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Hong Kong: Facebook and WhatsApp 'pause' police help

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook and WhatsApp are “pausing” co-operation with requests for user information from the Hong Kong police. Several countries, including the UK, have criticised China for imposing new security laws, which they say threaten the territory’s long-standing autonomy. Facebook said it would stop considering the requests, “pending …

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Coronavirus: Fujitsu announces permanent work-from-home plan

Image copyright Getty Images Technology firm Fujitsu has said it will halve its office space in Japan as it adapts to the “new normal” of the coronavirus pandemic. It says the “Work Life Shift” programme will offer unprecedented flexibility to its 80,000 workers in the country. Staff will be able …

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Minecraft: Lockdown lesson recreates ancient island tomb

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBronze Age tomb recreated on Minecraft Take an archaeologist, a bored schoolgirl living through coronavirus lockdown, and a shared interest in exploring ancient tombs. The result? One of Wales’ most important Bronze Age sites recreated – in the video game Minecraft. It …

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Coronavirus: Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech

Image copyright Andrew Huang Singapore’s TraceTogether Tokens are the latest effort to tackle Covid-19 with tech. But they have also reignited a privacy debate. The wearable devices complement the island’s existing contact-tracing app, to identify people who might have been infected by those who have tested positive for the virus. …

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Reckful: Twitch and gamers pay tribute after star's death

Image copyright Byron Bernstein / Instagram Tributes have been paid to video games streamer Byron Bernstein, known as Reckful, who died on Thursday. Mr Bernstein was a well-known and loved e-sports player and had 960,000 followers on streaming site Twitch. His brother Gary Bernstein confirmed that Reckful had taken his …

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George Floyd: Twitter drops 'master', 'slave' and 'blacklist'

Image copyright Getty Images Social media platform Twitter is dropping the terms “master”, “slave” and “blacklist” in favour of more inclusive language. The terms are frequently used in programming codes which originated decades ago. US bank JPMorgan has also announced a similar move as more companies address racism following the …

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Katie Price calls for penalties for online abuse

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKatie Price: “The trolling is so bad, it is ridiculous, something has to be done.” There has to be “some kind of justice” for those who are bullied online, ex-model Katie Price has told MPs. Appearing virtually at the Commons Petitions Committee, …

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Ms Marvel: Trailblazing Muslim superhero goes gaming

Image copyright Marvel Image caption Kamala Khan was created by Marvel in 2014 and will make her debut in a video game adaption later this year “It’s the representation in gaming I’ve waited for my whole life.” Marvel’s Avengers are assembling once again, not on the big screen, but for …

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Coronavirus: Local testing data to be shared with councils

Image copyright Reuters Local authorities are to be given access to data about the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in their area after it was agreed with the Department of Health. It comes after Leicester became the first city to have a local lockdown imposed following a rise …

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Facebook: Aviva and Intercontinental Hotels Group pause ads

Image copyright Getty Images Two leading UK firms – the insurer Aviva and the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) – have become the latest to “pause” advertising on Facebook. They join Ford, Adidas, HP, Coca Cola, Unilever and Starbucks, which have all acted in response to how the social network deals …

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