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Facebook scandal ‘hit 87 million users’

Image copyright PA Facebook believes the data of up to 87 million people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica – many more than previously disclosed. The BBC has been told that about 1.1 million of them are UK-based. The overall figure had been previously quoted as being 50 million by the whistleblower […]

Where ambulances are being replaced by Uber

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US troops ‘to stay in Syria until IS defeated’

Image copyright AFP Image caption US-led coalition forces are deployed in the Kurdish-controlled Syrian town of Manbij The White House has said the US military mission in Syria is coming to a “rapid end”, but not announced a timetable for a full troop withdrawal. A statement said the Islamic State (IS) group was almost completely […]

YouTube shooting: Female suspect ‘angry over video postings’

Media captionHow the attack on YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno unfolded 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 […]

Martin Luther King Jr: US marks civil rights leader’s death

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The MLK memorial in Washington was erected in 2011 Commemorations are taking place across the US to honour the legacy of black civil rights leader Martin Luther King, who was assassinated 50 years ago. At the Memphis motel where Dr King was shot, a day of performances and speeches […]

Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify before US committee

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Zuckerberg has seen shares in his company fall steeply since the start of the Cambridge Analytica scandal 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 […]

YouTube shooting: Female suspect ‘angry over video postings’

Media captionHow the attack on YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno unfolded 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 […]

US-China trade: Beijing responds with tariffs of its own

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Motorcycles made in China are among the imports that would be hit with a tax Trade tensions between China and the US have been ramped up after Beijing responded to US plans for putting new taxes on hundreds of Chinese imports. China said it would place 25% trade tariffs […]

Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer in hospital

Image copyright Getty Images Verne Troyer, who is best known for appearing in Austin Powers, has been admitted to hospital in Los Angeles. It was reported that the Los Angeles City Fire Department was called to the actor’s Hollywood home on Monday evening. The 49-year-old’s team posted on Instagram to assure fans Troyer was receiving […]

Mystery Stingray devices discovered in Washington

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stingrays are devices which mimic mobile phone towers to gather data 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 […]