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Twitter revamps 140-character tweet length rules Twitter revamps 140-character tweet length rules
Twitter is overhauling some of its rules to try to make itself simpler to use and more attractive to newcomers. Members will be able to add multimedia to tweets - including pictures and videos - without eating into the 140-characters-a-post limit. The service is also changing the way it handles conversations between users. Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey told the BBC hi...
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The computer that provides clean water, energy, internet access The computer that provides clean water, energy, internet access
Touted by its creators as the "world's largest solar-powered computer," it could offer a quantum leap for development across rural Africa. The Watly machine, created by an Italian-Spanish start-up of the same name, resembles a futuristic space capsule. But its mission is to provide electricity, clean water, and Internet services that could transform lives and economies across rural Africa. A...
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US Supreme Court approves expanded hacking powers US Supreme Court approves expanded hacking powers
The US Supreme Court has approved a rule change that could allow law enforcement to remotely search computers around the world. Previously, magistrate judges could order searches only within the jurisdiction of their court, often limited to a few counties. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the change was necessary to modernise the law for the digital age. But digital rights groups s...
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US Supreme Court approves expanded hacking powers US Supreme Court approves expanded hacking powers
The US Supreme Court has approved a rule change that could allow law enforcement to remotely search computers around the world. Previously, magistrate judges could order searches only within the jurisdiction of their court, often limited to a few counties. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the change was necessary to modernise the law for the digital age. But digital rights groups s...
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Millions of Mexican voter records 'were accessible online' Millions of Mexican voter records 'were accessible online'
A massive database of Mexican voter records was made publicly accessible on the internet, a US security researcher has discovered. The names, addresses, dates of birth and voter ID numbers of 87 million Mexicans appeared to be listed in the cache. It was discovered by Chris Vickery, who had been browsing unsecured databases, with a security tool called Shodan. The voter data has since bee...
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China shuts Apple's film and book services China shuts Apple's film and book services
China has shut down Apple's online book and movie services as it imposes strict rules governing what can be published on the net. Regulations were unveiled in March that outlawed foreign ownership of online publishing services. The rules also required that all content shown to Chinese people must be stored on servers based on the Chinese mainland. Apple said it hoped access to the service...
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Facebook’s next big thing: Bots for Messenger Facebook’s next big thing: Bots for Messenger
Humans, we've got company. No longer satisfied with being the dominant network for our humble species, Facebook is now courting a different type of user: bots. And eventually you'll be able to talk to them as if they were your mates. "Could you transfer £100 to my brother, please?" you might one day ask your bank. Or maybe, "Do you have any blue shirts in my size?" Sometimes they'll ask you thi...
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US pushes Apple for access to iPhones in criminal cases US pushes Apple for access to iPhones in criminal cases
The US Department of Justice has said it will pursue its request for Apple to help unlock an iPhone that is part of a drugs case in New York. A letter filed to a local court said the government "continues to require Apple's assistance". In Boston, unsealed court papers show a judge ordered Apple to assist authorities in another criminal case. The judge ruled it was "reasonable" to ask App...
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Whatsapp adds end-to-end encryption Whatsapp adds end-to-end encryption
Instant messaging service Whatsapp has announced it will encrypt all its users' communications from Tuesday. With end-to-end encryption, messages are scrambled as they leave the sender's device and can only be decrypted by the recipient's device. It renders messages unreadable if they are intercepted, for example by criminals or law enforcement. Whatsapp, which has a billion users worldwi...
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Are electric cars ready to go mainstream? Are electric cars ready to go mainstream?
Back in January, I visited the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California, to interview the firm's founder and chief executive, Elon Musk. The design team were welcoming, but nervous about what we filmed - and in the background, as we sat down for the interview, were a number of cars draped in black sheets. One key reason for the secrecy was that Tesla was just a couple of months from unve...
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