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Fortnite makers grilled by MPs over game safety

[ad_1] Image copyright PARLIAMENT.TV Image caption Video game industry representatives faced tough questions from MPs The makers of Fortnite, one of the most popular video games ever, have been quizzed by MPs over what measures are taken to protect players of the game.Epic Games representatives were asked how it ensured users did not spend too much time or money on the game.Legal counsel Canon Pence said this was not something
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Unseen 9/11 photos bought at house clearance sale

[ad_1] Image copyright Jason Scott/Textfiles Archivists who bought a stash of CDs at a house clearance sale found 2,400 photos of Ground Zero in New York taken following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.They appear to have been taken by an as yet unidentified construction worker who helped to clear up the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers and surrounding area. The CDs were in poor condition but the data
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Facebook ‘mysteriously locks out Hungarian users’

[ad_1] Image copyright David Butykai Image caption A message to a Hungarian Facebook user who has had their account disabled Facebook has been accused of disabling a large number of user accounts in Hungary.One user, David Butykai, told BBC News his Facebook and Instagram accounts had been blocked and between 30 and 40 of his friends in the country had experienced the same issue.A number of Hungarian media outlets have
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Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Maxine Waters says Facebook has a troubled past A US lawmaker has said Facebook should delay the launch of its Libra crypto-currency - hours after the social network formally announced the project.Libra, set to be launched next year, will let people make payments via Facebook's apps and WhatsApp.But the company should wait until the US Congress has examined the project, according to the
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China loses ground in top supercomputer list

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The second most powerful supercomputer in the world, Sierra, is owned by the US Department of Energy China has fallen behind slightly in the list of the world's top 500 supercomputers, which is published every six months.The US maintained its position, holding first and second place with the two most powerful computers in the world.At number one is Summit, with peak processing power
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Gambling: Four ads banned from Looney Tunes app

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Play Gambling ads that appeared on an app "appealing to under 18s" have been banned by the advertising watchdog.The ads for LottoGo EuroMillions, William Hill Vegas, Betfair Bingo and Dunder came up in the Looney Tunes World of Mayhem app in February. All four firms say they have since stopped working with affiliate company Tapjoy, which placed ads on the app.The ASA ruled the ads must
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Girl, 12, flooded with beauty ads on Instagram

[ad_1] Image copyright Instagram The aunt of a 12-year-old girl has shared screenshots online of the adverts her niece was served up on Instagram during the course of a day.Every single one was based around fashion or beauty.The girl, who is just about to turn 13 - the minimum age for Instagram - has recently joined the social network.Instagram said its ads are based on a number of factors, including
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US and Russia clash over power grid ‘hack attacks’

[ad_1] Image caption The complexity of Russia's electricity grid makes it a hard target, says expert Russia has said it is "possible" that its electrical grid is under cyber-attack by the US.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said reports that US cyber-soldiers had put computer viruses on its electrical grid was a "hypothetical possibility".His comments came in response to a New York Times (NYT) story which claimed US military hackers were targeting
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Instagram boss Adam Mosseri: ‘We can’t solve bullying on our own’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images / BBC Instagram "can't solve bullying on its own" the social media company's boss Adam Mosseri says.He's told Radio 1 Newsbeat that online bullying needs to be tackled as part of a wider plan.Mr Mosseri says he doesn't want people to "get depressed" on the platform, but "we can't stop people from saying nasty things".He says the criticism Instagram gets is "healthy" as this can
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Watch Dogs at E3: We want players to find value in other people

[ad_1] Image copyright Ubisoft The maker of a game set in a post-Brexit London says he wants it to help players "value" people from different backgrounds. In Watch Dogs: Legion, which takes place in the "not-too-distant future", gamers will control a group of hackers trying to take down a regime which has taken control of the UK through an advanced surveillance system.Players can recruit any of the thousands of playable