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US Navy wants 350 billion social media posts

Image copyright Getty Images The US Navy is seeking to create an archive of at least 350 billion social media posts from around the world, in order to study how people talk online. The military project team has not specified which social media platform it intends to collect the data from. The posts must be […]

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Scam victims to be refunded by banks

Image copyright Getty Images New protection for individuals tricked into transferring money to fraudsters has now taken effect – but not all banks are signed up to the scheme. Some 84,000 bank customers lost money – sometimes tens of thousands of pounds – last year after being caught out. Only a fraction of the amount […]

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Amazon defeated Rekognition revolt by a large margin

Image copyright AmazonImage caption A proposal to ban government use of the Rekognition system failed to attract mass support at Amazon’s annual general meeting An attempted shareholder revolt over Amazon’s sale of facial recognition technology to the police mustered less than 3% of votes cast at the firm’s annual general meeting. The tally was revealed […]

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The Google city that has angered Toronto

Image copyright Sidewalk LabsImage caption Google-affiliate Sidewalk Labs had big plans for its internet-based smart city It was meant to be a vision of how we will all live in future – a smart city built from the internet up – offering citizens the chance to experience the very latest technology. That would include autonomous […]

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Instagram blocks vaccine hoax hashtags

Image copyright EPA Instagram says it will block hashtags being used to spread “verifiably false” information about vaccinations. The social network already blocks hashtags that are themselves false claims, such as #vaccinescauseautism. It says it will now block more general hashtags that are being used to spread lies by so-called anti-vaxxers. However, several anti-vaccine topics […]

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Facebook ‘auto-generated’ extremist video

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Some content on pages for extremist groups was allegedly created by Facebook Facebook has been accused of “auto-generating” extremist content, including a celebratory jihadist video and a business page for al-Qaeda. The material was uncovered by an anonymous whistleblower who filed an official complaint to US regulators. Similar content for self-identified […]

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Yolo: Viral Snapchat app raises abuse concerns

Image copyright PopshowImage caption Yolo lets Snapchat users request anonymous messages from specific friends or the wider public Yolo – an app that lets anonymous questions be posed to Snapchat users – has become the most-downloaded iPhone app in the UK and US just a week after its release. It is highly unusual for an […]

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Loot boxes should be banned, says US senator

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Loot boxes offer a variety of rewards that can improve game-play A US senator has proposed a ban on loot boxes – spending within video games – saying they are “preying on user addiction” and exploiting children. Last month, the Belgium government said loot boxes were in violation of its […]

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German arrests as police attack dark web drugs market

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Police say Colombian cocaine was traded on the illegal network Police in western Germany have arrested three men suspected of running the world’s second-largest dark net marketplace for illegal drugs, stolen data and malicious software. The FBI took part in the investigation and arrested two alleged drug-dealers in Los Angeles, […]

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E-voting by touch-screen trialled in local elections

Image copyright Feng HaoImage caption Feedback had been positive, said the team who developed the new system. Voters in Gateshead are being invited to vote twice in the local elections – via the traditional ballot box and on a touch-screen computer. Only their ballot paper vote will count, with the e-voting just a trial. E-voting […]