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Google in China: Internet giant ‘plans censored search engine’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The new search app would reportedly "blacklist sensitive queries" Google is developing a version of its search engine that will conform to China's censorship laws, reports say.The company shut down the engine in 2010, complaining that free speech was being limited.But online news site The Intercept says Google has been working on a project code-named Dragonfly that will block terms like human rights and
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Phone and internet use: Number of mobile calls drops for first time

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption On average, people pick up their phone once every 12 minutes The number of voice calls made on mobile phones in the UK fell for the first time ever in 2017 - despite the fact we seem hooked on our devices.That is according to the latest report from telecoms regulator Ofcom, which charts what it describes as a decade of digital dependence.A total
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US names arrested Fin7 cyber-gang suspects

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The gang is accused of stealing millions of debit and credit card details Three Ukrainian citizens suspected of being part of a "prolific hacking group" have been arrested, the US Department of Justice has announced.The three men are accused of using malware to attack more than 120 US companies, including the restaurant chains Chipotle and Arby's.Firms in the UK, France and Australia were
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WhatsApp starts charging business users

[ad_1] Image copyright WhatsApp Image caption WhatsApp has about 1.5 billion users WhatsApp is launching new pay-to-use tools for businesses to communicate with their customers.The move will allow its owner, Facebook, to make money from WhatsApp, which has lacked a revenue stream since dropping subscription fees.Companies will be able to provide information and services, such as delivery dates or boarding passes, to customers via the platform.In return, the businesses will
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Vega+ to be stripped of Sinclair and ZX Spectrum brands

[ad_1] Image copyright Paul Benge Image caption A small number of backers have confirmed receipt of the Vega+ consoles A retro games console crowdfunding campaign is to lose the right to feature the brands of the original computers it is based on.The revelation coincides with the delivery of some units of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ to backers, albeit without most of the games originally promised to be pre-installed.Rights-owner Sky
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Tesla boss Elon Musk facing two lawsuits

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Tesla boss Elon Musk is facing legal action on two fronts amid allegations over his firm's business practices.In one case, a former employee that Tesla accused of sabotage has hit back with his own lawsuit accusing it of "dangerous and wasteful" behaviour.In the other, ex-employees of its SolarCity subsidiary say they were wrongfully dismissed after uncovering evidence of fake sales records.Tesla, best known for electric
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Town dusts off typewriters after cyber-attack

[ad_1] Government workers in a borough of Alaska have turned to typewriters to do their jobs, after ransomware infected their computer systems.A spokeswoman for Matanuska-Susitna said the malware had encrypted its email server, internal systems and disaster recovery servers.She said staff had "resourcefully" dusted off typewriters and were writing receipts by hand.The borough is in the process of rebuilding its systems. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTechnology
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Slow broadband needs switch-off date, say business leaders

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A date "soon after 2025" should be set for copper network switch-off, says the IoD The Institute of Directors (IoD) has called on the government to provide a firm date to switch off the UK's copper network in favour of faster fibre connections.It suggested "as soon as possible" after 2025 should be the target.The government has said that the UK should have full