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IS web media targeted in EU-led attack

Image copyright Screen grab Image caption IS has broadcast slick propaganda videos globally The EU police agency Europol says an international operation has struck a major blow against the internet propaganda of the Islamic State group. Cyber specialists in various European countries, Canada and the US targeted online sites including …

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Tech Tent: the technology of pleasure

Image copyright Getty Images When it comes to sex tech, the gadgets that grab the headlines tend to be the sex robots, with their exaggeratedly feminine shapes and artificially intelligent responses to desire. But the market extends beyond these devices, and one British firm is seeking to challenge the stereotype. …

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Deadline to amend UK surveillance laws

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Human rights groups have claimed the UK’s surveillance powers went too far High Court judges have given the UK government six months to revise parts of its Investigatory Powers Act. Rules governing the British surveillance system must be changed quickly because they are “incompatible” …

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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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