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Facebook agrees to ban discriminatory ads in civil rights settlement

ACLU hails ‘sweeping changes’ after company criticized over race-, gender-, and age-based ad targeting Facebook is taking steps to block discriminatory ads for housing, employment and credit by preventing advertisers from targeting users based on race, gender, age and zip code. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other rights groups, which sued Facebook for violating civil rights laws...

Goats, cows and Devin Nunes' mom: how a Republican's Twitter lawsuit backfired

US congressman’s action against the company and its users has led to what is known as the ‘Streisand effect’ The US congressman Devin Nunes sent the Twitterverse spiraling into hilarity late on Monday with his lawsuit listing the purported crimes of Twitter users “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow”. In the lawsuit against Twitter and a handful of users, the California Republican claims to...

Google Stadia: company makes a play for gamers with new streaming service

Stadia, which will allow users to play games on any device, will launch later in 2019 Google announced its entry into the video game market with Google Stadia, a service that will allow players to stream video games to any screen – phone, tablet, TV or computer. Google announced Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. The cloud-powered service will allow users to l...

Facebook and YouTube defend response to Christchurch videos

YouTube says spread of videos of attack was ‘unprecedented in scale and speed’ YouTube and Facebook have defended themselves against accusations that they failed to act quickly enough in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, arguing that their moderation is as good as possible given the number of videos uploaded. Facebook said on Tuesday that the original stream of the attack was viewed l...

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 review – mercenary rampage through a broken society

Xbox One, PS4, PC; Ubisoft Massive/Ubisoft Post-apocalyptic Washington DC is splendidly imagined but the insipid techno-thriller plot ensures the struggle to save civilisation can’t be won The latest in a long line of slick, callous military simulations from Ubisoft, The Division 2 isn’t about saving society but preserving it in a state of profitable disarray. Set in Washington DC following an ...

Australian telcos block dozens of websites hosting Christchurch terror video

LiveLeak removed the horrific footage but still caught up in ‘extraordinary’ effort to censor the web A site that explicitly stated it would not host the horrific Christchurch terror video has been blocked by Australian telcos in an “extraordinary” effort to censor dozens of websites. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus have all confirmed they are actively blocking Australian customers on their network...

Lyft: Uber rival reveals it hopes to raise $20bn in Wall Street debut

San Francisco firm reveals figures for first time as it competes with Uber to be first with IPO Lyft has officially kicked off the roadshow for its initial public offering, saying Monday it plans to put more than 30m shares up for sale with an anticipated price of between $62 and $68 each. That would raise more than $2bn for the San Francisco ride-hailing company , pegging its market value at $...

Online retail fuelling rapid rise in sales of fake goods, says OECD

Counterfeits worth $590bn a year made up 3.3% of global trade in 2016, report finds The rise of online platforms for buying and selling goods has fuelled a rapid increase in fake merchandise sold around the world, the value of which has reached $590bn (£384.4bn) a year, according to a report. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union’s intellectual...

Myspace loses all content uploaded before 2016

Faulty server migration blamed for mass deletion of songs, photos and video Myspace, the once-mighty social network, has lost every single piece of content uploaded to its site before 2016, including millions of songs, photos and videos with no other home on the internet. The company is blaming a faulty server migration for the mass deletion, which appears to have happened more than a year ago,...

Apple launches new iPad Mini and iPad Air

Updated models bring small tablet back into line with the iPhone XS and iPad Pro Apple has updated its long-in-the-tooth but popular smallest tablet, the iPad Mini, and the larger iPad Air. Both models have been brought up to parity with the iPhone XS and the iPad Pro with Apple’s A12 Bionic processor, which is up to three times faster than that in previous versions, which have chips dating bac...

Facebook's local news project frustrated – by lack of local newspapers

About 1,800 newspapers have closed in the US in the last 15 years, partly as a result of internet-based companies like Facebook Facebook’s effort to establish a service that provides users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company’s technicians can find original reporting. Some 1,800 newspapers have closed in the US over the last 15 years, accord...

Best smartphone 2019: iPhone, Samsung, Huawei and Google compared and ranked

Our updated list of the top iOS and Android mobile phones – at the best prices right now Need a new smartphone but don’t know which one is the very best? Here’s a guide comparing the current top-end smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Huawei and others to help you pick the best handset for you. There has never been a better time to buy a new flagship smartphone with many quality handsets available...

I'm a Barbie girl in a digital world: Chips with Everything podcast

To celebrate 60 years of Barbie, Jordan Erica Webber looks back at some of the key moments in the history of the world-famous doll, and examines how Barbie became a representative of the tech world This month, Barbie turns 60 . Beloved by generations of children, over the past decade her manufacturer, Mattel, also saw the need to introduce Barbie to the digital world. Barbie wasn’t just the sta...

The Cambridge Analytica scandal changed the world – but it didn't change Facebook

A year after devastating revelations of data misuse, Mark Zuckerberg still hasn’t fulfilled his promises to reform It can be hard to remember from down here, beneath the avalanche of words and promises and apologies and blogposts and manifestos that Facebook has unleashed upon us over the course of the past year, but when the Cambridge Analytica story broke one year ago, Mark Zuckerberg’s initi...

Five of the best noise-cancelling headphones

Blocking out annoying sounds on flights or the commute with these options priced from £80 Daily life is stressful enough without being subjected to the noise of others. Thankfully noise cancelling headphones can help by actively blocking oppressive distractions, whether it’s for flights, the commute, or just in the office, with effective options costing from £80. Here’s a quick guide to separat...
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