YouTube ‘made wrong call’ on Syria videos

YouTube ‘made wrong call’ on Syria videos 23 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption The Qasioun News Agency channel, which documents the war in Syria, was temporarily removed YouTube has reinstated thousands of videos documenting violence in Syria that were removed “mistakenly”. Several videos were flagged as inappropriate by an…

DoJ narrows Trump protesters data demand

DoJ narrows Trump protesters data demand 23 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large protests were held in Washington DC on 20 January, the day of President Trump’s inauguration Visitors to an anti-Trump website will probably not have their internet protocol addresses turned over to the Department of Justice,…

Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas

Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas By Kevin Peachey and Chris Johnston BBC News 23 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright PA Identity theft is reaching “epidemic levels”, according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group. ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be…

Crypto-cash investors duped in funding scam

Crypto-cash investors duped in funding scam 22 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The popularity of Bitcoin kicked off a rush to mint novel e-currencies Cyber-thieves are believed to have stolen about $500,000 (£390,000) in the Ethereum crypto-currency, with an investment scam. The thieves hijacked the website of finance…

Samsung’s Bixby rolled out in 200 countries

Samsung’s Bixby rolled out in 200 countries 22 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Samsung’s voice-controlled digital assistant Bixby is being rolled out in 200 countries from today. It is Samsung’s equivalent of Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant – which is pre-installed already in Samsung phones as they run the Android…

China relaunches world’s fastest train

China relaunches world’s fastest train 22 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A high-speed train crash led to an investigation which found widespread corruption in the railway ministry China’s fleet of high-speed trains is set once again to become the world’s fastest. The top speed of the Fuxing or…

Android Oreo released by Google

Android Oreo released by Google 21 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption Android Oreo continues the sweet-themed naming convention of Google’s mobile operating system Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (OS), which is named after Oreo chocolate biscuits. It adds a new “picture-in-picture” mode…

Australia blocks another 59 popular pirate sites

Australia blocks another 59 popular pirate sites 18 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 340 domains relating to pirate sites will soon be blocked in Australia Australia’s federal court has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block dozens of popular pirate sites. The crackdown prevents users from accessing 59…

Very few girls took computing A-level

Very few girls took computing A-level By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 17 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The problem begins at primary school, according to the BCS A worrying statistic for the tech industry was revealed in freshly-released A-level data – only 9.8% of those completing a computing…

Game of Thrones struck by fresh leak

Game of Thrones struck by fresh leak By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 16 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright HBO Image caption HBO’s Spanish and Nordic offshoots streamed the episode early Game of Thrones’s next episode has been pirated and shared online in the latest leak to hit the fantasy TV series.…

AI seeks fantasy football challengers

AI seeks fantasy football challengers By Mary-Ann Russon Technology Reporter, BBC News 15 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A UK university is challenging fantasy football fans to beat its AI at predicting Premier League results Computer scientists at University of Southampton are testing an artificially intelligent tool for…

Web firm fights DOJ on Trump protesters

Web firm fights DOJ on Trump protesters 15 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters linked arms in the street on Inauguration Day A US service provider is fighting government demands for it to hand over details of millions of activists. The Department of Justice (DOJ) wants the IP…

Intel chief resigns from Trump council

More executives resign from Trump council 15 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Intel chief Brian Krzanich said there should be “no hesitation in condemning hate speech” Two more chief executives have resigned from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council following Charlottesville. Intel’s Brian Krzanich and Under Armour head Kevin…

Teen’s death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger

Teen’s death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger 14 August 2017 From the section China Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Some internet addiction “boot camps” employ military-style discipline in treating patients A Chinese teenager has died days after he was sent to an internet addiction treatment centre, reigniting criticism of these controversial institutions.…

Snapchat registered with Russian regulator ‘unknowingly’

Snapchat registered with Russian regulator ‘unknowingly’ 11 August 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright Reuters Image caption Snapchat has been registered with a Russian regulator Snapchat’s parent company says the US messaging app has been registered with Russia’s technology regulator without its knowledge. Snap told the BBC that the Roskomnadzor agency had unilaterally put…

