US man held for sending flashing tweet to epileptic writer

US man held for sending flashing tweet to epileptic writer

Image caption A still of the tweet which contained flashing images A man accused of sending a flashing image to a writer in order to trigger an epileptic seizure has been arrested, the US justice department says. John Rayne Rivello, 29, of Maryland, sent Kurt Eichenwald an animated image with a flashing light on Twitter […]

Google DeepMind’s NHS deal under scrutiny

Google DeepMind’s NHS deal under scrutiny

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The records collected by DeepMind went back over the past five years A deal between Google’s artificial intelligence firm DeepMind and the UK’s NHS had serious “inadequacies”, an academic paper has suggested. More than a million patient records were shared with DeepMind to build an app to alert doctors […]

Google pulls Beauty and the Beast ‘ad’ from Home

Google pulls Beauty and the Beast ‘ad’ from Home

Image copyright Reuters Google has removed audio about the movie Beauty and the Beast which played out unprompted on Google Home. “By the way, Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast opens today,” the smart speaker said after listing the time, weather and travel update. In a video posted on Twitter, it then talked about […]

YouTube: UK government suspends ads amid extremism concerns

YouTube: UK government suspends ads amid extremism concerns

Image copyright Other Image caption Navy recruitment ads are among those believed to be affected The government has removed its adverts from YouTube amid concerns they are appearing next to “inappropriate” material on the video-sharing site. The Cabinet Office said it was seeking assurances from YouTube’s owner Google that its messages would be displayed in […]

Russia denies Yahoo hack involvement

Russia denies Yahoo hack involvement

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has denied the charges The Kremlin has denied allegations by US authorities that the FSB intelligence agency was involved in a huge data breach affecting Yahoo. Two FSB officers were accused of conspiring with two alleged criminal hackers in a Department of Justice indictment announced on […]

McDonald’s deletes tweet attacking Donald Trump

McDonald’s deletes tweet attacking Donald Trump

Image caption The tweet to Donald Trump’s personal account was soon deleted McDonald’s has said its Twitter account was “compromised” after it sent an insulting message to President Donald Trump. “You are a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back,” the tweet said. It also asserted that the president […]

Elderly ‘hit by line rental charges’

Elderly ‘hit by line rental charges’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Of the 2.9 million households with a landline only, 43% are occupied by people aged 75 and over Recent increases in line rental charges have hit elderly people the hardest, according to an Ofcom report. Between December 2009 and December 2016, line rental prices had increased by as much […]

Abta website: Holidaymakers hit by cyber attack

Abta website: Holidaymakers hit by cyber attack

Image copyright AP The travel trade organisation, Abta, says a cyber attack on its website may have affected about 43,000 people. About 1,000 files accessed may include personal identity information of individuals who have made a complaint about an Abta-registered travel agent. It says it is contacting those affected by the hack which happened on […]

Small drone ‘shot with Patriot missile’

Small drone ‘shot with Patriot missile’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Patriot missiles are normally used to shoot down enemy aircraft or other missiles A Patriot missile – usually priced at about $3m (£2.5m) – was used to shoot down a small quadcopter drone, according to a US general. The strike was made by a US ally, Gen David Perkins told […]

Facebook, Twitter and Google grilled by MPs over hate speech

Facebook, Twitter and Google grilled by MPs over hate speech

Image copyright PA Image caption Executives from Google, Facebook and Twitter (L-R) were questioned by the Home Affairs select committee Social media giants should “do a better job” to protect users from online hate speech, MPs have said. Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google were asked by the Home Affairs select committee why they did […]

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