords.It follows tweets by two Conservative Party MPs over the weekend claiming that they had provided their staff with access to their login details.Sharing passwords is not a breach of the UK's Data Protection Act.But the law says that "appropriate" security measures concerning personal data must be in place and that those with access must be properly vetted."We're aware of reports that MPs share logins and passwords and are making enquiries of the relevant parliamentary authorities," the Information C... Read More
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Apple Mac security issue may reoccur

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A software fix Apple released to close a serious Mac security bug may not have fixed the problem on some machines.The bug meant anyone with physical access to a Mac running High Sierra could get admin access to the machine. Wired magazine has found that the bug returns if Mac owners upgrade to the latest version of Sierra after applying the patch.Apple issued an apology for the appearance of the bug saying its users "deserved better".... Read More
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Facebook creates 800 jobs as it opens new London office

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Facebook is opening a new London office that will allow it to create 800 new UK jobs in 2018.By the end of next year about 2,300 people will work for the social media company in the UK.The office will be Facebook's biggest engineering hub outside the US, and opens during its tenth year in the UK.Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's Europe, Middle East and Asia vice-president, said the company was "more committed than ever to the UK".She said Britain's "entrepreneurial ecosystem and engineering excellence" made it an ideal location for technology firms.The seven-floor building at Rathbone P... Read More
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Venezuela unveils virtual currency amid economic crisis

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of a new virtual currency in a bid to ease the country's economic crisis.He said the Petro would be backed by Venezuela's oil, gas, gold and diamond wealth.Opposition MPs, however, poured scorn on the plan.Venezuela's economy has been hit by falling oil revenue and the plummeting value of its existing currency, the bolivar.President Maduro has also railed against US sanctions which he describes as a "blockade".In a televised announcement on Sunday, Mr Maduro said the new crypto-currency would allow Venezuela "to adv... Read More
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Barclays axes free Kaspersky product as a ‘precaution’

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Barclays has stopped offering free Kaspersky anti-virus products to new customers following an official warning about Russian security software.The bank emailed 290,000 online banking customers on Saturday to say the move was a "precautionary decision".UK cyber-security chiefs are warning government departments not to use software from Russian companies for systems relating to national security.Barclays said it treated the security of its customers "very seriously".A spokesman for Kaspersky said it ... Read More
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‘Snoopers’ charter’ changes put forward

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The government has proposed changes to the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) after accepting that some parts of it are "inconsistent with EU law".The IPA governs the collection and use of communications data by law enforcement agencies.In December 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that some aspects of the legislation were incompatible with EU law.A public consultation on the... Read More
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Facebook disables ethnicity advert targeting system

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Facebook has temporarily turned off a system that let advertisers choose which ethnic and minority groups saw their ads. It said it would investigate how the feature was being used by advertisers.News organisation ProPublica discovered that the system could be abused by posting discriminatory ads on the social network. Facebook said it would look for a way to change the system so it could not be used "inappropriately".Legal actionLast year, ProPublica first discovered the ethnic discrimination via advertising was possible. US laws prohibit... Read More
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Cyber-thieves seek to cash in on Bitcoin boom

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Bitcoin's booming value has driven a huge rise in crypto-currency themed malware, say security firms.In one month, anti-malware software company Malwarebytes said it stopped almost 250 million attempts to place coin-mining malware on to PCs. Symantec said it had seen a "tenfold" increase in the amount of malicious code connected with crypto-cash.Cyber-thieves are using both dedicated software, hacked websites and emails to snare victims.Cashing in"There's been a huge spike," said Candid Wuest, a threat researcher at online security firm Symantec,... Read More
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Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

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Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK.It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones.The group taking action - Google You Owe Us - is led by ex-Which director Richard Lloyd.He estimates affected users could be paid "a couple of hundred pounds each".The case centres on how Google used cookies - small pieces of computer text that are used to collect information from devices in order t... Read More
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Uber says 2.7m Brits hit by breach that was covered up

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Uber has revealed that 2.7 million British riders and drivers were affected by a 2016 data breach that it covered up for more than a year.A total of 57 million worldwide had data exposed in the breach, but the firm had not specified how many were UK-based before.The stolen information includes names, email addresses and phone numbers and - for drivers - licence numbers.Ub... Read More
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Uber accused of ‘hiring ex-CIA agents to spy on rivals’

