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Cut-price genes

Image copyright Oxford Nanopore Image caption Oxford Nanopore’s portable DNA sequencer has been used around the world Fifteen years ago this month, the full human genome sequence was published for the first time, heralding a new era of medicine. Since then technology has markedly speeded up genomic sequencing and reduced …

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Facebook accused of bullying by MPs

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Schroepfer answered questions from MPs about political advertising MPs have accused Facebook of “bullying” the Guardian newspaper when it informed the company about a major data breach. Chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer was asked why Facebook had threatened to sue the newspaper over its …

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Facebook sales soar despite data scandal

Image copyright Reuters Facebook’s quarterly sales rose by nearly 50% in the social media giant’s first results since a privacy scandal over users’ data emerged. The company said that revenues rose to $11.9bn in the first three months of the year, compared to $8bn previously. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said: …

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TSB is 'up and running' – for some

Image copyright Getty Images After more than five days of being locked out of their online bank, TSB customers can now access their accounts. But the bank has limited the number of people who can get into their accounts at any one time, because it expects a surge in customers …

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TSB customers still locked out of accounts

Image copyright Getty Images TSB’s IT fiasco is heading for a fifth day, with angry customers still locked out of their accounts and unable to make payments. The bank said it would take down its mobile app and online banking “for a few hours” on Tuesday and hoped to restore …

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YouTube publishes deleted videos report

Image copyright Reuters YouTube’s first three-monthly “enforcement report” reveals the website deleted 8.3 million videos between October and December 2017 for breaching its community guidelines. The figure does not include videos removed for copyright or legal reasons. Sexually explicit videos attracted 9.1 million reports from the website’s users, while 4.7 …

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Man fined for hate crime after filming pug's 'Nazi salutes'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: ‘Nazi pug’ video-maker has no regrets A man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes before putting the footage on YouTube has been fined £800. Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend’s pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as “Sieg Heil” …

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German supreme court rejects ad-block challenge

Image copyright AFP Image caption Google Chrome and some other browsers now block some adverts by default Germany’s supreme court has rejected a legal case that sought to stop people using the popular Adblock Plus program that removes ads from websites. The lawsuit was started three years ago by German …

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Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws

Image copyright Facebook/AFP/Google Image caption Jeremy Hunt has written to a number of internet companies, including Facebook and Google Social media firms are being threatened with new laws if they don’t do more to protect children online. In a letter to companies including Facebook and Google, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt …

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GDPR: Are you ready for the EU's huge data privacy shake-up?

Image caption Our personal data is shared with and processed by dozens of organisations every day Next month a new law will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for banks and others far more serious. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 …

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