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An Australian court on Friday ordered internet providers to block more than 40 piracy websites after a successful case by leading film distributors, in a major ruling on online content sharing.

China cracking down on anonymous browsers

The Chinese government has issued a warning to websites that are selling virtual private networks (VPNs). The country outlawed the sale of VPN except those approved by the government in July.

Russia drops US neo-Nazi site from .ru domain

Russia's internet watchdog said Thursday it had called on a domain provider to stop hosting the website of a US white supremacist group under fire following the Charlottesville violence.

Internet doors slammed on white nationalist extremism

White extremists are having doors to the internet slammed on efforts to promote violent and bigoted agendas.

Merkel reaches out to young voters on YouTube

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning Wednesday for the youth vote on YouTube ahead of September 24 elections, said her favourite emoticon was the "smiley" and dismissed fears about a potential World War III.

Obama post-Charlottesville tweet most liked ever on Twitter

A tweet by former president Barack Obama about the violence in Charlottesville has become the most liked message in the history of Twitter, the company said Wednesday.The tweet by the country's first black president quoted Nelson Mandela.

Thai student leader pleads guilty to else majeste on Facebook

A prominent student leader on Tuesday pleaded guilty to defaming Thailand's royal family by sharing a news story about the kingdom's new monarch on Facebook, his lawyer said.

Lawyer: British hacking suspect will be vindicated

A lawyer for a 23-year-old British computer security researcher accused of creating malware to attack the banking system on Monday called him a "hero" and predicted he would be "fully vindicated.

Facebook discretely fields China photo-sharing app

Facebook's interest in China has led it to discretely create a photo-sharing application released there without the social network's brand being attached.

Polish priests told off over 'infantile' emojis

Church authorities in Poland have admonished priests for using emoticons in parish newsletters, saying that peppering texts with smiley faces makes them appear childish.

Online matchmaker aims to save Dutch farms with no heirs

Standing in his rubber boots in his fields surrounded by his beloved Red Holstein cows, Dutch farmer Gerard Hartveld has an air of resignation as he contemplates the future.Hartveld says he is a dairy farmer in "his heart" and soul.

Browser Tor used for anonymous browsing and access to deep net

Many Internet users want to remain anonymous. Tor is free software that helps defend you on line against surveillance that threatens your personal freedom and privacy.

Thai journalist charged over Facebook criticism of junta

A prominent Thai columnist who has chronicled the erosion of human rights under junta rule was charged with sedition on Tuesday over Facebook posts that criticised the regime.

China's web users fear losing tools to bypass 'Great Firewall'

Enterprising internet users in China fear the tools they use to tunnel through the country's "Great Firewall" may soon disappear, as Beijing tightens its grip on the web.

Op-Ed: New Firefox 57 to challenge leading browser Chrome

Mozilla Firefox or just Firefox was at one time the first choice of browser users back in December of 2009, challenging the dominance of Microsoft's venerable Internet Explorer.

Chrome has a big lead in competition for most used browser

The Chrome browser dominates over all others in terms of its usage on the Internet. However, the measurement of usage is complicated and there can be some measures that overestimate the usage of a browser and others that underestimate usage.

Governments need to realize the potential of social media

A new report has concluded that governments around the world need to embrace social media. The report calls out the U.K. government as an example of a leading innovator in online communication.

Twitter will put up with abusive Trump tweets for now

Some Trump critics claim that some of his tweets breach Twitter's rules of use. But it appears that the company will not close Trump's account even though Twitter has been cracking down on users it feels have violated its terms of service.

Global ransomware attacks on the rise: Europol

Global ransomware attacks soared by over 11 percent in the 12 months to March, Europol reported Tuesday, but specialist tools developed with its partners had helped unlock some 28,000 encrypted devices.

Russians march against state internet crackdown

Around 1,000 people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to protest against the government's harsh legislative controls on the internet.

New White House communications boss deletes tweets Trump would not love

Donald Trump's new communications chief has deleted tweets in which he shared views contrary to the US president's own, saying they were a distraction.