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Uber has been accused of hiring a firm that uses former CIA agents to help it spy on rivals overseas.A former Uber security manager alleged in court on Tuesday that the firm used contractors that employed former spies to infiltrate competitors' computers.US federal prosecutors are now investigating the claims, which have delayed indefinitely the trial between Uber and self-driving tech firm Waymo. Uber has been contacted by the BBC for comment. 'Overseas ... Read More
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Yahoo ‘hacker-for-hire’ pleads guilty

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A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2014 hack attack at Yahoo, which affected 500 million user accounts.Described by US law officials as a "hacker-for-hire", Karim Baratov admitted hacking web-mail accounts on behalf of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).The number of hacked accounts is disputed.His lawyers also say he did not know he had been working for Russian agents.Three other individuals have been charged over the hack but have not been arrested because they live in Russia, which has no extradition treaty with the US.Prosecutors have said two of them are FSB officers.According to court documents issued by the Northern District of California's US Attorney's Offi... Read More
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Under-age social media use ‘on the rise’, says Ofcom

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Half of children aged 11 and 12 have a social media profile, despite most platforms' minimum age being 13, a study from regulator Ofcom suggests.Children's charity the NSPCC called on the government to act on the issue of under-age profiles.The media watchdog also said children were increasingly getting their news from social media, but most were aware of the concept of fake news.Just 32% believed that news accessed on such platforms was reported truthfully.... Read More
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Facebook’s AI wipes Islamic State and Al Qaeda posts

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Facebook has said that efforts to use artificial intelligence and other automated techniques to delete terrorism-related posts are "bearing fruit" but more work is needed.The firm said that 99% of the material it now removes about Al Qaeda and so-called Islamic State is first detected by itself rather than its users.But it acknowledged that it had to do more work to identify other groups.Founder Mark Zuckerberg first detailed his AI-based plan in February.He said at the time that it wou... Read More
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Mum defends teen in gaming lawsuit

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A mother has written a letter in defence of her 14-year-old son who is facing a lawsuit over video game cheats in the US.Caleb Rogers is one of two people facing legal action from gaming studio Epic Games for using cheat software to play the free game Fortnite. The studio says it has taken the step because the boy declined to remove a YouTube video he published which promoted how to use the software. His mother says he is a scapegoat."This company is in the process of attempting to sue a 14-year-old child," ... Read More
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Facebook and Twitter to co-operate in Brexit probe

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Facebook and Twitter have agreed to share information with the UK government about possible Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum.Facebook said it hoped to be able to respond to questions from the Electoral Commission by mid-December.The Commission is investigating activity in the period leading up to the Brexit vote.Twitter said it hoped to share its own findings "in the coming weeks".The BBC understands that Google is also cooperating with the Electoral Commission's request.The US is conducting a similar investigation into potential Russian meddling in the presidentia... Read More
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CMA: Secondary ticket websites may be breaking the law

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Secondary ticketing websites may be breaking the law, by failing to tell consumers about restrictions on the tickets they're buying.After a year-long investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found widespread concerns about such websites.It said some of them had taken action to improve, but others had not.The CMA has not named the websites involved, but it is threatening to do so if they don't comply.It may also take action in the courts.Secondary ticketing websites are designed to re-sell tickets to concerts, shows and events where the original buyer can no lo... Read More
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Twitter blocks New York Times by mistake

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Twitter has acknowledged that a day-long block of one of the New York Times's accounts was imposed in error.The @nytimesworld team, which covers international events, has about 1.9 million followers and is recognised by the social network as being a "verified account".But on Saturday it was locked after posting a report about the Canadian prime minister.The newspaper was told it had violated Twitter's rules about hateful conduct.The NYT said it had taken Twitter nearly 24 hours to unblock the account and allow it to start posting again.It normally sends up to 100 tweets a day.... Read More
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Imgur confirms 1.7 million users hit by data breach

