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Facebook sorry for ‘disturbing’ disabled comment

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has apologised to a disability rights activist after he was told people might find images of disabled people "disturbing". Simon Sansome, who runs Ability Access, discovered Facebook had blocked his page from being shared with new users.Facebook says its employee gave Simon incorrect information.Instead, it says his page was blocked for featuring a naked picture of Vicky Balch, who was injured in the Alton
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Lush leaves social media in UK

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images British cosmetics firm Lush is closing several of its UK social media accounts this week.Announcing the news on Twitter, it said it was "tired of fighting with algorithms" and did not want to "pay to appear" in newsfeeds.The firm, which sells fragrant handmade soaps, bath bombs and other body products, asked customers to contact it by email, phone, or via its website.LushUK has 202,000 Twitter
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Sony creates colossal 16K screen in Japan

[ad_1] Image copyright Sony Image caption Sony describes the giant 16K display as acting like a "window to the world" The biggest 16K screen of its kind will shortly go on show in Japan.Sony's display contains 16 times as many pixels as a 4K television and 64 times as many as a regular 1080p high definition TV, meaning it can show images in far more detail than normal.This will let
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Men accused of $1m fake iPhone scam

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Two Chinese men studying in the US are accused of netting nearly $1m (£765,000) by sending "broken" fake iPhones to Apple for repair and getting official handsets in return.According to a criminal complaint filed last month, the counterfeit phones were shipped from China and the replacements were sent back there and sold on.Almost half of the fake iPhones were replaced with genuine ones.Both men claim
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Bitcoin mining ban considered by China’s economic planner

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin mining can involve hundreds of computers working together to try to guess the solution to cryptographic puzzles Bitcoin creation has joined a list of activities facing a ban in China.A notice published online in Mandarin by the country's economic planning agency added "virtual currency mining activities [including] the production process of Bitcoin" to a list of industries that could be shut down.The
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Should cyber-security be more chameleon, less rhino?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Do we need to rethink our approach to cybersecurity? Billions are being lost to cyber-crime each year, and the problem seems to be getting worse. So could we ever create unhackable computers beyond the reach of criminals and spies? Israeli researchers are coming up with some interesting solutions.The key to stopping the hackers, explains Neatsun Ziv, vice president of cyber-security products at Tel
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Huawei wi-fi modules were pulled from Pakistan CCTV system

[ad_1] Image caption The surveillance system was built to monitor Lahore's streets following a series of terrorist attacks Huawei removed wi-fi transmitting cards from a Pakistan-based surveillance system's CCTV cabinets after they were discovered by the project's staff.Punjab Safe City Authority (PSCA) told BBC Panorama it had told the firm to remove the modules in 2017 "due to [a] potential of misuse".The authority said that the Chinese firm had previously
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Amsterdam to Sydney in an electric car

[ad_1] Wiebe Wakker has arrived in Sydney, after driving there in an electric car from Amsterdam over the course of almost three years.Mr Wakker says he travelled 60,000 miles (95,000 km) across 33 countries "without money", relying on offers from volunteers for meals, accommodation and charging points.He says he aimed to demonstrate the capacity and reliability of electric cars, in order to promote them as a way of tackling climate
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Call to delay use of Police Scotland data devices

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The rollout of technology which allows the police to gather data from mobile phones or laptops without using a password should be delayed, MSPs have said.Police Scotland spent more than £500,000 buying from an Israeli firm 41 laptop-sized machines which override encryption on devices.But the rollout was halted amid concerns using the technology could be illegal.Now MSPs want further safeguards. Holyrood's justice sub-committee on policing
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Huawei’s ‘shoddy’ work prompts talk of a Westminster ban

[ad_1] A top cyber-security official has said Huawei's "shoddy" engineering practices mean its mobile network equipment could be banned from Westminster and other sensitive parts of the UK.GCHQ's Dr Ian Levy told BBC Panorama the Chinese telecom giant also faced being barred from what he described as the "brains" of the 5G networks.The UK government is expected to reveal in May whether it will restrict or even ban the company's