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Trump says violent video games 'shape' young minds

Trump says violent video games 'shape' young minds

Image copyright Activision President Trump has vowed to “do something” about the violence in games and films watched by younger people. In a meeting at the White House on school safety, President Trump said the violence played a role in shaping the way people saw the world. The meeting was held the week after a […]

Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group

Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk has said AI is humanity’s biggest threat Technology billionaire Elon Musk has quit the board of the research group he co-founded to look into the ethics of artificial intelligence. In a blog post, OpenAI said the decision had been taken to avoid any conflict of interest as Mr […]

Tool 'names and shames' hidden drug trials

Tool 'names and shames' hidden drug trials

Image copyright Getty Images Institutions that fail to report the results of their drug and medical trials will be named on a new website. Trials Tracker logs which clinical trials have missed deadlines for reporting their results in the US. Some pharmaceutical organisations have been accused of burying unfavourable drug and medical test results. Dr […]

Facebook ads boss in fake news Twitter storm

Facebook ads boss in fake news Twitter storm

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some examples of the messages thought to have been posted by Russia-backed trolls were released in 2017 Facebook’s vice-president of adverts has been criticised for tweeting that Russian-bought ads had not been designed to sway the US election. Rob Goldman’s tweet was retweeted by President Donald Trump. His view contradicted […]

Dark web paedophile Matthew Falder jailed for 32 years

Dark web paedophile Matthew Falder jailed for 32 years

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMoment paedophile with ‘rap sheet from hell’ arrested Paedophile Matthew Falder has been sentenced to 32 years in jail after admitting 137 charges including rape and blackmail. Sentencing him at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Philip Parker QC said Falder’s crimes began with voyeurism as a student, but […]

Anger at Google image search 'peace deal'

Anger at Google image search 'peace deal'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Getty Images sells photographers’ work Google has made it more difficult for people to save pictures from its image search product, as part of a “peace deal” with photo library Getty Images. In 2017, Getty Images complained to the European Commission, accusing Google of anti-competitive practices. Google said it […]

Facebook told to stop tracking in Belgium

Facebook told to stop tracking in Belgium

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has been ordered to stop tracking people without consent, by a court in Belgium. The company has been told to delete all the data it had gathered on people who did not use Facebook. The court ruled the data was gathered illegally. Belgium’s privacy watchdog said the website had broken […]

Call for women-only Uber Pools for London

Call for women-only Uber Pools for London

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is a call for Women Only Uber Pool cars in London Uber and other ride-sharing apps have been urged to offer women-only cars in London by the transport authority. The suggestion is outlined in a policy statement issued by Transport for London (TfL). The move could affect services […]

Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker

Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chrome is available for desktop computers and a wide range of mobile devices Google has launched an ad-blocker for its Chrome web browser that is designed to prevent “annoying” and “intrusive” ads being shown to users. Google announced the move to curtail full-page and auto-playing video ads, among others, last […]

YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans

YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oleg Deripaska has warned the media not to repeat the allegations made against him YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country’s richest businessmen and an opposition leader. Russia’s internet censor blacklisted material on both […]