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Zoella apologises for offensive tweets

Image copyrightPAImage caption Zoella published her first novel in 2014 and has her own cosmetics line YouTuber and blogger Zoella has apologised for a number of old tweets about gay people and “chavs”. The posts, from 2009-12, which have now been deleted, have been called out for “fat shaming” and …

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Nine dismembered bodies found in Japan flat

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Reporters gathered outside the suspect’s home on Tuesday Japanese police have arrested a man after finding parts of nine bodies in his apartment in Zama, near Tokyo. Police found two severed heads in a cold-storage container outside the flat of the suspect, named as Takahiro Shiraishi, while …

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Japan to act on suicide websites

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Takahiro Shiraishi admitted killing nine people Japan’s government says it wants to clamp down on websites where vulnerable people can share suicidal thoughts. The move comes in response to an alleged serial murder case in which such sites were used. In October, nine dismembered bodies were discovered …

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Dorsey saddened by ‘Twitter killer’

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested after police found several people’s body parts in his home Twitter’s chief executive has said a case in which an alleged serial killer is said to have lured victims by searching the social network for suicidal thoughts is “extremely sad”. But Jack …

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Star Wars game faces further backlash

Image copyrightEA Games publisher EA has faced further criticism over its latest Star Wars game, Battlefront II. Many players were unhappy about the credits that unlock key Star Wars characters. The number required has now been reduced but so has the number that can be earned through gameplay. The alternative …

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How Russian bots appear in your timeline

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence displayed examples of Russian bot posts Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russia of “planting fake stories” online as part of a “campaign of cyber-espionage and disruption“. Her comments come after prominent social media accounts were exposed as Russian bots. …

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May accuses Putin of election meddling

Image copyrightPAImage caption The prime minister said a “global Britain” would continue to exert its influence around the world The successful completion of a Brexit trade deal will help counter the threat posed by Russia to European security, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. She cited the use of disinformation …

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Russian politicians dismiss May criticism

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRussia ‘tries to sow discord in the West’ Senior Russian politicians have dismissed accusations by Theresa May that Moscow has meddled in elections and carried out cyber-espionage. On Monday night, Mrs May accused Moscow of “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in …

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UK security chief blames Russia for hacks

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The National Cyber Security Centre said the UK’s energy sector had been targeted One of the UK’s cyber-defence chiefs has accused Russia of having attacked Britain’s media, telecommunications and energy sectors over the past year. Ciaran Martin, chief executive of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), …

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Handy app bans cleaner for being ill

Image copyrightGetty Images When Polly Mackenzie heard her cleaner was ill and unable to work her normal day, she was hoping to reschedule through the Handy site that supplied her. But that was not how the system worked. When her cleaner was unable to attend on her regular day, Handy …

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