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Image-sharing website Imgur has confirmed that the emails and passwords of 1.7 million users were compromised in 2014.The data breach has only recently come to light after being discovered by security researcher Troy Hunt. Mr Hunt said he was impressed with the company's swift response.Imgur said in a statement that no other personal data had been taken as it did not collect information such as real names and phone numbers."We apologise that this breach occurred and the inconvenience it has caused you," wrote Roy Sehgal, Imgur's chief operating officer, ... Read More
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YouTube investigates ‘disturbing’ autofill results

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YouTube has changed the way its autofill feature works after reports that some word combinations brought up paedophilic phrases.Over the weekend many people reported that typing "how to have" would be completed with several variations on "s*x with your kids".Other searches produced responses that also used the asterisked "s*x" word. Some speculated that an attempt to troll YouTube results was responsible for making the phrases appear.Predatory comments"Earlier today our teams were alerted to this profoundly disturbing autocomplete result and we w... Read More
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UK drone users to sit safety tests under new law

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Drone users in the UK will be required to do safety awareness tests as part of planned new legislation on their usage. Police will also be given new powers to crack down on illegal use of the unmanned aerial vehicles. The government hopes to harness new drone technology which could see them used on oil rigs, in construction, for organ transport and parcel deliveries.The bill has been welcomed by the pilots' union, which has warned of near misses involving drones and aircraft. Balpa said there had been 81 incidents so far this year - up from 71 in 2016 and 29 in 2015.The union's gene... Read More
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Predatory comments prompt YouTube ad suspension

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Mars, Lidl, Adidas and others have pulled all advertisements from YouTube after some were found next to clips used by predators to target children.Investigations by the BBC and The Times found tens of thousands of "predatory" accounts have been used to leave explicit comments on children's videos.Problems with the video-sharing site's reporting system have been blamed for letting the accounts p... Read More
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday: top tips

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Black Friday is well under way and the bargains will flow thick and fast all weekend - right up until the next sales peak on Cyber Monday.Analysts Kantar predict UK shoppers will spend on average £246 ($327) each during the big event this year, with those in the US splashing out a marginally more restrained $298. As always, tech hardware bargains are proving popular on Amazon with the retail giant naming the Nintendo Switch, a combi-drill from Bosch and of course its own Fire TV Stick among its most popular items so far. John Lewis said it was averaging 19 sales per minute of a smart speaker by ... Read More
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Predatory accounts still on YouTube

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Part of YouTube's system for reporting sexualised comments left on children's videos has not been functioning correctly for more than a year, say volunteer moderators.They say there could be up to 100,000 predatory accounts leaving indecent comments on videos.A BBC Trending investigation has discovered a flaw in a tool that enables the public to report abuse. But YouTube says it reviews the "vast majority" of reports within 24 hours. It says it has no technical problems in its rep... Read More
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Russian Fancy Bear hackers’ UK link revealed

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When Russia's most notorious hackers hired servers from a UK-registered company, they left a trove of clues behind, the BBC has discovered.The hackers used the computers to attack the German parliament, hijack traffic meant for a Nigerian government website and target Apple devices.The company, Crookservers, had claimed to be based in Oldham for a time.It says it acted swiftly to eject the hacking team - dubbed Fancy Bear - as soon as it learned of the problem.Technical and financial records from Crookservers seen by the BBC suggest Fancy Bear had access to significant funds and made ... Read More
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Broadband firms must ditch ‘misleading’ speed ads

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Broadband firms will no longer be able to advertise their fast net services based on the speeds just a few customers get, from May next year.Currently ISPs are allowed to use headline speeds that only 10% of customers will actually receive.In future, adverts must be based on what is available to at least half of customers at peak times.It follows research that suggested broadband advertising can be misleading for consumers.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) looked into consumers' understanding of broadband speed claims and found that many were confused by headline speeds that t... Read More
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Android phones ‘betray’ user location to Google

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A majority of Android smartphones collect location data and send it back to Google, even when location services are switched off.News website Quartz reported Android phones gathered information about nearby mobile phone masts and shared those details with Google.One privacy advocate described the finding as a "betrayal" of users.Google told Quartz the information was never stored and it said Android would be updated to stop th... Read More
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UK regulator has ‘huge concerns’ over Uber breach

