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FCC votes to overturn net neutrality rules FCC votes to overturn net neutrality rules
The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn rules that force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal. Commissioners at the agency voted two-to-one to end a "net neutrality" order enacted in 2015. Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, said the rules demanding an open internet harmed jobs and discouraged investment. Many Americans and technology firms filed objections to the FCC's p...
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Uber faces criminal probe in US over 'greyball' code Uber faces criminal probe in US over 'greyball' code
Ride-sharing firm Uber is facing a criminal investigation by the US government. The scrutiny has started because the firm is accused of using "secret" software that let it operate in regions where it was banned or restricted. The software, called "greyball", helped it identify officials seeking to stop the service running. A spokesman for Uber declined to comment on the investigation, rep...
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Game guide malware 'targeted more than 500,000 users' Game guide malware 'targeted more than 500,000 users'
App-based guides for games, including Fifa and Pokemon Go, were used to target more than 500,000 Android users with malware, a cyber-security company has said. The apps, discovered on the Google Play Store, were designed to take control of devices before downloading malware. Unwanted ads could then be displayed to users, for example, according to researchers at Check Point. Google did not...
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Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard
A payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider Mastercard. The rollout follows two successful trials in South Africa. The technology works in the same way as it does with mobile phone payments: users must have their finger over the sensor when making a purchase. Security experts have said that while using fingerprints is not foolproof, it is a "sen...
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Google's AI seeks further Go glory Google's AI seeks further Go glory
Google has challenged China's top Go player to a series of games against its artificial intelligence technology. It said the software would play a best-of-three match against Ke Jie, among other games against humans in the eastern Chinese city of Wuzhen from 23-27 April. Last year, the Google program recorded a 4-1 victory against one of South Korea's top Go players. One expert said that ...
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Passenger jet approaching Heathrow in drone 'near-miss' Passenger jet approaching Heathrow in drone 'near-miss'
A passenger plane had a near-miss with a drone at 10,000ft as it approached Heathrow Airport. Pilots spotted a gadget with multiple arms and up to eight rotors pass by the right hand side of the plane as it was preparing to land. Both pilots exclaimed: "Was that a drone? At 10,000 feet!", air safety experts UK Airprox Board (UKAB) said. The drone was estimated to be about 98ft (30m) away ...
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Bloodhound supersonic car record bid slips again Bloodhound supersonic car record bid slips again
The British-led effort to break the World Land Speed Record is going to slip again - to 2018. The Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car was supposed to go racing later this year, to try to raise the current mark of 763mph (1,228km/h) to over 800mph. But what are described as "short-term cash flow problems" have put a dent in the schedule. The upside, says the team, is that it provides additional tim...
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Windows 10 to offer update 'snoozes' Windows 10 to offer update 'snoozes'
Microsoft will enable Windows 10 users to choose when security updates are installed once they arrive rather than enforcing them straightaway. Users have complained that the reboots required for some updates, which cannot currently be deferred, are disruptive. People using Windows 10 devices will now be able to schedule an update within three days of receiving notification, the firm said in ...
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You can now transfer money internationally through Facebook You can now transfer money internationally through Facebook
Forget about likes and shares. You can now transfer money internationally through Facebook. The money transfer startup TransferWise has launched a new chatbot that enables Facebook (FB, Tech30) users to move funds abroad using the social platform's Messenger service. The bot can be used to move money between the U.S., Canada, Australia and the European Union. It will also notify users via an ale...
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Facebook videos to autoplay with sound Facebook videos to autoplay with sound
Much of Facebook’s recent growth can be attributed to the spread of video on its network - and the company told investors recently it planned to aggressively monetise that success. Today, it announced some ideas to get things moving - starting with a change many users may not appreciate. Videos have autoplayed on Facebook’s News Feed for some time, leading to a curious rise of “silent movies...
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