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Google and Facebook put ads in child porn discovery apps

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption WhatsApp does not allow users to search for groups in its own app, which led to the creation of other services that did Evidence that adverts for major brands were placed in "child abuse discovery apps" via Google and Facebook's ad networks has led to fresh calls for the tech giants to face tougher regulation.The apps involved used to be available on Google's
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Security firm hijacks high-profile Twitter accounts

[ad_1] Image copyright Insinia Image caption BBC documentary-maker Louis Theroux was among those targeted Several high-profile Twitter accounts have been briefly hijacked to expose alleged flaws in the service.The accounts of Eamonn Holmes, Louis Theroux and several others briefly showed messages saying they had been taken over by Insinia Security.In a blog, the firm said it managed the feat by analysing the way Twitter handles messages posted by phone. Knowing
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Huawei: China accuses UK of ‘pride and prejudice’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images China has accused the UK of "deep-rooted pride and prejudice" over security fears raised about Huawei.The Chinese company's chairman has also complained of his firm's "incredibly unfair treatment" abroad.In recent weeks, the UK's Defence Secretary and chief of MI6 have been among those to warn that use of Huawei's 5G kit poses risks that need fuller consideration.Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and Japan have
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North Korea defector hack: Personal data of almost 1,000 leaked

[ad_1] Image copyright iStock Image caption Their names, birth dates and addresses have all been leaked Almost 1,000 North Korean defectors have had their personal data leaked after a computer at a South Korean resettlement centre was hacked, the unification ministry said. A personal computer at the state-run centre was found to have been "infected with a malicious code".The ministry said this is thought to be the first large-scale information
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Musk seeks to dismiss Thai cave defamation claim

[ad_1] Image caption Vern Unsworth (R) helped bring top international cave rescuers to the mission, including Rob Harper (L) Elon Musk is seeking to dismiss a defamation claim by saying that "over-the-top" paedophilia claims he tweeted should not be taken seriously.He is being sued by Vern Unsworth, who aided the rescue of 12 boys from Thailand's Tham Luang caves.The two clashed over how to free the boys in an exchange
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Tech became ‘darker and more muddy’ in 2018

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Margrethe Vestager ordered Google to pay a record-sized fine this year Data abuse has "darkened" technology's potential, the EU's Competition Commissioner has warned.In an interview for the BBC's Today programme Margrethe Vestager criticised the tech giants for misusing data and failing to respect citizens's rights.New EU rules governing what could be done with data provided some protection, she said. But she added that
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Are you ready to break up with your phone?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There is a growing sense of unease among many smartphone owners about the amount of time we're spending on our devices. Google told me that around 70% of the Android users it spoke to wanted to "find a better balance" in their tech use.But this puts the tech sector in an awkward spot. How can it help its customers detach from their phones when, for
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Amazon’s Alexa: The annoying thing about having the same name

[ad_1] Did you get an Amazon Alexa for Christmas?Well spare a thought for all those people in the world who share their name with the digital assistant.Here they tell us the annoying things about having such a famous name. Video produced by Matt Wareham.Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us