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The UK's information commissioner has "huge concerns about Uber's data policies and ethics" following a breach that exposed the details of 57 million customers and drivers.Uber did not tell anyone about the breach and paid a ransom to hackers to delete the data.Deputy commissioner James Dipple-Johnson said these actions were unacceptable.The ride-sharing company has a resourc... Read More
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Drones scatter mosquitoes to fight diseases

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Drones that scatter swarms of sterile mosquitoes over wide areas are being developed to help stop the spread of diseases such as malaria.Sterile male mosquitoes cannot produce offspring when they mate with females. By crowding out other males, they reduce the mosquito population.But spreading them is difficult in areas without roads, so technology organisation WeRobotics has been developing drones to do the job.It will trial the idea in 2018. "Mosquitoes carry many diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and Zika virus. It makes them one of the biggest animal killers worldwide," Adam K... Read More
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Iranian charged with Game of Thrones hack

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The US Department of Justice is to charge an Iranian man with hacking into HBO, leaking Game of Thrones scripts and demanding a $6m (£4.5m) ransom.Behzad Mesri is accused of accessing a computer without authorisation for the purposes of commercial advantage.Court documents allege he had worked for Iran's military and been involved in a campaign to deface US websitesThey allege he began conducting online reconnaissance of HBO's computer networks and employees in May 2017."Over the next couple of months, he successfully compromised multiple user accounts in order to obtain access to the media giant's servers," the document... Read More
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More than 480 web firms record ‘every keystroke’

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Hundreds of web firms are tracking every single keystroke made by visitors, a study from Princeton University has suggested.The technique - known as session replay - is used by companies to gain an understanding of how customers use websites.More than 480 websites used the technique, according to the study.Experts questioned the legality of using such software without user consent."These scripts record your keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behaviour, along with the entire contents of the pages you visit, and send them to third-party servers," ... Read More
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Google to ‘derank’ Russia Today and Sputnik

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Google is to "derank" stories from Kremlin-owned publications Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik in response to allegations about election meddling by President Putin's government.Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt said the search giant needed to deal with the spread of misinformation.RT has been described by US intelligence agencies as "Russia's state-run propaganda machine".The publications said the move was a form of censorship.Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum, Mr Schmidt said: "We're well aware of this one, and we're working on detecting this kind of scenario you're des... Read More
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Tencent chief ‘richer than Google founders’

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The value of China's biggest social network company - Tencent Holdings - has overtaken that of Facebook.The company owns WeChat, an enormously popular messaging app in China, and hit gaming franchises such as League of Legends and Honour of Kings.It is the first Asian firm to surpass a market value of $500bn (£377bn).Its chief executive, Ma Huateng, is now worth more than the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, according to ... Read More
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Hacking pioneer John Draper faces sex misconduct claims

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A lauded hacker and privacy campaigner has been accused of historic cases of sexual misconduct and harassment.John Draper - who uses the nickname Captain Crunch - is famous in part for having helped Apple's co-founders get started.The allegations include claims of unwanted sexual contact with male teenagers at tech events between 1999 and 2007.Mr Draper has not commented directly on the reports.However... Read More
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Drone maker DJI in cyber-security row over bug bounty

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Drone maker DJI has accused a cyber-security researcher of hacking its servers.Kevin Finisterre claims that he accessed confidential customer data after finding a private key publicly posted on code-sharing site Github.He approached the firm, which offers a "bug bounty" reward of up to $30,000 (£23,000) for security weaknesses discovered in its systems.DJI said the server access was "unauthorised".The data Mr Finisterre was able to see included "unencrypted flight logs, passports, drivers licences and identification cards", he said.Despite initially offering him the money, in a sta... Read More
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Budget 2017: Green light for driverless car testing

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The testing of driverless cars on UK roads is expected to be given the green light in Wednesday's Budget.Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow developers to apply to test the vehicles.Writing in the Sun, he said investment would "prepare the ground" for the cars to be on roads by 2021.Mr Hammond is also reportedly planning to announce proposals to build 300,000 new homes in the UK a year, as well as extra money for NHS nurses' pay.The chancellor has also promised to invest... Read More
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UK seeks future cyber-security stars

