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App that cancels subscriptions launches in UK

App that cancels subscriptions launches in UK

A service which automatically cancels subscriptions at the end of the free trial period has launched in the UK. It was developed by Josh Browder, who as a teenager developed an algorithm called Do Not Pay, which continues to successfully fight parking fines. His new app, Free Trial Surfing, is not linked to a customer’s […]

YouTube advertises big brands alongside fake cancer cure videos

YouTube advertises big brands alongside fake cancer cure videos

YouTube’s algorithm promotes fake cancer cures in a number of languages and the site runs adverts for major brands and universities next to misleading videos, a BBC investigation has found. Searching YouTube across 10 languages, the BBC found more than 80 videos containing health misinformation – mainly bogus cancer cures. Ten of the videos found […]

Apple and Google stop workers playing back voice recordings

Apple and Google stop workers playing back voice recordings

Apple and Google are temporarily stopping workers listening to voice recordings captured by smart speakers and virtual assistants. It follows a Guardian report that third-party contractors used by Apple had heard people having sex and discussing private medical information. Siri and other services can activate in error after wrongly picking up sounds they mishear as their “wake” […]

Huawei sees trouble ahead despite revenue rise

Huawei sees trouble ahead despite revenue rise

Chinese telecoms firm Huawei saw a sharp jump in revenue in the first half of the year but warned of “difficulties ahead”. The US blacklisted the firm in May, restricting its ability to trade with US companies. Company revenue jumped 23% in the first half of the year versus a year ago, while smartphone shipments […]

Fortnite World Cup: Players battle for biggest total prize pool

Fortnite World Cup: Players battle for biggest total prize pool

The finals of the Fortnite World Cup are taking place in a stadium in New York, with the winner set to earn more prize money than Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic won as Wimbledon champions. Forty million players attempted to qualify over 10 weeks of online competition but only 100 finalists have a shot at […]

Lancaster University students’ data stolen in cyber-attack

Lancaster University students’ data stolen in cyber-attack

Student data has been stolen in a “sophisticated and malicious” cyber-attack on a university. Records and ID documents of some Lancaster University students were accessed in the phishing attack and fraudulent invoices were sent to undergraduate applicants, a spokesman for the university said. The university said it became aware of the breach on Friday and set up […]

Body-worn cameras to be compulsory for bailiffs

Body-worn cameras to be compulsory for bailiffs

Body-worn cameras are to be compulsory for bailiffs under government plans to improve the treatment of people in debt. The Ministry of Justice said the move should help protect those in debt from “intimidation and aggression” used by some bailiffs. However, Citizens Advice said the cameras would do “nothing” to protect people. It wants an […]

MPs call for halt to police’s use of live facial recognition

MPs call for halt to police’s use of live facial recognition

The police and other authorities should suspend use of automatic facial recognition technologies, according to an influential group of MPs. The House of Commons Science and Technology committee added there should be no further trials of the tech until relevant regulations were in place. It raised accuracy and bias concerns. And it warned that police […]

Google’s Project Dragonfly ‘terminated’ in China

Google’s Project Dragonfly ‘terminated’ in China

Google’s controversial plan to launch a censored search engine in China has been “terminated”, a company executive has said. The project was reported to have ceased late last year but rumours that it remained active persisted. “We have terminated Project Dragonfly,” Google executive Karan Bhatia told the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Buzzfeed, which reported the new comments, said […]

Data of ‘nearly all adults’ in Bulgaria stolen

Data of ‘nearly all adults’ in Bulgaria stolen

Personal data belonging to millions of Bulgarians has been stolen in a cyber-attack on the country’s tax agency. According to a local cyber-security researcher, most adults in the country of seven million people are likely to have had some data compromised. Bulgarian authorities have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the attack. […]

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