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Oxford places ban on donations and research grants from Huawei

Decision on Chinese telecoms firm comes as national security concerns mount in the westThe University of Oxford has placed an indefinite ban on accepting research grants or donations from the Chinese telecoms firm Huawei, which is already facing mounting concerns from several governments about whether it poses a risk to national security.The decision emerged the day after the US prosecutors reportedly opened an investigation into Huawei for alleged theft of trade secrets from American firms. Con...
Tags: Technology, Education, China, US, UK News, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Higher Education, Oxford, University of Oxford, Huawei, westThe University of Oxford


Largest collection ever of breached data found

Store of 770m email addresses and passwords discovered after being put on hacking siteThe largest collection of breached data in history has been discovered, comprising more than 770m email addresses and passwords posted to a popular hacking forum in mid-December.The 87GB data dump was discovered by the security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs the Have I Been Pwned breach-notification service. Hunt, who called the upload Collection #1, said it was probably “made up of many different individual da...
Tags: Technology, Internet, UK News, World news, Cybercrime, Hacking, Data and computer security, Data Protection, Internet Safety, Hunt, Troy Hunt


Facebook removes hundreds of pages 'linked to Russian site'

Social network says it has taken down 289 pages connected to Kremlin-backed news websiteFacebook has removed hundreds of pages believed to be connected to the Kremlin-backed Sputnik news website for allegedly breaching its rules.The Facebook pages, which were targeted at individuals in former Soviet satellite states, either pretended to be independent news services or had names designed to appeal to fans of particular individuals, regions, or foods. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Russia, World news, Kremlin


Facebook removes hundred of pages 'linked to Russian site'

Social network says it has taken down 289 pages connected to Kremlin-backed news websiteFacebook has removed hundreds of pages believed to be connected to the Kremlin-backed Sputnik news website for allegedly breaching its rules.The Facebook pages, which were targeted at individuals in former Soviet satellite states, either pretended to be independent news services or had names designed to appeal to fans of particular individuals, regions, or foods. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Russia, World news, Kremlin


Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found

Store of 770m email addresses and passwords discovered after being posted to a hacking forumThe largest collection of breached data ever seen has been discovered, comprising of more than 770m email addresses and passwords posted to a popular hacking forum in mid-December.The 87GB data dump was discovered by security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs the Have I Been Pwned breach-notification service. Hunt, who called the upload “Collection #1”, said it is probably “made up of many different individu...
Tags: Technology, Internet, World news, Cybercrime, Hacking, Data and computer security, Data Protection, Hunt, Troy Hunt


China accuses US of suppressing its high-tech companies

US said to be in ‘advanced’ stages of inquiry over alleged Huawei theft of trade secretsChina has accused the US of trying to suppress its high-tech companies, as US prosecutors reportedly investigate allegations that the company stole trade secrets from US businesses.Adding to pressure on the Chinese telecom giant, US lawmakers have proposed a ban on selling US chips or components to the company. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, China, US, World news, Asia Pacific, Huawei


Apple chief calls for laws to tackle 'shadow economy' of data firms

Tim Cook seeks competitive advantage over Google and Facebook with privacy pushApple’s chief executive has called for regulation to tackle the “shadow economy” of data brokers – middlemen who trade in the personal data of largely unsuspecting consumers – as the company continues its push to be seen as privacy-positive.Tim Cook, in an op-ed for Time Magazine published on Thursday, said: “one of the biggest challenges in protecting privacy is that many of the violations are invisible. For example,...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Technology, Privacy, World news, Tim Cook, Data Protection, Time Magazine


China's Huawei reportedly targeted in US criminal investigation

DoJ said to be in ‘advanced’ stages of inquiry over alleged theft of trade secretsHuawei has stated that a dispute with T-Mobile was settled in 2017 after a report said US authorities had opened a criminal investigation into the Chinese telecommunications company. Related: Huawei faces catastrophe in the technology cold war Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, China, US, World news, Asia Pacific, Huawei


