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Elon Musk named as Twitter boss favourite

Image copyright Getty/Reuters Image caption Mr Musk (left) is Mr Dorsey’s favourite, despite some rather controversial tweets Elon Musk has been named as Twitter boss Jack Dorsey’s favourite tweeter in an interview about how to tackle abuse. The singling out of the Tesla boss has raised eyebrows because Mr Musk’s tweets have often proved controversial. […]

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Overwatch and Call Of Duty maker to cut 800 jobs

Image copyright Activision Blizzard Video games publisher Activision Blizzard has announced it will lay off about 800 people, despite reporting record revenue in 2018. The company made $7.5bn (£5.8bn) last year, up from about $7bn in 2017. Its chief executive, Bobby Kotick, said the results were “the best in our history” but did not “realise […]

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Crackdown on young celebs in gambling ads

Image copyright ASA Image caption Ads like this should be more heavily restricted in future, say watchdogs Rules around gambling ads, which include a ban on the use of young celebrities and sports stars, will become stricter, especially online. From 1 April, gambling operators will also have to ensure that the majority of the audience […]

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Ordnance Survey to launch mapping drone

Image copyright Ordnance Survey Mapping organisation Ordnance Survey plans to launch a solar-powered drone to capture higher quality images of the Earth. Its Astigan craft will fly higher than commercial airliners at 67,000 ft (20,400m), and could circle the Earth for 90 days before it needs to land. It will collect images and data for […]

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Russia plans to ‘unplug’ from internet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia’s government to get more control over online life Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning for a future cyber-war. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the […]

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Paris to sue Airbnb over ‘illegal ads’

Image copyright Getty Images The city of Paris is suing Airbnb for €12.5m (£11m) over 1,000 adverts for what it says are illegal rentals. Homeowners in the city can rent out their properties for only 120 days per year. They must register themselves as a business and display their registration number on any advertising. Under […]

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Trump’s wall: Mind the gaps

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Nick Kwek toured the border dividing the US state of Arizona and Mexico’s Sonora “We gotta get outta here!” cries Agent Daniel Hernandez of US Border Patrol. Moments earlier a hurled rock from over the fence whacked the tin roof next to us with an almighty […]

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Parenting site Mumsnet hit by data breach

Image copyright Mumsnet Image caption Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts posted a lengthy explanation about the breach Parenting site Mumsnet has reported itself to the UK’s data protection watchdog after an upgrade let some people see details of other accounts. In a message placed on the site, it said the problem occurred between 5 and 7 […]

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Apple to pay teenager who found FaceTime bug

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The FaceTime problem emerged when teenagers were planning Fortnite strategies A US teenager who discovered a security flaw in Apple’s FaceTime video-calling system has been given a bug bounty. Apple has not revealed the exact amount it is giving 14-year-old Grant Thompson but it is believed to include money […]