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Prince William criticises social media firms

Image copyright Getty Images The Duke of Cambridge has accused social media firms of being “on the back foot” when dealing with fake news, privacy issues and cyber-bullying. In a speech given at the BBC, Prince William said social networks had allowed “misinformation and conspiracy to pollute the public sphere”. …

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MiSafes' child-tracking smartwatches are 'easy to hack'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: How MiSafes watch can be hacked A location-tracking smartwatch worn by thousands of children has proven relatively easy to hack. A security researcher found the devices neither encrypted the data they used nor secured each child’s account. As a result, he …

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Call of Duty 'swatting' death prankster pleads guilty

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There have been a spate of incidents involving gamers that have led to prank calls to the police A California-based gamer faces up to 20 years in jail after admitting crimes including making a hoax call to US police that resulted in them shooting …

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First 5G cities in UK named by EE

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 5G could also be used as a replacement for fixed home broadband EE has announced which six UK cities will be the first to get faster 5G mobile networks. Building on existing trials, EE will turn on 5G in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham …

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'Ugly' mistake sends Google data to China

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Data can easily go astray if hardware uses the wrong address book Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an “ugly” mistake by an African ISP. The data was sent the wrong way when …

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Car crash data thief 'unlucky' to be jailed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mustafa Kasim was accused of illegally stealing personal details from vehicle repair software A car repair worker has been sentenced to jail for stealing customers’ personal data from his former employer. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says it is the first time someone will …

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Alibaba Singles Day sales frenzy surpasses records

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlibaba Singles Day: Dollars or data? Internet giant Alibaba has set new sales records on Sunday for its biggest shopping day, the annual Singles Day. The Chinese company hit a record $1bn (£774m; €883m) in sales in 85 seconds, and then just …

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Byte: Vine creator to launch new video-looping app

Image copyright Getty Images A follow-up to Vine has been announced, two years after the six-second video app was shut down by Twitter. Byte will be a similar app to Vine, which helped launch the careers of stars including Shawn Mendes and Logan Paul. After Vine ended, those stars moved …

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US man pleads guilty to game hacking charges

Image copyright EA Image caption Battlefield 3 was one game made unplayable by the attacks A US man accused of knocking game servers offline in a series of attacks has pleaded guilty to charges of computer hacking. Sony, EA Origin and Steam were all hit by Utah resident Austin Thompson’s …

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Meeting Kosovo's clickbait merchants

Image caption One clickbait merchant chose to remain anonymous Two weeks ago, I was sitting in a dark bar in a small town an hour’s drive from Kosovo’s capital, Pristina. In front of me, a man was nervously hunched over, his face turned away from the camera. He was a …

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