YouTube bans dangerous pranks after Bird Box challenge

YouTube acts after challenge leads to people doing tasks blindfolded, including drivingYouTube has banned creators from depicting “dangerous challenges and pranks”, after a wave of incidents prompted by a viral challenge involving driving blindfolded pushed it to act.The so-called Bird Box challenge, inspired by the Netflix film of the same name, saw YouTubers imitating scenes from the movie in which characters must perform common tasks while blindfolded. A culture of one-upmanship meant that ra...
Tags: Utah, Technology, Internet, Film, Youtube, World news, Netflix, Jake Paul, Bird Box


Germany's Christian Democrat leader slams anti-diesel 'crusades'

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also calls for CDU to reexamine handling of 2015 refugee crisisAngela Merkel’s replacement as leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats has criticised the country’s leading environmental organisations for leading “crusades” against diesel cars as she attempts to put distance between herself and her predecessor.In addition to her comments on diesel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer this weekend called for the CDU to reexamine its handling of the 2015 refugee crisis, Merkel’s mo...
Tags: Europe, Business, Technology, Germany, Angela Merkel, World news, Merkel, Automotive Industry, Cdu, Christian Democrats, Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer


Poland calls for 'joint' EU-Nato stance on Huawei after spying arrest

Country’s foreign minister says both entities need to decide whether to exclude telecom giant from their markets Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has sacked an employee arrested in Poland on spying charges. Poland’s internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudziński, called for the European Union and Nato to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets following the arrest of the Chinese employee, Wang Weijing, and a former Polish security official on Friday. Con...
Tags: Europe, Technology, China, European Union, World news, Asia Pacific, Nato, Poland, Huawei, EU NATO, Joachim Brudzinski, Wang Weijing


Huawei sacks Chinese worker accused of spying in Poland

Wang Weijing was arrested on allegations of espionage by Polish authoritiesThe Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei said it had terminated the employment of a Chinese worker arrested on spying allegations in Poland.Polish authorities arrested Wang Weijing and a former Polish security official on Friday , a move that could fuel western security concerns about the telecoms equipment maker. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Poland, Huawei, Wang Weijing


Facebook staff discussed cashing in on user data, reports say

Proposals to charge firms for data said to have been revealed by badly redacted court papersFacebook staff discussed charging companies for access to user data, before ultimately deciding against such a policy, according to reports.The internal discussions were revealed due to improperly redacted court documents, released as part of Facebook’s lawsuit against American software developer Six4Three last year. According to Ars Technica and the Wall Street Journal, an 18-page court filing contains t...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Privacy, Social Networking, Tinder, Social Media, World news, US news, Ars Technica, Digital Media, Data Protection


Flying taxis: Uber partner reveals design

Uber on track to deliver aerial rideshare network by 2023 as manufacturer Bell Helicopter unveils full-scale model in Las VegasUber got a step closer to on-demand aerial taxis this week, as partner company Bell Helicopter unveiled a new flying car design in Las Vegas. The scale model of a hybrid-electric aircraft, called Nexus, is being exhibited at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in the city until 11 January.Uber said the Nexus represents “a major step in its Elevate initiative to create an ...
Tags: Travel, Uber, Technology, World news, US news, Ces, Transport, Sharing Economy, Las Vegas, Flights, Green travel, Bell Helicopter


Poland arrests Huawei worker on allegations of spying for China

Polish national is also being held, risking further tension between China and the westPoland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish national involved in cyber-business on allegations of spying, Polish state media has reported, deepening the controversy over western criticism of the Chinese telecoms company.US intelligence agencies claim Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is linked to China’s government and its equipment could contain “backdoors” for use by government spies. Continue read...
Tags: Europe, Business, Technology, China, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Poland, Espionage, Huawei, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd


