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Middlesbrough modified Kodi box trader gets suspended jail term

Middlesbrough modified Kodi box trader gets suspended jail term

Image caption Brian Thompson had previously said he wanted to know whether he was doing anything illegal A trader who sold TV boxes which allowed viewers to watch subscription films and football for free has been given a suspended jail term. Brian Thompson had denied breaking the law by selling the Kodi boxes, setting up […]

Native American tribe sues Amazon and Microsoft

Native American tribe sues Amazon and Microsoft

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some believe the patent holder is using a loophole to avoid scrutiny A Native American tribe is suing Amazon and Microsoft for infringing data-processing patents it is holding. The patents were assigned to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe by technology company SRC Labs, and it will receive a share […]

YouTube star Casey Neistat attacks video site's leaders

YouTube star Casey Neistat attacks video site's leaders

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Mr Neistat suggests YouTube’s community of creators acts as a defence against online competitors One of YouTube’s most influential vloggers has attacked the service’s leaders, claiming they are failing many of their most popular video creators. Specifically, Casey Neistat criticised the way the platform had made it impossible for some […]

Social media data shared by spy agencies

Social media data shared by spy agencies

Image copyright PA Image caption GCHQ is due to offer its view to the court later this week UK spy agencies are collecting citizens’ social media and medical data, a court has heard. The details emerged in a case brought by Privacy International, looking at the legality of mass data collection. It said it was […]

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Jong-un’s officials described Opposite Number as being “slanderous” North Korean hackers targeted a British television company making a drama about the country, it has emerged. The series – due to be written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter – has been shelved. In August 2014, Channel 4 announced what it […]

Can we teach robots ethics?

Can we teach robots ethics?

Image copyright Getty Images We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this – by themselves – is fast approaching. So how, asks the BBC’s David Edmonds, will we teach them to do the right thing? The car arrives at your home bang […]

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

Image caption Pinterest president Tim Kendall When you think of the giants of Silicon Valley, Pinterest may not immediately spring to mind. But with 200 million active users and a recent valuation of $12.3bn (£9bn), the platform that started out in 2012 as a quirky online scrapbook has quietly become a hot commodity for advertisers […]

US voices frustration with 'warrant-proof' encryption

US voices frustration with 'warrant-proof' encryption

Image copyright Reuters The US deputy attorney general says the use of “warrant-proof encryption” in popular apps and operating systems, is hampering law enforcement. Several apps encrypt communications end-to-end, which stop messages being legible if intercepted by criminals or law enforcement. In a speech, Rod Rosenstein said law enforcers were increasingly thwarted by such encryption. […]

Rose McGowan, one of Harvey Weinstein's accusers, has account limited by Twitter

Rose McGowan, one of Harvey Weinstein's accusers, has account limited by Twitter

The actress Rose McGowan, who was one of the first to speak out about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults, was temporarily limited from using some Twitter features. Twitter locked her account for 12 hours for “violating” its rules. The social media company has since said it was because “one of her tweets included a private […]

ParentPay website unavailable for school meal payments

ParentPay website unavailable for school meal payments

Image copyright Getty Images The website of payment firm ParentPay was unavailable for several hours, meaning parents could not transfer funds for school meals and trips. The company normally serves more than 5,500 schools in 200 local authorities, helping about 1.5 million families. The company said it was affected “by a national internet connectivity issue […]

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