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Facebook and Google use ‘dark patterns’ around privacy settings, report says

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Privacy has become a huge issue in the wake of scandals about how information is shared Facebook, Google and Microsoft push users away from privacy-friendly options on their services in an "unethical" way, according to a report by the Norwegian Consumer Council.It studied the privacy settings of the firms and found a series of "dark patterns", including intrusive default settings and misleading wording.The
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Doki Doki: Warnings over suicide-themed video game

[ad_1] Video game Doki Doki Literature Club starts as a high school dating game.But it has suicide "as a main feature", a coroner has warned.An inquest will be held in to the death of 15-year-old called Ben Walmsley from Bury, whose father said the game "dragged" his son in.Laura Dale, from game news website Kotaku UK, discussed the game's claim that it is suitable for over-13s.For information and support visit
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‘Dancing baby’ YouTube copyright case settled after 11 years

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty / Michael Ochs Archives Image caption Stephanie Lenz's son was dancing to a Prince song An 11-year legal action over a YouTube video of a baby dancing to Prince's hit Let's Go Crazy has been settled.Stephanie Lenz posted the clip of her son Holden, now aged 12, in February 2007. And it has since been viewed more than 1.9 million times.Last week the US Supreme Court
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Ticketmaster ‘warned of hack attack in April by Monzo’

[ad_1] Image copyright Ticketmaster Image caption Ticketmaster sold 292 million tickets in 2017 Ticketmaster was warned in April that it had been the victim of a hack attack, digital bank Monzo has claimed.Ticketmaster had previously said it did not know about the breach until June and had then acted quickly to inform "all relevant authorities".It has been contacted for comment.But in an article to be published on its website, Monzo
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New Fortnite practice mode quickly taken offline

[ad_1] Image copyright Epic Games Image caption Fortnite is hugely popular and has more than 125 million players A new mode that let novices practise playing the hugely popular video game Fortnite has been taken offline for repairs after fewer than two hours.Some newcomers are finding it difficult to compete with more experienced Fortnite players.The firm behind Fortnite, Epic Games, has said Playground mode will be reinstated and that "multiple
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Elon Musk accused of stealing farting unicorn image

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has been accused of using an image of a farting unicorn for his business without permission or compensation.Last year, Mr Musk tweeted the original image, which featured on a mug by Colorado potter Tom Edwards.However, similar images of farting unicorns were used in Tesla in-car interfaces and promotional material.Mr Edwards' daughter Lisa Prank said the art was "ripped off" by Mr
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Dr Dre hit with $25m bill for Beats headphones

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine first worked together on Dre's album The Chronic Dr Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine have been ordered to pay $25.2m (£19.2m) to a former partner in their headphone company, Beats.Steven Lamar claimed credit for the idea of creating a brand of celebrity-endorsed headphones. He took the idea to Dre and Iovine in 2006; and the first Beats
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Surplus energy rides the ‘gravity train’

[ad_1] Power grids encounter varying levels of demand throughout the day. When demand is light, excess energy is produced. The challenge for energy companies is finding ways to store this energy, so it can go back into the grid when demand is high.But a company in California, US, thinks it may have the answer. It's developed something called an Advanced Rail Energy Storage System (ARES), which stores and transports surplus
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Babylon claims its chatbot beats GPs at medical exam

[ad_1] Image copyright Babylon Image caption The artificial intelligence software provides what it determines to be the most likely diagnoses Claims that a chatbot can diagnose medical conditions as accurately as a GP have sparked a row between the software's creators and UK doctors.Babylon, the company behind the NHS GP at Hand app, says its follow-up software achieves medical exam scores that are on-par with human doctors.It revealed the artificial
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Google Home speakers complain of ‘glitch’

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption Google has said it is not sure how long it will take to fix the problem Google's internet-connected speakers are apologising for being somewhat less "smart" than normal.The Home devices are responding to queries by saying "there was a glitch" or "sorry, something went wrong".Users worldwide are being instructed to "try again in a few seconds", only to face a repeat of the problem.A