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Month: October 2017

Facebook to disclose more on political ads

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 saying “paid for by”. The steps come amid allegations that Russian-backed groups used social media ads to interfere in the US election. Executives from Facebook and other […]

Three criticised over £117 iPhone X monthly deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Dave Lee gets hands on with the new iPhone X Three has announced a £117 ($150) per month contract for the iPhone X. It’s been described as “extreme” and “crazy” on social media. The two-year deal, which includes unlimited data and talk time, is for the largest version of the device. The same contract with an iPhone 8 costs £44 per month, plus a £99 upfront […]

Hotel booking sites probed by consumer watchdog

Hotel booking sites are to be probed by the UK’s competition watchdog to see if consumers are being misled by them. The Competition and Markets Authority is concerned that rather than helping consumers, the sites might actually be making it more difficult for them. The CMA said it was “concerned about the clarity, accuracy and presentation of information on sites”. The investigation will examine areas such as hidden charges, search results, and discount claims. Leading […]

Artificial intelligence smart enough to fool Captcha security check

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 system. Captcha challenges people to prove they are human by recognising combinations of letters and numbers that machines would struggle to complete correctly. Researchers developed an algorithm that imitates how the human brain responds to these visual clues. The neural network could identify […]

Amazon and Alphabet report sales surge

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 rise 34% to $43.7bn – nearly the size of Slovenia’s economy last year. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s profit beat estimates on gains from cloud services. Alphabet’s profits for the […]

NHS 'could have prevented' WannaCry ransomware attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption WannaCry was the biggest cyber-attack that has affected the NHS to date NHS trusts were left vulnerable in a major ransomware attack in May because cyber-security recommendations were not followed, a government report has said. More than a third of trusts in England were disrupted by the WannaCry ransomware, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). At least 6,900 NHS appointments were cancelled as a result of the attack. The […]

Twitter bans RT and Sputnik ads amid election interference fears

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Twitter is to donate all money earned from the outlets Twitter is banning two of Russia’s biggest media outlets from buying advertising amid fears they attempted to interfere with the 2016 US election. The ban on advertising from Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, and all linked accounts, was “effective immediately”. US authorities say both act as “a platform for Kremlin messaging”. The social media giant will donate an estimated $1.9m […]

Twitter nears profit as it adds users

Image copyright Reuters Twitter said it may turn a profit in the fourth quarter as the tech company narrowed its losses and added users. The firm, which has not posted a profit since going public four years ago, said its losses narrowed from $103m (£78m) to $21m in the third quarter. The number of monthly active users grew by four million to a total of 330 million at the end of September. Twitter said its […]

WhatsApp and Facebook to face EU data taskforce

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 Facebook. A group of watchdogs and regulators from EU nations, known as the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, said WhatsApp had not fixed issues raised. WhatsApp and Facebook have yet to reply to the […]

Apple hires ex-BBC and Channel 4 executive Jay Hunt

Image copyright Apple Image caption Jay Hunt will begin work at Apple at the start of 2018 Apple has hired Jay Hunt – the former controller of BBC One and chief creative officer of Channel Four – to join its video team. Ms Hunt was responsible for TV shows including Sherlock and Luther at the BBC before helping Channel 4 sign up the Great British Bake Off. Her title at Apple will be creative director, […]

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