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Instagram baby photo thief banned from social media

A woman who stole photos of babies from Instagram and claimed they were sick or dead in a bid to get money has been banned from social media. Kati Ringer, 21, claimed the pictures, copied from accounts belonging to two unsuspecting mums, were her own. When challenged by her victims, ...

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National Theatre specs create floating subtitles

The National Theatre in London is testing mixed-reality glasses that can make subtitles float on the stage, to help those with a hearing impairment. The BBC’s Chris Foxx tried out the glasses and asked the National Theatre’s Jonathan Suffolk whether they were better than existing options. Source: technology

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Instagram urged to act on sloth selfies

The trend for tourists taking selfies with local creatures is fuelling a rise in animals being snatched from the wild by irresponsible tour operators, according to animal charity World Animal Protection. The charity found a 292% increase in the number of wildlife selfies posted on Instagram since 2014. It is ...

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Tech giants sorry for false news about Las Vegas gunman

Google and Facebook have apologised after their algorithms led to the promotion of inaccurate information about the Las Vegas shooting. Posts from a 4chan messaging board that falsely identified the gunman as an individual who was not involved were circulated online. Google says the posts only appeared in its Top ...

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Russian-bought Facebook ads 'seen by 10 million in US'

An estimated 10 million people in the US saw Facebook adverts bought in Russia before and after the US presidential election. The company published the numbers in a blog post as it turned over 3,000 Russian-bought ads to federal investigators on Monday. It said most ads focused on “divisive social ...

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Fresh twist in Facebook data transfer row

The Irish High Court has referred a case about the way Facebook transfers user data across the Atlantic to the US to the EU’s highest court. The outcome, which could take months to be resolved, could affect thousands of companies who use similar systems. It is the latest twist in ...

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Companies face 50m euro fines in Germany for hate speech

A law has come into effect in Germany requiring social media companies to remove “obviously illegal” posts or pay fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m). Companies with more than two million German users will have 24 hours to remove posts containing hate speech or other criminal material. The law ...

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Microsoft axes Groove Music service

Microsoft is to close its last remaining music streaming and download service, Groove Music. From 31 December, customers will no longer be able to buy music downloads, and streaming subscriptions will end. People will be prompted to move their music collection to Spotify, while eligible Groove Music Pass subscribers will ...

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Amber Rudd accuses tech giants of 'sneering' at politicians

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has accused technology experts of “patronising” and “sneering” at politicians who try to regulate their industry. She said Silicon Valley had to do more to help the authorities access messages on end-to-end encrypted services like WhatsApp. And she said she did not need to understand how ...

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Nissan's sweat-sensing car seat signals dehydration

Nissan has shown off a prototype sweat-sensing car seat which it says could help prevent road accidents. The technology, called Soak, changes colour if perspiration is high in salt, suggesting dehydration. Previous research by the European Hydration Institute and Loughborough University found that dehydrated drivers were as error-prone as those ...

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