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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 […]

Plans drawn up for world's tallest wooden skyscraper

Plans drawn up for world's tallest wooden skyscraper

Image copyright Sumitomo Forestry A Japanese company is planning to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper, to mark its 350th anniversary in 2041. Sumitomo Forestry said 10% of the 70-storey W350 tower would be steel, combined with about 180,000 cubic metres of indigenous wood, enough to build about 8,000 homes, and trees and foliage on […]

UK and US blame Russia for 'malicious' NotPetya cyber-attack

UK and US blame Russia for 'malicious' NotPetya cyber-attack

Image copyright PA The Russian military was directly behind a “malicious” cyber-attack on Ukraine that spread globally last year, the US and Britain have said. The White House said June’s NotPetya ransomware attack caused billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said Russia was “ripping up […]

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 […]

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 […]

Logan Paul 'won't be kicked off' YouTube

Logan Paul 'won't be kicked off' YouTube

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Logan Paul is a hugely popular YouTube star whose recent videos have proved controversial Controversial YouTube star Logan Paul has not yet done enough to deserve a ban from the video site, its chief executive has said. Paul faced criticism in January after posting a video in which he […]

Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nearly 100% of energy in Iceland comes from renewable sources Iceland is facing an “exponential” rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said. This year, electricity use at Bitcoin mining data centres is likely to exceed that of […]

Russian nuclear scientists arrested for 'Bitcoin mining plot'

Russian nuclear scientists arrested for 'Bitcoin mining plot'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The arrested scientists worked at the secret factory which made the USSR’s first nuclear bomb Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining crypto-currencies. The suspects had tried to use one of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoins, […]

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