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A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government.The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online and offline challenges themed around battling hackers.It is one of several programmes trying to build interest in security work and help fill a looming skills gap. One industry expert said a broad strategy would be needed to address the widening gap.Hacker clubsThe free Cyber Discovery programme aims to "encourage the best young minds into cyber-security", sai... Read More
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Apple delays launch of smart speaker

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Apple is delaying the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. The electronics giant said the device, which was due to be released in December this year, still needed development work.It said the HomePod would be ready to go on shop shelves in the US, UK and Australia "early in 2018". The news is a blow to its plans to take on rivals Amazon and Google in the growing market for home devices that use AI to help consumers.'Not surprising'In a statement sent to news organisations, Apple said the wireless speaker needed "a little more time bef... Read More
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Germany bans children’s smartwatches

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A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices.It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons.Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency urged parents who had such watches to destroy them.One expert said the decision could be a "game-changer" for internet-connected devices."Poorly secured smart devices often allow for privacy invasion. That is really concerning when it comes to kids' GPS tracking watches - the very watches that are supposed to help keep them safe," said Ke... Read More
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Gamers’ anger halts Star Wars Battlefront II payments

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Games publisher EA has suspended in-game purchases in its latest Star Wars title Battlefront II, following criticism from players.Gamers had complained that unlocking popular characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader took too long unless they paid for in-game credits. EA said in-game purchases would be halted because it did not want the controversy to "overshadow" the game.But it said the ability to buy credits would return.'Insidious'In Battlefront II, players earn crystals by completing campaigns. The crystals can be spent to unlock new item... Read More
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Fullscreen ‘YouTube Red rival’ to close in January

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Online talent management firm Fullscreen is closing the subscription video platform it set up last year to rival YouTube's premium tier.The service promised to produce "higher quality" programmes featuring popular YouTube and social media stars.Fullscreen said it had attracted "hundreds of thousands" of paying customers but wanted to focus its investment in areas with more "immediate impact".The service will close in January.At its launch in April 2016, the service featured programmes by British comedians Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs, and US vlogger Shane Dawson.There was also a ... Read More
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Tommy Robinson loses Twitter verified tick

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English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson has had his "verified" badge removed on Twitter, after the website changed its verified profiles policy.The blue badge was first introduced to indicate the authenticity of prominent profiles on the social network.But Twitter said it was being interpreted as an "endorsement or an indicator of importance" and said it would change its policy.Several far-right accounts have had their badges removed.They include Jason Kessler who helped organise a far-right march in Charlottesville, and white supremacist Richard Spencer.... Read More
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Cyber-bullying: Prince’s ‘stop, speak, support’ code of conduct

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Facebook and Snapchat are trialling a new, more direct way to help young people bullied online, following an intervention by Prince William.The social media platforms will put those in need of emotional support in touch with a counsellor from Childline.The prince, together with tech firms, children's charities and parents, is also introducing the equivalent of a Green Cross Code for the internet.It tells young people to "stop, speak, support" when online.The aim is to encourage them to stop negative behaviour, tell a responsible adult and support victims of bullying.Other firms... Read More
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Star Wars Battlefront II game faces further backlash

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Games publisher EA has faced further criticism over its latest Star Wars game, Battlefront II.Many players were unhappy about the credits that unlock key Star Wars characters. The number required has now been reduced but so has the number that can be earned through gameplay. The alternative is to purchase them.Others have complained about the use of "loot crates" - which some say are essentially a gambling tool.The crates are virtual boxes that are purchased within the game and contain myste... Read More
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Jack Dorsey saddened by Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’

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Twitter's chief executive has said a case in which an alleged serial killer is said to have lured victims by searching the social network for suicidal thoughts is "extremely sad".But Jack Dorsey added that it was not realistic to expect the service to auto-delete the kind of tweets said to have been involved.A 27-year-old man was arrested in Zuma, Japan, in October after nine people's body parts were found in his flat.Newspapers call him the Twitter killer.Local reports claim Takahiro Shiraishi contacted his victims - the youngest of whom was 15 - via the social network by telling the... Read More
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Face ID iPhone X ‘hack’ demoed live with mask by Bkav

