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Apps for online safety are counterproductive

In what initially appears to be a surprising study outcome, researchers have concluded that apps designed to keep children safe online may be counterproductive.

China directs users to approved VPNs as firewall tightens

Bejing - China vowed Tuesday to force both local and foreign companies and individuals to use only government-approved software to access the global internet, as overseas firms fear losing unrestricted online services under an impending deadline.

China has shut down 13,000 websites since 2015: Xinhua

Bejing - China has shut down or revoked the licenses of 13,000 websites since 2015 for violating the country's internet rules, state media reported Sunday.

US moves to roll back 'net neutrality' rules

Washington - US regulators voted Thursday to roll back so-called "net neutrality" rules which required internet providers to treat all traffic equally, in the latest twist to an acrimonious debate over online freedom.

US regulator orders rollback of 'net neutrality' rules

Washington - US regulators voted Thursday to roll back so-called "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all traffic equally, amid an acrimonious debate over how it impacts online freedom.

Questions and answers on 'net neutrality'

Washington - US regulators are set to vote Thursday on a plan overhauling rules for internet services providers. The action by the Federal Communications Commission is likely to end so-called "net neutrality.

Amazon claims record-breaking Australia launch

Sydney - Amazon's Australia launch was the company's biggest-ever opening day for orders, the US giant said Wednesday, but some shoppers were underwhelmed by the range of goods and prices on offer.

KinerjaPay provides Bitcoin spending platform

KinerjaPay is a new global distribution service provider which allows Bitcoin customers, in any part of the world, to purchase almost any product via its novel eCommerce platform. This highlights the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies.

'Good morning' Facebook post leads to arrest of Palestinian

Jerusalem - Israeli police have mistakenly arrested then released a Palestinian who posted "good morning" in Arabic on Facebook after software mistranslated it as "attack them," police and a media report said Sunday.

Google Wifi gets site blocker to help kids stay safe online

Google's announced it's adding a new safety feature to its family-friendly Wifi router. Site Blocking helps children stay safe online by allowing you to restrict access to approved sites. The feature knows over 8 million "non-kid-friendly" sites.

Why blockchain technology appeals to Generation Z

Amsterdam - Blockchain technology is being adopted across industries, from supply chains to finance. This means of transferring and storing value will appeal foremost to Generation Z, according to industry analysts.

Offline retailers can use data gleaned from online retail

New York City - New research demonstrates that savvy offline retailers can review and use data gleaned from online retail to boost their own sales.

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.
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