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North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban: monitors

Seoul - North Korea has become "more opaque" to the outside world following a decision by YouTube to silence an official propaganda channel, a monitoring group has warned, as new sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme begin to bite.

Kremlin says not involved in Russia-linked Facebook ads

Moscow - The Kremlin on Friday distanced itself from the controversy over Russia-linked Facebook ads which may have influenced last year's US election, saying Moscow had nothing to do with them.

Social media 'hate speech' aggravating Rohingya crisis: US official

Cox's Bazar - Hate speech and misinformation on social media have amplified ethnic tensions in Myanmar's Rakhine state, a US official said Friday, urging the country's "better angels" to show compassion for Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing violence in droves.

Germany on guard against election hacks, fake news

Berlin - As the clock ticks down to elections Sunday, Germany's cyber defence nervously hopes it'll be third time lucky after Russia was accused of meddling in the US and French votes.

Future of banking survey reveals growing E-trend

A Future of Banking survey conducted by digital banking app Varo Money, looking into the financial habits of U.S. consumers, reveals a growing tendency for people to adopt and to seek out more online banking and financial services.

Vietnam jails dissident for five years

Hanoi - A political prisoner in Vietnam was sent to jail Monday for a second time after being found guilty of violating the terms of his house arrest, as the one-party state cracks down on critics.

Op-Ed: New Chrome browser to block most autoplay videos

In a move that many will welcome Google's Chrome browser new release in January of 2018 will mute most video autoplay videos

Russia condemns decision to bar U.S. government use of Kaspersky

Washington - Russia has complained that the U.S. government decision to stop government use of Kaspersky Lab software undermines free competition. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security expressed concern about ties between the company and Russian intelligence.

Australia church 'cancels wedding after Facebook gay marriage post'

Sydney - Australia's prime minister Friday defended a church's right not to marry some couples following reports a woman's wedding was cancelled after she posted support for same-sex marriage on Facebook ahead of a national vote.

Online social life is a poor predictor of reality

Warwick - Social media platforms like Twitter are poor predictors of how people respond and feel in real-life, according to new research. Social media analytics have some way to go before they approach accuracy; something which affects marketing.

MIT used social media to create hurricane Irma risk map

Fort Lauderdale - The Urban Risk Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has launched an open source platform designed to track flooding from Hurricane Irma in the southern Florida county of Broward.

Facebook fined 1.2 mln euros by Spanish data watchdog

Madrid - Spain's data protection watchdog said Monday it has slapped Facebook with a fine of 1.2 million euros ($1.44 million) for failing to prevent its users' data being accessed by advertisers.

Australian PM defends baby and beer photo

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull brushed off criticism Monday of a photo of him nursing a beer while holding his granddaughter as online "craziness".

Op-Ed: Academics protest YouTube's closure of North Korean channels

San Bruno - Academics are angry that YouTube has shut down two North Korean news, and propaganda channels and has urged the company to reinstate them as they provided valuable insights about the country including into their nuclear program.

YouTube shuts down North Korea propaganda account

Seoul - YouTube has cut off access to a state-run North Korean propaganda channel, as the US seeks to impose tougher sanctions following Pyongyang's recent nuclear and missile tests.

German, 19, on trial for 'darknet' knife murders

Berlin - A teenager went on trial in Germany on Friday accused of two knife killings that shocked the country, including the murder of a child he allegedly bragged about on the internet.

Russia jails two members of notorious hacker group

Moscow - A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced two members of an infamous hacking group to three years in jail for breaking into the accounts of high-ranking Russian officials.

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