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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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Cambridge University saw ‘no issue’ with Facebook research

The academic at the centre of Facebook’s data scandal has hit back at Mark Zuckerberg’s suggestion that “something bad” might be going on at Cambridge University. Dr Aleksandr Kogan, who collected data for Cambridge Analytica, told the BBC that Facebook should be investigating commercial uses of its data, not focusing …

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TED 2018: Alphabet firm’s tools to combat extremism

The online methods used by Jihadist groups to recruit members and the way Google is countering them, have been revealed at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference. The research director of Alphabet-owned Jigsaw gave a talk outlining the tools the firm is developing to ease extremist content and harassment. …

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Tesla ‘removed’ from fatal car crash probe

Tesla has been removed from the investigation into the fatal crash of one of its semi-autonomous vehicles. In March, a Tesla vehicle operating in Autopilot mode crashed in California, killing the driver. Tesla has suggested the driver was at fault. On Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tesla had …

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TED 2018: The smart home that spied on its owner

For two months in early 2018, technology journalist Kashmir Hill let innocent household items spy on her. She had turned her one-bedroom apartment into a “smart home” and was measuring how much data was being collected by the firms that made the devices. Her smart toothbrush betrayed when she had …

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