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Facebook civil-rights record hammered in own review Facebook civil-rights record hammered in own review
Facebook's "vexing and heartbreaking" decisions are causing significant setbacks for civil rights, an audit commissioned by the company says. The two-year-long review says its actions have left many activists "disheartened, frustrated and angry". Facebook has already said it will make some - but not all - of the changes called for in the 100-page report. The official number of advertisers...
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New Covid-19 tracing tool appears on smartphones New Covid-19 tracing tool appears on smartphones
A Covid-19 tracing software tool has appeared in the settings of both Android phones and iPhones as part of an update of their operating systems. The "exposure notification" tool is switched off by default, and is not a tracing app itself. It enables an app to run in the background while still using Bluetooth. This lets the app measure the distance between two handsets - and then alert th...
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Facebook's new video calls let 50 people drop in Facebook's new video calls let 50 people drop in
Facebook has added a wave of new video-calling features to WhatsApp, Messenger and its main app, following increased demand for social video calling. New Messenger Rooms will let people start group video chats that can be joined by up to 50 people. The company told the BBC it released the features earlier than planned due to the coronavirus lockdown. Facebook said it had worked with crypt...
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Coronavirus: Garden centres switch to virtual personal shopping Coronavirus: Garden centres switch to virtual personal shopping
Garden centres and nurseries are offering online personal shopping services to reduce wastage. Companies have been livestreaming videos of their centres and FaceTiming and emailing customers to offer advice and guidance on orders during lockdown. The industry has warned millions of plants, shrubs and trees could be thrown out in the coming weeks. Some 2,000 garden centres and nurseries ha...
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Virgin Media breach 'linked customers to porn' Virgin Media breach 'linked customers to porn'
A customer database left unsecured online by Virgin Media contained details linking some customers to pornography and explicit websites. The researchers who first discovered the database told the BBC that it contained more information than Virgin Media suggested. Such details could be used by cyber-criminals to extort victims. Virgin Media told the BBC only a small number of customers had...
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In a win for Amazon, US judge halts Pentagon work with Microsoft on $10B cloud contract In a win for Amazon, US judge halts Pentagon work with Microsoft on $10B cloud contract
NEW YORK – A federal judge on Thursday ordered a temporary halt of Microsoft's work on a $10 billion military cloud contract, a win for Amazon, which sued the U.S. government last year for awarding the contract to its rival. Amazon's lawsuit, filed in November, alleged that President Donald Trump's bias against the company hurt its chances to win the project. Amazon and Microsoft were finalists...
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Microsoft issues second 'final' Windows 7 update Microsoft issues second 'final' Windows 7 update
Microsoft has issued a fresh update for Windows 7, just days after it said it would provide no more patches for the ageing operating system. It made the U-turn after it emerged there was a bug in its "final" patch. It caused "wallpaper issues" for users who configured their computers with the stretch option for their background desktop, causing a plain black screen to be shown when Windows w...
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Apple says losing Lightning port will create waste Apple says losing Lightning port will create waste
Apple says being forced to abandon the Lightning connector used on its iPhones would create an "unprecedented amount of electronic waste". While the latest Android phones have a USB-C port, Apple's iPhones still use the proprietary Lightning port. Some members of the European Parliament want all phone-makers to adopt a universal port, to reduce waste. But Apple says the move would create ...
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Tech trends 2020: New spacecraft and bendy screens Tech trends 2020: New spacecraft and bendy screens
If your ambition is to fly into space - and you've got plenty of spare cash - then 2020 could be an exciting year. If space travel is not really your thing, but you would like a much bigger screen on your mobile phone, then 2020 might also have some tech for you. But if you think there are already too many phones out there and the technology industry needs to be less wasteful, well some tech...
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Google and Apple remove alleged UAE spy app ToTok Google and Apple remove alleged UAE spy app ToTok
Google and Apple have removed an Emirati messaging app called ToTok amid claims that it is used for state spying. Not to be confused with China's TikTok, ToTok markets itself as an easy and secure way to chat by video or text. However, The New York Times (NYT) has reported allegations that the WhatsApp-lookalike is a spy tool for the United Arab Emirates government. ToTok has told users t...
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