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Facebook gives users trustworthiness score

Image copyright PA/Getty Image caption Facebook disputes the idea the score should be considered to be a reputation rating Facebook has confirmed that it has started scoring some of its members on a trustworthiness scale. The Washington Post revealed that the social network had developed the system over the past year. The tech firm says […]

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Gamescom: The seven biggest announcements at the show

Image copyright CD Projekt Red Image caption Gamescom attracts thousands of visitors to see the latest video games Cyberpunk dystopias and one-armed ninjas are among the highlights from this year’s Gamescom games fair, which opened on Tuesday in Cologne. The biggest show of its kind in Europe, Gamescom attracts thousands of visitors to see the […]

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Drones hunt cocaine farms in Colombia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Coca cultivation in Colombia has surged in recent years, and the US government has urged the country to eradicate production of the plant. The Colombian government has started to use drones to destroy the plants that produce cocaine. Small aircraft loaded with herbicide are being sent to search for […]

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Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit says it acted to block attacks by the Fancy Bear group Russian attempts to launch cyber-attacks against US conservative groups have been thwarted, Microsoft says. The software company said Russian hackers had tried to steal data from political organisations, including the International Republican Institute and […]

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Bitcoin buster?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin’s price has been extremely volatile over the last 12 months Cryptocurrencies – digital tokens known as cryptos for short – have investors in the grip of a gold rush fever, with billions being traded every day. Prices fluctuate wildly, making them high-risk investments. But could a more stable, […]

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Facebook apologises for blocking Prager University's videos

Image copyright Facebook Image caption PragerU accused Facebook of “ratcheting up their algorithms” against conservative content Facebook has apologised for removing several videos posted to its platform by a US right-wing non-profit group. Prager University had said some of the clips had been falsely accused of containing hate speech. The conservative organisation specialises in publishing […]

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Honeypot pornography lawyer pleads guilty

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Piracy sites provided data that helped uncover the Prenda Law scheme A US lawyer could be jailed for up to 10 years for helping to upload porn films to file-sharing sites and then sue people who downloaded them. Paul Hansmeier has pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and […]

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'Exploding' iPad prompts Apple shop evacuation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The shop was closed as potentially irritating fumes cleared Three Apple employees have been treated for minor injuries after an iPad battery reportedly exploded in an Amsterdam shop. The three staff are believed to have breathed vapours released when the battery caught fire. The incident, on 19 August, led […]

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Apple 'pulls gambling apps from China App Store'

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has removed thousands of gambling apps from its China app store, according to reports. The tech giant would not confirm reports suggesting it had pulled 25,000 apps, but in a statement the firm said “gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China”. The cull follows […]