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Ofcom seeks to scrap local TV roll-out

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Media regulator Ofcom has proposed scrapping the further roll-out of local TV channels across the UK, citing concerns over "economic viability".More than 30 local TV stations have already been set up in the UK as part of a plan laid out in 2011 by then culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.But several of the channels have faced financial difficulties and have struggled to attract an audience.Ofcom has now proposed scrapping the roll-out of further local channels.Licence obligationsMr Hunt's vision was for major towns and cities in the UK to have their ow... Read More
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Google’s SMS replacement ready to launch

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Google has started the global roll-out of its new Chat messaging service, which is designed to replace SMS text messages on Android phones.Chat has features such as group texts, videos, typing indicators and read receipts, which are not available when sending SMS texts.Chat will be integrated with the default messages app on Android phones. However, it will be up to mobile operators to enable the service and it does not offer encrypted messages.The new system has been in development for several years, but is now beginning to appear on Android phones.... Read More
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Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

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Facebook has changed its terms of service, meaning 1.5 billion members will not be protected under tough new privacy protections coming to Europe.The move comes as the firm faces a series of questions from lawmakers and regulators around the world over its handling of personal data.The change revolves around which users will be regulated via its European headquarters in Ireland. Facebook said it planned clearer privacy rules worldwide.The move, reported by Reuters, will see Facebook users outside the EU governed by Facebook Inc in the US rather than Facebook Ireland.It is widel... Read More
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NHS website defaced by hackers

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An NHS website hosting data from patient surveys that was defaced by hackers has been fixed. The site, insights.london.nhs.uk, was given a black background, eerie music and a message in white text that read: "Hacked by AnoaGhost."Cyber-security expert Kevin Beaumont spotted the defacement and tweeted a screenshot of it to his followers on Tuesday afternoon.A few hours later, the message was removed.The site in question hosts data from sources such as patient surveys... Read More
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Ikea’s TaskRabbit app back online after data breach

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Ikea's odd jobs marketplace TaskRabbit is back online, following a "cyber-security incident" on Monday.TaskRabbit lets people find freelance workers to complete household tasks such as cleaning, gardening or assembling flat-pack furniture.The company says an "unauthorised user gained access to our systems" and "certain personally identifiable information may have been compromised".It pledged to notify any customer who had their data accessed in the attack.The TaskRabbit app and website were closed on Monday and Tuesday. And the company said it was working with law enforcement and a cy... Read More
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TalkTalk and Vodafone top complaints chart again

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TalkTalk has again been named the most complained-about broadband company in the UK, in the latest report from the telecoms regulator Ofcom.For every 100,000 TalkTalk customers, about 31 made a complaint to Ofcom about the company's broadband services between October and December 2017.Technical faults were the main reason for complaints, according to the report.BT and Vodafone were the most complained-about mobile operators.Vodafone was also the most complained-about mobile operator in the previous Ofcom report, published in January.BT came out worst for pay-TV services.When ... Read More
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Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

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Facebook has started asking European and Canadian users to let it use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos.Facebook originally began face-matching users outside Canada in 2011, but stopped doing so for EU citizens the following year after protests from regulators and privacy campaigners.The new request is one of several opt-in permissions being rolled out in advance of a new data privacy law.The move is likely to be controversial.The company is currently embroiled in a privacy scandal related to the use of its members' personal information by the ... Read More
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Penis advert appeared in video game apps

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A US online retailer has been reprimanded for promoting an explicit ad for a penis extender strap within video games played by children.The UK's advertising watchdog said that Wish.com had behaved "irresponsibly" and must ensure its adverts were properly targeted at appropriate age groups in the future.It marks the third time in five months that the San Francisco-based firm has been found to have breached the rules.In each case it has failed to respond.The powers the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has to punish offenders are limited, but it told the BBC it would "continue to ap... Read More
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Steep rise in child abuse images online, charity reports

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The Internet Watch Foundation says it is finding more images of child sexual abuse online than ever before, according to its annual report.It found over 78,000 website addresses containing child sexual abuse in 2017, up from more than 57,000 in 2016. The charity actively seeks and removes these images from the net as well as responding to reports it receives from the public.It said it had also processed over 80,000 reports of confirmed abuse.Additionally, there was a rise in "disguised" websites, which are on the open web, where illegal content is shown only to people who access them via a... Read More
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Ikea app TaskRabbit reveals security breach

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Ikea's odd jobs marketplace TaskRabbit is investigating a "cyber-security incident", the company has announced.The app and website let people find freelance workers to complete household tasks such as cleaning, gardening or assembling flat-pack furniture.TaskRabbit has not revealed the nature of the incident, but said it was working with law enforcement and a cyber-security firm to investigate.The app and website have been temporarily closed.The UK's information commissioner's office said it was "aware of a potential data breach" and was "looking into" the situation.The company has ... Read More
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Russia’s Telegram block hits web users

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Russian web users are reporting problems accessing online services as a result of the authorities' bid to block the Telegram messaging app.Russia's media regulator has blocked more than 4 million IP addresses after a court approved its request to shut the app down.Telegram is reportedly using the addresses to get around the block.Retailers, online games and another message service - Viber - are also said to have been affected.Media regulator Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zharov said on Tu... Read More
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Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

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Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled.The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gathered biometric information without users' explicit consent.It involves the "tag suggestions" technology, which spots users' friends in uploaded photos; the lawsuit says this breaches Illinois state law.Facebook said the case had no merit and it would fight it vigorously.On Monday, US District Judge James Donato ruled to certify a class of Facebook users - a key legal hurdle for a class action suit.The class of people in question ... Read More
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Russia accused of global net hack attacks

