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UK digital minister raises concerns over use of live streaming

Margot James says footage of Christchurch attack highlights issues around regulation WT24 Desk The digital minister, Margot James, has raised concerns about the regulation of online live streaming in the aftermath of the New Zealand shootings, in which an alleged terrorist broadcast footage of an attack on two mosques live on Facebook, The Guardian reports. James, whose department is preparing to unveil ...

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Meteor blast over Bering Sea was 10 times size of Hiroshima

Fireball over Kamchatka peninsula in December went largely unnoticed at the time WT24 Desk A meteor explosion over the Bering Sea late last year unleashed 10 times as much energy as the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, scientists have revealed, The Guardian reports. The fireball tore across the sky off Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula on 18 December and released energy equivalent ...

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Facebook faces fresh questions over when it knew of data harvesting

Allegations come as US prosecutors investigate claims of cover-up WT24 Desk Facebook is facing explosive new questions about when senior executives knew of Cambridge Analytica’s abuse of users’ data, one year on from when the scandal first broke, as federal prosecutors investigate claims that the social media giant has covered up the extent of its relationship with the firm, The Guardian ...

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New Zealand terror attacks spark fresh criticisms of Big Tech

Suspected Christchurch shooter appeared to broadcast live footage of attack on Facebook WT24 Desk Politicians around the world have once again seized on the failings of big tech companies such as Facebook and YouTube over their inability to contain video footage of Friday’s terror attacks in New Zealand, according to Financial Times.  Facebook has repeatedly been criticised for Facebook Live, ...

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ULA to launch 10th WGS comms satellite for U.S. military

The launch, the tenth for the U.S. military’s Wideband Global SATCOM constellation, will be the second to last to use the medium class Delta IV rocket. WT24 Desk United Launch Alliance is ready to launch another communications satellite for the United States Air Force, UPI reports. ULA’s Delta IV rocket will carry the Wideband Global SATCOM into space on Friday ...

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Apple’s 30% app store commission unfair, Spotify claims

Music service files complaint with European commission over subscription ‘tax’ WT24 Desk Spotify has filed a complaint with European regulators arguing that Apple limits choice and competition in its app store, giving its own music streaming service an unfair advantage over rivals, The Guardian reports. Apple’s app store is an important distribution platform for Spotify. But Appletakes a 30% commission on ...

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Tesla performs U-turn over store closures

Car prices to rise by ‘about 3%’ after decision to move to online-only sales reversed WT24 Desk Tesla has reversed a decision to close all its stores and move to an online-only sales model, the company has announced, pending the results of a further review on the usefulness of physical locations, The Guardian reports. The initial decision was made as part of ...

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New Apple tech to secure users’ privacy

WT24 Desk Apple is working on an anti-snooping technology that will prevent law enforcement agencies from tracking mobile phone users’ locations or read their messages, IANS reports.According to a report in The Telegraph on Sunday, the iPhone maker has patented the technology that encrypts information between an iPhone and a mobile network.“The technology would hinder so-called ‘Stingray’ boxes, which mimic ...

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Ten ways to improve your digital etiquette

From ghosting to leaving WhatsApp groups, here’s how to avoid causing offence online WT24 Desk When is it OK to ghost? In the context of online dating, ghosting is when you snub someone simply by ceasing to reply to their messages. One minute you’re happily flirting over text, the next you digitally disappear. Leaving someone in the lurch like this is ...

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New interracial couple emoji marks victory for partners of color

Following a campaign by Tinder and tech activist group Emojination, 71 new skin tone variations have been approved WT24 Desk In 1664, Maryland passed the first British colonial law banning marriage between whites and slaves. An 1883 US supreme court ruling that state prohibitions on interracial marriage don’t violate the 14th amendment held for more than 80 years, AP reports. ...

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