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Month: December 2017

Deliveroo and UberEats restaurant clients face new rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Restaurants using food delivery services such as Deliveroo may have to apply for planning permission Westminster City Council is to force restaurants to seek planning permission if they heavily use food delivery apps. Businesses will face formal enforcement if their deliveries reach too high a volume and disturb local residents. Local cabinet member Daniel Astaire said the services will lead to “traffic chaos” in London if left unchecked. The council […]

Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

Image copyright Getty Images Facts that everyone can agree on are the cornerstone of democracy and do exist – despite the rise of “fake news”, a UK minister has said. Matt Hancock said it was “something of a disappointment” that he had to state publicly that “objective reality exists”. But it was “incredibly important” to hang on to that principle in the “unregulated space” of social media. The digital minister was giving evidence to a […]

MoneyTaker hackers reportedly steal £7.5m from ATMs

Image copyright Reuters Russian-speaking hackers are suspected of stealing nearly $10m (£7.5m) from 20 companies in Russia, the UK and US. The MoneyTaker group removed overdraft limits on debit cards and took money from cash machines, according to a report by cybersecurity firm Group-IB. It also stole documentation for technology used by more than 200 banks in the US and Latin America. The documents could be used in future attacks by the hackers, according to […]

Tech firms could be held liable for extremism and abuse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption MPs have previously said that Facebook, Google and Twitter were not doing enough to tackle abuse and extremism Google, Facebook and Twitter should be held liable for illegal and dangerous content on their platforms, an ethics body has said. The BBC understands that the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) will urge the government to introduce new laws on extremist and abusive content. Prime Minister Theresa May has […]

US regulator halts Munchee digital-token sale

Image copyright Getty Images The US Securities and Exchange Commission has halted a multi-million dollar digital token sale by California-based restaurant review app firm Munchee. The US regulator also warned consumers of the dangers of investing in crypto-currencies issued by firms. SEC chairman Jay Clayton said there were substantially more opportunities for fraud from initial coin offerings. It’s the latest in a string of warnings from global regulators. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) let startups quickly […]

Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

Image copyright Shazam Image caption London-based Shazam originally required users to dial a number and play a song down a phone line before it became an app Scan your eyes over Apple’s just-published list of the year’s most popular iPhone apps, and there’s one notable omission: Shazam. In fact, it’s been a while since the song-identifying software squeezed its way into the iOS App Store’s top 10. So, why has Apple confirmed it is “combining” […]

It's time to 'embrace an android' says Labour's deputy leader

Worried that a robot will one day take your job? Don’t fear says a senior politician who is urging people to “embrace an android”. If machines can take over routine tasks, deputy Labour leader Tom Watson believes, it will liberate people to focus on areas generating more wealth. If properly regulated, he says the growth of automation could create as many jobs as it will eliminate. “I suppose what I am really saying is – […]

Facebook: Jokes 'no excuse' for harassment

Image copyright Stephen Lam Facebook has published its internal workplace harassment policy in part to help other companies, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has said. The policy’s definitions of harassment include unwelcome sexual advances, threats, insensitive jokes and innuendo. It states that it is no defence to pass off an offensive comment as a joke or to blame the influence of alcohol. It also says harassment reports should be responded to within 24 hours. A […]

Bitcoin futures trading begins on CBOE exchange in Chicago

Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin has begun trading on a major exchange for the first time. The digital currency launched on the CBOE futures exchange in Chicago at 23:00 GMT Sunday, allowing investors to bet on whether Bitcoin prices will rise or fall. Its value had surged in the run-up to its futures debut, which saw it rise another 17% to above $18,000. Bitcoin’s introduction to the CBOE has been seen by some as a […]

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

Image copyright HP Image caption Hundreds of HP laptop models were affected Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the “potential security vulnerability”. It has issued a software patch […]

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