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State-sponsored Russian hackers are actively seeking to hijack essential internet hardware, US and UK intelligence agencies say.The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security issued a joint alert warning of a global campaign.The alert details methods used to take over essential network hardware. The attacks could be an attempt by Russia to gain a foothold for use in a future offensive, it said."Russia is our most capable hostile adversary in cyber-space, so dealing with their attacks is a major priority for the National Cyber Securit... Read More
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China’s ZTE ‘poses risk to UK security’

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The UK's cyber-defence watchdog has confirmed it has blacklisted one of China's leading state-owned companies.The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has written to UK telecoms providers warning them that the use of ZTE's equipment and services could pose a national security risk.The move coincides with a US government ban preventing American businesses from selling components to the Shenzhen-based company.ZTE has yet to respond to the moves."It is entirely appropriate and part of NCSC's duty to highlight potential risks to the UK's national security and provide advice based on our ... Read More
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Facebook expels alt-right figurehead

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Facebook has banned the American white nationalist who popularised the term "alternative right".Richard Spencer's page on the social network was removed on Friday along with two other pages he controlled: that of his National Policy Institute think tank, and one promoting his AltRight.com news analysis website.Facebook has not commented, but the BBC understands the blocks are permanent.Mr Spencer continues to have active accounts on Twitter and YouTube.Facebook's action follows its decision to ... Read More
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Wetherspoon pub chain shuts its social media accounts

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Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has used Twitter to tell its 44,000 followers that it is quitting social media. The firm's head office and 900 pubs will quit the micro-blogging site, and also Instagram and Facebook, with immediate effect, it said. The pub chain linked the move to bad publicity surrounding social media including the "trolling" of MPs.Chairman Tim Martin told the BBC that society would be better off if people cut the amount of social media use.The firm said its decision had also been influenced by concerns regarding the "misuse of personal data" and "the addictive nature of social ... Read More
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Artificial intelligence must be ‘for common good’

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Ethics should be at the centre of the development of artificial intelligence (AI), a parliamentary report has said.AI should "never" be given the "autonomous power to hurt, destroy or deceive" people, it adds.The Lords' report said the UK has the potential to be a leader in developing AI and called on the government to support businesses in the field. It also recommended that people be educated to work alongside AI in the jobs of the future.It said that such education would "mitigate the negative effects" on jobs which are possible as AI develops.... Read More
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TED 2018: The smart home that spied on its owner

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For two months in early 2018, technology journalist Kashmir Hill let innocent household items spy on her.She had turned her one-bedroom apartment into a "smart home" and was measuring how much data was being collected by the firms that made the devices.Her smart toothbrush betrayed when she had not brushed her teeth, her television revealed when she had spent the day bingeing on programmes, and her smart speaker spoke to the world's largest online retailer every day.It was like living in a "commercial, surveillance state" with "not a single hour of digital silence", she said.... Read More
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Google loses ‘right to be forgotten’ case

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A businessman fighting for the "right to be forgotten" has won a UK High Court action against Google.The man, who has not been named due to reporting restrictions surrounding the case, wanted search results about a past crime he had committed removed from the search engine.The judge, Mr Justice Mark Warby, ruled in his favour on Friday.But he rejected a separate claim made by another businessman who had committed a more serious crime.The businessman who won his case was convicted 10 years ago of conspiring to intercept communications. He spent six months in jail.The other businessma... Read More
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TED 2018: Fake Obama video creator defends invention

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A researcher who created a fake video of President Obama has defended his invention at the latest TED talks.The clip shows a computer-generated version of the former US leader mapped to fit an audio recording. Experts have warned the tech involved could spark a "political crisis".Dr Supasorn Suwajanakorn acknowledged that there was a "potential for misuse".But, at the Vancouver event, he added the tech could be a force for good.The computer engineer is now employed by Google's Brain division. He is also working on a tool to detect fake videos and photos on behalf of the AI Foundation.... Read More
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Telegram chat app blocked in Russia

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The Russian government has started to block messaging app Telegram, according to reports from the local news agency Tass.Russia's media regulator had sought to block the app because the firm has refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages.Telegram had missed a deadline of 4 April to hand over the keys. The company said the way the service was built meant it has no access to customers' encryption keys.Russia's main security agency, the FSB, had said it wants access to the keys so it can read messages and prevent future terror attacks in the country. ... Read More
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Bafta Games awards: Hellblade leads the pack

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The Bafta Games Awards are getting under way in London.Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is the most nominated title, with entries in nine categories, including Best Game.The third-person action game features a female protagonist - a Pict warrior - who suffers from psychosis. It has been widely commended for how it handles the condition.The title was developed by Ninja Theory, a British studio based in Cambridge."Right now in gaming, there's a big move... Read More
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Fortnite Battle Royale faces server outage

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The hit video game Fortnite is facing a major server outage following a problem which arose after Wednesday's update to its free Battle Royale mode.The title, which was developed by US-based Epic Games, has more than 45 million players worldwide.The issue has meant that some gamers have been unable to log into Battle Royale's last player standing challenge on Xbox, PlayStation, PC or mobile.A statement by Epic has blamed the glitch on a database fault.The company said this had made its login and matchmaking services unstable."Services should begin to recover over the next coupl... Read More
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Warranty void stickers ‘not valid’ in US, says FTC

