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Virgin Media faces 'power issue'

15 October 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Virgin Media says it is investigating a problem which has left many customers in London without internet access and TV services. The company tweeted that the problem “might be fixed this evening”, but said a separate “system issue” left it unable to provide more information. The problems were first reported on tracking website ...

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UK seeks to secure smart home gadgets

15 October 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Web-connected security cameras are among many devices hijacked and use for cyber-attacks Makers of smart home devices are to be encouraged to make their gadgets secure against hack attacks. The UK has published a voluntary code of practice for manufacturers that shows how they can proof their creations against common attacks. ...

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Snapchat adds selfie filters for cats

Snapchat adds selfie filters for cats 15 October 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption Snapchat can now add virtual bread to cats Snapchat’s augmented-reality selfie filters now work on cats, the photo-sharing app has announced. Previously, its facial-recognition technology could apply the filters to only humans and some breeds of dog. Now, cat owners can use Snapchat’s Lenses to decorate ...

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Social media moderators: Blur your eyes

By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 14 October 2018 Image copyright Facebook Image caption People working in content moderation see the worst that the internet can throw at them “When I left, I didn’t shake anyone’s hand for three years. I’d seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn’t want to touch anyone. I was disgusted by humanity.” ...

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Is it the end of the supermarket checkout till?

Is it the end of the supermarket checkout till? By Dan Whitworth BBC Radio 4 Money Box reporter 13 October 2018 Image caption Vandana Pankhania Radia says she would use the new app Supermarket customers may soon have to get used to a new way of paying for their shopping. Marks & Spencer has become the latest food retailer to ...

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Wales' 5G advisory group criticised for being all men

Wales’ 5G advisory group criticised for being all men 12 October 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 5G promises much faster data download and upload speeds The appointment of an expert group to advise on superfast “fifth generation” (5G) mobile internet for Wales has encountered a Twitter backlash. The eight-strong group, set up by Innovation Point, attracted criticism about ...

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Facebook shuts down 'spammy' politics pages

Facebook shuts down ‘spammy’ politics pages 12 October 2018 Related Topics Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump has warned social media firms about political bias Facebook has removed more than 800 pages and accounts that sought to profit from politically themed spam. In a blog, Facebook said the 559 pages and 251 accounts abused the ...

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Apple and Amazon deny China hack claims

5 October 2018 Image copyright Reuters A report alleging that Apple and Amazon had data stolen by Chinese spies has been strongly disputed by both tech firms. Apple and Amazon have both responded publicly to claims made by Bloomberg Businessweek which described the cyber-attack. “There is no truth to these claims,” said Apple’s statement. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre ...

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Amazon reveals Alexa's most-requested albums

Amazon reveals Alexa’s most-requested albums By Mark Savage BBC Music reporter 5 October 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Adele, Michael Jackson and Dua Lipa are among Alexa’s most-popular artists Ed Sheeran’s ÷ is the most-requested album on Amazon’s voice-activated speakers, the company has revealed. It’s hardly surprising: The record was the UK’s best-seller last year, shifting more than ...

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Weak passwords banned in California from 2020

Weak passwords banned in California from 2020 5 October 2018 Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Net-connected cameras have helped attackers stage large-scale attacks Default passwords such as “admin” and “password” will be illegal for electronics firms to use in California from 2020. The state has passed a law that sets higher security standards for net-connected devices made or sold in ...

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