Google investigates mysterious vanishing files

Google investigates mysterious vanishing files 31 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption Google Docs appears to be locking users out of files by flagging documents as violating its terms of services Numerous Google Docs users have reported that they are being mysteriously locked out of certain files in their accounts.…

Airbnb customer allegedly murdered in Melbourne

Airbnb customer allegedly murdered in Melbourne 31 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A man was allegedly murdered while staying in an Airbnb property in Melbourne, Australia A man has allegedly been murdered while staying in an Airbnb-listed property in Melbourne, Australia. Ramis Jonuzi, 36, had rented a room…

Is your phone listening in? Your stories

30 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has always denied using smartphone microphones to gather audio from people’s real-life conversations and then use that data to serve advertising. Last week Facebook’s vice-president of ads, Rob Goldman, said on Twitter that the technology giant did not and had never carried out…

YouTube tweaks advertising algorithm

30 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright YouTube Image caption Film-maker Casey Neistat called on YouTube to do more to support video creators YouTube is tweaking the way it chooses which videos will have adverts shown with them. The update comes after YouTube made changes to the way videos were monetised, to stop…

Trump ally Roger Stone suspended from Twitter

Trump ally Roger Stone suspended from Twitter 29 October 2017 From the section US & Canada Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Stone has claimed credit for getting Mr Trump to run for president Roger Stone, a high-profile supporter of Donald Trump, has been suspended from Twitter after using the network to attack journalists. Mr…

Facebook denies ‘listening’ to conversations

Facebook denies ‘listening’ to conversations By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 28 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images A Facebook executive has denied the social network uses a device’s microphone to listen to what users are saying and then send them relevant ads. Rob Goldman, the tech giant’s vice-president of…

Facebook to disclose more on political ads

28 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tech giants are under pressure to improve transparency of political ads Facebook has announced measures to make political advertising on the social media platform more transparent. Political advertisers will have to verify their identity and location and their posts will carry a disclosure…

Artificial intelligence smart enough to fool Captcha security check

Artificial intelligence smart enough to fool Captcha security check By Mary-Ann Russon Technology Reporter, BBC News 27 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Computer scientists have developed AI algorithms smart enough to crack Captcha tests Computer scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can outsmart the Captcha website security check…

Google addresses Pixel 2 handset complaints

Google addresses Pixel 2 handset complaints 27 October 2017 From the section Technology Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Rory Cellan-Jones takes a tour of Google’s Pixel 2 XL Google says it is doubling the warranty on its new flagship smartphones following complaints about the screens. Some reviewers have noticed screen “burn…

Gut bacteria could determine whether you develop PTSD

OGphoto / iStock The bacteria living in your gut could tell you whether you are at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). New research has suggested that people living with PTSD have low levels of bacteria that help with fighting infections. Advertisement Molecular biologists from Stellenbosch University analysed microbial DNA that they extracted from…

Amazon and Alphabet see sales surge

26 October 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Tech giants Amazon and Google’s parent Alphabet have posted a surge in sales over the last three months. Shares in Alphabet jumped above $1,000 in after-hours trading after the company reported sales up 24% to $27.8bn. Amazon, the world’s biggest e-commerce site, saw sales…

WhatsApp and Facebook to face EU data taskforce

WhatsApp and Facebook to face EU data taskforce 26 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images WhatsApp and Facebook will be scrutinised by a data protection taskforce, after they were accused of “non-compliance” with EU laws. The regulators took issue with the messaging app’s plan to share user data with parent company…

Nazi forums closed as Reddit purges ‘violent content’

Nazi forums closed as Reddit purges ‘violent content’ 26 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP Image caption Nazi rallies in the US have prompted counter-protests recently Reddit has closed down several extremist forums after updating its policy regarding violent content. The newly banned and removed pages include r/NationalSocialism, r/Nazi, r/whitesarecriminals and r/far_right.…

Dell web address swiped by third party

26 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The domain name was checked regularly by software installed as standard on many Dell PCs A web address used by recovery software on Dell PCs was taken over by a third-party after a contractor apparently failed to renew it. The software checks…