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Facebook shuts down 'spammy' politics pages

Facebook shuts down 'spammy' politics pages

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump has warned social media firms about political bias Facebook has removed more than 800 pages and accounts that sought to profit from politically themed spam. In a blog, Facebook said the 559 pages and 251 accounts abused the network to try to make people visit sites that make […]

Microsoft tackles 'horrifying' Bing search results

Microsoft tackles 'horrifying' Bing search results

Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Microsoft’s search engine has been suggesting people visit racist sites Microsoft has “taken action” to change its Bing search engine after it was found to give “horrifying” results for some terms. Journalist Chris Hoffman discovered Bing suggested racist topics when he looked up words such as “Jews”, “Muslims” and “black […]

James Murdoch tipped to lead Tesla board

James Murdoch tipped to lead Tesla board

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption James Murdoch joined the Tesla board last year. James Murdoch could become the next head of Tesla’s board of directors. He is “the favourite” to replace Elon Musk, who currently serves as both board chairman and chief executive, the Financial Times has reported. Mr Musk agreed to give up […]

Google Pixel 3 phones launch during privacy storm

Google Pixel 3 phones launch during privacy storm

Image copyright Google Image caption Google has opted to keep to one rear camera on the new phones despite an industry trend for two or more Google has launched its latest smartphones under the shadow of a data exposure scandal. The Pixel 3 handsets introduce new photography features including a much higher-quality digital zoom than […]

Boz: Defending Facebook's Portal screens

Boz: Defending Facebook's Portal screens

Image copyright Facebook/Getty Images Image caption Andrew Bosworth has been with Facebook for more than 12 years One of Mark Zuckerberg’s longest-serving and most trusted lieutenants is making the case for Facebook to put a microphone and camera in your home. It’s not the easiest of jobs. Facebook is launching its Portal video chat devices […]

Weak passwords banned in California from 2020

Weak passwords banned in California from 2020

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Net-connected cameras have helped attackers stage large-scale attacks Default passwords such as “admin” and “password” will be illegal for electronics firms to use in California from 2020. The state has passed a law that sets higher security standards for net-connected devices made or sold in the region. It demands that […]

Amazon reveals Alexa's most-requested albums

Amazon reveals Alexa's most-requested albums

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Adele, Michael Jackson and Dua Lipa are among Alexa’s most-popular artists Ed Sheeran’s รท is the most-requested album on Amazon’s voice-activated speakers, the company has revealed. It’s hardly surprising: The record was the UK’s best-seller last year, shifting more than 2.5 million copies. Hit records by George Ezra, Adele […]

Apple and Amazon deny China hack claims

Apple and Amazon deny China hack claims

Image copyright Reuters A report alleging that Apple and Amazon had data stolen by Chinese spies has been strongly disputed by both tech firms. Apple and Amazon have both responded publicly to claims made by Bloomberg Businessweek which described the cyber-attack. “There is no truth to these claims,” said Apple’s statement. The UK’s National Cyber […]

Fitbit data used to charge US man with murder

Fitbit data used to charge US man with murder

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Data from fitness trackers is increasingly being used by law enforcement as evidence Fitbit data has been used by US police investigating whether a 90-year-old murdered his stepdaughter. The victim, Karen Navarra, 67, was found with a kitchen knife in her hand, suggesting she killed herself. Anthony Aiello, who […]

Facebook data breach probe launched by Irish watchdog

Facebook data breach probe launched by Irish watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Image caption The Irish Data Commission will decide whether the EU should penalise Facebook rather than there being country-by-country reviews The Irish Data Protection Commission has formally begun an investigation into Facebook’s recent data breach. It will now decide whether the firm should be fined for failing to prevent hackers from […]