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A Vietnamese cyber-security firm has shown the BBC how a mask can be used to unlock Apple's new iPhone X.The demo took place about a week after Bkav first claimed to have undermined the handset's security.But other experts have cast doubt on what the "hack" amounts to.Apple has not commented beyond referring the pubic to documents it had already published about its security system.... Read More
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Star Wars game in U-turn after player anger

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Games publisher EA has changed a rule in its Star Wars Battlefront II video game after a huge backlash.During the game, players have to obtain credits - either by buying them or through long hours of game play - to unlock popular characters including Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Many players said it was unfair as the gaming required worked out at around 40 hours per character, unless they paid.EA says the number of credits required will now be reduced by 75%."Unlocking a hero is a great accomplishment in the game, something we want players to have fun earning," said executive producer J... Read More
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Connected toys have ‘worrying’ security issues

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Consumer watchdog Which? has called on retailers to stop selling some popular toys it says have "proven" security issues.Those toys include Furby Connect, the i-Que robot, Cloudpets and Toy-fi Teddy.Which? found that there was no authentication required between the toys and the devices they could link with via Bluetooth.Two of the manufacturers said they took security very seriously.Sloppy securityThe lack of authentication meant that, in theory, any device within physical range could link to the toy and take control or send messages, the watchdo... Read More
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Huddle’s ‘highly secure’ work tool exposed KPMG and BBC files

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The BBC has discovered a security flaw in the office collaboration tool Huddle that led to private documents being exposed to unauthorised parties.A BBC journalist was inadvertently signed in to a KPMG account, with full access to private financial documents.Huddle is an online tool that lets work colleagues share content and describes itself as "the global leader in secure content collaboration".The company said it had fixed the flaw.Its software is used by the Home Office, Cabinet Office, Revenue & Customs, and several branches of the NHS to share documents, diaries and messages."... Read More
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Lovense sex toy app recorded and stored nearby sounds

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A smart sex toy-maker has acknowledged that a bug with its app caused handsets to record and store sounds made while its vibrators were in use.Lovense was alerted to the issue by a Reddit user who had discovered a lengthy recording on their phone.The Hong Kong-based firm said that the audio file was not transmitted off the device and has now issued a fix.But one expert said the case highlighted the risks of using internet-connected gadgets.The matter gained attention after being reported by ... Read More
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YouTube removes dead extremist’s videos

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YouTube has removed nearly 50,000 videos featuring radical Islamist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in 2011.Awlaki was renowned for preaching violence as a religious duty, although at the time of his death his family denied he was a terrorist.The remaining videos are mainly documentaries and news items, reports the New York Times. The BBC understands this is a result of human review, not machine learning.... Read More
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Apple fixes iPhone letter ‘i’ bug

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Apple has addressed a glitch that caused some iPhones to unexpectedly start auto-correcting the letter "i" to a capital "A" and a question mark.The issue emerged when people updated their phones to version 11.1 of the iOS operating system.In a tweet, Apple said people could "fix it by installing the latest software update". The update also addresses an issue with Siri.The company has not explained what caused the problem.The problem was highlighted last week when people trying to tweet messages such as "I got a new iPhone" found their posts were appearing as "A[?] got a new iPhone".... Read More
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Uber set to sell $10bn stake to Softbank

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Uber has struck a deal that could lead to a huge investment by a consortium led by Japanese conglomerate Softbank and San Francisco group Dragoneer. The size of the potential investment has not been disclosed, but reports say it could be up to $10bn (£7.6bn).The ride-hailing company said the money would fuel Uber's expansion and investments in technology. But it could transform its corporate structure and see a share listing by 2019, if the deal goes ahead."We've entered into an agreement with a consortium led by SoftBank and Dragoneer on a potential investment," Uber said. "We b... Read More
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Can a chatbot help you find love?

