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China holds drill for ‘harmful’ websites

Image copyrightAFPImage caption The number of people using the internet in China is soaring China has carried out an internet drill to practise closing down websites the authorities consider to be harmful. State run media said Thursday’s exercise was also aimed at forcing internet data centres to hand over contact …

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Votes in 18 nations ‘hacked’ in last year

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption China disrupted use of WhatsApp prior to official government conferences, the report says Elections in 18 separate nations were influenced by online disinformation campaigns last year, suggests research. Independent watchdog Freedom House looked at how online discourse was influenced by governments, bots and paid opinion formers. …

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Moped raiders target Apple store

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRobbery in Regent Street Apple store A security guard at a central London Apple store was threatened with a hammer as he tried to stop a gang of raiders on mopeds. Ten suspects on five mopeds smashed their way into the Regent …

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Visibility poor

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘There’s no weather station measuring what’s going on’ A shortage of weather data is putting many African countries at an economic disadvantage, experts believe. The BBC’s Click team went to Tanzania to meet some tech start-ups trying to change the outlook. Tanzania …

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China dominates top supercomputers list

Image copyrightJack Dongarra, Sunway TaihuLight System reportImage caption China’s Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer remains the world’s fastest China has overtaken the US to have the most supercomputers in the list of the world’s fastest 500 systems. The communist nation accounted for 202 of the globe’s highest performance machines, according to the …

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Gaydar founder dies in South Africa

Skip Twitter post by @Gaydar To Henry. The man who revolutionised gay dating. Our founder and our friend. Thank you for dreaming. You will be forever in our hearts. Gaydar xxx pic.twitter.com/16nhdpHW1v — Gaydar (@Gaydar) November 12, 2017 Report End of Twitter post by @Gaydar The founder of groundbreaking dating …

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Can a sex toy spy on you?

Image copyrightWe VibeImage caption The We-Vibe sex toy was paired with an app called We-Connect, which collected data on usage A Canadian sex-toy maker has been accused of tracking data on the intimate habits of thousands of its customers. The Ottawa-based company, Standard Innovation, has agreed a collective payout up …

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Sex toy app recorded and stored sounds

Image copyrightLovenseImage caption Lovense’s toys vibrate more the louder the ambient noise its app’s detects A smart sex toy-maker has acknowledged that a bug with its app caused handsets to record and store sounds made while its vibrators were in use. Lovense was alerted to the issue by a Reddit …

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YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

Image copyrightYouTubeImage caption YouTube will offer curated playlists denouncing terrorism YouTube says it will redirect people searching for “violent extremist propaganda” and offer them videos that denounce terrorism. People searching for certain terms relating to the so-called Islamic State group will be offered playlists of videos “debunking its mythology”. YouTube …

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YouTube removes dead extremist videos

Image copyrightyoutubeImage caption The remaining videos about Awlaki are news items and documentaries, says YouTube YouTube has removed nearly 50,000 videos featuring radical Islamist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in 2011. Awlaki was renowned for preaching violence as a religious duty, although at the time …

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