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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 […]

Microsoft tackles 'horrifying' Bing search results

Microsoft tackles 'horrifying' Bing search results

Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Microsoft’s search engine has been suggesting people visit racist sites Microsoft has “taken action” to change its Bing search engine after it was found to give “horrifying” results for some terms. Journalist Chris Hoffman discovered Bing suggested racist topics when he looked up words such as “Jews”, “Muslims” and “black […]

BBC News disrupted by software glitch

BBC News disrupted by software glitch

Image caption The BBC News at Six looked a little different on Wednesday The BBC had to replace live broadcasts with recorded material on its TV news channels for about an hour on Wednesday following a technical glitch. The News at Six was also presented from the BBC’s Millbank studio instead of its usual home […]

Google Pixel 3 phones launch during privacy storm

Google Pixel 3 phones launch during privacy storm

Image copyright Google Image caption Google has opted to keep to one rear camera on the new phones despite an industry trend for two or more Google has launched its latest smartphones under the shadow of a data exposure scandal. The Pixel 3 handsets introduce new photography features including a much higher-quality digital zoom than […]

Boz: Defending Facebook's Portal screens

Boz: Defending Facebook's Portal screens

Image copyright Facebook/Getty Images Image caption Andrew Bosworth has been with Facebook for more than 12 years One of Mark Zuckerberg’s longest-serving and most trusted lieutenants is making the case for Facebook to put a microphone and camera in your home. It’s not the easiest of jobs. Facebook is launching its Portal video chat devices […]

Weak passwords banned in California from 2020

Weak passwords banned in California from 2020

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Net-connected cameras have helped attackers stage large-scale attacks Default passwords such as “admin” and “password” will be illegal for electronics firms to use in California from 2020. The state has passed a law that sets higher security standards for net-connected devices made or sold in the region. It demands that […]

Amazon reveals Alexa's most-requested albums

Amazon reveals Alexa's most-requested albums

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Adele, Michael Jackson and Dua Lipa are among Alexa’s most-popular artists Ed Sheeran’s รท is the most-requested album on Amazon’s voice-activated speakers, the company has revealed. It’s hardly surprising: The record was the UK’s best-seller last year, shifting more than 2.5 million copies. Hit records by George Ezra, Adele […]

Apple and Amazon deny China hack claims

Apple and Amazon deny China hack claims

Image copyright Reuters A report alleging that Apple and Amazon had data stolen by Chinese spies has been strongly disputed by both tech firms. Apple and Amazon have both responded publicly to claims made by Bloomberg Businessweek which described the cyber-attack. “There is no truth to these claims,” said Apple’s statement. The UK’s National Cyber […]

Call problems hit O2 mobile network

Call problems hit O2 mobile network

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of O2 customers in the UK have reported problems making and taking phone calls. Many logged the difficulty they had using the network via online sites that keep an eye on the status of the UK’s telecoms systems. The problems were logged by customers all over the UK. O2 said […]

Facebook data breach probe launched by Irish watchdog

Facebook data breach probe launched by Irish watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Image caption The Irish Data Commission will decide whether the EU should penalise Facebook rather than there being country-by-country reviews The Irish Data Protection Commission has formally begun an investigation into Facebook’s recent data breach. It will now decide whether the firm should be fined for failing to prevent hackers from […]