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Stickers on gadgets warning "warranty void if removed" are deceptive and likely to be illegal in the US, its consumer watchdog has said.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said it had written to six companies to warn them about using misleading language.Ordering customers to "use specified parts or service providers to keep their warranties intact" was also prohibited, it said.The companies have 30 days to respond to the FTC.The commission did not name the companies it had written to, but it said the list included video games companies, smartphone-makers and car manufacturers.... Read More
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UK carries out cyber-attack on Islamic State

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The UK has conducted a "major offensive cyber-campaign" against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed.The operation hindered the group's ability to coordinate attacks and suppressed their propaganda, former MI5 agent Jeremy Fleming said. It is the first time the UK has systematically degraded an adversary's online efforts in a military campaign.Mr Fleming made the remarks in his first public speech as GCHQ director."The outcomes of these operations are wide ranging," he told the Cyber UK conference in Manchester."In 2017 there were times ... Read More
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Facebook’s Zuckerberg faces second day of questions

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Facebook's chief is answering US politicians' questions about the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal for a second day in Washington.Mark Zuckerberg began by apologising again for having failed to take a "broad enough view of our responsibility", and by promising to make sure Facebook's "tools are used for good" in the future.Tuesday's session lasted five hours.However, some of the questions that Mr Zuckerberg had expected were not asked.Photographs of his notes ... Read More
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TED 2018: Tech pioneer wants end to free net services

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An influential tech evangelist has called at the TED 2018 conference for an overhaul of Facebook and Google's business models.Jaron Lanier, who is often referred to as a "father of virtual reality", told the Vancouver event that the two firms should let users pay for their services as an alternative to relying on ads."These companies need to change," he said.But on Tuesday, Facebook's chief suggested this would not be popular."A number of people suggest that we should offer a version where people can not have ads if they pay a monthly subscription, and certainly we consider ideas lik... Read More
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Zuckerberg: Facebook is in ‘arms race’ with Russia

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told US Senators his company is in a constant battle with Russian operators seeking to exploit the social network."This is an arms race. They're going to keep getting better," he said.Mr Zuckerberg was answering questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data collection scandal.He also revealed Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, had interviewed Facebook staff.... Read More
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Facebook: Cambridge Analytica data had private messages

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Facebook has confirmed that private messages were included in data involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.The social network said that about 0.5% of the 305,000 people who installed a personal data-harvesting app had given permission for it to access their Facebook inboxes.However, many more would have been affected as the haul would have included conversations with others. It is not clear whether the messages were given to Cambridge Analytica.The political consultancy has yet to comment on the latest development. "Prior to 2015, Facebook's platform policy allowed develope... Read More
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US revenge porn victim gets $6.4m damage award

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A California court has awarded $6.4m (£4.5m) in damages to a woman in a revenge porn case. The unnamed woman sued ex-boyfriend David K Elam II after he put naked videos and pictures of her online.The award compensates for the harm done by sharing the images, stalking, emotional distress and copyright infringement.The judgement was made in a civil suit as a federal criminal case against Mr Elam was dropped in 2014.Serious injuryLegal firm K&L Gates fought the case as part of the firm's Cyber Civil Rights Project, which helps victims of reveng... Read More
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Despacito YouTube music video hacked plus other Vevo clips

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YouTube's music video for the hit song Despacito, which has had over five billion views, has been hacked.More than a dozen other artists, including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift are also affected. The original clips had been posted by Vevo.Despacito has been removed, but its cover image had shown a group of people wearing masks and pointing guns.The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh, had written "Free Palestine" underneath the videos.Several of the clips remain live at time of writing. Both YouTube and the music video hosting service Vevo have been cont... Read More
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Backpage.com sex advert website seized by FBI

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The US authorities have taken control of a classified adverts website accused of involvement in sex trafficking.A notice was posted on Backpage.com's various international front pages late last week to inform visitors.The site had previously shut down the adult section of its US site, but critics had alleged that prostitution ads had simply moved to other pages.The UK edition had carried dozens of sex service ads at the time of its closure, according to Reuters.An investigat... Read More
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Durham police criticised over ‘crude’ profiling

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Durham police has been criticised by privacy campaigners over the "crude" data used in software to help process offenders.The tool helped predict which people were likely to commit more crimes. To generate its assessments on reoffending, it drew on data gathered by credit referencing firm Experian.Durham said the tool helped identify those most at risk of reoffending so they could be offered more help to "improve their life chances".Experian said the information was drawn largely from surveys and public data and that it sought to avoid stereotyping in its descriptions.... Read More
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How the internet is clogging up city streets

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Traffic in New York is slowing down. Jams are endemic in Manhattan, especially in its business districts. Daytime traffic in the busiest areas now moves almost 20% more slowly than it did five years ago.It seems a place ripe for wide use of ride-hailing apps that, you might think, would alleviate some of the congestion. Except, those apps appear to be making things worse as traffic has slowed in line with the growing popularity of apps such as Uber and Lyft, suggests a study by transpor... Read More
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YouTube ‘broke child protection laws’

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YouTube has been accused of violating child protection laws in the US, by a collection of 23 consumer, child safety and privacy advocacy groups.The coalition has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that YouTube collects data from children aged under 13.It said YouTube was "skirting the law and profiting off of children without parents' knowledge or consent".In a statement, Google said: "YouTube is not for children".Why has the group complained?The group, which includes the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), a... Read More
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Facebook: Cambridge Analytica warning sent to users

