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Why India shuts down the internet more than any other democracy

Image copyright EPA Image caption Protesters in Assam would have struggled to read a tweet from the PM telling them all was well last week As protests over a controversial citizenship law rage across India, authorities resorted to shutting down the internet in cities where demonstrators flooded the streets. It …

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UK 'should tackle dominance of online giants'

Image copyright Getty Images The UK should consider tougher rules for online giants such as Google and Facebook, a UK competition regulator has said. The firms’ dominance in digital advertising is squeezing publications and newspapers, the Competition and Markets Authority said. People using these platforms also may not be control …

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Instagram e-cigarette posts banned by ad watchdog

Image copyright Instagram Image caption One of the posts featured singer Lily Allen Four vaping companies, including British American Tobacco (BAT), have had Instagram posts promoting e-cigarettes banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The posts showed models and celebrities such as Lily Allen holding electronic cigarettes. The advertising of …

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What's the best colour lighting for sleep?

Image copyright Getty Images The idea artificial light from screens is keeping people awake at night is flawed, say scientists who have been studying the best type of lighting to nod off to. According to the researchers, from Manchester University, this blue light from devices is not the main problem. …

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PewDiePie to take break from YouTube as 'feeling very tired'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption PewDiePie was at one point the world’s highest earning YouTuber YouTube star PewDiePie has announced he is taking a break from the platform, saying he is “feeling very tired”. The 29-year-old Swedish star, real name Felix Kjellberg, found fame with video game commentaries and …

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General election 2019: Viral videos about the NHS dominate the digital campaign

Image copyright AFP/GETTY IMAGES Videos about the NHS were the most viral posts on social media during the 2019 general election campaign. Four of the most viewed and shared videos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were about concerns regarding funding and staff levels in the NHS. Political parties, particularly Labour …

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Quadriga: Lawyers for users of bankrupt crypto firm seek exhumation of founder

Image copyright Facebook/Quadriga Image caption Gerald Cotten was the only person who had passwords to QuadrigaCX digital wallets Lawyers representing users of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX are asking Canadian authorities to exhume the body of its founder. They say they want an exhumation given “questionable circumstances” surrounding his death. Gerald …

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Where the money is really made at Amazon

Image copyright AWS Image caption Andy Jassy heads up Amazon’s most profitable division Andy Jassy may not be famous like his boss Jeff Bezos, but he runs Amazon Web Services (AWS), perhaps the most important part of the Amazon empire. AWS sells data storage and processing for companies that don’t …

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Emotion-detecting tech should be restricted by law – AI Now

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Affect-recognition systems claim to be able to detect a person’s underlying emotional state A leading research centre has called for new laws to restrict the use of emotion-detecting tech. The AI Now Institute says the field is “built on markedly shaky foundations”. Despite this, …

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YouTube bans 'malicious insults and veiled threats'

Image copyright Getty Images YouTube will no longer allow videos that “maliciously insult someone” based on “protected attributes” such as race, gender identity or sexuality. The video-sharing platform will also ban “implied threats of violence” as part of its new harassment policy. A row erupted in June after a prominent …

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