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‘Donald’ Makes the List of 2018’s Worst Passwords

It’s that time of year again when the annual list of worst passwords is released and we see that we have learned nothing from our mistakes. This year’s list features the usual suspects, like “password” at number two and “123456” at number one for the fifth year in a row, but in an upsetting turn […]

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Netflix Is Testing an Instant Replay Feature

Netflix is currently testing a rewind-like function that will give users the ability to replay a specific scene more conveniently. The new tool allows people to immediately rewatch a scene without having to mess around with Netflix’s standard time bar at the bottom of the screen, according to the Los Angeles Times. It’s unclear if […]

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Facial Recognition Tech Used to Scan for Stalkers at Taylor Swift Show

Security at a Taylor Swift show in California secretly used facial recognition technology on the crowd to search for stalkers, Rolling Stone reported Thursday. A kiosk that showed rehearsal clips of her to entertain fans at her May 18 show at the Rose Bowl had a facial recognition camera hidden inside, which transferred pictures of […]

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Tesla Drops Prices in China After the Government Suspends Tariffs

China will temporarily drop a retaliatory 25 percent tariff on imported US cars as the two countries try to work toward a resolution of the recent trade war, Chinese government officials announced on Friday. The government there had tacked that 25 percent tariff onto an existing 15 percent import tax earlier this year as part […]

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New Facebook Bug Exposed Millions of Photos

Facebook has revealed that a software bug exposed the photos of up to 6.8 million users, including pictures they had not posted. It made the announcement a day after hosting its pop-up privacy experience “It’s Your Facebook” in New York’s Bryant Park. It said several third-party apps had access to “a broader set of photos […]

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Amazon Uses Dummy Parcels to Catch Thieves

Amazon has teamed up with police in the US in an effort to stop thieves who steal parcels left outside homes. Officers in New Jersey are planting dummy boxes fitted with GPS trackers, coupled with hidden doorbell cameras, at homes around the city of Jersey. The homes selected for the experiment were chosen using the […]

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Bieber Fans Help YouTube Rewind Become ‘Most Disliked’

YouTube Rewind 2018, the annual review of the platform’s highlights, has become its most “disliked” video. It has almost 10.1 million “dislikes”, with more than 82% of its viewers saying they did not enjoy it. With almost 9.9 million “dislikes”, the video for Justin Bieber’s 2010 song Baby had filled the bottom slot for several […]

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YouTube, Under Pressure for Problem Content, Takes Down 58 Million Videos in Quarter

YouTube took down more than 58 million videos and 224 million comments during the third quarter based on violations of its policies, the unit of Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday in an effort to demonstrate progress in suppressing problem content. Government officials and interest groups in the United States, Europe and Asia have been […]

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Apple to Create $1bn Texas Base

Apple has announced plans to build a new campus in Austin, Texas, saying the project will involve a $1bn (£790m) investment. The company already has an existing base in the city. The iPhone-maker said it expected the latest move would eventually make it the state capital’s biggest private employer. One expert said the area had […]

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YouTube Deletes Cheating Videos After Investigation

YouTube has deleted thousands of videos promoting academic cheating in the last week after a BBC Trending investigation. The videos all advertised essay-writing services, which can lead to serious penalties for students. Facebook and Google have been asked by a regulator to stop making money from adverts for these companies. All the social media companies […]

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