Google cancels all-staff diversity meeting

Google cancels all-staff diversity meeting 11 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Google has cancelled an all-staff meeting to discuss a controversial memo about diversity written by former engineer James Damore. It is reported that some staff members were concerned about being singled out online if they were identified while they spoke…

WeChat, Weibo and Baidu under investigation

WeChat, Weibo and Baidu under investigation 11 August 2017 From the section China Image copyright Reuters China’s largest social media platforms – Weibo, WeChat and Baidu Tieba – are under investigation for alleged violations of cyber security laws. The Office for Cyberspace Administration said the three platforms had failed to police content on their sites.…

Snap shares plunge 14% as losses mount

Snap shares plunge 14% as losses mount 11 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Snap shares plunged 14% on Thursday after the social media firm reported more than $400m (£310m) in quarterly losses and fewer than expected users. The share price fall extended a decline that started almost immediately after Snapchat…

Overwatch League strikes London deal

Overwatch League strikes London deal By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 10 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Activision Blizzard Image caption Overwatch deliberately contains little gore to aid its appeal to younger audiences The American founder of a leading e-sports business has become the first owner of a European squad in the…

China’s VPN developers face crackdown

China’s VPN developers face crackdown By Robin Brant BBC Shanghai correspondent 10 August 2017 Image copyright EPA China recently launched a crackdown on the use of software which allows users to get around its heavy internet censorship. As the BBC’s Robin Brant in Shanghai found, developers are facing growing pressure. The three plain-clothes policemen tracked…

Chinese satellite sends ‘hack-proof’ message

Chinese satellite sends ‘hack-proof’ message 10 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright vladimir_n Image caption Lasers help generate a quantum state that changes when anyone eavesdrops on it China has successfully sent “hack-proof” messages from a satellite to Earth for the first time. The Micius satellite beamed messages to two mountain-top receiving stations…

Ukrainian postal service hit by 48-hour cyber-attack

Ukrainian postal service hit by 48-hour cyber-attack 10 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ukraine’s national postal service has suffered a 48-hour-long DDoS attack to its website Ukraine’s national postal service has been hit by a two-day-long cyber-attack targeting its online system that tracks parcels. Unknown hackers carried out…

Facebook introduces new video service

Facebook introduces new video service 10 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Social media giant Facebook has made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks. Users will soon see a new Watch tab that will offer a range of shows, some of which have been funded…

Fake Google firm shut down after probe

Fake Google firm shut down after probe 9 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption Google My Business is a free service that helps firms control how they appear in search results A Manchester-based company that pretended it was linked to Google has been closed following an investigation by the UK’s…

Password guru regrets past advice

Password guru regrets past advice 9 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Much of the advice given 16 years ago has proven to be problematic The author of an influential guide to computer passwords says he now regrets several of the tips he gave. Bill Burr had advised users…

Mazda hails more efficient petrol engine

Mazda hails more efficient petrol engine 9 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Mazda Image caption Mazda’s new petrol engine, “the sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030”, the world’s first commercial gasoline engine to use compression ignition Japanese carmaker Mazda has developed a more efficient petrol engine at a time when the industry steers toward electric…

India blocks the Internet Archive

India blocks the Internet Archive 9 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Internet Archive Image caption The Internet Archive began creating a historical record of the web two decades ago The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is being blocked by many of India’s net providers. The online tool allows the public to see old…

Podcast patent ruled invalid by court

Podcast patent ruled invalid by court 8 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images A company that charged others for uploading video and audio content on to their own websites has had its podcast patent invalidated by a US court. The Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) argued that Personal Audio LCC had “not…

US military to shoot down consumer drones

US military to shoot down consumer drones 8 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US military bases have been given permission to shoot down drones when appropriate The Pentagon has given US military bases permission to shoot down or otherwise destroy consumer drones flying overhead and nearby. A spokesman…

Game of Thrones hackers demand ransom

Game of Thrones hackers demand ransom 8 August 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright HBO Image caption The leaks have been released prior to the broadcast of new Game of Thrones series seven episodes Hackers who have leaked Game of Thrones scripts and other data from entertainment company HBO have released a note demanding…