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Deadline to amend UK surveillance laws

High Court judges have given the UK government six months to revise parts of its Investigatory Powers Act. Rules governing the British surveillance system must be changed quickly because they are “incompatible” with European laws, said judges. The government has been given a deadline of 1 November this year to …

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Sinclair Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson dies in US

Rick Dickinson, the designer of Sinclair computers, has died in the US while receiving treatment for cancer. The British designer, thought to be in his 60s, worked in-house for Sinclair Research and oversaw the creation of its home computers in the 1980s. He was responsible for the boxy look of …

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Tech Tent: the technology of pleasure

When it comes to sex tech, the gadgets that grab the headlines tend to be the sex robots, with their exaggeratedly feminine shapes and artificially intelligent responses to desire. But the market extends beyond these devices, and one British firm is seeking to challenge the stereotype. Stephanie Alys, co-founder of …

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How to handle the flood of GDPR privacy updates

Many app users’ inboxes are bulging with requests to review new terms of service and privacy conditions. And it is no coincidence that so many developers have revamped their small print at the same time. In just under a month, the EU will introduce a new privacy law that gives …

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Tech Tent: Questions for Zuckerberg and Cambridge

It was a two-day interrogation with dozens of questions – some of them acute, some of them rambling, a few quite bizarre. On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we zero in on what Mark Zuckerberg failed to answer during his US congressional appearances, about just how much data Facebook …

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Facebook ‘too slow to deal with hack’, says singer

A musician whose Facebook account was hijacked has urged the company to make it easier for people to recover control of their social media pages. Country and gospel singer Philippa Hanna said Facebook was difficult to contact and took several days to act. The attacker changed her contact details and …

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Battle Royale: Fortnite hit by server outage

A lengthy server outage that prevented gamers playing Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode has been resolved. The title, which was developed by US-based Epic Games, began experiencing problems on Wednesday. It has more than 45 million players worldwide. The issue meant that some gamers were unable to play the last-player-standing challenge …

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Google loses ‘right to be forgotten’ case

A businessman fighting for the “right to be forgotten” has won a UK High Court action against Google. The man, who has not been named due to reporting restrictions surrounding the case, wanted search results about a past crime he had committed removed from the search engine. The judge, Mr …

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Mark Zuckerberg’s dreaded homework assignments

Over two days, almost 10 hours. If you watched every moment of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in front of Congress this week, you’ll know he rolled out one phrase an awful lot: “I’ll have my team get back to you.” Now some of these were bits of data Mr Zuckerberg simply …

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