Universal internet access unlikely until at least 2050, experts say

Half the world’s population is online but lack of skills and investment are slowing growthParts of the world will be excluded from the internet for decades to come without major efforts to boost education, online literacy and broadband infrastructure, experts have warned.While half the world’s population now uses the internet, a desperate lack of skills and stagnant investment mean the UN’s goal of universal access, defined as 90% of people being online, may not be reached until 2050 or later, t...
Tags: Science, Technology, Internet, World news, Telecoms, United Nations, Un


Rebel drone bombs Yemen military parade, kills at least 6

By AHMED AL-HAJ SANAA, Yemen — A bomb-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Shiite rebels exploded over a military parade for the Saudi-led coalition and its allies on Thursday near the southern port city of Aden, killing at least six people in a brazen attack that threatened U.N.-brokered peace efforts to end the yearslong war tearing at the Arab world’s poorest nation. The attack at the Al-Anad Air Base, where American special forces once led their fight against Yemen’s al-Qaida branch, targeted hig...
Tags: Technology, News, Media, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Africa, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Iran, Soccer, Middle East, United Nations, Army, Associated Press


Older people more likely to share fake news on Facebook, study finds

Researchers suggest over-65s may lack skills to determine veracity of online newsOlder people are almost four times more likely to have shared fake news on Facebook than the younger generation, according to research published in the journal Science.On average, American Facebook users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as those aged between 18 and 29, researchers from NYU and Princeton found in the study, which also concluded sharing such false content was “...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Society, World news, US news, Young People, Older people, Princeton, Nyu, American Facebook


Older people more likely to share fake news on Facebook

Researchers speculate that older Americans lack digital media literacy to determine trustworthiness of online news Older people are almost four times more likely to have shared “fake news” on Facebook than the younger generation, according to research published in the journal Science.On average, American Facebook users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as those aged between 18 and 29, researchers from NYU and Princeton found in the study, which also conclu...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, US news, Princeton, Nyu, American Facebook


'Right to be forgotten' by Google should apply only in EU, says court opinion

NGOs warned of potential harm to internet users’ rights if Google lost ECJ caseThe “right to be forgotten”, which enables claimants to request the removal of links to irrelevant or outdated online information about them, should not be enforceable globally, the European court of justice (ECJ) has found in a preliminary opinion.The controversial power, requiring search engines to prevent access to material on the internet, should be enforceable only in the EU and not worldwide, the court’s advocat...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Law, Internet, Eu, UK News, World news, Court of justice of the European Union, Right To Be Forgotten, Ecj, Maciej Szpunar


'Right to be forgotten' by Google should apply only in EU, says court

NGOs warned of potential harm to internet users’ rights if Google lost ECJ caseThe “right to be forgotten”, which enables claimants to request the removal of links to irrelevant or outdated online information about them, should not be enforceable globally, the European court of justice (ECJ) has found in a preliminary opinion.The controversial power, requiring search engines to prevent access to material on the internet, should be enforceable only in the EU and not worldwide, the court’s advocat...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Law, Internet, Eu, UK News, World news, Court of justice of the European Union, Right To Be Forgotten, Ecj, Maciej Szpunar


Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie to divorce

Couple announce divorce after a long trial separationWorld’s richest man believed to be worth about $137bnJeff Bezos, the boss of Amazon and the world’s richest man, has announced his divorce from MacKenzie, his wife of 25 years.Bezos, who married MacKenzie (née Tuttle) in 1993, a year before he started Amazon from his garage in Seattle, broke the news of the split in a tweet signed by both of them. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, World news, US news, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Bezos, MacKenzie, MacKenzie née Tuttle


Cambridge Analytica owner fined £15,000 for ignoring data request

SCL Elections failed to respond to a US citizen’s request for copies of data it held on himCambridge Analytica’s parent company has been fined £15,000 for failing to respond to a US citizen’s request for copies of information it holds on him.SCL Elections pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching the Data Protection Act by failing to comply with an enforcement notice from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at a hearing at Hendon magistrates court. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, US, UK News, World news, Data Protection, Hendon, Information Commissioner 's Office ICO, SCL, Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections, himCambridge Analytica


