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Apple confirms iPhone source code leak

Apple has confirmed that some of the source code for its iOS mobile operating system has been leaked online. The boot-up source code used on its older iOS 9 operating platform was posted on code-sharing website Github. Apple typically keeps most of its iOS source code private and ordered Github to remove the content. But it said the leak had ...

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Uber settles with Waymo on self-driving

Uber and Waymo have reached a settlement over claims Uber stole trade secrets from the self-driving company. As part of the agreement, Uber is giving a 0.34% Uber stake to Waymo, worth approximately $245m (£177m). Uber has also agreed not to use Waymo’s technology in its self-driving cars, though it maintains it never did. Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, expressed ...

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Twitter posts its first quarterly profit as ad sales rise

Twitter has reported its first quarterly net profit helped by a rise in video advertising sales. The news gave a massive boost to Twitter’s shares which closed 12% up on the day. That was despite the number of people using the social network coming in below expectations. Twitter’s previous failure to make a profit had confounded investors given its widespread ...

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Reddit bans deepfake porn videos

Reddit has banned “fake porn” – imagery and videos that superimpose a subject’s face over an explicit photo or video without the person’s permission. The move follows the development of artificial intelligence software that made it relatively easy to create clips featuring computer-generated versions of celebrities’ faces. Reddit had become one of the most popular places to share and discuss so-called ...

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Deepfake pornographic videos banned by Twitter

Twitter is the latest platform to ban a new type of pornographic video that replaces the original actor’s face with that of another person. The clips, known as deepfakes, typically use the features of female TV personalities, actors and pop singers. Unlike some social networks, Twitter allows hardcore pornography on its platform. But it said deepfakes broke its rules against intimate images ...

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GIFEC rolls out ICT projects in rural communities

The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has embarked on a massive drive to extend Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects to rural communities. GIFEC is using its Smart Communities Project to bridge the internet gap between peri-urban and urban areas to position Ghana as an IT-driven country. The Smart Communities project, which is being piloted in Brong Ahafo ...

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Tech company donates security cameras to Police Stations

Avcontech Ghana Limited, a technology company in Ghana has donated security cameras to some police stations in the Greater Accra Region. Each of the police stations was fully installed with eight CCTV cameras, a recorder and a monitor. The beneficiaries were the Tesano District Police Headquarters, Osu District Police Headquarters,  La Police District Headquarters and Nima. The CEO of Avcontech ...

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Bitcoin falls below $6,000

The value of Bitcoin has fallen to below $6,000 – its lowest price since November 2017. The price fell to $5,947.40 (£4,256.44) on Tuesday, according to a price index run by news website Coindesk. Bitcoin reached its peak in November, when it hit $19,000, and then began to fall steadily from mid-December. The latest fall comes a day after several ...

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Lauri Love case: Hacking suspect wins extradition appeal

Alleged computer hacker Lauri Love has won his High Court appeal against his extradition to the US. Mr Love, 33, from Stradishall, Suffolk, was first arrested in October 2013 on suspicion of hacking into FBI, US Central Bank and Nasa systems. Appeal judges said extradition would be “oppressive by reason of his physical and mental condition”. They urged the Crown Prosecution ...

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Uber v Google: Self-drive tech clash heads to court

Two of the biggest players in self-drive technology will meet in a San Francisco courtroom on Monday. Ride-sharing firm Uber is being sued by Waymo, the self-driving company spun out of Google. Uber is accused of stealing and using trade secrets relating to Lidar (light detection and ranging) – one of the technologies that enables an autonomous car to understand ...

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