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Government error delays online pornography age-check scheme

Government error delays online pornography age-check scheme

Image copyright PA An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites has been delayed a second time. The changes – which mean UK internet users may have to prove their age – were due to start on 15 July after already being delayed […]

Loot boxes aren’t gambling, says EA

Loot boxes aren’t gambling, says EA

Image copyright Getty Images A vice president of EA games has defended the company’s use of loot boxes, saying they’re just the same as Kinder Eggs. Kerry Hopkins was speaking in front of UK MPs this week about video game addiction. In 2018, computer scientists […]

Fortnite makers grilled by MPs over game safety

Fortnite makers grilled by MPs over game safety

Image copyright PARLIAMENT.TV Image caption Video game industry representatives faced tough questions from MPs The makers of Fortnite, one of the most popular video games ever, have been quizzed by MPs over what measures are taken to protect players of the game. Epic Games representatives […]

Unseen 9/11 photos bought at house clearance sale

Unseen 9/11 photos bought at house clearance sale

Image copyright Jason Scott/Textfiles Archivists who bought a stash of CDs at a house clearance sale found 2,400 photos of Ground Zero in New York taken following the 9/11 attacks in 2001. They appear to have been taken by an as yet unidentified construction worker […]

Facebook ‘mysteriously locks out Hungarian users’

Facebook ‘mysteriously locks out Hungarian users’

Image copyright David Butykai Image caption A message to a Hungarian Facebook user who has had their account disabled Facebook has been accused of disabling a large number of user accounts in Hungary. One user, David Butykai, told BBC News his Facebook and Instagram accounts […]

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Maxine Waters says Facebook has a troubled past A US lawmaker has said Facebook should delay the launch of its Libra crypto-currency – hours after the social network formally announced the project. Libra, set to be launched next year, […]

China loses ground in top supercomputer list

China loses ground in top supercomputer list

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The second most powerful supercomputer in the world, Sierra, is owned by the US Department of Energy China has fallen behind slightly in the list of the world’s top 500 supercomputers, which is published every six months. The US […]

Girl, 12, flooded with beauty ads on Instagram

Girl, 12, flooded with beauty ads on Instagram

Image copyright Instagram The aunt of a 12-year-old girl has shared screenshots online of the adverts her niece was served up on Instagram during the course of a day. Every single one was based around fashion or beauty. The girl, who is just about to […]

US and Russia clash over power grid ‘hack attacks’

US and Russia clash over power grid ‘hack attacks’

Image caption The complexity of Russia’s electricity grid makes it a hard target, says expert Russia has said it is “possible” that its electrical grid is under cyber-attack by the US. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said reports that US cyber-soldiers had put computer viruses on […]

Instagram boss Adam Mosseri: ‘We can’t solve bullying on our own’

Instagram boss Adam Mosseri: ‘We can’t solve bullying on our own’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionInstagram boss Adam Mosseri on bullying, self-harm and time limits on the app Instagram “can’t solve bullying on its own”, the social media company’s boss Adam Mosseri says. He’s told Radio 1 Newsbeat that online bullying needs […]