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Facebook's Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked

Facebook’s social media accounts were temporarily taken over by a group of hackers on Friday afternoon. The hacking group OurMine posted on the Twitter and Instagram accounts for Facebook and Messenger, writing “even Facebook is hackable”. The accounts have now been restored. OurMine claims its attacks are a attempts to …

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Online anger after coronavirus whistleblower dies

Image copyright Dr Li Wenliang Image caption Dr Li had posted a picture of himself on social media from his hospital bed The death of a Chinese doctor who tried to warn about the coronavirus outbreak has sparked an unprecedented level of public anger and grief in China. Li Wenliang …

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Self-driving delivery van ditches 'human controls'

Image copyright Nuro The first self-driving vehicle designed without basic human controls such as steering wheels, pedals or side view mirrors has been granted permission to test on US roads. Nuro, the company behind the design, makes autonomous delivery vans. The vehicle is Nuro’s second generation of its vehicles, which …

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Coronavirus hits Nintendo Switch supplies to Japan

Image caption Nintendo’s Switch has been a huge sales success The coronavirus has hit supplies of Nintendo’s Switch console to its home market in Japan. The games giant’s chief executive, Shuntaro Furukawa, said last week that production in China of the device had been affected by the epidemic. But delays …

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Uber self-driving cars allowed back on California roads

Image copyright Getty Images Ride-hailing firm Uber has been issued a permit by the Department of Motor Vehicles in California to test self-driving cars on public roads. It comes nearly two years after one of Uber’s self-driving cars was involved in a fatal crash in Arizona. Uber scaled back its …

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Rockstar Games founder Dan Houser leaves studio

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dan Houser is leaving Rockstar Games the company he founded with his brother Co-founder of Rockstar Games, Dan Houser, is leaving the firm he started with his brother Sam in 1998. Mr Houser was a main creative force behind two of the firm’s biggest …

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Petrol and diesel car sales ban brought forward to 2035

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir David Attenborough: “Now is the moment” A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under government plans. The change comes after experts said 2040 would …

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Half of UK 10-year-olds own a smartphone

Image copyright Getty Images Fifty per cent of the UK’s 10-year-olds owned a smartphone in 2019, according to a report by media regulator Ofcom. The amount of young phone owners doubled between the ages of nine and 10, which Ofcom dubbed “the age of digital independence”. In addition, 24% of …

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WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones

Image copyright Getty Images Messaging service WhatsApp will no longer work on millions of smartphones from 1 February. Android and iPhone devices which only support outdated operating systems will no longer be able to run the Facebook-owned app. WhatsApp said the move was necessary in order to protect the security …

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Eating disorder used to sell diets on Instagram

Image copyright Kara Henry Image caption Ms Henry describes herself as a mental health advocate Instagram accounts are using images of a person recovering from an eating disorder to advertise weight loss. The BBC has seen more than 30 accounts using the photos and some of them have more than …

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