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German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says China used LinkedIn to target at least 10,000 people China is using fake LinkedIn profiles to gather information on German officials and politicians, the German intelligence agency (BfV) has said. The agency alleges that Chinese intelligence used the networking site to target at least 10,000 Germans, possibly to recruit them as informants. It released a number of fake profiles allegedly used for this purpose. […]

Apple 'to buy Shazam for $400m'

Image copyright Shazam Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say. Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound. Shazam, which says it has more than 100 million monthly users, makes most of its revenue from commissions paid on referrals to Apple’s iTunes Store. Neither Apple nor Shazam have […]

Calls for Twitch to police 'sexual streaming'

Image copyright kovaciclea Image caption High-profile streamers are complaining about the way Twitch enforces its guidelines Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl site. Scattered among the artists, cooks and professional eaters are a growing band of young women wearing revealing clothing while they game. Some go further and entertain fans by dancing […]

Bitcoin: 'I'm part of a crazy wave'

Image copyright Alessandra Sollberger In its early days, Bitcoin might have been dismissed as a quirky tech sector fad. But it is rapidly evolving into the mainstream and has already made some people rich. If once Bitcoin was seen as a tool for money launderers and drug dealers, it has recently become as commonplace a topic at middle-class dinner parties as house prices. There are advertisements on the London Underground proposing ways to invest. It’s […]

Spotify and Tencent Music buy stake in each other

Image caption UK pop star Dua Lipa was one of Spotify’s most-streamed artists this year Two of the world’s most popular online music streaming services are buying shares in one another. Spotify and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment will buy minority stakes in each other, the companies have said. Neither the value of the deal nor the new shareholding sizes were disclosed, but reports have suggested they will both be taking a 10% stake. Tencent Music […]

NI town 'has UK's fastest runners'

Image copyright Strava Image caption Strava analysed 24.7m runs and 31m bike rides logged across the UK in 2017 A town in Northern Ireland with a population of just 21,000 has the fastest runners in the UK, according to data collected by a fitness app. Strava’s annual report showed the average speed of athletes using the GPS mapping app in Omagh, County Tyrone, was 5.03 min/km. Omagh’s athletes ran away with the title, beating those […]

Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has fixed a security flaw in its HomeKit system that could have let unauthorised people control smart home gadgets such as door locks and lights. The bug appeared in the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 11.2, and could have let criminals unlock internet-connected doors. A researcher disclosed the problem to tech news site 9to5Mac. Apple said it had now disabled remote HomeKit access for shared users, as […]

Legend of Zelda: wins big at the Game Awards

Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won three awards at the 2017 Game Awards in Los Angeles. It beat competition from Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, Horizon: Zero Dawn and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to be crowned game of the year. It also won best game direction and best action/ adventure game. The Game Awards is one of the biggest ceremonies in the industry and is popular because it also features unseen trailers for upcoming […]

Another UK city suspends Uber's licence

Image copyright EPA Uber has had its licence suspended in Sheffield after it failed to respond to official requests about its management, the city council has said. The firm, also fighting a ban in London, can still operate in Sheffield until 18 December and can appeal against the decision, the council said. If it decides not to appeal, the suspension will come into force. Uber said that an “administrative error” by the council was to […]

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