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YouTube removes dead extremist's videos YouTube removes dead extremist's videos
YouTube has removed nearly 50,000 videos featuring radical Islamist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in 2011. Awlaki was renowned for preaching violence as a religious duty, although at the time of his death his family denied he was a terrorist. The remaining videos are mainly documentaries and news items. Slow to act. To help ensure that the videos stay off Y...
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Hackers breach top plastic surgery clinic Hackers breach top plastic surgery clinic
A high-profile plastic surgery clinic has said it is "horrified" after hackers allegedly stole data during a cyber-attack. London Bridge Plastic Surgery (LBPS) said its IT experts and police found evidence of the breach. A group claiming to be behind the breach said it had "terabytes" of data, the Daily Beast news site reported. The Metropolitan Police is investigating the attack. The ...
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Facebook funds anti-bullying training in schools Facebook funds anti-bullying training in schools
Facebook has said it will fund existing training for one young person in every UK secondary school so they can support children who experience cyber-bullying. There are 4,500 secondary schools in the UK, of which around half have a digital ambassador trained by anti-bullying campaigns The Diana Award and Childnet International. The "digital safety ambassador" scheme is part of Facebook's com...
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Websites hacked to mint crypto-cash Websites hacked to mint crypto-cash
School, charity and file-sharing websites have been caught out by scammers who are using them to generate crypto-cash. Hackers have managed to install code on the sites that uses visitors' computers to "mine" the cyber-currencies. One scan of the most popular websites found hundreds harbouring the malicious mining code. By getting lots of computers to join the networks, attackers can quic...
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Net 'not ready' for vital security update Net 'not ready' for vital security update
A plan to update the security around some of the net's core address books has been delayed. Net administrative body Icann put its plans on hold after it emerged that some ISPs and large firms were not ready to make the change. It feared that tens of millions would lose net access if the change went ahead as planned on 11 October. Icann said it was working with ISPs to update software and ...
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Amazon revamps Echo smart speaker family Amazon revamps Echo smart speaker family
Amazon has announced new versions of its Echo smart speakers that promise improved sound and voice recognition. The basic model also allows its shell to be changed to give it different looks - a feature already offered by Google's rival Home device. A larger Echo Plus adds a "home hub", letting it control smart light bulbs and other third-party products without a separate data-linking device...
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'Walkie talkie' app Zello tops App Store during hurricanes 'Walkie talkie' app Zello tops App Store during hurricanes
An app that enables people to have live conversations in large groups is being used as an unofficial rescue co-ordination tool during the US hurricanes. One woman shared a harrowing account of her experience collating people's SOS messages received via the app and dispatching volunteer rescue boats. Zello was downloaded one million times in one day, the firm said on Facebook. The demand i...
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'Self-driving' lorries to be tested on UK roads 'Self-driving' lorries to be tested on UK roads
Small convoys of partially self-driving lorries will be tried out on major British roads by the end of next year, the government has announced. A contract has been awarded to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to carry out the tests of vehicle "platoons". Up to three lorries will travel in formation, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle. But the head of the AA said ...
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Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties
Overwatch players will face harsher penalties if they abuse or harass others, developer Blizzard has announced. The company said "verified reports" of "bad behaviour" would lead to players being silenced, temporarily suspended or banned from the game completely. Abusing other gamers over voice-chat or deliberately wasting time in games were examples of bad behaviour, it said. One reviewer said ...
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Google to add 'news feed' to website and app Google to add 'news feed' to website and app
Google is adding a personalised Facebook-style news feed to its homepage - Google.com -to show users content they may be interested in before they search. It will display news stories, features, videos and music chosen on the basis of previous searches by the same user. Users will also be able to click a "follow" button on search results to add topics of interest to their feed. One analyst said...
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