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Facebook members will find out from 17:00 BST whether they are among the 87 million potential users whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica.Every account holder will receive one of two notices informing them whether their data was breached.The tech giant said people will also be shown what apps they use and what data those apps may have gathered.Facebook has additionally suspended a data analytics firm called Cubeyou, ahead of an investigation.The tech giant will look into into whether Cubeyou collected data for academic purposes and then used it commercially, following a partn... Read More
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Facebook suspends AIQ data firm used by Vote Leave in Brexit campaign

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Facebook has suspended a Canadian data firm that played a key role in the campaign for the UK to leave the EU. The social media giant cites reported links with Cambridge Analytica (CA), the consultancy accused of improperly accessing the data of millions.Facebook says it is suspending AggregateIQ (AIQ) because it may have improperly received users' data. AIQ denies ever being part of Cambridge Analytica or its parent company SCL, or accessing Facebook data.The Vote Leave campaign paid AIQ £2.7m ($3.8m) ahead of the 2016 EU referendum. An ex-volunteer with the campaign has also... Read More
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How the internet is clogging up city streets

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Traffic in New York is slowing down. Jams are endemic in Manhattan, especially in its business districts. Daytime traffic in the busiest areas now moves almost 20% more slowly than it did five years ago.It seems a place ripe for wide use of ride-hailing apps that, you might think, would alleviate some of the congestion. Except, those apps appear to be making things worse as traffic has slowed in line with the growing popularity of apps such as Uber and Lyft, suggests a study by transpor... Read More
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Russia seeks to block Telegram messaging app

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The Russian government has started legal proceedings to block the Telegram messaging app in the country.The Roskomnadzor media regulator is seeking the block because the firm has refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages.Telegram, which is based in Dubai, was given a deadline of 4 April to hand over the keys. The company has refused, saying the way the service is built means it has no access to them.Russia's main security agency, the FSB, wants the keys so it can read messages and prevent future terror attacks in the country. In its court filing, Roskomnadz... Read More
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South Korean university boycotted over ‘killer robots’

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Leading AI experts have boycotted a South Korean university over a partnership with weapons manufacturer Hanwha Systems.More than 50 AI researchers from 30 countries signed a letter expressing concern about its plans to develop artificial intelligence for weapons.In response, the university said it would not be developing "autonomous lethal weapons".The boycott comes ahead of a UN meeting to discuss killer robots.Shin Sung-chul, president of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kaist), said: "I reaffirm once again that Kaist will not conduct any research activities ... Read More
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Facebook halts medical data sharing plan

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Facebook has halted plans to collect patient data from hospitals and match it up with its users' information.The social network confirmed the idea had been discussed but had been "paused" while the company dealt with its privacy crisis.Facebook has faced scrutiny after the data of millions of people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.The company said it had not yet received any health records.The hospital data sharing proposal was ... Read More
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Scammers abused Facebook phone number search

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Facebook has discovered that "malicious actors" have been harvesting profiles for years by abusing its phone number and email search facility.It said "most people" could have had their profiles harvested in this way.The site let people search for their friends by typing in their phone number or email address. It revealed scammers had abused the facility and used it to link phone numbers and emails to people's names and profile information.The company has faced scrutiny after it was revealed that the data of millions of people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge ... Read More
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Google should not be in business of war, say employees

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Thousands of Google employees have signed an open letter asking the internet giant to stop working on a project for the US military.Project Maven involves using artificial intelligence to improve the precision of military drone strikes.Employees fear Google's involvement will "irreparably damage" its brand."We believe that Google should not be in the business of war," says the letter, which is addressed to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai."Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicise and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its co... Read More
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South Korean university boycotted over ‘killer robots’

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Leading AI experts have boycotted a South Korean university over a partnership with weapons manufacturer Hanwha Systems.More than 50 AI researchers from 30 countries signed a letter expressing concern about its plans to develop artificial intelligence for weapons.In response, the university said it would not be developing "autonomous lethal weapons".The boycott comes ahead of a UN meeting to discuss killer robots.Shin Sung-chul, president of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kaist), said: "I reaffirm once again that Kaist will not conduct any research activities ... Read More
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Facebook scandal ‘hit 87 million users’

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Facebook has said it now believes up to 87 million people's data was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.The figure previously quoted by the whistleblower Christopher Wylie had been 50 million.In addition, the social network confirmed it thought some of the data was about people based outside the US.The details were revealed in a blog by the tech firm's chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer.It was published several hours after the... Read More
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Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify before US committee

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Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is to testify before the US House Commerce Committee regarding the firm's use and protection of user data.Facebook has faced criticism after it emerged it had known for years that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from about 50 million of its users. He will testify before the committee on Wednesday, 11 April. Committee chairman Greg Walden and member Frank Pallone, Jr, welcomed the decision by Mr Zuckerberg."This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better ... Read More
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Mystery Stingray devices discovered in Washington

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Spy kits that can track mobile phones and intercept calls and messages have been discovered in Washington and beyond, the US government has said.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it has observed "anomalous activity" consistent with the use of so-called stingrays.They could be used by foreign spies or criminals, although the DHS said it did not know who was using them.It added that such devices pose a "growing risk".Stingrays, a brand name for a type of International Mobile Subscriber Identity catcher (IMSI), are mobile phone surveillance devices that mimic mobile phone to... Read More
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YouTube shooting: Female suspect ‘angry over video postings’

