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Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users

Image copyright Reuters Facebook “unintentionally” uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted. The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members, Facebook asked new users to supply the password for …

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Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

Image copyright AFP Image caption Liverpool FC topped the list of Premier League club names used as passwords Millions of people are using easy-to-guess passwords on sensitive accounts, suggests a study. The analysis by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found 123456 was the most widely-used password on breached …

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TED 2019: The start-ups launching in space

Image copyright Rocket Lab Image caption Rocket Lab has had five successful launches from a base in New Zealand Peter Beck is a space entrepreneur with a rocket and launch pad in New Zealand that has permission for flights “every 72 hours for the next 30 years”. The 25 satellites …

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Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former BNP leader Nick Griffin and ex-Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen are among those affected Facebook has imposed a ban on a dozen far-right individuals and organisations that it says “spread hate”. The ban includes the British National Party and Nick Griffin, the …

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Elon Musk swaps shots with Museum of English Rural Life

Image copyright Twitter Image caption It’s like a really weird game of Guess Who? Have you heard the one about the sheep so big the CEO of Tesla made it his profile picture? Elon Musk first tweeted the picture as a joke, but then went a step further by replacing …

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Robot news presenter causes a stir on Russian TV

Image copyright Rossiya 24 Russian state news channel Rossiya 24 has introduced a robot presenter for some of its bulletins. ‘Alex’ has already caused a stir, with some viewers complaining about his appearance and accusing him of peddling political propaganda. The robot was developed by Promobot in the city of …

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TED 2019: The online campaign that ended a beard ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers wanted the right to have “a neatly trimmed beard” Three years ago workers at US grocery chain Publix began an online campaign to reverse a ban on facial hair. Seventeen-year-old Brandon Wesley started his Let Us Have Beards campaign on coworker.org, a platform …

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What do drones and GPS owe to a 1744 shipwreck?

Image copyright Alamy On 5 October 1744, a storm was brewing in the English Channel. With sails set for home after chasing a French fleet off the coast of Portugal, a squadron of British warships was in trouble. The lead ship HMS Victory sank 100m to the seabed 50 miles …

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Epilepsy charity calls for social media seizure warnings

Image copyright iStock Image caption Unlike TV programmes, social media platforms do not have to give warnings when potentially harmful flashing images are about to appear A growing number of people with epilepsy have said they are having seizures triggered by flashing images on social media, a charity has warned. …

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Lyft removes faulty bikes from three US cities

Image copyright Reuters Image caption About 3,000 bikes are being removed following reports that brakes are faulty Faulty brakes have forced Lyft to remove thousands of its electric bikes from three US cities. Riders complained that front braking was “stronger than expected” on the assisted bikes, it said. About 3,000 …

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