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Fake news 'crowding out' real news, MPs say

Fake news 'crowding out' real news, MPs say

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDamian Collins, the committee’s chairman, says “sophisticated” fake news is causing a “crisis for democracy” The volume of disinformation on the internet is growing so big that it is starting to crowd out real news, the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman has said. Tory […]

Google bans crypto-mining apps from Play Store

Google bans crypto-mining apps from Play Store

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rising value of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies has given rise to a flurry of mining apps Google has followed the lead of Apple by banning crypto-mining apps from its Play Store. An update to the company’s developer policy reads: “We don’t allow apps that mine crypto-currency on devices.” […]

Lunar eclipse: Century's longest 'blood moon' under way

Lunar eclipse: Century's longest 'blood moon' under way

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The blood moon rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi Skywatchers are being treated to the longest “blood moon” eclipse of the 21st Century. As it rises, during this total eclipse, Earth’s natural satellite turns a striking shade of red or ruddy brown The “totality” period, when […]

Vote Leave's targeted Brexit ads released by Facebook

Vote Leave's targeted Brexit ads released by Facebook

Image copyright PA The official Vote Leave campaign spent more than £2.7m on targeting ads at specific groups of people on Facebook – helping it to win the 2016 EU referendum. The US social media giant has now released these ads to a committee of MPs investigating fake news – meaning everyone, not just those […]

Google cars self-drive to Walmart supermarket in trial

Google cars self-drive to Walmart supermarket in trial

Image copyright Waymo Image caption Waymo’s cars will deliver Walmart customers to their groceries Google’s sister-company Waymo has announced a trial in which its self-driving cars will ferry shoppers to and from a nearby Walmart store to pick up their groceries. For now, the pilot is being restricted to 400-plus members of its early rider […]

Russian hackers penetrate US power stations

Russian hackers penetrate US power stations

Image copyright Tom Kelley Image caption The attacks could have meant power supplies being cut out, said the Wall Street Journal Russian hackers have won remote access to the control rooms of many US power suppliers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The access could have let them shut down networks and cause blackouts, US officials […]

WhatsApp ‘admin’ spends five months in an Indian jail

WhatsApp ‘admin’ spends five months in an Indian jail

Image copyright Reuters A student has spent five months in an Indian jail over a WhatsApp message he says he did not send. Local reports say the 21-year-old man was charged with sedition because of “objectionable” content, although it is not clear what the message said. Police allege the man was the administrator of the […]

Hackers 'targeting US mid-term elections'

Hackers 'targeting US mid-term elections'

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US mid-term elections will take place on 6 November At least three congressional candidates have been targeted by hackers ahead of the US mid-term elections, according to Microsoft. Tom Burt, an executive at the firm, made the revelation during a security conference panel in Colorado. The three candidates appear […]

The mega-machines helping China link the world

The mega-machines helping China link the world

China is creating a network of ambitious land- and sea-based transport links to connect its booming economy with those of Europe and Africa. And it’s wasting no time – designing incredible bespoke construction machines to get the job done fast. President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013, aims to connect […]

Hackers net almost $1m in Russian bank raid

Hackers net almost $1m in Russian bank raid

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian banks have been hit several times by the MoneyTaker hacking gang A notorious hacking gang has struck again, stealing almost £700,000 ($910,000) from a Russian bank, reports a cyber-security company. Group-IB was called in to help Russia’s PIR Bank after it noticed the theft, said the firm. The […]