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The suspect in a gun attack at YouTube's HQ in California had expressed anger over its treatment of her video postings, media reports say.Police have named Nasim Aghdam, 39, as the suspect but say they are still investigating a motive.US media say Aghdam was angry that YouTube was filtering her videos and reducing the money she could make.Tuesday's attack left a man and two women injured with gunshot wounds. The attacker shot herself dead.... Read More
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HTC’s Tom Daley swimming pool selfie advert banned

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An advert showing British Olympic diver Tom Daley using a smartphone at a swimming pool has been banned on the grounds that similar behaviour by consumers would damage the device.HTC has promoted the ad on social media since mid-2017.But an investigation by the UK's advertising watchdog discovered that the device's own instructions said the phone should not come into contact with pool water.HTC has yet to respond.However, the BBC found that the Taiwanese firm had yet to remove the pr... Read More
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YouTube shooting: Three shot at California HQ, female suspect dead

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Media playback is unsupported on your device A woman shot and wounded three people at YouTube's headquarters in Northern California before killing herself, police say.Police have named the suspect as Nasim Aghdam, 39, and say they are still investigating a motive.They say there is no evidence yet that she knew the victims, a 36-year-old man said to be in a critical condition, and two women aged 32 and 27.Aghdam had in the past posted material venting anger at YouTube.Such "active shooter" incidents are overwhelmingly carried out by men - an FBI report found ... Read More
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Zipline blood delivery drone applies for US trial

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Drone delivery firm Zipline has revealed a new aircraft that it says will let it make up to 500 deliveries every day.Zipline operates a commercial service delivering blood supplies in Rwanda.The new drone weighs 20kg (44lb) and can carry 1.75kg of cargo. It can drop its delivery to an area about the size of two parking spaces.The firm has now applied to take part in a trial being organised by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).The UAS Integration Pilot Program is a partnership between local governments and the commercial sector. The list of projects chosen for the trial will be... Read More
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Apple Watch provides murder case clues

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Police in Australia have presented data gathered from an Apple Watch as evidence in a murder trial.Grandmother Myrna Nilsson was wearing the device when she was killed in 2016.Her daughter-in-law Caroline Nilsson is accused of staging an ambush, after claiming she was tied up by a group of men who entered the house.But data from the victim's smartwatch suggests that she was ambushed as she arrived home, and died hours earlier than Ms Nilsson claims.'Ambush'Ms Nilsson told police that her mother-in-law had been followed home by a group of men in a... Read More
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Fortnite Battle Royale adds cheeky warning for students

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Fortnite Battle Royale has added a message to its mobile app telling kids not to play in school.The game was released on mobile just a few weeks ago but some teachers say it's distracting their students. One teacher posted on the game's Reddit thread, asking the game's developers if they could "mess with" his students. The message "Mr Hillman says stop playing in class" now features on a loading screen in the app. In a now deleted Reddit post Mr Hillman wrote: "First, I love your game. My friends from coll... Read More
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Facebook’s Zuckerberg fires back at ‘glib’ Apple’s Tim Cook

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Facebook's chief executive has defended his leadership following criticism from his counterpart at Apple.Mark Zuckerberg said it was "extremely glib" to suggest that because the public did not pay to use Facebook that it did not care about them.Last week, Apple's Tim Cook said it was an "invasion of privacy" to traffic in users' personal lives.And when asked what he would do if he were Mr Zuckerberg, Mr Cook replied: "I wouldn'... Read More
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AI ‘poses less risk to jobs than feared’ says OECD

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Fewer people's jobs are likely to be destroyed by artificial intelligence and robots than has been suggested by a much-cited study, an OECD report says.An influential 2013 forecast by Oxford University said that about 47% of jobs in the US in 2010 and 35% in the UK were at "high risk" of being automated over the following 20 years.But ... Read More
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Tesla rebuked by death crash investigators

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Electric car-maker Tesla has been admonished by the US watchdog investigating a recent fatal crash involving one of its cars.The National Transportation Safety Board said it was "unhappy" the firm had made public details of the probe.The company had blogged on Friday that the Model X car involved's Autopilot self-steering system was in use at the time of the accident.Walter Huang, an Apple engineer, died after his car hit a barrier.Tesla had also revealed... Read More
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‘More than half’ of UK households face broadband problems

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One in five British households have experienced slow broadband speeds in the last year, according to Which.A similar number have had connection dropouts and router problems, the consumer rights group added.It polled more than 1,900 customers across 12 providers, more than half of whom reported having problems with their broadband service or price.Which said providers had "a long way to go" to meet customer expectations.The survey looked at the biggest providers, including BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Zen Internet. Together they serve about 90% of UK broadband customers.... Read More
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Donald Trump steps up attacks on Amazon

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President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Amazon, suggesting the online retail giant is ripping off the US Postal Service. The US Post Office would lose $1.50 (£1.07) "on average for each package it delivers for Amazon", he tweeted, but supporters of Amazon dispute this. Mr Trump also said the Washington Post newspaper was a "lobbyist" for Amazon. Amazon owner Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which publishes stories unpalatable to the president. Like most mainstream media, the Post has reported on stories including Special Counsel Robert Mueller's continuing inve... Read More
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Met Police chief: Social media leads children to violence

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The UK's top police officer has blamed social media for normalising violence and leading more children to commit stabbings and murders.Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick told The Times social media sites "rev people up" and "make violence faster".Fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at their highest levels since 2011.Ms Dick announced a new task force of about 100 officers to tackle violent crime in London.Ms Dick says she ... Read More
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US may tie social media to visa applications

