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The Czech Republic's pro-Moscow president has repeatedly lobbied for a Russian hacker held in Prague and wanted by the US to be extradited to Russia, the justice minister was quoted as saying Saturday.

N. Korea cyber threat 'more aggressive than China': US firm

North Korean hackers are becoming more aggressive than their Chinese counterparts, a leading US cybersecurity firm warned Tuesday, as it identified a Pyongyang-linked group as an "advanced persistent threat".

Iran headscarf protester sparks social media storm

A video showing an Iranian policeman shoving a woman protesting against mandatory headscarves off her makeshift podium in a busy Tehran street sparked criticism on social media on Friday.

Sweden warns of 'foreign meddling' in election

Sweden's intelligence service on Thursday warned "foreign powers" could try and meddle in the Nordic nation's upcoming general election, singling out Russia in light of alleged interference in the last US vote.

Bahrain activist Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweets

Jailed high-profile Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab was Wednesday sentenced to five more years behind bars over tweets critical of the Saudi-led intervention in the Yemen war and on the alleged mistreatment of prisoners, in a trial rights groups slammed...

Ally of Kremlin critic Navalny arrested over tweet

An ally of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to ten days in detention after posting a tweet calling on followers to come to an unauthorised rally last month.

Brazilian black activists' tips on surviving police go viral

Advice issued by black activists in Rio de Janeiro on "surviving" interactions with police -- including warning against carrying umbrellas that may be mistaken for guns -- went viral Monday.

Anti-gay 'vote Putin' video goes viral in Russia

A homophobic video urging Russians to re-elect President Vladimir Putin has gone viral less than a month before the country's election.

UK church spires used to boost phone, wi-fi signal

Church spires across Britain will be used to boost broadband, mobile phone and WiFi connectivity in rural areas, under a deal struck between the government and the Church of England, it was announced Sunday.

Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps

A free app on farmer San San Hla's smartphone is her new weapon in the war against the dreaded stem borer moth that blighted her rice paddy in southern Myanmar for the last two years.

Website of top Kremlin critic blocked after tycoon complaint

Russia's media watchdog on Thursday blocked the website of opposition leader Alexei Navalny after he posted a video alleging a deputy prime minister enjoyed lavish hospitality from a billionaire tycoon.

Kremlin 'categorically' denies Russia behind NotPetya cyber-attack

The Kremlin on Thursday denied an accusation by Britain that the Russian military were behind last year's "NotPetya" cyber-attack that started in Ukraine and Russia before spreading globally, affecting thousands of computers.

Russian studying radicalism gets 2.5 years for 'extremist' posts

A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a law student writing a thesis on countering radicalism to two and a half years in prison for reposting "extremist" images online.

China's former internet czar expelled from Communist Party

China's former internet czar, who oversaw a tightening of online censorship during his tenure, has been expelled from the Communist Party for taking bribes, the top graft watchdog said Tuesday.

Internet of Things drives personal security market growth

From wearables to personal sensors, the Internet of Things and new developments with connectivity are driving growth, innovation and new market opportunities with the personal security market.

Honduras lawmakers debate bill seeking to curb online speech

Lawmakers in Honduras are debating a bill that wants to fine administrators of social media networks for online comments deemed offensive or promoting "hate campaigns.

German court finds Facebook oversharing user data

A German court has found Facebook is breaching data protection rules with privacy settings that over-share by default and by requiring users to give real names, a consumer rights organisation said Monday.

Marathon Kim Dotcom case back in New Zealand court

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom's legal case returns to court in New Zealand Monday for what may be the Megaupload founder's final chance of avoiding extradition to the United States.

Op-Ed: Canada's PM Trudeau demands Facebook address 'fake news' problem

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned social networking behemoth Facebook the that it must address its "fake news" problem or it would face stronger regulation by the Canadian government.

Virginia aquarium captures video of octopus being born

A remarkable video showing the birth of a Caribbean reef octopus at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has been viewed more than 1 million times on social media.

