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Salon magazine mines crypto-cash with readers’ PCs

News organisations have tried many novel ways to make readers pay – but this idea is possibly the most audacious yet. If a reader chooses to block its advertising, US publication Salon will use that person’s computer to mine for Monero, a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin. Creating new tokens of a cryptocurrency typically requires complex calculations that use up a ...

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UK unveils extremism blocking tool

The UK government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed. Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC she would not rule out forcing technology companies to use it by law. Ms Rudd is visiting the US to meet tech companies to discuss the idea, as well as other efforts to ...

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Criminals hide ‘billions’ in crypto-cash – Europol

Three to four billion pounds of criminal money in Europe is being laundered through cryptocurrencies, according to Europol. The agency’s director Rob Wainwright told the BBC’s Panorama that regulators and industry leaders need to work together to tackle the problem. The warning comes after Bitcoin’s value fell by half from record highs in December. UK police have not commented to ...

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How to revert to the pre-redesigned Snapchat

All is not well for Snapchat. The app has ticked off its most loyal users with its latest redesignwhich merges your friends’ snap messages with their Stories. It’s the app’s first major #facepalm. But good news! There’s a way to switch back to the old Snapchat, and we’re gonna show you how do it. But it does come with one big catch. ...

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Is social media causing childhood depression?

Rangan Chatterjee is a GP and says he has seen plenty of evidence of the link between mental ill-health in youngsters and their use of social media. One 16 year-old boy was referred to him after he self-harmed and ended up in A&E. “The first thought was to put him on anti-depressants but I chatted to him and it sounded ...

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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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