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The Trump administration has said it wants to start collecting the social media history of nearly everyone seeking a visa to enter the US.The proposal, which comes from the state department, would require most visa applicants to give details of their Facebook and Twitter accounts.They would have to disclose all social media identities used in the past five years.About 14.7 million people a year would be affected by the proposals.The information would be used to identify and vet those seeking both immigrant and non-immigrant visas.Applicants would also be asked for five years of... Read More
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Facebook ‘ugly truth’ growth memo haunts firm

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A Facebook executive's memo that claimed the "ugly truth" was that anything it did to grow was justified has been made public, embarrassing the company.The 2016 post said that this applied even if it meant people might die as a result of bullying or terrorism.Both the author and the company's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, have denied they actually believe the sentiment.But it risks overshadowing the firm's efforts to tackle an earlier scandal.Facebook has been under intense scrutiny since it acknowledged that it had received reports that ... Read More
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Can targeted ads really change votes?

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Prof David Carroll campaigned for Barack Obama during his presidential bid but did not do the same for Hillary Clinton.Now he asks himself whether so-called dark ads - individually targeted online messages - were to blame."I am open to the possibility," he told the BBC."I am concerned I got ads or stories with falsified information about Clinton that may have discouraged me from volunteering for her campaign. I volunteered for Obama so why did I not do it again?"He is one of the 240 million Americans which controversial political campaigning firm Cambridge Analytica claims to have bui... Read More
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iPhone update adds privacy ‘transparency’

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Apple has updated its iOS, MacOS and tvOS operating systems to give people more information about how their personal data is collected and used.After updating, customers will see new information screens when they use Apple-made apps that collect personal data, such as App Store.The change comes ahead of new EU data protection rules, which take effect on 23 May.Apple also plans to let people download the data it has stored about them.The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) toughens the requirements on how organisations handle the public's data, and imposes harsher penalties for b... Read More
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Cambridge Analytica files spell out election tactics

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Documents shared by Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie spell out how parent company SCL Group tried to influence elections worldwide.One letter also refers to its support of 15 psychological operations involving the UK's Ministry of Defence as of January 2012.The Foreign Office is quoted as saying another part of SCL was "a joy to work with" on a counter-terror operation.The files also refer to work done for Ambassador Bolton on US votes.This appears to be a reference to John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the UN. He was recently appointed as President Trump's Nationa... Read More
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Bonus pay gap revealed at Facebook UK

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Women working for Facebook's UK division get nearly half the amount of bonus pay than their male counterparts, despite a similar proportion of each sex getting some kind of top-up award.The median gender bonus pay gap at the business is 41.5%, according to figures submitted to the government.However, the equivalent gap for hourly pay was much smaller - 9.9%.That means when comparing median hourly rates, Facebook's female staff earn 90p for every £1 that its men earn.... Read More
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Tommy Robinson banned from Twitter

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Tommy Robinson - ex-leader of the English Defence League - has been banned from Twitter.His account is marked as being "suspended", but the BBC has learned that the US company has decided to permanently revoke his access.Twitter declined to comment, but it is understood the decision was taken after Mr Robinson was judged to have breached its "hateful conduct" policy.It had previously temporarily suspended the activist several times.Mr Robinson, whose rea... Read More
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Facebook revamps its privacy controls

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Facebook says an overhaul of its privacy tools will make it easier for people to find and edit the personal information the company holds.Details of the changes were announced in a blog.They follow intense criticism of the firm after it emerged that data about 50 million users had been harvested and passed on to a political consultancy.However, Facebook says the revamp was already planned ahead of the scandal in order to comply with new EU rules.The announcement coinc... Read More
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Huawei P20 Pro smartphone ‘can see in the dark’

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Huawei's latest smartphone can take photos in near-dark conditions without using its flash or a tripod.The P20 Pro takes exposures lasting up to six seconds to get enough light. It then uses artificial intelligence to deliver sharp images and avoid the blurring and smearing normally associated with employing this technique handheld.The Chinese company recently told the BBC it could soon become the world's bestselling smartphone brand.At present, it is in third place behind Samsung and Apple, with US telecom networ... Read More
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Data row: Facebook’s Zuckerberg will not appear before MPs

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he will not appear before MPs investigating fake news, but will send one of his senior executives instead.The tech giant and data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica are at the centre of a dispute over harvesting personal data and whether it was used in Donald Trump's presidential election campaign. Mr Zuckerberg has apologised for a "breach of trust".His stand-in will give evidence to MPs after the Easter Parliamentary break.It will be either chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer or Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer, both of whom ... Read More
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Billion euro cyber-suspect arrested in Spain

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A cyber-crime mastermind suspected of stealing about £870m (€1bn) has been arrested in Spain.The individual is alleged to be the head of the organised crime gang that ran the Carbanak and Cobalt malware campaigns that targeted banks.Europol said the group had been active since 2013 and infiltrated more than 100 banks in that time. Cash was siphoned off via bank transfers or dispensed automatically through cash machi... Read More
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Tumblr deletes ‘Russian troll’ accounts

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Blogging platform Tumblr has deleted 84 accounts it says Russian propagandists used to spread disinformation during the 2016 US election.The accounts are believed to have been used by Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA) - an organisation linked to many different web-based campaigns. Tumblr said it had uncovered the fake accounts while helping an official investigation into the IRA's influence.Last month, 13 Russians linked with the IRA were indicted by the US government.The individuals were charged with trying to manipulate American voters via social media.... Read More
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Facebook boss apologises in UK and US newspaper ads

