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Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chrome is available for desktop computers and a wide range of mobile devices Google has launched an ad-blocker for its Chrome web browser that is designed to prevent “annoying” and “intrusive” ads being shown to users. Google announced the move to curtail full-page and auto-playing video ads, among others, last […]

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'Anti-Clinton' Wikileaks chat leaked

Image copyright AFP Image caption Wikileaks was founded by Julian Assange Wikileaks, the whistle-blowing site founded by Julian Assange, wanted Donald Trump to become US president, according to a leaked conversation. Files obtained by The Intercept show the Wikileaks Twitter account revealing its preference to a group of supporters, via private chat. “We believe it […]

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Social networks 'too slow' on rights changes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Social media firms need to do more to protect consumer rights Social media firms need to do more to tackle fraud and scams on their platforms and make their terms and conditions fair for all consumers, the European Commission (EC) has said. Google, Facebook and Twitter were asked in […]

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Snapchat petition attracts one million signatures

Image copyright Snapchat One million people have signed a petition calling on Snapchat to roll back its latest redesign. The changes were intended to separate interactions with friends from branded content – including that of celebrities and influencers. Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel wrote in a blog post that he believed blurring the two had contributed […]

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Search tool accesses firms' documents in the cloud

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amazon storage servers are known as “buckets” A website created by anonymous hackers has been launched that allows anyone to search for sensitive data stored in the cloud. Buckhacker is a tool that trawls servers at Amazon Web Services (AWS), a popular cloud computing platform. AWS provides data storage […]

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YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oleg Deripaska has warned the media not to repeat the allegations made against him YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country’s richest businessmen and an opposition leader. Russia’s internet censor blacklisted material on both […]

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Computer reconstructs St Valentine's face

Saint Valentine is the patron saint of people in love. In many countries 14 February (the date he is supposed to have been killed in the year 269 AD) is the day of romance. Brazilian designer Cicero Moraes has used human remains, thought to be that of the saint, to reconstruct Valentine’s face with the […]

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Crypto-currency craze 'hinders search for alien life'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption If there is intelligent life out there, it might be broadcasting signals across the universe Scientists listening out for broadcasts by extra-terrestrials are struggling to get the computer hardware they need, thanks to the crypto-currency mining craze, a radio-astronomer has said. Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) wants to expand […]

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The 3D projections that float in the air

A colour laser and dust particles are being used to create images that float in the air. Researchers at Brigham Young University nicknamed it the Princess Leia project – inspired by the projection in the original Star Wars film, although currently the images are much smaller than in the film. BBC Click finds out more. […]