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Fake news 'travels faster', study finds

Image copyright Getty Images A study of 126,000 rumours and false news stories spread on Twitter over a period of 11 years found that they travelled faster and reached more people than the truth. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also found that fake news was more commonly re-tweeted …

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Trump told to mute Twitter critics, not block them, by New York judge

Image copyright @realDonaldTrump/Twitter Image caption The US president has more than 48 million followers on Twitter A judge has advised US President Donald Trump to mute rather than block his Twitter critics after users of the service filed a lawsuit against him. Seven people sued Mr Trump after he blocked …

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Obamas 'in talks to make Netflix shows'

Image copyright Getty Images Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are in talks to produce shows for Netflix, according to the New York Times. The couple would make exclusive content for the US streaming site focused on uplifting stories, the paper suggested. If confirmed, the deal would …

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Snake joke slithers into New York Times story

Image copyright Getty Images The New York Times has corrected an article that mistakenly referred to the “Great Recession” as “the time of shedding and cold rocks”. One of its editors had installed software that adds references to snakes to websites. The substitution was missed and published online, but did …

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YouTube attacked over Neo-Nazi National Action video

Image copyright Home Affairs Committee Image caption The Home Affairs Committee took this screenshot of one of the videos before it was removed YouTube has been accused of being either incompetent or irresponsible in its handling of a video promoting a British far-right organisation. The clip features a speech given …

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Sony blocks Super Seducer video game on PlayStation

Image copyright RLR Training Image caption Sony has not explained why it blocked the release Sony has blocked the publication of a video game designed to teach male players psychological tricks to convince women to date them. Super Seducer was scheduled for release on the PlayStation 4 on Tuesday. The …

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UK company linked to laundered Bitcoin billions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Mt Gox bitcoin exchange theft is the largest in the crypto-currency’s history A UK company has been linked to the laundering of 650,000 stolen bitcoins worth £4.5bn, a BBC Radio 4 investigation has found. The coins were taken by hackers from Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange …

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Drone-tracking system paves way for UK deliveries from air

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new system should make it safer for drones and passenger jets to share the sky Efforts to create an automated UK drone-tracking system pave the way for commercial operators to fly unmanned aircraft regularly over longer distances than is currently possible. At present, …

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Trevor Baylis: Wind-up radio inventor dies aged 80

Image caption Trevor Baylis campaigned to make theft of intellectual property a white-collar crime The inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, has died aged 80, the manager of his company has confirmed. David Bunting said Mr Baylis from Twickenham, south-west London, died on Monday of natural causes after a …

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Carney warns on crypto-currency 'mania'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCarney calls for crypto-currency regulation Crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin should be regulated to crack down on illegal activities and protect the financial system, Mark Carney warned. The Bank of England governor said their inherent risks meant investments in digital currencies could lose …

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