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I've been nervously chatting to Lara on the dating platform Match.com for two minutes. She's flattered me about my age ("so young!") and she says she's going to take care of me.I like her already - but Lara is not real.She - or rather, it - is a chatbot, an artificially intelligent computer program developed to communicate with people online.The bot was launched in France in 2016 and then rolled out in the UK in April 2017, to help potential clients get started in their search for love by setting up their Match profile for them.It was the first to be released by a major dating site and the... Read More
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YouTube restricts ‘creepy’ videos aimed at children

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YouTube is to restrict the availability of videos showing children's characters in violent or sexuality scenes if they are reported by viewers.Last week, a blog post by writer James Bridle highlighted how YouTube was still being swamped by bizarre and indecent videos aimed at children.The site has already barred such videos from earning advertising revenue.YouTube said its team was "made up of parents who are committed to improving our apps and getting this right".'Something's wrong'The problem of video-makers using popular characters such as Pep... Read More
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Government urged to act over computer science GCSEs

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More than half of England's secondary schools, 54%, did not offer GCSE computer science in 2015-16, a report from the Royal Society has found.It urged the government to increase spending on computer education tenfold over the next five years to ensure youngsters can "unlock the full potential of new technologies".The biggest issue was the lack of skilled teachers, the report found.The Department for Education said more pupils were choosing the subject."We want to ensure our future workforce has the skills we need to drive the future productivity and economy of this country and that is... Read More
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Automatic compensation for broadband and landline faults

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Householders who receive poor service from their telecoms provider are to get automatic compensation, the regulator Ofcom has announced.From 2019 they will get £8 a day if a fault is not fixed, paid as a refund through their bill.This is less than the £10 that was proposed when Ofcom began its consultation earlier this year.Providers will also have to pay £5 a day if their broadband or landline is not working on the day it was promised.If an engineer misses an appointment, they will have to give £25 in compensation.Ofcom has estimated as many as 2.6 million people could benefit ... Read More
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Universities to be warned over false course adverts

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Universities are going to face a crackdown on how they advertise and market courses to attract students.With hundreds of thousands of sixth formers in the process of applying, universities are going to be warned by the advertising watchdog that they need to prove the accuracy of their claims. Earlier in 2017, University of Reading had to take down the claim it was in the top 1% of the world's universities.This had been challenged as something that could not be objectively proved.The Advertising Standards Authority is expected next week to identify more universities which have breached... Read More
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Twitter halts ‘broken’ verified-profile system

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Twitter has suspended its verified-profile scheme and described it as "broken", following complaints over the type of accounts being verified.Typically, prominent people, including musicians, journalists and company executives, get a blue icon on their profile after proving their identity.However, some far-right and white-supremacist accounts have now also been verified.Twitter founder Jack Dorsey said the scheme would now be "reconsidered".... Read More
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Harry Potter game is Pokemon Go creator’s next trick

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The maker of Pokemon Go has revealed it is working on a Harry Potter-themed follow-up that will also include augmented reality features.Niantic said players would find and fight fantasy beasts in real-world neighbourhoods in the smartphone game, which has yet to get a release date.Pokemon Go reportedly had about 45 million daily players at its peak and generated ... Read More
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Humans to vet Facebook revenge porn photos

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Humans rather than algorithms will view the naked images voluntarily sent to Facebook in a scheme being trialled in Australia to combat revenge porn.The BBC understands that members of Facebook's community operations team will look at the images in order to make a "fingerprint" of them to prevent them being uploaded again.Facebook will notify the person once the photo has been "hashed'.It will then be up to the sender to delete the image.The trial, which could be extended to other count... Read More
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Code bug freezes $150m of Ethereum crypto-cash

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More than $150m (£115m) of a crypto-currency called Ethereum may have been permanently frozen after a code bug was accidentally triggered.The bug was in code written by Parity Technologies to create digital wallets holding virtual coins - called Ether.It let someone hunting for bugs become the joint owner of hundreds of wallets. However, when the unidentified person tried to reverse their mistake they stopped the original owners of the wallets getting access too.Find and fixIn a statement, Parity Technologies ... Read More
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Facebook ‘remembers’ nude images to combat revenge porn

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Facebook is testing a system that allows users to message themselves their nude photos in an effort to combat so-called revenge porn.It will store a "fingerprint" of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by disgruntled ex-lovers.The trial is in Australia, where studies suggest one in five women aged 18-45 may have had image-based abuse.But one expert says there will still be problems outside Facebook and related sites such as WhatsApp and Instagram.Facebook said it looked forward "to getting feedback and learning" from the trial.Revenge porn is a growing issue in Au... Read More