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Space Odyssey helps launch first 8K TV channel

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey will help launch the world’s first super-high definition 8K television channel on Saturday. Japanese broadcaster NHK said it had asked Warner Bros to scan the original film negatives in 8K for its new channel. Super-high definition 8K pictures offer 16 times the resolution of HD TV. However, few people […]

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Marriott hack hits 500 million Starwood guests

The records of 500 million customers of the hotel group Marriott International have been involved in a data breach. The hotel chain said the guest reservation database of its Starwood division had been compromised by an unauthorised party. It said an internal investigation found an attacker had been able to access the Starwood network since […]

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Sheryl Sandberg Is Said to Have Asked Facebook Staff to Research George Soros

Supported by Sheryl Sandberg Is Said to Have Asked Facebook Staff to Research George Soros ImageSheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, wanted to know whether George Soros stood to gain from criticizing the company, according to people with knowledge of an email she sent.CreditCreditEric Thayer for The New York Times By Nicholas Confessore and Matthew […]

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Carphone Warehouse faces Black Friday backlash

Carphone Warehouse-owned website Mobiles.co.uk and other online phone retailers are facing a backlash from customers wrongly refused Black Friday smartphone deals. A problem with Vodafone’s credit check systems meant that some applications submitted via the contract resellers were incorrectly turned down. The BBC understands that about 5% of consumers experienced the issue. Many affected complained […]

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Ohio Becomes First U.S. State To Allow Businesses To Pay Taxes With Bitcoin

Ohio has just become the first U.S. state and one of the first governments in the world to allow businesses to pay taxes, including sales and public utility taxes, with bitcoin. State Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Monday that businesses can now register for the program through the website OhioCrypto.com, a portal that will, via a […]

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Facebook Has Had A Very Bad Week. Again.

Facebook has had a very bad week. If that’s a headline that sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it before, maybe in March, maybe in September or maybe even just earlier this month as the social media giant weathered yet another storm of multiple scandals all at once.  Here’s a breakdown of this past week […]

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MPs' fury over Mark Zuckerberg 'no-show'

Politicians from nine countries reacted angrily to the absence of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing today. The event is part of an unprecedented international inquiry into disinformation and fake news. Richard Allan, Facebook’s vice-president of policy solutions, appeared in Mr Zuckerberg’s place. He said he took responsibility for deciding who appeared at which […]

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'Facebook has a black people problem': a former employee posted a 2,500-word memo about racial discrimination at the company

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A former Facebook employee has accused the company of failing to deal with racism and failing to build an inclusive workplace. In a goodbye note to colleagues he subsequently shared publicly, Mark S. Luckie wrote: “Facebook has a black people problem.” The former Twitter and Reddit employee said that “racial discrimination is […]

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'I use Snapchat to sell sexual videos'

Snapchat is being used to sell explicit images and videos online, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has found. Jodie Carnall says she makes £4,000 a month on the app, but it’s not without a cost to her personal life, and she has been subject to online abuse. “It’s like a proper business,” the 26-year-old says. […]

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Here's how to use Duplex, Google's crazy new service that impersonates a human voice to make appointments on your behalf

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Google has started to roll out its artificial intelligence-powered reservation booking service, called Google Duplex, to some Pixel users. The feature debuted over the summer at Google’s I/O conference, where it stunned the audience with its eerily human-sounding voice, including its usage of “um” and “ah.” Critics first questioned the ethics of AI […]

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Facebook documents seized by UK MPs

A cache of Facebook documents has been seized by MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Rarely used parliamentary powers were used to demand that the boss of a US software firm hand over the details. The Observer, which first reported the story, said the documents included data about Facebook’s privacy controls. MP Damian Collins […]

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UFC fighter Paige VanZant and model Charlotte McKinney told us how they deal with stalkers and harassers on Instagram

Web SummitCharlotte McKinney looks on as Paige VanZant talks about social media at Web Summit. People ought to think twice about harassing Paige VanZant online. She punches people for a living. But they do it anyway. UFC fighter VanZant and model Charlotte McKinney told us how they deal with creepy or dangerous online fans. McKinney […]

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Google finally cleans up its Esta ads after eight years

Google says it will stop ads for expensive unofficial Esta services appearing at the top of search results, eight years after the first complaints. In 2010, the US started charging UK travellers to use the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (Esta). Unofficial sites charging five times as much as the US government soon flooded the […]

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Tech We’re Using: You Don’t Have to Be a Journalist to Want to Keep Chats Private

Supported by Tech We’re Using You Don’t Have to Be a Journalist to Want to Keep Chats Private It’s easy to leave behind digital evidence when talking to sources — or to friends. Here’s how Kate Conger, a tech reporter, reduces that exposure. ImageKate Conger, a technology reporter in San Francisco, sending a friend a […]

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The ‘Neo-Banks’ Are Finally Having Their Moment

Supported by The ‘Neo-Banks’ Are Finally Having Their Moment ImageChime, part of a new wave of alternative banks, has opened two million fee-free online checking accounts. Other so-called neo-banks include Aspiration, Empower and Varo.CreditCreditCayce Clifford for The New York Times By Nathaniel Popper Nov. 20, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — After the financial crisis 10 years […]