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Russia's Telegram block hits web users

Image copyright Steve Jennings Image caption Telegram founder Pavel Durov has vowed to help users circumvent the ban 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 […]

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Life of a meme

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The meme stars Paul Teutul Jr (left) and Paul Teutul in a heated argument You may have seen a meme featuring two men furiously arguing and wondered what on earth it was all about. The five-panel series of images known as the American Chopper meme uses stills taken from […]

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T-Mobile fined over false ringtones

Image copyright Getty Images Mobile phone network T-Mobile has agreed to pay $40m (£27m) after claims by the US government that it used false ringtones when calls could not be connected in rural areas. This would have given the impression that the calls were going unanswered rather than not connecting. The settlement was negotiated by […]

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'Lazy hackers' turn to automated attack tools

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Attack bots scan net address ranges looking for vulnerable servers Cyber-attackers are turning to tools that automate the process of finding and hijacking vulnerable servers, a study has found. The study used a fake server known as a honeypot to log everything done to it by digital intruders. Put […]

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Will technology destroy our democracy?

Could the spread of social media and digital technology undermine democracy? Jamie Bartlett, the author of The People versus Tech, believes it could. He argues there is a compatibility problem between democracy and technology. Institutions and regulations – like a free press, an informed citizenry, rules about election advertising – keep democracy working. All voters […]

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Netflix overseas sales set to overtake US

Image copyright Netflix Image caption Stranger Things has been one of Netflix’s successes Netflix has said it expects its overseas sales to overtake those in its US home market for the first time in the next three months. The forecast came after the streaming service reported the fastest revenue and subscriber growth in its history. […]

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Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

Image copyright Getty Images 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 […]

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Russia accused of global net hack attacks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Russia has been accused of carrying our cyber-attacks across the globe 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 […]

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Facebook expels alt-right figurehead

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A speech by Mr Spencer on the University of Florida’s campus proved controversial in 2017 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 […]

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Wetherspoon pub chain shuts its social media accounts

Image copyright PA 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, alongside Instagram and Facebook with immediate effect, it said. The pub chain linked the move to bad publicity surrounding social media including […]

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TED 2018: The smart home that spied on its owner

Image copyright Gizmodo 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 […]