Twitter hits milestone with first-ever profit

Twitter on Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly profit, a key milestone that sent shares soaring at the social network which has lagged for years behind fast-growing rivals.Twitter shares leapt 18 percent to $31.

US internet push in Cuba angers island nation's government

A US task force aiming to expand internet access in Cuba met Wednesday for the first time, drawing the Cuban government's ire.

US judge sets date for Frenchman's 'dark web' drug trial

A US judge set a date in May for the "dark web" drugs-for-bitcoins trial of a Frenchman arrested while traveling to the World Beard and Mustache Championships in Texas.

Report shows 'creeping criminalisation' of Russia's internet

Russia sentenced 43 people to jail over online posts last year, a rights group said Monday, warning that the country is slowly criminalising internet use as the security service tightens its grip.

UK judges block US extradition of alleged hacker Lauri Love

British judges on Monday rejected a US request for the extradition of a man accused of hacking into thousands of US government computers, an AFP reporter in the court said.

Paul Ryan slammed over tweet praising tax cut for $1.50 pay rise

US House Speaker Paul Ryan came under fire Saturday over a tweet that framed a worker's $1.50 per week pay increase as an impressive result of his party's massive tax cut plan, US media reported.

Op-Ed: Facebook seeks to gather more data about its users

Facebook has patented an algorithm which, according to the filing, seeks to collect data about its users in terms of their apparent socioeconomic 'class'.

China orders microblog companies to ramp up censorship

China Friday ordered the country's microblog operators to establish mechanisms to remove false information, in the latest move by authorities to tighten policing of the web.

Japan's 'Insta-gran' finds fame with wacky selfies

A madcap Japanese great-grandmother armed with a camera and an appetite for mischief has shot to fame for taking side-splitting selfies -- many of which appear to put her in harm's way.

Facebook booming even as time spent on it drops

Facebook on Wednesday reported a big jump in profits even though people are spending less time on the world's biggest social network.

German who bragged online of child murder sentenced to life

A German man who stabbed to death a nine-year-old boy, bragged about it online and then killed another man while on the run was sentenced to life in jail Wednesday.

Pakistani killing unleashes rage over extrajudicial murders

The killing of a young social media star in Pakistan's chaotic port city of Karachi has unleashed festering anger at a rash of alleged extrajudicial murders and the police accused of orchestrating them.

Google yanks gay dating app from Indonesia online store

Google has pulled one of the world’s largest gay dating apps from the Indonesian version of its online store in response to government demands, Jakarta said Wednesday, amid a crackdown on the LGBT community.

Trial delayed for Palestinian teen in viral 'slap video'

The start of a military trial for a Palestinian teenager charged after a viral video showed her hitting two Israeli soldiers has been delayed until February 6, her lawyer said Tuesday.The trial of Ahed Tamimi, 16, had been due to begin on Wednesday.

China tightens screws on social media

Chinese authorities have ordered a major social media platform to curb "harmful content" more effectively as they intensify oversight of online expression -- even taking aim at rap music, crude cartoons, dirty jokes and celebrity gossip.

Soros to Google and Facebook: 'Your days are numbered'

Billionaire investor George Soros launched a scathing attack on tech giants at the Davos summit on Thursday, calling them monopolies that could be manipulated by authoritarians to subvert democracy.

Facebook wins EU court fight against class action lawsuit

The EU's top court on Thursday dismissed a bid by an Austrian activist to bring a class action against Facebook for privacy breaches, although he can sue the US social media giant on a personal basis.

Facebook admits social media threat to democracy

Facebook acknowledged Monday that the explosion of social media poses a potential threat to democracy, pledging to tackle the problem head-on and turn its powerful platform into a force for "good.

Rupert Murdoch: Facebook has become 'inherently unreliable'

In a surprise statement, News Corp's executive chairman, Rupert Murdoch, called on Facebook to start paying publishers for content posted to the site.

Facebook to let users rank 'trust' in news sources

Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network.

Instagram, Google+ join EU group fighting hate speech

Facebook's Instagram and the Google+ social network have agreed to join an EU-sponsored group of US internet giants to combat online extremism, EU officials said Friday.