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Facebook overhauls Trending feature after bias claims

Facebook overhauls Trending feature after bias claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook said the changes would allow “our team to make fewer individual decisions” on topics Social media giant Facebook has overhauled the Trending feature on its site to make posts more automated after claims of left-wing bias. Facebook’s 1.7 billion users see news stories and topics picked using a […]

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‘First Apple computer’ sells for $815,000

‘First Apple computer’ sells for $815,000

Image copyright Charitybuzz Image caption Prototype Apple 1s were manually soldered and used for debug testing A prototype Apple 1, a holy-grail item in electronics memorabilia, has been sold for $815,000 (£618,000). Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built just 200 of the computers in 1976. The model auctioned this week contains tell-tale signs […]

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WhatsApp and Facebook data sharing plan being investigated

WhatsApp and Facebook data sharing plan being investigated

Image copyright AP Image caption One analyst said some users might see the change as a ‘betrayal’ The UK’s Information Commissioner (ICO) is looking into WhatsApp’s decision to share more data with parent company Facebook. The data about WhatsApp users will be used to help targeted advertising seen by people on Facebook. It will share […]

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Russian MP’s son convicted of hacking scheme

Russian MP’s son convicted of hacking scheme

Image copyright Google Image caption One of the outlets allegedly targeted in the hacking scheme was Red Pepper Pizza, near Seattle Russian Roman Seleznev has been found guilty in the US of running a hacking scheme that stole $169m (£131m). The hacking scheme he ran from 2008 to 2014 targeted US pizza chains in Washington […]

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US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones

US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones

US authorities have launched an investigation into the hacking of Leslie Jones’ website and iCloud account after intimate photos of the actress were posted online. The Department of Homeland Security says it’s looking into the breach. The star’s personal information including her driving licence and passport were published on the site. An image of the […]

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WhatsApp users to receive adverts

WhatsApp users to receive adverts

Image copyright AP WhatsApp says it will begin sharing more data with Facebook and will start letting some companies send messages to users. It is the first time the company has changed its privacy policy since the firm was bought by Facebook in 2014. WhatsApp will now share users’ phone numbers with the social network, […]

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Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors

Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors

Image copyright ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Microsoft’s Excel has been blamed for errors in academic papers on genomics. Researchers trying to raise awareness of the issue claim that the spreadsheet software automatically converts the names of certain genes into dates. Gene symbols like SEPT2 (Septin 2) were found to be altered to “September 2”. However, […]

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Lawnmower prompts Northern Lights alert

Lawnmower prompts Northern Lights alert

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The aurora is caused by the interaction of charged particles from the Sun with the Earth’s magnetic field A lawnmower has been blamed for wrongly triggering sensors that predict when the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK. A red alert issued via the Aurora Watch mailing list was […]

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Italy quake rescuers ask locals to unlock their wi-fi

Media captionDrone shows extent of Italy quake destruction Rescue teams searching for earthquake survivors in central Italy have asked locals to unlock their wi-fi passwords. The Italian Red Cross says residents’ home networks can assist with communications during the search for survivors. On Wednesday a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy and killed more than […]

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Uber adds advance bookings in London

Uber adds advance bookings in London

Image copyright Reuters Transport app Uber has allowed customers in London to book journeys up to 30 days in advance. Until now, passengers could order a car only when they were ready to ride. Passengers may still be charged a higher “surge price” at the time of their scheduled ride if there is high demand […]

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