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$35 mn penalty for not telling investors of Yahoo hack

San Francisco - US securities regulators on Tuesday announced that Altaba will pay a $35 million penalty for not telling them hackers had stolen Yahoo's "crown jewels.

Surge in anonymous Asia Twitter accounts sparks bot fears

Fpo - It has been jokingly referred to as "Botmageddon". But a surge in new, anonymous Twitter accounts across swathes of Southeast and East Asia has deepened fears the region is in the throes of US-style mass social media manipulation.

Quebec wary of bitcoin gold rush

Saint-hyacinthe - At the site of a former cocoa factory in Canada's Quebec province, tiny holes punctured in the walls of a warehouse allow fresh air to cool thousands of whirring processors connected by a tangle of wires.

Former Cambridge Analytica chief ducks fresh grilling

London - Former Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix has refused to appear for a second grilling by British lawmakers, the MPs' scrutiny panel investigating him said Tuesday.

Lying eyes: Google engineer developing tool to spot fake video

Vancouver - In an era replete with fake news stories, you might expect video evidence to provide a clearer picture of the truth.

#ZuckerBowl without a clear winner as Facebook hearings end

Washington - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg emerged largely unscathed Wednesday from two days of high-stakes hearings that saw US lawmakers grill the billionaire over how the online giant feeds users' data to advertisers and chide him over privacy rights.

Top MEP says Zuckerberg 'must' face European Parliament

Apo - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg must come to the European Parliament to face questions about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, the head of the parliament's leading political group said Monday.

India defence website 'hacked', 3 other govt websites down

New Delhi - India's defence minister said the department website was hacked on Friday, with the web portals of at least three other government departments including the interior, law and labour ministries also appearing to be down.

Leaked Facebook memo questions cost of growth

San Francisco - Facebook's troubles worsened late Thursday with the leak of a two-year-old memo from a high-ranking executive hinting that the social network was determined to grow despite risks to users.

Leaked Facebook memo questions cost of growth

San Francisco - Facebook troubles worsened late Thursday with the leak of a two-year-old memo from a high-ranking executive hinting that the social network was determined to grow despite risks to users.

France prepares 1.5 billion euro push to foster AI research

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron is to unveil Thursday a bold plan to make France a centre of reference for artificial intelligence research, aimed at drawing homegrown and foreign talent in a field dominated by US and Chinese players.

G7 nations agree on a 'common vision' for AI

Montr - Group of Seven countries have agreed to a "common vision" for the development of artificial intelligence, a Canadian minister said Wednesday.

Facing outcry over data breach, Facebook again overhauls privacy settings

Washington - Facebook on Wednesday launched a fresh effort to quell the firestorm over the hijacking of personal data, once again unveiling new privacy tools and settings to give users more control over how their information is shared.

EU to unveil digital tax targeting Facebook, Google

Apo - The EU will unveil proposals for a digital tax on US tech giants on Wednesday, bringing yet more turmoil to Facebook after revelations over misused data of 50 million users shocked the world.

Facebook security chief changes role to focus on election fraud

San Francisco - Facebook's chief of security said late Monday his role has shifted to focusing on emerging risks and election security at the global social network, which is under fire for letting its platform be used to spread bogus news and manipulate voters.

New speed record for quantum computers

Oxford - Computer technologists have set a new speed record for the trapped-ion 'building blocks' (or logic gates) of future-generation quantum computers.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ adds faster networking for Pi Day

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new model of the diminutive single-board computer which iterates on 2016's Raspberry Pi 3. The updated Model B+ adds a faster processor, modern networking and official support for Power over Ethernet (PoE).

Obama in negotiations to create Netflix series: report

San Francisco - Former US President Barack Obama is in negotiations with Netflix about producing a series of shows for the online streaming giant, according to US media reports.

Amazon to quiet Alexa's cackling

San Francisco - Amazon on Wednesday promised to keep virtual assistant Alexa from spontaneously cackling, giving people eerie feelings about what the artificial intelligence might be plotting.

Op-Ed: Does Google's 72-qubit computer mean quantum computing is coming?

Google has taken another step forward on the path to developing the first quantum computer, with progress made to constructing a 72-qubit computer. This follows on from IBM and Intel who have also announced new chips. Question is, when will we see them?

HP launches first sanitizable notebooks for use in healthcare

HP has announced a new range of computing devices aimed specifically at healthcare users. The company has developed notebooks which can be sanitized, making them ideal for frontline healthcare workers in hospitals. Security is also a high priority.

Cyberattack against German government 'ongoing'

Berlin - A cyberattack targeting Germany's government IT network is "ongoing", the parliamentary committee on intelligence issues said Thursday, without confirming a media report that Russian hackers were behind the assault.

Television titans bulk up to battle internet rivals

New York - Traditional television titans are bulking up in a battle with online streaming giants Netflix and Amazon as viewers take to binging on shows when and where they want.

Connecting legacy IT equipment could pose security risks

SCADA and ICS technology that supports much critical infrastructure is ageing. Also, this technology is becoming more connected, opening it up to new security threats. A new report considers how to minimize the risk of these systems being breached.

Palmreaders? Japan team builds second skin message display

Toukyo - Palmreading could take on a whole new meaning thanks to a new invention from Japan: an ultra-thin display and monitor that can be stuck directly to the body.

Global powers must address 'episodes of cyberwar': UN chief

Munich - World leaders must lay the groundwork on how countries respond to cyberattacks that have proven to be a daunting threat, whether by state actors or criminal enterprises, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said Friday.

Thousands of websites infected by 'crypto mining' malware

Washington - Thousands of websites around the world, including many operated by governments, have been infected by hackers using the sites' computing power to "mine" cryptocurrencies, security researchers said.

Containing the cloud increases computing efficiency

Smartly containing the cloud leads to increases in computing efficiency, according to new research which looks at advances in container technology.

Report shows 'creeping criminalisation' of Russia's internet

Moscow - 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.

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

Davos - 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.
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