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FCC closes virus upload loophole on its website

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The FCC is taking steps to improve the security of its website after internet users spotted a serious vulnerability The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken steps to secure its website after users discovered they could upload malware to it. On Thursday, security researchers …

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TEDGlobal: Africa needs more engineers and makers

Image copyright TED Image caption Kamau Gachigi said there was a need for more engineers Africa needs more engineers and makers, the head of Gearbox – Nairobi’s leading maker-space – has told the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania. Kamau Gachigi said that by 2050 Africa’s population is projected to have doubled …

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Google critic fired from Google-funded research body

Image copyright European Commission Image caption Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google used its dominance in search to give it an advantage An outspoken critic of Google has been fired from a US think tank that gets most of its funding from the search giant. The New America Foundation sacked …

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TEDGlobal: Three words that give people an address

Image copyright What3Words Image caption The addresses of homes in Mongolia Groceries, post and even pizza are now being delivered to remote parts of the world, previously cut off because they lacked an address. In Mongolia, people can apply for a bank account using three words to identify where they …

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Customer data stolen at Cex online games store

Image copyright cex Second-hand gadget and video games retailer Cex has said up to two million customers have had their data stolen in an online breach. The company said the stolen data included customers’ names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and some old credit card information. It has urged customers …

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Snapchat: We call police to check facts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Snapchat and Facebook take contrasting approaches to fact-checking their users’ posts Snapchat has said its in-house team of journalists play a key role in helping it cover the news accurately. As an example, the social network told the BBC it had fact-checked user-generated coverage from …

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Google error disrupts corporate Japan's web traffic

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Online banking services were among those affected. Google has admitted that wide-spread connectivity issues in Japan were the result of a mistake by the tech giant. Web traffic intended for Japanese internet service providers was being sent to Google instead. Online banking, railway payment …

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Uber names Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi as CEO pick

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUber has picked ex-Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi as its new chief executive Uber has chosen Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi to be its chief executive, ending months of speculation in the firm’s search for a new leader. The decision was made by Uber’s …

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Jeff Immelt of General Electric quits race to be Uber boss

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Immelt said he had “immense respect for the company and founders” General Electric chair Jeff Immelt has ruled himself out of the race to become the new boss of taxi service Uber. In a tweet, Mr Immelt said he had “decided not to pursue a …

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Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for corruption

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLee Jae-yong was led away from the court in Seoul and onto a bus to prison A court in South Korea has sentenced Samsung’s billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for corruption. Lee was convicted of bribery in a …

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