Russia moves to ban tools used to surf outlawed websites

Russia's parliament on Friday voted to outlaw web tools that allow internet users to sidestep official bans of certain websites, the nation's latest effort to tighten controls of online services.

Azerbaijan jails Russian-Israeli blogger for three years

Azerbaijan on Thursday sentenced a Russian-Israeli travel blogger who wrote in support of Armenian separatists to three years in jail for visiting the disputed territory of Nagorny Karabakh.

Saudi police question woman who wore miniskirt in video

Saudi police said Tuesday they were questioning a woman who appeared in an online video in a miniskirt and crop top walking through a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom.

Indonesia restricts Telegram app over 'terrorism' content

Indonesia has blocked web-based access to a popular messaging service and threatened a full ban on the app due to its "terrorism" content, the government said.

Australia to compel chat apps to hand over encrypted messages

Social media giants like Facebook and WhatsApp will be compelled to share encrypted messages of suspected terrorists and other criminals with Australian police under new laws unveiled Friday.

Accidental internet cut-off hits Somalia hard

Last month, a baby was born in the Somali capital Mogadishu with a terrible eye defect that requires treatment abroad.

App turns Mexican women's phones into panic buttons

The Mexican city of Juarez has been dubbed "the capital of murdered women": since the 1990s, hundreds of women have been raped, killed and dumped in the desert, or simply disappeared without a trace.

Afghanistan enacts law to control cyberspace

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has signed into law a cybercrime bill targeting online crime and militancy by groups such as the Taliban and Islamic State, officials said Monday, amid concerns it could limit free speech.

Should we be worried about the Internet of Cars?

Developments with autonomous cars have received considerable attention recently as the technology advances. This has led some to consider going beyond the self-driving car to discuss the ‘Internet of cars’.

Facebook building its own Houseparty clone to disrupt live video

Facebook is reportedly building its own live video chat app. It's an attempt to capture the attention of young audiences who often communicate in groups. The company is said to be planning a clone of popular group video app Houseparty called Bonfire.

Via social media, priest recounts horror of Central Africa violence

"Heavy gunfire in Zemio. Impossible to go out. They have cut the phones and we can't go out -- it's just too dangerous. So I am posting on Facebook.

China's young gamers face 'King of Glory' playing time limits

All-night gaming marathons will soon end for some Chinese kids: internet giant Tencent began limiting daily playing times on its smartphone smash hit "King of Glory" on Tuesday to "ensure children's healthy development".

Germany introduces heavy fines for online hate speech

Germany's parliament voted Friday to punish social media giants with fines of up to 50 million euros ($57 million) if they systematically fail to remove illegal hate speech.

Woman shoots boyfriend in YouTube stunt gone wrong

In a social media stunt that has gone terribly wrong, a woman has shot her boyfriend dead as part of a YouTube stunt. The aim was for the boyfriend to stop a bullet with a book while his girlfriend shot him.

Inmarsat launch will boost in-flight WiFi

Inmarsat's European short-haul WiFi satellite launched this week on-board a spacecraft. The aim is to boost in-flight WiFi and address what many travelers see as a poor service.

Are smartphones making us more stupid?

Smartphones and other connected devices are delivering an array of useful functions and life-enhancing benefits. But is there a cost? Is our ‘over reliance’ on these computers coming at a cost of cognitive decline?

US tech giants join forces against terror content

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced Monday the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed at thwarting the spread of extremist content online.

Russia says Telegram app used in Saint Petersburg attack

Russia's FSB security agency on Monday said the Telegram messaging service was used by those behind the Saint Petersburg metro bombing, the latest salvo by authorities after they threatened to block the app.

China crackdown on livestreaming on social media sites

The Chinese government has taken an action on live-streaming services on its top social media sites. This appears to be a move to battle unsuitable political content that's broadcast via live-streaming services.

Op-Ed: How many people does it take to upgrade PHP? Way too many.

I got a notification from WordPress today which stated that my PHP was out of date, and I should upgrade immediately. That began a saga of epic proportions, with a payoff even Alfred Hitchcock would have liked.