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German supreme court rejects ad-block challenge

Image copyright AFPImage caption Google Chrome and some other browsers now block some adverts by default Germany’s supreme court has rejected a legal case that sought to stop people using the popular Adblock Plus program that removes ads from websites. The lawsuit was started three years ago by German publishing giant Axel Springer. It alleged […]

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Facebook removes ‘gay sex for rent’ posts

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has removed a group in which landlords were offering young men free accommodation in return for sex. A BuzzFeed News investigation found dozens of UK posts on Facebook, Craigslist and RoomBuddies offering men a place to live in return for sex. Offering accommodation in exchange for sex is illegal under […]

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Google’s SMS replacement ready to launch

Image caption Chat adds modern features to Android’s Messages app Google has started the global roll-out of its new Chat messaging service, which is designed to replace SMS text messages on Android phones. Chat has features such as group texts, videos, typing indicators and read receipts, which are not available when sending SMS texts. Chat […]

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God of War: Giving gaming new emotions

The God of War franchise is back and has made some major changes to its iconic lead character Kratos. No longer simply angry, violent and focused solely on revenge – the son of Zeus is now struggling with being a single parent. Newsbeat’s gaming reporter Steffan Powell has been to Norway to find out how […]

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Ikea’s TaskRabbit app back online after data breach

Image copyright TaskRabbitImage caption TaskRabbit is an odd jobs marketplace Ikea’s odd jobs marketplace TaskRabbit is back online, following a “cyber-security incident” on Monday. TaskRabbit lets people find freelance workers to complete household tasks such as cleaning, gardening or assembling flat-pack furniture. The company says an “unauthorised user gained access to our systems” and “certain […]

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TalkTalk and Vodafone top complaints chart again

TalkTalk has again been named the most complained-about broadband company in the UK, in the latest report from the telecoms regulator Ofcom. For every 100,000 TalkTalk customers, about 31 made a complaint to Ofcom about the company’s broadband services between October and December 2017. Technical faults were the main reason for complaints, according to the […]

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The helmet which gives firefighters ‘X-ray vision’

A device which uses augmented reality to help firefighters see through smoke has been developed. When fitted to a helmet Qwake Technologies’ C-Thru lens produces an outline of objects allowing firefighters to see what is in front of them. BBC Click finds out more. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43811273

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NHS website defaced by hackers

Image caption The message was left on the site for several days, according to a cyber-security researcher An NHS website hosting data from patient surveys that was defaced by hackers has been fixed. The site, insights.london.nhs.uk, was given a black background, eerie music and a message in white text that read: “Hacked by AnoaGhost.” Cyber-security […]

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Are AI fairytales the future?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption AI programs have been designed to write stories in the style of human authors It was recently reported that the meditation app Calm had published a “new” fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. However, The Princess and the Fox was written not by the brothers, who died over 150 years ago, […]