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Facebook security app used to ‘spy’ on competitors

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has been criticised for its the way it handles user data A report by a Commons committee has detailed Facebook's use of an application to "spy" on users. The cross-party group said that Facebook used its Onavo virtual private network (VPN) app to gather information on competitors. The MPs claim Facebook "intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws". The
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YouTube backtracks after Pokemon ‘child abuse’ ban

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption YouTubers who discussed popular mobile game Pokemon GO were affected Google has backtracked after "mistakenly" deleting the accounts of several prominent YouTubers over incorrect child abuse fears.Popular YouTubers Mystic7, Trainer Tips and Marksman, who have more than 3.5 million subscribers between them, were among those who had their accounts deleted after posting videos of themselves playing Pokemon GO.They were told their videos contravened
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YouTube aids flat earth conspiracy theorists, research suggests

[ad_1] Image caption The belief that the Earth is flat has gained ground among many conspiracy theorists YouTube is playing a significant role in convincing some people that the Earth is flat, research suggests.A study quizzed people at flat earth conferences and found most cited videos viewed on the site as a key influence. They were won over by videos which claimed to amass evidence proving the Earth was not
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Google searches ‘hijacked’ to link Pakistan flag to toilet paper

[ad_1] Image caption An image search for "best toilet paper" still returns a page filled with images of Pakistan's flag Google searches for "best toilet paper in the world" appear to have been manipulated to return images of the Pakistan national flag.The results are believed to be the work of Indian protesters acting in response to the 14 February attack in Kashmir that left at least 40 soldiers dead.It is
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Huawei risk can be managed, say UK cyber-security chiefs

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei has said it is independent and gives nothing to Beijing, aside from taxes Any possible security risk posed to the UK by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei can be managed, cyber-security chiefs have said.The UK's National Cyber Security Centre's decision undermines US efforts to persuade its allies to ban the firm from 5G communications networks.The Chinese government is accused of using Huawei as a
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Australian political parties hit by ‘state actor’ hack, PM says

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia's parliament was the subject of an attempted hack two weeks ago Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the country's major political parties have been hit by a hack on their computer networks.The activity was carried out by a "sophisticated state actor", Mr Morrison said.It was discovered following an investigation into a hacking attempt on Australia's parliament two weeks ago.There was "no evidence
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Quadriga: The cryptocurrency exchange that lost $135m

[ad_1] Image copyright Facebook/Quadriga Image caption Gerald Cotten When the 30-year-old founder of a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange died suddenly, he took the whereabouts of some C$180m ($135m; £105m) in cryptocurrency to his grave. Now, tens of thousands of Quadriga CX users are wondering if they will ever see their funds again. In 2014, one of the world's biggest online cryptocurrency exchanges - MtGox - unexpectedly shut down after losing 850,000
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PewDiePie: Roblox lifts ban after social media backlash

[ad_1] Image copyright PewDiePie/YouTube Image caption Roblox says it has more than 70 million monthly active users Online social game Roblox has reinstated PewDiePie's account after banning the popular YouTuber over an "inappropriate username".PewDiePie revealed the ban in a video on his YouTube channel to his more than 85 million subscribers.Other users then reported that they had received bans or warnings simply for mentioning the YouTuber's name.PewDiePie's account was eventually
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Ad code ‘slows down’ browsing speeds

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Poorly written code can make some pages very slow to load Ads are responsible for making webpages slow to a crawl, suggests analysis of the most popular one million websites. The research by developer Patrick Hulce looked at which chunks of code take longest to load.About 60% of the total loading time of a page was caused by scripts that place adverts or
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Mobile networks call for 5G security inspector

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The mobile network industry has called for a new European security testing scheme to check the safety of 5G equipment before it is deployed.Several countries have stopped individual companies supplying equipment for their next-generation networks, citing security concerns.Chinese giants Huawei and ZTE have both faced intense scrutiny.The GSMA, which represents 800 network operators, said a testing scheme would reduce the need to ban suppliers.Australia, New