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White noise video on YouTube hit by five copyright claims

A musician who made a 10-hour long video of continuous white noise – indistinct electronic hissing – has said five copyright infringement claims have been made against him. Sebastian Tomczak, who is based in Australia, said he made the video in 2015 and uploaded it to YouTube. The claimants accusing him of infringement include publishers of white noise intended for sleep therapy. “I will ...

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‘Leak’ in world’s biggest database worries Indians

Indian officials in charge of a controversial biometric identity scheme have filed a police complaint after a report that citizens’ personal details were being sold for as little as 500 rupees ($7.8;£5.8) online. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) wants a probe into “unauthorised access” to its database. But it said biometric data was safe. The Tribune newspaper claimed ...

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All Mac devices affected by chip flaws – Apple

Apple has said that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two major flaws in computer chips. It emerged this week that tech companies have been racing to fix the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, that could allow hackers to steal data. Apple said it had already released some patches but there was no evidence that the vulnerability had ...

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Uber is a ‘future company’ – Bozoma Saint John

The Chief Brand Officer at Uber, Bozoma Saint John has stated that the future belongs to companies that can connect technology to people to make it easier for them to do their work. According to the Ghanaian-American Global Marketing icon, Uber has defined that purpose by using technology and service delivery to move people from one point to another with ...

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Rush to fix ‘serious’ computer chip flaws

Tech firms are working to fix bugs that could allow hackers to steal personal data from computer systems. Google researchers said there were “serious security flaws” in chips made by Intel, AMD and ARM, affecting devices which use them. The industry has been aware of the problem for months and hoped to solve it before details were made public. The ...

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Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO

Gaming addiction is to be listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organisation. Its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will include the condition “gaming disorder”. The draft document describes it as a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour so severe that it takes “precedence over other life interests”. Some countries had ...

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Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher. Wixen, an exclusive licensee of songs such as “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty, “Light My Fire” by the Doors, (Girl We Got ...

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WeChat denies ‘storing’ chat histories

In a carefully worded riposte, China’s most popular messaging app WeChat, has denied “storing chat histories”. It follows criticism from Chinese businessman Li Shufu, who recently said the firm “must be watching all our WeChats every day”. In response the Tencent-owned firm said suggestions that it was watching users was “pure misunderstanding”. All Chinese social media platforms are required to ...

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Pokemon Go game set to launch in China

Pokemon Go maker Niantic has announced plans to launch its monster-catching game in China. The firm told the Financial Times it would bring the augmented reality game to China after striking a partnership deal with a local company NetEase. Chinese regulations covering online content demand that foreign firms find a partner to launch digital ventures in the country. Niantic gave no ...

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Outrage over YouTuber’s dead body video

An American YouTube star has prompted a barrage of criticism after he posted a video which showed the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan. The video showed Logan Paul and friends at the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt Fuji, known to be a frequent site of suicides. Going in to film the “haunted” forest, they come ...

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