US warns of fidget spinner fire and choking hazards

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Parents are advised to be careful when charging fidget spinners, and to warn children not to put them in their mouths A US government body has released safety guidance for battery-operated fidget spinners, following incidents of the toys catching fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising […]

Facebook introduces new video service

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Image copyright Facebook Social media giant Facebook has made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks. Users will soon see a new Watch tab that will offer a range of shows, some of which have been funded by the social network Watch will be personalised so that users can discover […]

Fake Google firm shut down after probe

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Image copyright Google Image caption Google My Business is a free service that helps firms control how they appear in search results A Manchester-based company that pretended it was linked to Google has been closed following an investigation by the UK’s Insolvency Service. The agency said Movette had used “deceptive methods” to bill clients for […]

Password guru regrets past advice

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Much of the advice given 16 years ago has proven to be problematic The author of an influential guide to computer passwords says he now regrets several of the tips he gave. Bill Burr had advised users to change their password every 90 days and to muddle up words […]

‘Bollywood blocks the Internet Archive’

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Image copyright Internet Archive Image caption The Internet Archive began creating a historical record of the web two decades ago Access to the Internet Archive is being barred within India. The move appears to be the result of two Bollywood production companies attempting to stop pirated copies of their films being viewed online within the […]

‘Hate speech’ tweets painted at Twitter HQ in protest

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Image copyright Youtube via Reuters Image caption A man takes pictures of “hate tweets” reproduced by Shahak Shapira outside Twitter’s Hamburg headquarters A German satirist who claims Twitter is failing to delete hate speech has captured the firm’s attention offline – by stencilling the offending messages outside its Hamburg office. Shahak Shapira, who is Jewish, […]

‘Hate speech’ tweets painted at Twitter HQ in protest

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Image copyright Youtube via Reuters Image caption A man takes pictures of “hate tweets” reproduced by Shahak Shapira outside Twitter’s Hamburg headquarters A German satirist who claims Twitter is failing to delete hate speech has captured the firm’s attention offline – by stencilling the offending messages outside its Hamburg office. Shahak Shapira, who is Jewish, […]

Hackers ‘could target electricity grid’ via solar panel tech

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The flaws were found in inverters, used to convert electricity produced by solar panels Hackers could target electricity grids through security flaws in solar panel equipment, a Dutch researcher has said. Willem Westerhof found 17 vulnerabilities in inverters, which convert electricity produced by the panels so it can be […]