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Facebook discusses what happens to your account after death

Facebook has explained how it treats people's online identities after they die. The company acknowledged that different individuals and families can have differing opinions on what happens to their digital memories. It said it tries to "respect wishes."

Russians march against state internet crackdown

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

Uber merges with Russia's Yandex in six ex-Soviet countries

Moscow - Uber on Thursday announced that it was merging in Russia and five other ex-Soviet states with the taxi hailing app of the country's leading internet giant, Yandex.

Crowdfunding is growing beyond tech, but is it really the future?

Crowdfunding sites are all the rage right now. Kickstarter and Indiegogo have given start-ups a new way to gain exposure and lift their brand off the ground. The approach is also revolutionising established industries though, from real estate to banking.

Google proposes framework to let governments access overseas data

Google has put forth a proposal to overhaul the laws surrounding the access of data held in overseas datacentres to aid criminal investigations. The company wants to pioneer a new legal framework that helps prosecutors while preserving personal privacy.

Facebook announces profile picture changes to help you stay safe

Facebook has announced a set of new safety features related to profile pictures that are designed to give users peace of mind over how their images are used. The options are based on feedback from Indian users and are currently limited to the country.

Emojipedia adds trends to let you check which emoji are popular

A new emoji tool hopes to help you avoid digital embarrassment by letting you know when your most frequented symbols are heading out of fashion. The current trends suggest you should be accompanying your tweets and messages with dog icons today.

China to launch own encyclopaedia to rival Wikipedia

China plans to launch its own online encyclopaedia next year, hoping to build a "cultural Great Wall" that can rival Wikipedia as a go-to information source for Chinese Internet users who Beijing fears are being corrupted by foreign influences.

US regulator vows to roll back 'net neutrality' rules

Washington - A top US regulatory official on Wednesday unveiled plans to roll back so-called "net neutrality" rules that require broadband firms to treat all online traffic equally.

Renewed concern about buying medicines online

London - The international trade in selling medicines over the Internet is increasing and with it the risk of consumers buying substandard and dangerous products, many of which will be unlicensed. A new report highlights the risks.

Russia wages 'war' on internet by jailing users: rights group

Moscow - A prominent Russian rights advocacy group on Tuesday warned of a crackdown on internet users as courts impose harsh jail sentences for posts expressing political views.

Fake news detector helps solve Facebook's problem, gets blocked

A new browser extension that flags up fake news on Facebook can offer "helpful reminders" that not everything on the social network is genuine. After enjoying a short success, Facebook has blocked the tool, seemingly embarrassed by its results.

Chinese spend billions on Singles' Day

Chinese shoppers unleashed a record deluge of cash online for Singles Day on Friday, Alibaba said, spending almost $18 billion with the e-commerce giant in the world's biggest online shopping promotion.

Google's latest HTTPS report shows the web is getting more secure

Google has released its latest HTTPS Transparency Report, indicating how many websites are migrating their servers to use secure connections. Significant progress has been made in the past 18 months, keeping data protected and users safe online.

Yahoo says it didn't disable email forwarding to stop you leaving

Yahoo has turned back on email forwarding, a week after switching it off without warning. Some critics have suggested the company did it deliberately to stop customers leaving after it revealed 500 million customer accounts were accessed back in 2014.

Closure of Palestinian pages sparks Facebook censorship fears

Ramallah - Facebook apologised Monday after temporarily disabling accounts linked to two Palestinian news sites critical of Israel, a move that drew concern over potential online censorship.

Macy's to close 100 stores while boosting online presence

New York - Macy's, the largest U.S. department store chain, announced plans Thursday to close 100 stores across the country and reallocate resources to increase its online presence.

Torrentz, one of the world's largest torrent sites, shuts down

One of the world's largest torrent sites has closed down without warning. Torrentz announced it is ceasing its operations in a message on its homepage, making it significantly harder for people to find torrents and pirate content illegally.

Two-factor authentication gets quicker with Google's new app

Google has launched a new way to approve sign-in requests using two-factor authentication that makes the process easier to use. You'll be able to tap a push notification to approve yourself, potentially making the feature more attractive to new users.

World's leading tech companies plotting to strengthen encryption

As Apple fights the FBI over an order to decrypt its own software, some of the world's largest technology firms are planning to increase the encryption applied to user data, according to a report today. The move will antagonize law enforcement worldwide.

Google offering 2GB free storage as reward for updating security

Google is giving users 2GB of free Google Drive cloud storage in return for spending two minutes of their time to complete a Security Checkup. The offer is part of Safer Internet Day, designed to raise awareness of security issues online.

Google to ban Flash adverts next year, remove them from the web

Google has announced its plans to phase out Flash in the AdWords advertisements displayed on websites. Ads using the old and outdated technology will not be accepted for submission from July 2016 and Flash will be banned entirely next year.

Team creates 'unhackable' brain scanner to replace passwords

Future security is topical at the moment as groups across the world are building different systems to prepare us for a passwordless future. One such team has come up with a very different solution that scans the brain to create an 'unhackable' ID.

Spotify reportedly launching streaming video service this week

Spotify will launch its upcoming streaming video service later this week according to reports. Android users may be able to start watching video within the next few days and iOS users will only be waiting a little longer.

Wikipedia celebrates its 15th birthday

Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia used by millions worldwide every day, is celebrating its 15th birthday today. Its founder thinks the site can keep progressing though and wants to see the famous name become the "sum of all human knowledge."

Access heart health information online

The American Heart Association (AHA) has put copious amounts of heart health data online, with a view to encourage people to cut back a little over the Holiday season.

Yahoo's all-new Messenger app lets you like and unsend messages

Yahoo has launched a complete remake of its almost-forgotten messaging service, Messenger. The new-look app debuts online and on mobile devices today and includes some unique features that aren't available in rival apps.

London duo Oh Wonder attracted big buzz thanks to online smarts Special

Few musicians attracted as intense attention as Oh Wonder, a London duo who were earning rave reviews a year before their first EP was released. How? By teasing fans with posting one song a month for a year on Soundcloud.

Amazon announces lawsuit against over 1,000 fake reviewers

Online retailer Amazon has filed a lawsuit targeting over 1,000 people alleged to have posted fake product reviews on its website. The company says that the false reviewers can '"significantly" undermine the trust that consumers place in its listings.

Amazon's new Fire TV goes head-to-head with Apple TV, costs $100

Not content with just unveiling tablets today, Amazon has also announced two new additions to its Fire TV range. The new model features support for 4K Ultra HD videos and a 75 percent performance increase in a package designed to rival the Apple TV.
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