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California bans 'secret' election bots

California bans 'secret' election bots

Image copyright Getty Images California has signed legislation which bans the use of undeclared bots during elections. Bots are automated online accounts which can be programmed to find and share information based around key words, themes or people. The new rule also applies at all times to bots used for sales purposes unless they are […]

Web creator works to liberate personal data

Web creator works to liberate personal data

Image copyright PHILIPPE DESMAZES Image caption People should have more control over their data, says Sir Tim Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has created a technology he says will give people more control over their data. Called Solid, the technology puts personal information in one place so people can decide what is shared with which […]

Facebook slated over phone ad push

Facebook slated over phone ad push

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many people use their phone as a second guarantee of their identity Facebook has been labelled “deceptive” by a campaign group for the way it handles information people use to make their account more secure. Many people use their phone as a second identity check when logging into their […]

Conservative Party conference app reveals MPs' numbers

Conservative Party conference app reveals MPs' numbers

Image caption The Tory party’s app for the conference was readily available to download on the Apple app store Conservative MPs including Boris Johnson have had their phone numbers and other personal details revealed by the party’s conference app. A Guardian columnist highlighted the security breach on Twitter and the BBC was also able to […]

Disabled train users to get new 'life-changing' app

Disabled train users to get new 'life-changing' app

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Paralympian Wafula-Strike has campaigned for better accessibility for disabled people on trains A “life-changing” app that can track disabled rail users in real-time will be rolled out nationwide. The app will update station staff on where a passenger is at any point, useful in the event of a delay, […]

Fortnite Season 6's pets could attract girl gamers

Fortnite Season 6's pets could attract girl gamers

Image copyright Epic Games The introduction of three pets to the Fortnite game are not an attempt to squeeze more cash out of players, says one expert. Instead IHS analyst Piers Harding-Rolls believes the goal is to attract more female players to the title. The three pets – a dog, chameleon and dragon – were […]

Sir Charles Kao: Fibre optics genius passes away

Sir Charles Kao: Fibre optics genius passes away

Image copyright UCL Image caption Sir Charles Kao receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Science from University College London (UCL) in 2010 Tributes have been paid to Sir Charles Kao, the scientist whose work in Essex “transformed the world”. Sir Charles, who won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics, died in Hong Kong on Sunday, aged […]

Qualcomm claims Apple shared tech with Intel

Qualcomm claims Apple shared tech with Intel

Image copyright Reuters US chipmaker Qualcomm has accused Apple of sharing its technology with rival suppliers including Intel in a theft intended to improve the performance of non-Qualcomm chips. The complaint, made in a filing in a Californian court, marks the latest clash between the two firms. Apple has separately accused Qualcomm of abusing its […]

China shuts down 4,000 websites in purge on 'improper values'

China shuts down 4,000 websites in purge on 'improper values'

Image copyright Getty Images China has shut down thousands of websites and online accounts following a three-month campaign against “harmful” content, the state news agency Xinhua has announced. The content, on 4,000 sites, included infringements of copyright and material spreading “improper values, vulgarity or obscenity”, it said. But the purge also appeared to be aimed […]

Instagram's IGTV recommended 'abusive' videos

Instagram's IGTV recommended 'abusive' videos

Image copyright Chesnot Image caption Facebook hopes to compete with YouTube via the IGTV service Instagram has been criticised after sexually suggestive videos of children were recommended to its users. News site Business Insider found the videos during an investigation into Instagram’s IGTV app. A video featuring a graphic depiction of genital mutilation was also […]