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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has taken out full-page adverts in several UK and US Sunday newspapers to apologise for the firm's recent data privacy scandal. He said Facebook could have done more to stop millions of users having their data exploited by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica in 2014."This was a breach of trust, and I am sorry," the back-page ads state. It comes amid reports Facebook was warned its data protection policies were too weak back in 2011.The full-page apology featured in broadsheets and tabloids in the UK, appearing on the back page of the Sunday Telegra... Read More
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Baselworld: Tag Heuer chief takes swipe at his industry

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One on the most powerful men in luxury retailing has said it is time to stop seeing smartwatch makers Apple and Google as threats.Jean-Claude Biver, who runs watchmakers Tag Heuer, Hublot, and Zenith, said the smartwatch will boost his industry. Mr Biver was instrumental in reviving the Swiss industry after it was devastated in the 1970s and '80s by Japan's quartz battery revolution.The entrepreneur also warned about the impact of a US-China trade war.Speaking to the BBC during the Baselworld watch and jewellery fair in Switzerland, the global showcase for the Swiss industry, Mr Biver said... Read More
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Elon Musk pulls brands from Facebook

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Entrepreneur Elon Musk has had the official Facebook pages for his Tesla and SpaceX companies deleted.The #deletefacebook movement has grown after data firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of obtaining the personal information of about 50 million users.Mr Musk had poked fun at speaker brand Sonos after it said it would suspend advertising on Facebook for one week. His followers challenged him to have his own companies' pages deleted, which he did within minutes.Mr Musk said he "didn't realise" that his SpaceX brand had a Facebook page. "Literally never seen it even once," he wrote on Twitt... Read More
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Craigslist drops dating ads after new law

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Classified advertising website Craigslist has closed its dating ads section in the US, in response to a new bill against sex trafficking.The bill states that websites can now be punished for "facilitating" prostitution and sex trafficking.Ads promoting prostitution and child sexual abuse have previously been posted in the "personals" section of Craigslist.The company said keeping the section open in the US was too much of a risk.In a statement, Craigslist said the new law would "subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully".... Read More
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YouTube gun ban drives bloggers to PornHub

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YouTube has banned videos that show people how to manufacture or modify guns and their accessories.It had already banned videos linked to the sale of guns and accessories.Many firearms enthusiasts noticed that some of their videos had been removed from the video-sharing website and some had their channels suspended.Prominent gun video-bloggers said the move was an erosion of US citizens' rights, and some said they would move their content to PornHub instead.YouTube's policies now prohibit videos that:show how... Read More
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Teenager hacks crypto-currency wallet

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A hardware wallet designed to store crypto-currencies, and touted by its manufacturer as tamper-proof, has been hacked by a British 15-year-old.Writing on his blog, Saleem Rashid said he had written code that gave him a back door into the Ledger Nano S, a $100 (£70) device that has sold millions around the world.It would allow a malicious attacker to drain the wallet of funds, he said.The firm behind the wallet said that it had issued a security fix.It is... Read More
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Uber self-driving crash: Footage shows moment before impact

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Police have released two videos showing the moments leading up to a fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber car in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday.In the 14-second video, the autonomous vehicle is seen failing to slow down before hitting Elaine Herzberg, 49, who is walking her bike across the road.One video shows dashcam footage of the impact. The other, an Uber operator monitoring the car's controls.Uber has suspended self-driving tests in North America following the crash.In footage released on Wednesday by the Temp... Read More
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‘We made mistakes’ – Facebook’s Zuckerberg

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Facebook's Zuckerberg: "We made mistakes" over Cambridge Analytica situationThis breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. ... Read More
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Surgeon David Nott: Hack led to Syria air strike

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A British surgeon who helped Syrian doctors online has told the Telegraph he fears his computer was hacked, leading to an air strike on a hospital.David Nott, who has performed surgery in various war zones, helped his Syrian colleagues during an operation, via Skype and WhatsApp, on just one occasion.The 2016 operation was later broadcast by the BBC's Newsnight programme.Weeks after this, the Aleppo hospital was hit by a "bu... Read More
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Facebook data row: Cambridge Analytica academic a ‘scapegoat’

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An academic who created an app which harvested data from 50 million users says he has been made "a scapegoat" for Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.Dr Aleksandr Kogan completed work for Cambridge Analytica in 2014, but said he had no idea the data would be used for Donald Trump's election campaign. The psychology academic told the BBC he wanted the data so he could model human behaviour through social media.Facebook says Dr Kogan violated the site's policies. The Cambridge University researcher developed a personality survey called This is Your Digital Life. About 270,000 users' data... Read More
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Data firm boss suspended amid Facebook row

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Cambridge Analytica suspends boss Alexander Nix amid row over use of Facebook dataThis breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. ... Read More
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Is leaving Facebook the only way to protect your data?

