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Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents. Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside. It also lets people locate their “friends” on a map that is accurate enough to determine where people live. Snap, the company ...

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Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech. It comes a week after the social network announced steps of its own to remove terrorist-related content from its site. The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative’s initial partners include Imams Online and the Jo Cox Foundation. Facebook has faced criticism for being ...

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Microsoft briefly disables anti-virus software for Windows 10

Microsoft has admitted that it does temporarily disable anti-virus software on Windows PCs, following a competition complaint to the European Commission by a security company. In early June, Kaspersky Lab filed the complaint against Microsoft. The security company claims the software giant is abusing its market dominance by steering users to its own anti-virus software. Microsoft says it implemented defences ...

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WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study. But use of the messaging app appears to vary widely between countries. In Malaysia, more than 50% of those surveyed said they used WhatsApp for news at least once a week. But in the US, the figure was only 3%, and in the ...

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Uber chief executive Kalanick resigns

Uber boss Travis Kalanick has resigned as chief executive after pressure from shareholders. Mr Kalanick will remain on the board of the ride-hailing firm, however. His resignation comes after a review of practices at the firm and scandals including complaints of sexual harassment. Last week he said he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following the sudden death of ...

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South Korean firm pays $1m to unlock files

South Korean web-hosting firm Nayana has agreed to pay a $1m ransom to unlock computers frozen by hackers. It is believed to be a record amount, although it is worth noting that many ransom payments are never made public. Nayana’s chief executive revealed that the hackers initially asked for $4.4m, payable in bitcoin. Security experts warned that firms should not ...

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Instagram stories now has 250 million daily users

Instagram’s Snapchat Stories clone, aptly named Instagram Stories, is now being used by 250 million users every day. Instagram revealed the new milestone Tuesday when it announced a minor update for its live video streaming feature, allowing users to share recordings of their concluded live streams via Stories. Instagram launched Stories as its answer to Snapchat Stories last August, and ...

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Man jailed for dangling baby from window in Algeria

A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling his baby out of a window in order to attract “likes” on Facebook. The father posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a window in a high-rise building with the caption: “1,000 likes or I will drop him.” It prompted other social ...

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Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birth-dates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population. The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Anyone could access ...

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Google pledges to tackle YouTube terror videos

Google has unveiled four measures it will use to tackle the spread of terror-related material online. Among the measures it is deploying will be smarter software that can spot extremist material and greater use of human experts to vet content. It said terrorism was an “attack on open societies” and tackling its influence was a critical challenge. It said it ...

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