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Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

Image caption Pinterest president Tim Kendall When you think of the giants of Silicon Valley, Pinterest may not immediately spring to mind. But with 200 million active users and a recent valuation of $12.3bn (£9bn), the platform that started out in 2012 as a quirky online scrapbook has quietly become a hot commodity for advertisers and investors alike. Perhaps that’s why Pinterest president Tim Kendall chooses to keep his cool with a daily ice bath. […]

YouTube lifts Swazi bare-breasted dancer restrictions

Image copyright AFP Image caption The famous reed dance is an annual cultural event held in Swaziland featuring bare-breasted women YouTube has lifted restrictions from videos showing Swaziland’s reed dance, which feature bare-breasted women. A spokesperson for the video-sharing platform told the BBC that YouTube allows nudity when “culturally relevant or properly contextualised”. Users who had uploaded reed dance videos were angered when it was classified as age-restricted content. YouTube has denied accusations of racism, […]

Microwave breakthrough helps boost hard drive sizes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Web giants and large firms rely on cheap hard drives to store information in data centres The data-storing abilities of hard drives could soon swell to 40 terabytes (TB) and beyond, says Western Digital. Currently the largest hard disk drive (HDD) that stores data on spinning disks can hold about 14TB of information. Western Digital said the bigger drives were made possible by finding a way to use microwaves to […]

US voices frustration with 'warrant-proof' encryption

Image copyright Reuters The US deputy attorney general says the use of “warrant-proof encryption” in popular apps and operating systems, is hampering law enforcement. Several apps encrypt communications end-to-end, which stop messages being legible if intercepted by criminals or law enforcement. In a speech, Rod Rosenstein said law enforcers were increasingly thwarted by such encryption. He met Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Thursday to discuss the issue. He will also meet the head of the […]

Uber lodges appeal over London ban

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber app in London Uber has filed an appeal against the decision by London authorities to deny it a licence to operate in London. Last month, Transport for London (TfL) refused Uber a new private hire licence, saying the ride-hailing firm was not fit and proper. TfL said it took the decision on the grounds of “public safety and security implications”. […]

WeChat translates 'black foreigner' into racial slur

Image copyright Reuters Image caption WeChat is one of China’s most popular apps Chinese messaging app WeChat has apologised after its software used the N-word as an English translation for the Chinese for “black foreigner”. The company blamed its algorithms for producing the error. It was spotted by Ann James, a black American living in Shanghai, when she texted her Chinese colleagues to say she was running late. Ms James, who uses WeChat’s translation feature […]

Samsung Electronics CEO resigns over 'unprecedented crisis'

Image copyright AFP Samsung Electronics chief executive Kwon Oh-hyun has resigned citing an “unprecedented crisis”. It is the latest management upheaval at the firm after the heir of the entire Samsung Group was imprisoned for corruption in August. Mr Kwon is one of three co-chief executives of Samsung Electronics. His resignation comes on the same day the firm forecast record quarterly profits, citing higher memory chip prices. Mr Kwon said he had been thinking about […]

Equifax removes webpage after malware issue

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The massive data breach affects even more UK customers than first admitted Equifax has taken down a customer help web page amid concerns over malware linked to the site. The firm said it took down the link for credit report assistance “out of an abundance of caution”. The problem did not compromise its systems or affect the dispute portal, the firm added in a later update. Equifax is still reeling […]

Rose McGowan, one of Harvey Weinstein's accusers, has account limited by Twitter

The actress Rose McGowan, who was one of the first to speak out about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults, was temporarily limited from using some Twitter features. Twitter locked her account for 12 hours for “violating” its rules. The social media company has since said it was because “one of her tweets included a private phone number”. McGowan was named in a New York Times article revealing decades of sexual harassment against young actresses. The […]

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