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'It was pretty crazy'

Image copyright Dropbox Image caption Drew Houston (left) had never met Arash Ferdowski before they launched Dropbox together The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles a different business leader from around the world. This week we spoke to Drew Houston, founder and chief executive of US cloud storage company Dropbox. …

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Fake Twitter users: Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twitter has defended its decision, saying it will ‘build trust’ Some of the world’s biggest celebrities have lost millions of Twitter followers after the company cracked down on “locked” accounts. US singer Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about …

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NHS still reliant on 'archaic' fax machines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Doctors are using old-fashioned fax machines to communicate Hospitals are still reliant on “archaic” fax machines with thousands still in use, a survey shows. Senior doctors said the continued use of the outdated technology was “ludicrous”, and modern forms of communication were urgently needed. …

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Facebook will not remove fake news – but will 'demote' it

Image copyright Reuters Facebook says it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards. The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in the UK that declares “fake news is not our friend”. But it said publishers often had “very different …

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Russians indicted over US election hack

Image copyright CBS The US Department of Justice has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the dozen accused used spear phishing emails and malicious software. He said the hackers also stole data on 500,000 voters from …

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Active defence

Image copyright Getty Images Hackers are finding it too easy to circumvent traditional cyber defences, forcing businesses to rethink their security strategies. Many firms are now harnessing big data and adopting cutting edge verification checks. In fact, some can even identify you by how quickly you type your computer keys, …

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Cambridge Analytica staff set up new firm

Image copyright Auspex Image caption Ex CA employees promise Auspex will be an ethical consultancy Former staff from scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica (CA) have set up another data analysis company. Auspex International will be “ethically based” and offer “boutique geopolitical consultancy” services, according to its website. CA was shut down by …

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Facebook scandal: Who is selling your personal data?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Facebook data scandal has led to close scrutiny of data brokers Offering handy parenting tips and £200 worth of vouchers, Emma’s Diary may have seemed like the perfect website for new parents to sign up to. But in exchange for free nappies, they also …

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Apple employee 'stole driverless car secrets'

Image copyright Reuters A former Apple employee has been accused of stealing the company’s self-driving car secrets and trying to flee to China with them. Xiaolang Zhang worked on Apple’s driverless car project but allegedly planned to move to Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up Xiaopeng Motors, the company says in court …

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Mobile phone warning road signs 'a UK first'

Image copyright Norfolk County Council Image caption Phones that are being used via a vehicle’s Bluetooth system or hands-free will not trigger the warning system A roadside system that detects if a mobile phone is in use in a passing vehicle is being piloted in a UK first. Despite being …

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