In former Soviet states, a new tech-savvy resistance is stirring | Barbara von Ow-Freytag

From Russia to Armenia to Belarus there has been a surge in online justice campaigns. And it’s making a differenceAn exciting wave of innovative activism is emerging across the former Soviet Union. I work for an organisation that supports civic activists and I see a new energy, self-belief and creativity that defies the pessimism permeating western debates about civil society in the region.What’s refreshing about these Generation Z activists is that they’ve linked up with designers, tech experts...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Internet, Russia, World news, Armenia, Belarus, Soviet Union, Barbara von Ow Freytag


Scott Morrison shoe Photoshop fail gives Australian prime minister two left feet

Australian PM admits his department doctored a family portrait (badly) to scrub out his old trainersIt was supposed to be the perfect political portrait – the smiling family man prime minister with his beaming wife and kids.But the image on Scott Morrison’s website had a simple but rather obvious flaw – the leader of Australia had two left feet and a pair of Photoshopped shoes. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Australia, World news, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison


Just when I thought I knew what a tweet was… | Brief letters

Tweets | TV licences for the over-75s | Peaky Blinders cap | Sack Marina Hyde | Divorce by text messageHaving only recently learned that a tweet is a social media message, I read that “White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, announced that Trump would be travelling to the southern border in a tweet” (Report, 8 January), which leaves me wondering if this useful neologism has also come to mean (a) a jiffy (b) a bullet-proof limo or (c) a fit of narcissistic presidential pique. Please help.Alan...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, Saudi Arabia, White House, Women, Society, World news, US news, Blogging, Bbc, Divorce, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Feminism


German cyber-attack: man admits massive data breach, say police

Man, 20, driven by ‘annoyance’ at statements made by politicians and celebritiesA 20-year-old man has admitted to police that he was behind one of the country’s biggest data breaches, in which the private details of almost 1,000 public figures were leaked.The man, who lives with his parents in the central German state of Hesse and is still in the education system, told police he had acted alone and was not politically motivated. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Privacy, Internet, Germany, World news, Cybercrime, Data Protection, Hesse


Germany data breach: man arrested over massive leak of private information

Man, 20, reportedly confesses to leak of politicians’ and celebrities’ data in huge breachGerman police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with one of the country’s biggest data breaches, which affected hundreds of politicians, the BKA federal criminal police hs said.German authorities are under fire for their handling of the breach, in which personal data and documents from German politicians and public figures, including the chancellor, Angela Merkel, were published online. Continue...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Privacy, Germany, Angela Merkel, World news, Data Protection, BKA


Germany data breach: man held over massive leak of private information

Man, 20, detained after search linked to leak of politicians’ and celebrities’ dataGerman authorities say a man has been detained in a suspected hacking case that resulted in hundreds of politicians’ and celebrities’ private information being posted online.The federal criminal police office said on Tuesday it searched the apartment of a 20-year-suspect from central Hesse state on Sunday and detained him. It gave no further details, but a news conference was planned for later in the day. Continue...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Privacy, Germany, World news, Data Protection, Hesse


A former hunger striker writes: help give Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hope | Letters

Fifty-five years ago, I was part of a hunger strike in apartheid South Africa, writes Beverley NaidooThe news that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe intends to go on hunger strike, to protest against denial of medical care in her Iranian prison, is heart-rending (Report, 4 January).It’s a desperate decision but one that may cause permanent, if not fatal, self-harm. Fifty-five years ago, I was part of a hunger strike in the segregated white women’s section of Pretoria Central Prison in apartheid South Af...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Human Rights, Law, US, UK News, World news, Iran, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Amnesty International, Brexit, Trump, E-petitions, Amnesty International UK



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