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Online sellers 'pay for positive reviews'

Online sellers 'pay for positive reviews'

Image copyright Getty Images Some online sellers are offering people free goods in return for positive product reviews, an investigation by consumer group Which? has found. Its investigator joined several “rewards for reviews” groups and was hired to write high-rated reviews in return for free items. Paid-for, or fake, reviews flout rules set by platforms […]

Anonymous Pro-Brexit ads on Facebook say 'bin Chequers'

Anonymous Pro-Brexit ads on Facebook say 'bin Chequers'

Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Image caption Political groups have been spending increasing amounts of money on Facebook adverts An anonymous website has been using Facebook adverts to encourage British voters to email their MP and urge them “to bin Chequers” and back Brexit. Evidence given to the government’s fake news inquiry found that a site […]

Google takes down travel visa ads

Google takes down travel visa ads

Image copyright Esta-Fasttrack Image caption Many commercial Esta sites look official Here’s a word of warning to anybody applying for a US travel visa or Esta online. The top search results in Google are not for the official application forms, but paid advertisements for commercial websites that charge more than five times as much as […]

Facebook in fresh video metrics row

Facebook in fresh video metrics row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Video metrics were inaccurate, Facebook admitted in 2016 Facebook was aware of inaccuracies in the way it measured how many people viewed video on its site for a year longer than it has previously admitted, court documents have claimed. Newly released papers that are part of a US legal […]

Just Eat listings include takeaways given zero ratings for hygiene

Just Eat listings include takeaways given zero ratings for hygiene

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow restaurants with poor hygiene are still available on Just Eats Many takeaway shops in England with a zero rating for hygiene are among those listed on the Just Eat food ordering app, a BBC investigation has found. Half of outlets rated as zero by the Food […]

Robot 'talks' to MPs about future of AI in the classroom

Robot 'talks' to MPs about future of AI in the classroom

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRobot tells MPs: “I am Pepper and I am a resident robot at Middlesex University” Pepper has become the first robot to appear at a UK parliamentary meeting, talking to MPs about the future of artificial intelligence in education. The robot is currently based at Middlesex University, […]

Virgin Media faces 'power issue'

Virgin Media faces 'power issue'

Image copyright Getty Images Virgin Media says it is investigating a problem which has left many customers in London without internet access and TV services. The company tweeted that the problem “might be fixed this evening”, but said a separate “system issue” left it unable to provide more information. The problems were first reported on […]

Climate change: Is your Netflix habit bad for the environment?

Climate change: Is your Netflix habit bad for the environment?

Image copyright Getty Images Watching your favourite show or listening to your playlist has never been easier. A virtually endless supply of film, music and TV can be streamed and downloaded almost instantly. But at what cost to the environment? Vast amounts of energy are needed to keep data flowing on the internet and demand […]

Spotify: Albums are alive and kicking in the streaming age

Spotify: Albums are alive and kicking in the streaming age

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Drake’s God’s Plan is the top streamed song of 2018, he’s experimented with how his music is released over the last few years In 1948, New York’s Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra put out a recording of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. You know the one – the release […]

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 […]

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