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Google Search results to give ‘diverse’ answers

Google says it will soon alter its Search tool to provide “diverse perspectives” where appropriate. The change will affect the boxed text that often appears at the top of results pages – known as a Snippet – which contains a response sourced from a third-party site. At present, Google provides only a single box but it will sometimes show multiple Snippets in ...

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Facebook bans all crypto-currency ads

Facebook has said it will block any advertising promoting crypto-currency products and services. The company said it was open to emerging technologies but many companies were not acting in “good faith” when extolling the virtues buying into virtual currencies. Recently, a wave of new currencies have emerged, seeking to piggyback Bitcoin’s huge increase in value. Facebook urged users to report any ...

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Experts urge Facebook to withdraw app for under-13s

More than 100 child health experts are urging Facebook to withdraw an app aimed at under-13s. In an open letter to Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, they call Messenger Kids an “irresponsible” attempt to encourage young children to use Facebook. Young children are not ready to have social media accounts, they say. Facebook says the app was designed with online safety experts ...

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Facebook to promote local news in drive for ‘trusted’ content

Facebook says it is changing the way its news delivery service works by focusing on local news sources in its drive for “high quality” content. “Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities,” explained chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on his page on Monday. The update will initially apply to the US before it is rolled out ...

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The Monster of smartphone technology [Article]

The generation of the 21st century has undergone various facets of technological revolution and advancements, since the invention of the worldwide web to the transition of landline communication to mobile communications, a consequence of which has impacted on a boom in global commerce and trade, facilitating business interaction amongst nations from the Americans to the last man in Timbuktu. Such ...

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TomTom ditches map updates for some sat-navs

A number of customers with TomTom sat-navs have been told that their devices will no longer receive map updates. “Your maps will become out-of-date and as such navigation will be less accurate,” the firm told customers. “It has become clear that some of our older generation navigation devices do not have sufficient resources to run the newest maps and software.” ...

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Fitness tracker Strava lights up military base

Military personnel around the world have been publicly sharing their exercise routes online – including those inside or near military bases. Online fitness tracker Strava has published a “heatmap” showing the paths its users log as they run or cycle. It appears to show the structure of foreign military bases in countries including Syria and Afghanistan, as soldiers move around ...

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New York investigates company accused of selling fake Twitter followers

New York’s chief prosecutor says the state is opening an investigation into a firm that allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users. “Impersonation and deception are illegal under New York law,” said Eric Schneiderman. The company, Devumi, stands accused of stealing real people’s identities, which it denies, according to the New York Times. The paper linked the ...

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Tecno introduces full screen display device, Camon CM

The sudden buzz surrounding the latest device from Africa’s mobile phone giants, TECNO, was one that came with a lot of anticipation. Nevertheless, it does come refreshing that the Camon Cm is an 18:9 aspect ratio full screen smartphone and it does go ahead to be the first full display device from Tecno. Here’s why you should own a Camon ...

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Coincheck promises 46bn yen refund after cryptocurrency theft

One of Japan’s largest digital currency exchanges has said it will refund most of the $534m (£380m) worth of virtual assets lost in a hacking attack. Coincheck has promised to use its own funds to reimburse more than 46bn yen ($423m) to customers who lost their NEM cryptocurrency coins on Friday. The Tokyo-based company suspended trading after detecting “unauthorised access” ...

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