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Zuckerberg put on back foot as House grills Facebook CEO over user tracking

Zuckerberg put on back foot as House grills Facebook CEO over user tracking

The Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was given a rougher ride on his second day of congressional testimony on Wednesday as he faced sharp questions about the tech giant’s ability to track its users’ movements, shopping habits and browsing histories and was at one stage compared to J Edgar Hoover. During five hours of testimony, the billionaire entrepreneur revealed that his own ...

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Apple faces lawsuits over its intentional slowing of older iPhones

Apple faces lawsuits over its intentional slowing of older iPhones

Apple is facing lawsuits over the revelations that it intentionally slows down older iPhones without user consent. Apple has admitted to slowing down the iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and SE when their batteries are either old, cold or have a low charge to prevent abrupt shutdowns. Two separate class-action lawsuits were filed Thursday, brought by plaintiffs in California and Illinois, arguing that Apple ...

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Apple admits slowing older iPhones because of ageing batteries

Apple admits slowing older iPhones because of ageing batteries

After years of rumours, Apple has confirmed that it does indeed slow down older iPhones, a feature introduced last year to protect against problems caused by ageing batteries. The feature was implemented on the iPhone 6, 6S and SE last year during a software update, and on the iPhone 7 as of December with the release of iOS 11.2. The feature is planned to ...

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Tablet tech can help pensioners like me to keep loneliness at bay

Tablet tech can help pensioners like me to keep loneliness at bay

The way I assuage loneliness, as a housebound 83-year-old living alone, is to use my Samsung tablet to play Scrabble and chat to or Skype people online, to shop online so that I can look forward to deliveries and exchange pleasantries with postmen or couriers (Loneliness is ‘a giant evil’ – Cox commission, 11 December; Letters, 14 December). I also employ ...

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UK class action accuses Google of unlawfully harvesting personal data

UK class action accuses Google of unlawfully harvesting personal data

More than 5 million people in the UK could be entitled to compensation from Google if a class action against the internet giant for allegedly harvesting personal data is successful. A group led by the executive director of consumer body Which?, Richard Lloyd, and advised by City law firm Mischon de Reya claims Google unlawfully collected personal information by bypassing ...

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Coalition, firms, facial, recognition data

Coalition could allow firms to buy access to facial recognition data

The federal government is considering allowing private companies to use its national facial recognition database for a fee, documents released under Freedom of Information laws reveal. The partially redacted documents show that the Attorney General’s Department is in discussions with major telecommunications companies about pilot programs for private sector use of the Facial Verification Service in 2018. The documents also indicate strong interest from ...

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The rise of the robots brings threats and opportunities

The rise of the robots brings threats and opportunities

The difference between the robots of today and all previous forms of automation is that they are so flexible (Editorial, 25 November). Intelligent robots will be utilised in any new enterprise rather than people now because the financial returns are likely to be so much greater, given that there will be no recruitment difficulties, wage demands, overtime claims, strikes, sickness ...

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Facebook, Congress, thousands of ads, Russians, election

Facebook to give Congress thousands of ads bought by Russians during election

Facebook will provide to Congress the contents of 3,000 advertisements purchased by Russians during the 2016 US presidential race, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday following weeks of scrutiny surrounding the social network’s potential role in influencing elections. The CEO said in a Facebook live video that the company would provide the controversial ads to government officials to support ongoing investigations in ...

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Instagram, 'I will rape you', post, Facebook ad

Instagram uses ‘I will rape you’ post as Facebook ad in latest algorithm mishap

Instagram used a user’s image which included the text “I will rape you before I kill you, you filthy whore!” to advertise its service on Facebook, the latest example of social media algorithms boosting offensive content. It was discovered that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, made an advertisement out of a photo she had posted of a violent threat she received ...

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iOS 11, wifi, Bluetooth, Control, Centre

iOS 11: toggling wifi and Bluetooth in Control Centre doesn’t actually turn them off

The new, redesigned Control Centre in iOS 11, which appears to allow users to toggle various settings such as turning wifi and Bluetooth off, doesn’t actually turn them completely off. Control Centre has a plethora of quick toggles, designed to allow users to quickly change a few key settings including activating the flashlight, turning off screen rotation and controlling the display’s brightness. ...

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