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HIV Scotland fined £10,000 for BCC email blunder identifying names of virus carriers

48 min 34 sec ago
Watchdog: Breach caused by 'serious deficiencies in technical and organisational measures'

The United Kingdom's data watchdog is calling on organisations to review their "bulk email practices" after a BCC blunder by HIV Scotland incurred a £10,000 fine for breaking data protection regulations.…

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Twitter's machine learning algorithms amplify tweets from right-wing politicians over those on the left

1 hour 34 min ago
Enginners and researchers don't know why

Twitter's algorithms are more likely to boost right-wing content than left-wing posts from politicians and news publications, according to a recent study.…

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Poor data sharing is holding back the UK court system's pandemic recovery, says National Audit Office

2 hours 22 min ago
Lack of data for planning also a problem, spending watchdog finds

The UK court system's failure to implement its own recommendations for improving data sharing is holding back its recovery from the pandemic, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO).…

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Online harms don’t need dangerous legislation, they need a spot of naval action

3 hours 7 min ago
It worked on Jolly Roger, it can work on ProudWhiteGuy66373

Opinon  Three things on the morning news reliably ruin breakfast for socially aware technogeeks.…

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IT outsourcing: SLAs, patches – and how uptime funk's going to get to you

3 hours 51 min ago
Cheaper, better than running it yourself? Maybe

Feature  Outsourcing generally has a bad reputation, scarred by countless failed projects in the public and private sectors and with cost cutting, rather than improved sevice delivery, seeming to drive business decisions.…

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Facebook sues scraper who sold 178 million phone numbers and user IDs

4 hours 35 min ago
Apparently The Social NetworkTM is the only one allowed to do nasty things with users' data

Facebook has sued a Ukrainian national for allegedly harvesting and selling personal data describing 178 million of the Social NetworkTM's users – actions it says violates the service's terms of service.…

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Orders wrong, resellers receiving wrong items? Must be a programming error and certainly not a rushing techie

5 hours 3 min ago
Some of those punch cards may still be lying at the bottom of a lift shaft

Who, Me?  Punch cards are the order of the day in a reader confession that takes us back to an unfortunate incident with a trolley. Welcome to Who, Me?…

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Asia's 'superapps' bundle ride-share, food delivery, even financial services – and they're beating big tech

5 hours 33 min ago
China backed the concept of tools users perceive as an extension of the OS, not just an app

Catch a ride, pay your utility bills, order your dinner, top up your insurance, chat with friends – how many apps did you need to get that lot done? In much of the world North America and Europe your answer could involve a fistful of apps, but in Asia you could do it all in one, thanks to rise of the "superapp".…

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Electronic Frontier Foundation ousts co-founder John Gilmore from its board

6 hours 38 min ago
He's free of governance duties now, but still an emeritus member

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) co-founder John Gilmore has been removed from any active role on the digital rights organisation's board but will continue to serve as emeritus member.…

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Cleanup on aisle C: Tesco app back online after attack led to shopping app outages

7 hours 33 min ago
With an average 1.27 million orders a week, many customers left hacked off

The UK's largest retailer, supermarket titan Tesco, has restored its online operations after an attack hack left its customers unable to order, amend, or cancel deliveries for two days.…

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Here comes the blob: Asia's top 'net boffin thinks 'shapeless services' could replace the Internet

8 hours 38 min ago
Common network services are less important when we've moved to apps hosted at the edge

What will the internet look like in the year 2071? Geoff Huston, chief scientist the regional internet registry the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), thinks there may not be an internet – or at least not as we know it today.…

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NASA sets a date to begin lunar tuning

12 hours 17 min ago
First Artemis mission is stacked on a rocket – now for five punishing sets of tests before liftoff

NASA has set a date for the test of the technologies it hopes will see it return to the Moon and explore Mars: February 2022.…

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Japanese bloke collared after using AI software to uncensor smut and flogging it

Sat, 23/10/2021 - 04:30
Plus: Explore the limits of language models in bizarre research experiment, and more

In brief  A man was detained in Japan for selling uncensored pornographic content that he had, in a way, depixelated using machine-learning tools.…

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Florida man accused of breaking Mastodon's open-source license with botched social network launch

Sat, 23/10/2021 - 01:38
Golf enthusiast given 30 days to cough up code

A Florida man has been accused of breaking the copyleft license of Mastodon by running an online instance of the software without providing its source code as required.…

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Antitrust battle latest: Google, Facebook 'colluded' to smash Apple's privacy protections

Fri, 22/10/2021 - 23:51
Amended Texas complaint alleges backroom efforts to maintain ad dominance

Several years ago, to deal with the competitive threat of header bidding – a way for multiple ad exchanges to get a fair shot at winning an automated auction for ad space – Google allegedly hatched a plan called "Jedi" to ensure that its ad exchange always won.…

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Microsoft under fire again from open-source .NET devs: Hot Reload feature pulled for sake of Visual Studio sales

Fri, 22/10/2021 - 21:58
Windows giant has a funny way of 'loving' Free software

Microsoft has enraged the open-source .NET community by removing functionality from open-source .NET to bolster the appeal of Visual Studio, not least against its cross-platform cousin Visual Studio Code.…

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It's 'near-impossible to escape persistent surveillance' by American ISPs, says FTC

Fri, 22/10/2021 - 20:52
Watchdog finds dubious data gathering, illusory solicitations for consent

The US Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said many internet service providers are sharing data about their customers, in defiance of expectations, and are failing to give subscribers adequate choices about whether or how their data is shared.…

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While the iPhone's repairability is in the toilet, at least the Apple Watch 7 is as fixable as the previous model

Fri, 22/10/2021 - 20:15
Component swaps still a thing – for now

Apple's seventh-gen Watch has managed to maintain its iFixit repairability rating on a par with the last model – unlike its smartphone sibling.…

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AI isn’t just about disruption. Integration is essential, too

Fri, 22/10/2021 - 19:30
Learn how to take the broad view by tuning into this webcast early next month

Sponsored  We’re used to talking about the disruption AI will inevitably cause. But that disruption is predicated on AI moving into production, and that requires integration into the broader corporate infrastructure.…

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Better late than never: Microsoft rolls out a public preview of E2EE in Teams calls

Fri, 22/10/2021 - 18:28
Only for one-to-one voice and video, mind

Microsoft has finally kicked off the rollout of end-to-end-encryption (E2EE) in its Teams collaboration platform with a public preview of E2EE for one-to-one calls.…

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