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Facebook security app used to ‘spy’ on competitors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has been criticised for its the way it handles user data A report by a Commons committee has detailed Facebook’s use of an application to “spy” on users. The cross-party group said that Facebook used its Onavo virtual private network (VPN) app to gather information on competitors. The MPs claim Facebook “intentionally and …

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YouTube aids flat earth conspiracy theorists, research suggests

Image caption The belief that the Earth is flat has gained ground among many conspiracy theorists YouTube is playing a significant role in convincing some people that the Earth is flat, research suggests. A study quizzed people at flat earth conferences and found most cited videos viewed on the site as a key influence. They were won over by videos …

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Google searches ‘hijacked’ to link Pakistan flag to toilet paper

Image caption An image search for “best toilet paper” still returns a page filled with images of Pakistan’s flag Google searches for “best toilet paper in the world” appear to have been manipulated to return images of the Pakistan national flag. The results are believed to be the work of Indian protesters acting in response to the 14 February attack …

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Huawei risk can be managed, say UK cyber-security chiefs

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei has said it is independent and gives nothing to Beijing, aside from taxes Any possible security risk posed to the UK by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei can be managed, cyber-security chiefs have said. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre’s decision undermines US efforts to persuade its allies to ban the firm from 5G communications …

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Australian political parties hit by ‘state actor’ hack, PM says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s parliament was the subject of an attempted hack two weeks ago Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the country’s major political parties have been hit by a hack on their computer networks. The activity was carried out by a “sophisticated state actor”, Mr Morrison said. It was discovered following an investigation into a …

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PewDiePie: Roblox lifts ban after social media backlash

Image copyright PewDiePie/YouTube Image caption Roblox says it has more than 70 million monthly active users Online social game Roblox has reinstated PewDiePie’s account after banning the popular YouTuber over an “inappropriate username”. PewDiePie revealed the ban in a video on his YouTube channel to his more than 85 million subscribers. Other users then reported that they had received bans …

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Mobile networks call for 5G security inspector

Image copyright Getty Images The mobile network industry has called for a new European security testing scheme to check the safety of 5G equipment before it is deployed. Several countries have stopped individual companies supplying equipment for their next-generation networks, citing security concerns. Chinese giants Huawei and ZTE have both faced intense scrutiny. The GSMA, which represents 800 network operators, …

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Ad code ‘slows down’ browsing speeds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Poorly written code can make some pages very slow to load Ads are responsible for making webpages slow to a crawl, suggests analysis of the most popular one million websites. The research by developer Patrick Hulce looked at which chunks of code take longest to load. About 60% of the total loading time of …

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Ford puts bed hoggers in their place and other news

BBC Click’s Jen Copestake looks at some of the best technology stories of the week including: Drone manufacturer DJI says it will expand the technology that prevents them being flown near airports and other sensitive sites Some Premier League football teams work with Intel to create an immersive 360 degree video experience for fans Ford takes lane assist technology for …

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Sexual harassment: ‘I was terrified to report it’

Image copyright Shai Dolev Image caption Vault founders Neta Meidav (l) and Rotem Hayoun-Meidav believe there’s “strength in numbers” When Neta Meidav was sexually harassed at work aged 22, she felt it was easier to quit her job than report it to human resources. But more than a decade later, the #MeToo movement came along, kicked off by rape and …

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