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Month: December 2017

Iran protests: Telegram and Instagram restricted

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVideo from the town of Dorud shows a crowd carrying what appears to be a wounded man Iran has moved to restrict social media networks that have been used to organise four days of anti-establishment protests. The “temporary” restrictions on the apps Telegram and Instagram were imposed to “maintain tranquillity”, state news agency Irib reports. The protests have been the biggest show of dissent since huge rallies […]

Call for tech giants to face taxes over extremist content

Image copyright Reuters Internet companies should face a tax punishment for failing to deal with the threat of terrorism in the UK, security minister Ben Wallace has said. Mr Wallace said firms such as Facebook, Google and YouTube were too slow to remove radical content online, forcing the government to act instead. While tech firms were “ruthless profiteers”, governments were spending millions policing the web, he added. Facebook said Mr Wallace was wrong to say […]

Police shoot man dead after alleged Call of Duty 'swatting' hoax

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAndrew Finch was shot at his front door on 28 December in Wichita, Kansas A man has been arrested after an alleged “swatting” prank call led to police shooting dead a 28-year-old man. Andrew Finch was shot at his front door on 28 December in Wichita, Kansas. Police surrounded the home after receiving a hoax emergency call from a man claiming to have shot dead his father […]

The man who can't face the internet

Image copyright Jonathan Hirshon Image caption For someone who likes anonymity, it is no surprise that Jonathan Hirshon enjoys remote places such as northern Lapland Earlier this month, Facebook announced it would be using facial recognition to let users know every time a photo of them had been uploaded to the site. Such a feature would be extremely useful to one man – public-relations professional Jonathan Hirshon, who has managed to stay anonymous on the […]

Contact made with 'missing' Angolan satellite

Image copyright AFP Image caption Launched on 26 December, Angosat-1 will improve TV, radio and net communications in Angola Russian scientists have restored communications with a satellite days after they lost contact with it. Launched on 26 December, Angosat-1 will boost mobile and net communications in Angola as well as broadcast radio and TV shows. Soon after launch, Russian ground control staff said they were no longer receiving data from the spacecraft. It comes soon […]

US says Romanians hacked Washington DC police cameras

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Washington police security was compromised by a computer hack in January US prosecutors have charged two Romanians with hacking Washington DC police computers linked to surveillance cameras just days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The pair are being held in Romania, having been arrested at Bucharest Otopeni airport on 15 December. Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru, 28, allegedly accessed 123 outdoor surveillance cameras as part of a […]

YouTube app removed from Amazon Fire TV kit early

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amazon Fire TV boxes now send people to the YouTube website The YouTube app has been removed from Amazon’s Fire TV devices four days earlier than expected, as a dispute between Amazon and Google continues. Fire TV devices now encourage people to use the YouTube website in a web browser instead. Google had warned it would remove the YouTube app from Fire TV devices on 1 January. It said […]

Apple apologises for slowing older iPhones down

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The company has announced a range of measures to “regain the trust” of customers Apple has apologised after facing criticism for admitting it deliberately slows down some ageing iPhone models. The company now says it will replace batteries for less and will issue software in 2018 so customers can monitor their phone’s battery health. Some customers had long suspected the company slowed older iPhones to encourage customers to upgrade. Apple […]

Exmo Bitcoin exchange manager kidnapped in Kiev

Image copyright Getty Images A manager of the Exmo Bitcoin exchange has been kidnapped in Ukraine. According to Russian and Ukrainian media reports Pavel Lerner, 40, was kidnapped while leaving his office in Kiev’s Obolon district on 26 December. The reports said he was dragged into a black Mercedes-Benz by men wearing balaclavas. Police in Kiev confirmed to the BBC that a man had been kidnapped on the day in question, but would not confirm […]

Uber: Softbank takes large stake in ride-hailing firm

Image copyright AFP Japanese giant Softbank is set to take a large stake in Uber, expanding its holdings in transportation companies around the world. Softbank led a consortium that reportedly agreed to invest at least $8bn for a roughly 15% stake in the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company. The group will buy most of the shares from early investors in a deal that values Uber at about $48bn (£35.7bn). Uber said the investment would fuel its […]

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