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TED 2018: Alphabet firm's tools to combat extremism

TED 2018: Alphabet firm's tools to combat extremism

Image copyright Ryan Lash/TED Image caption Yasmin Green wants to fight extremism with empathetic technology The online methods used by Jihadist groups to recruit members and the way Google is countering them, have been revealed at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference. The research director of Alphabet-owned Jigsaw gave a talk outlining the tools […]

TED 2018: The smart home that spied on its owner

TED 2018: The smart home that spied on its owner

Image copyright Gizmodo For two months in early 2018, technology journalist Kashmir Hill let innocent household items spy on her. She had turned her one-bedroom apartment into a “smart home” and was measuring how much data was being collected by the firms that made the devices. Her smart toothbrush betrayed when she had not brushed […]

Donkey Kong champion loses title for 'using emulator'

Donkey Kong champion loses title for 'using emulator'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Billy Mitchell was Donkey Kong world champion The Donkey Kong world champion has been stripped of a record he set for the 1981 arcade classic following claims he did not use an original machine. Twin Galaxies, which tracks video games records, believes that Billy Mitchell’s 1,047,200 score on the […]

UK launched cyber-attack on Islamic State

UK launched cyber-attack on Islamic State

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGCHQ director Jeremy Fleming said it was the first time such an attack had been carried out The UK has conducted a “major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed. The operation hindered the group’s ability to co-ordinate […]

Facebook's Zuckerberg says his data was harvested

Facebook's Zuckerberg says his data was harvested

Image copyright US Congress Image caption In his opening remarks Mr Zuckerberg said that Facebook was an “idealistic” company Facebook’s chief executive has revealed that his data was among that harvested in a privacy scandal. Mark Zuckerberg made the disclosure during his second day of being questioned in Washington. In a related development, the political […]

Ransomware tops malicious attack charts

Ransomware tops malicious attack charts

Image copyright EPA Image caption The global success of the Wannacry ransomware has encouraged more attackers to use it Ransomware has become the most popular form of malware used in cyber-attacks, suggests a study. Almost 40% of all successful malware-based attacks involved ransomware suggests the annual Verizon data breach investigations report. The types of systems […]

Facebook reveals Mark Zuckerberg's US Congress testimony

Facebook reveals Mark Zuckerberg's US Congress testimony

Image copyright Reuters Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his planned testimony to the US Congress, ahead of answering questions during a two day hearing about data privacy. He will speak about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Russian election interference and what the company was doing to prevent similar incidents in future. He said the […]

Russia seeks to block Telegram messaging app

Russia seeks to block Telegram messaging app

Image copyright AFP Image caption Telegram has proved popular because of the way it protects messages from scrutiny The Russian government has started legal proceedings to block the Telegram messaging app in the country. The Roskomnadzor media regulator is seeking the block because the firm has refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble […]

How the internet is clogging up city streets

How the internet is clogging up city streets

Image caption Ride-hailing services have had a big impact on the volume of traffic in New York Traffic in New York is slowing down. Jams are endemic in Manhattan, especially in its business districts. Daytime traffic in the busiest areas now moves almost 20% more slowly than it did five years ago. It seems a […]

Flying whales

Flying whales

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAirbus builds a new super-transporter Passenger aircraft are built in sections around the world then assembled in various locations, so how do you transport huge parts like wings and fuselages? Meet the super-transporters – giant planes for giant jobs. The aircraft being assembled in Hangar L34 at […]