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O2 'to seek millions' in damages over data outage O2 'to seek millions' in damages over data outage
Mobile operator O2 is understood to be seeking millions in damages from supplier Ericsson after last week's day-long data network collapse. The total bill could be up to £100m, according to The Telegraph. O2 smartphone users were unable to use their mobile phone data last Thursday. Ericsson blamed expired software certification for the problem. Both firms have apologised for the issue and...
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Facebook, Instagram go down again as its 2018 struggles continue Facebook, Instagram go down again as its 2018 struggles continue
For Facebook, 2019 seemingly cannot come fast enough. Just over a week since a "routine test" took the social networking giant offline for many, Facebook and Instagram both went offline for many users early Tuesday. A Facebook developer page seemed to confirm that the company was aware of the issue, with Facebook developer Marissa Hoek posting that the company was "currently experiencing is...
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Steam bug allowed unlimited free downloads Steam bug allowed unlimited free downloads
A man has been given $20,000 (£15,500) for discovering a bug in the Steam video games store that let people download any game for free. Security researcher Artem Moskowsky found a flaw in Steam's portal for games developers that let anybody generate licence keys without paying. Millions of people use Steam to buy and download games on PC and Mac computers. Mr Moskowsky told Steam owner Va...
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Portrait by AI program sells for $432,000 Portrait by AI program sells for $432,000
An artwork created by an artificially intelligent program has been sold at auction for $432,000 (£337,000). The final price is far higher than the $7,000-$10,000 estimate put on it by Christie's in New York before the sale. The painting, called Portrait of Edmond Belamy, was created by a Paris-based art collective called Obvious. The artwork was produced using an algorithm and a data set ...
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Snapchat adds selfie filters for cats Snapchat adds selfie filters for cats
Snapchat's augmented-reality selfie filters now work on cats, the photo-sharing app has announced. Previously, its facial-recognition technology could apply the filters to only humans and some breeds of dog. Now, cat owners can use Snapchat's Lenses to decorate their pet with hats, glasses and slices of bread. The announcement came weeks after parent company Snap reported the number of pe...
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Web creator works to liberate personal data Web creator works to liberate personal data
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 service or site. Sir Tim said Solid was needed because the current model of handing over lots of data to many different online services did not serve people well. ...
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Twitter warns direct messages were exposed Twitter warns direct messages were exposed
Twitter has told an undisclosed number of users their private messages may have been leaked to third-parties for more than a year. The software “bug”, which has since been fixed, involved direct messages between users and businesses that offer customer services via Twitter. Affected users are being notified via a message that appeared when opening the app or logging on to Twitter's website. ...
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Instagram might be creating a standalone shopping app, report says Instagram might be creating a standalone shopping app, report says
Instagram is working to develop a standalone app that would allow users to browse and purchase goods, according to a report published by The Verge on Tuesday. The e-commerce platform is currently in development, but could be canceled before its release, the publication says, citing "two people familiar with the matter." The app could be called "IG Shopping," the site reports. With millio...
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Woman sues US border agents over seized iPhone Woman sues US border agents over seized iPhone
An American woman who had her phone seized by border agents as she returned home to the United States is suing the country's border protection agency. Rejhane Lazoja was stopped at Newark airport, New Jersey, after returning from a trip to Switzerland in February. Her iPhone was seized by agents after she refused to unlock it for them. The lawsuit alleges that border agents took a copy of...
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Gab user's anti-Semitic posts removed Gab user's anti-Semitic posts removed
Two anti-Semitic posts have been deleted from fringe social network Gab after Microsoft, citing the content, threatened to take the site down. The posts were made by Patrick Little, who says he is running for US president and wants to remove Jewish people from America. Microsoft hosts Gab on its Azure cloud service. Gab's founder Andrew Torba said that one of the posts "unquestionably" br...
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