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McDonald's deletes tweet attacking Donald Trump

Image caption The tweet to Donald Trump’s personal account was soon deleted McDonald’s has said its Twitter account was “compromised” after it sent an insulting message to President Donald Trump. “You are a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back,” the tweet said. It …

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US charges Russian spies over Yahoo breach

Image copyright AFP Image caption The charges, announced by the US Justice Department, relate to a 2014 breach affecting 500 million Yahoo user accounts Two Russian spies are among four individuals indicted by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over a huge theft of Yahoo user accounts. The members of …

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'Turkey backers' target Amnesty, BBC and other major Twitter accounts

Image copyright Twitter Image caption A message posted on Amnesty International’s Twitter account Twitter accounts, including Amnesty International, Unicef USA and BBC North America, have been hacked by attackers claiming to back Turkey’s government. The hackers tweeted in Turkish including the words “Nazi Germany, Nazi Holland”, and posted the Turkish …

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Facebook, Twitter and Google grilled by MPs over hate speech

Image copyright PA Image caption Executives from Google, Facebook and Twitter (L-R) were questioned by the Home Affairs select committee Social media giants should “do a better job” to protect users from online hate speech, MPs have said. Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google were asked by the Home Affairs …

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'Invisible epidemic'

Image copyright HearScreen Image caption The smartphone hearing test app can be operated by non-specialists There is an “invisible epidemic” afflicting the world, but it’s not contagious or infectious, and there are often no outward symptoms. It is hearing loss – a condition that can still have profound consequences, experts …

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Big data unites the study of stars with cancer research

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Milky Way can be analysed by algorithms The study of the stars and the fight against cancer may seem to have little in common but the two have been brought together by the algorithms that read big data. Every day we create 2.5 …

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World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news

Image copyright AP Image caption Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he wants to put “a fair level of data control back in the hands of people” The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news. In an open letter …

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Apple Watch 'not syncing' in cheap deal

Image copyright Vitality Image caption Customers need to acquire 160 activity points per month to avoid paying extra for the watch Some customers who purchased the latest Apple Watch for £69 ($86) under a deal offered by Vitality Insurance are complaining that their activity data is not being uploaded by …

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Smart baby-trackers mostly unnecessary, say US doctors

Image copyright Getty Images A group of paediatricians has called for smart health-trackers, designed to monitor babies while they sleep, to be regulated by the same US body that oversees other medical equipment. The monitors, which often take the form of sensors fitted to clothing or nappies, measure signs such …

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Virtual reality 'could help treat vertigo'

Image copyright Thinkstock Virtual reality could be used to diagnose and treat visual vertigo, according to a team of Cardiff University psychologists. People with the condition suffer from dizziness and nausea and often cite places with repetitive visual patterns, such as supermarkets, as the trigger. A team of psychologists is …

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