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Allegations that research firm Cambridge Analytica misused the data of 50 million Facebook users have reopened the debate about how information on the social network is shared and with whom.Data is like oil to Facebook - it is what brings advertisers to the platform, who in turn make it money.And there is no question that Facebook has the ability to build detailed and sophisticated profiles on users' likes, dislikes, lifestyles and political leanings.The bigger question becomes - what does it share with others and what can users do to regain control of their information?... Read More
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Cambridge Analytica: Mark Zuckerberg asked to appear before MPs

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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has been called on by a parliamentary committee to give evidence about the use of personal data by Cambridge Analytica. The UK-based political consulting firm is accused of using the data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the 2016 US presidential election.Damian Collins, the chairman of the Commons inquiry into fake news, accused Facebook of "misleading" the committee.London-based firm Cambridge Analytica denies any wrongdoing.Mr Collins said earlier ... Read More
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Cambridge Analytica: Warrant sought to inspect company

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The UK's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.The firm is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members, amassed via a personality quiz app created by an academic.Former employee Christopher Wylie claims the company used the data to influence the US presidential election.The firm denies the allegations.Ms Denham had demanded access to Cambridge Analytica's servers by 18:00 GMT but said the firm had missed her deadline."I'm not accept... Read More
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Facebook under fire in escalating data row

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Politicians in the US, Europe and the UK are calling on Facebook to explain how data on millions of its users was harvested.US senators have called on Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress about how it will protect users.The head of the European Parliament said it would investigate to see if the data was misused. A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "very concerned" about the revelations.Over the weekend, the Guardian and the New York Times published stories which alleged that Facebook had not done enough to warn millions of users that data firm Cambridge Analy... Read More
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Uber halts self-driving car tests after death

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Uber has said it is suspending self-driving car tests in all US cities after a fatal accident. A woman was hit by a car and killed as she crossed the street in Tempe, Arizona.Uber said it was cooperating with local authorities in Arizona following the crash.The death comes a year after Uber took its self-driving cars off the road following an accident that left a Volvo SUV on its side in Arizona.Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said the death was "incredibly sad news". "We're thinking of the victim's family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened," he... Read More
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BBC wants to keep FM radio for longer

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The BBC says it wants to keep FM radio for the foreseeable future rather than switch over entirely to digital.BBC director of radio and music Bob Shennan said that "audiences want choice"."We need to do more in the UK before we consider a switchover and for that to be genuinely led by the audience," he told a conference in Vienna."We are fully committed to digital and we believe we should review the landscape again in a few years' time." The government is due to undertake a review of FM and DAB (d... Read More
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UK tech giant Micro Focus halves in value as shares crash

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Shares in the UK's biggest technology firm, Micro Focus International, have plunged after it warned of a sharper than expected fall in revenues and its chief executive resigned. Shares in the company, whose customers include BMW and American Express, sank 55% to 849p in morning trading.The problems stem from its purchase of Hewlett Packard Enterprise's software business for £6.8bn.Difficulties in integrating the business have hit revenues.Micro Focus specialises in extending the life of clients' older IT systems, saving them from having to buy new systems.... Read More
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Can kids hold pens in the digital age?

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Children's habits are changing. Where once a toddler might have played with bricks, now they are more likely to play on an iPad.Such devices can provide a welcome distraction for busy parents and an attractive source of sensory stimulation for young children but does it mean that children are not developing the fine motor skills they need to write?Sally Payne, head paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust has seen evidence this is the case.She recently told ... Read More
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Can kids hold pens in the digital age?

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Children's habits are changing. Where once a toddler might have played with bricks, now they are more likely to play on an iPad.Such devices can provide a welcome distraction for busy parents and an attractive source of sensory stimulation for young children but does it mean that children are not developing the fine motor skills they need to write?Sally Payne, head paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust has seen evidence this is the case.She recently told ... Read More
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Facebook and Trump data firm accused of ‘misleading’ MPs

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Facebook and a US data firm, Cambridge Analytica, have been accused of "misleading" Parliament.The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said both firms must answer more questions over claims that details from 50 million profiles were gathered without consent. Facebook suspended the US company, saying it breached its policies.Cambridge Analytica said it does not hold or use any Facebook data. Both companies deny any wrongdoing.The data firm is primarily known for its role in US President Trump's election campaign, where it provided details on American voters.Damian Collin... Read More
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Trump campaign data firm accused of harvesting Facebook data

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The attorney general for the state of Massachusetts is launching an investigation into alleged harvesting of Facebook profiles by a firm employed by Donald Trump's election campaign.Investigations by the Observer and New York Times newspapers claim details from 50 million profiles were gathered without the users' knowledge.The company, Cambridge Analytica, was suspended from Facebook on Friday.Both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica deny any wrongdoing.The American data analysis firm - which is not associated with the famous British university - is well known for the role it played in P... Read More
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Can kids hold pens in the digital age?

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Children's habits are changing. Where once a toddler might have played with bricks, now they are more likely to play on an iPad.Such devices can provide a welcome distraction for busy parents and an attractive source of sensory stimulation for young children but does it mean that children are not developing the fine motor skills they need to write?Sally Payne, head paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust has seen evidence this is the case.She recently told ... Read More
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Biohacker fined for travel card implant

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A biohacker in Australia has been fined A$220 (£120, $170) for removing the chip from a travel card and implanting it into his hand.Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (real name) also has to pay A$1,000 in costs.The case was brought by the New South Wales transport authority which issues the contactless Opal card.Mr Meow-Meow was charged for travelling without a ticket, although the fare was on the chip inside his hand.It was still able to be scanned by card readers. In his most recent Facebook post, he had asked supporters to "wish him luck" as he faced court. He had admitted the cha... Read More
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US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks

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The US has imposed sanctions on 19 Russians, accusing them of interference in the 2016 US election and alleged cyber-attacks.They include 13 individuals charged last month by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused the Russians of "destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure". He said the sanctions would target "ongoing nefarious attacks" by Russia.The tactics of a Russian ... Read More