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Month: October 2017

Malaysian data breach sees 46 million phone numbers leaked

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malaysia’s communication watchdog is investigating a huge data breach affecting 46 million mobile subscribers A massive data breach has seen the customer data of more than 46 million mobile subscribers in Malaysia leaked on to the dark web. The leaked information includes mobile numbers, unique phone serial numbers, as well as home addresses. Personal information from multiple Malaysian public sector and commercial websites was also stolen. The Malaysian Communications […]

YouTuber slams Hello World Live

YouTuber Calum McSwiggan has slammed the organisers of the Hello World Live vlogger convention – after it was called a rip-off and “completely flat and dull” by some ticket-holders. The two-day event was billed as a “live event like nothing on Earth”. But Calum McSwiggan blames event organisers, who he says “just had pound signs in their eyes”. “The YouTube community has a really bad reputation sometimes and it’s because of events like Hello World.” […]

Big net firms invest in trans-Pacific cable project

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption It can take years to lay the lengthy cables that connect up the continents Facebook and Amazon are putting cash into a project to lay a new submarine cable that will link Asia and the US. Once completed in 2020, the Jupiter cable will stretch for more than 14,000km and will be able to carry more than 60 terabits of data a second. The two firms have joined […]

Russia-linked posts 'reached' 126m Facebook users in US

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Facebook has said as many as 126 million American users may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based operatives over the last two years. The social networking site said about 80,000 posts were produced before and after the 2016 presidential election. Most of the posts focused on divisive social and political messages Facebook released the figures ahead of a Senate hearing where it – together with Twitter and Google – will detail […]

Smartphone use falls among young for first time

Image caption June King is in almost constant contact with her phone Are we seeing the start of peak phone? For the first time, young people in the UK aged between 16 to 24 are spending slightly less time on their smart devices, according to a report. Market researcher Kantar TNS found that those within that group now spent an average of 3.8 hours on their phones a day down from 3.9 hours last year. […]

Is your phone listening in? Your stories

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 the practice. “Just not true,” he tweeted in response to a call for people’s stories of occasions when they believed it had happened. Given the amount of […]

YouTube tweaks advertising algorithm

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 ads appearing alongside extremist content. The changes prompted complaints from some popular vloggers, saying it made it hard for them to earn money. The improved algorithm should […]

Apple engineer 'fired' over early iPhone X leak

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Ms Peterson posted a follow-up video explaining what had happened to her dad Apple has reportedly fired one of its engineers after his daughter posted a video of the iPhone X before the official launch. The YouTube video was shot on the Apple campus in September when the young woman met her father for lunch. The video was widely shared after being spotted by tech news sites and blogs that […]

Trump ally Roger Stone suspended from Twitter

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 Stone, who advised Mr Trump during his election campaign, said he had been told he had violated Twitter’s rules. His suspension came hours after he used abusive and homophobic language to target journalists, including a gay […]

Facebook denies 'listening' to conversations

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 ads, was responding to a tweet by PJ Vogt, the presenter of a tech podcast called Reply All. Anecdotally, many people report seeing adverts which appear to be related to recent, real-life conversations. Mr Vogt had asked for details […]

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