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New software allows robots to be operated through VR

Brown University technologists have developed software that enables users control robots over the Internet using standard a virtual reality hardware interface.

Internet traffic redirected through Russia in 'suspicious' event

Traffic to some of the world's top web services was briefly routed through an "unused" ISP in Russia this week. Researchers have described the unexplained event as "suspicious" and "intentional." Facebook, Google and Microsoft were amongst those impacted.

End of net neutrality could change how much you pay for Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote December 14 on a new rule that would reverse net-neutrality regulations adopted in 2015.

Net giants 'must pay for news' from which they make billions

Paris - Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits.

FCC, FTC detail what will happen if net neutrality gets repealed

The FCC and FTC have published a draft agreement that outlines how the agencies will collaborate if net neutrality gets repealed. They will share jurisdiction of ISPs, with the FCC responsible for reviewing complaints. Both bodies will meet regularly.

Russia blocks websites of Khodorkovsky's opposition group

Moscow - Russia said Tuesday that it had ordered the blocking of websites linked to an opposition movement founded by exiled former oligarch and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky over "undesirable" activities.

Internet pioneers urge FCC to cancel net neutrality vote

Over 20 pioneers credited with inventing the web have penned a letter to the FCC. The leaders explain how the FCC's intention to repeal net neutrality is based on "flawed and factually inaccurate" understanding of the web, demanding the vote is cancelled.

Kids going bananas for Canadian company's Fingerlings

Montreal - One of the hottest toys this holiday season is only five inches tall, but it has turned out to be a "must have" for children, and some adults. Called a Fingerling, it is a little robotic monkey that clings to your finger, passes gas, and sings a tune.

Blockstack raises $52m to create a decentralised app platform

Blockstack has raised over $52m from its ICO which closed last week. The company is creating a user-controlled app platform that addresses the centralisation at the application-level of the Internet. You retain control of your data by storing it locally.

China targets booming online lending as crisis fears build

Bejing - When Jia Xinru needed to borrow money to buy new clothes, order food and buy a projector to screen Breaking Bad on her wall, she had instant access to China's growing number of lenders via her mobile phone.

China says its 'open' internet accounts for a third of economy

Shanghai - China's digital economy accounts for nearly a third of gross domestic product, according to a report released at an annual cyberspace conference staged by the government to justify its strict internet censorship.

China reasserts right to 'cyber sovereignty'

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stated the country will not cut off the global Internet but is committed to achieving its vision of "cyber sovereignty." During a speech in China, Xi said each country should be able to internally regulate the Internet.

Catwalk goes online with 'first ever' runway auction

Los Angeles - The catwalk has met the auctioneer's gavel and gone online.In a streaming fashion show Saturday, a California auction house aimed to modernize the auction format with what it calls the "first ever runway fashion show auction.

Blood and fury: Menstrual activism sweeps the world

Paris - The time for being coy about the time of the month may be over.Women are starting to speak up about their periods in a wave of "menstrual activism" which is being compared to the "women's liberation" movement of the 1960s.

AT&T brings Internet to rural and underserved areas

Atlanta - As part of its expansion, and mission to deliver communications, AT&T has delivered its Fixed Wireless Internet to rural and underserved locations in parts of 44 counties in the U.S. state of Georgia.

Drug sales on darknet a 'growing threat': EU report

Lisbon - Drug trafficking on the so-called darknet of hidden networks and web sites represents a growing threat that Europe must fight together, according to a report published Tuesday by the EU's police and drugs agencies.

Internet of Things predictions for 2018, ready for business

The market data company Forrester Research has put together a list of Internet of Things (IoT) predictions for 2018. The new findings show the increasing impact that connected technology is having upon businesses.

UK broadband firms banned from advertising misleading speeds

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has announced broadband providers will be banned from advertising misleading speeds that are available to only a few users. Providers cannot use the phrase "up to" and must list generally representative speeds.

Vivaldi gets power user tab features in dedicated 'Window Panel'

Vivaldi's announced its latest browser update which this time targets tab power users with a set of new features. The Window Panel lets you manage tabs in a dedicated sidebar, offering a way to navigate through open tabs and recently-closed windows.

China's Tencent becomes more valuable than Facebook

Bejing - Chinese social media and video game giant Tencent became more valuable than Facebook on Tuesday as investors sent the company soaring into the top five of the world's biggest firms.

Tim Berners-Lee thinks the web's facing a 'nasty storm' of issues

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, has discussed his opinions on net neutrality, fake news and aggressive ads. He said more needs to be done to protect the web's open nature and prevent it being abused, warning "the system is failing."

Google updates its job finder with salary estimates and more

Google's added several new capabilities to its job searching tool as it aims to better rival services such as LinkedIn. The search engine's built-in job finder launched earlier this week and is now being improved with salary estimates and location ranges.

Spain concerned over Russian social media activity on Catalonia

Madrid - Spain said Friday it had noted news manipulation about the Catalan crisis on social media originating "from Russian territory," adding the issue would be raised at an upcoming EU ministers meeting.

Chinese 'love' Trump's Mandarin-speaking granddaughter

Bejing - While media coverage of Donald Trump's meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping Thursday focused on trade and North Korea, it was the wide-eyed crooning of the US leader's granddaughter that stole Chinese netizens' hearts.

Facebook urges users to send nude pics to combat revenge porn

Sydney - Facebook is trying to combat "revenge porn" by encouraging users in Australia to submit their nude photos to a pilot project designed to prevent intimate images from being shared without consent.

New 2018 Chrome browser to stop unwanted redirects

Starting with a new version of Chrome in 2018 the Google browser will stop annoying redirects from a website to another page that you did not expect or want.

Twitter-happy Trump to enter China's Great Firewall

Bejing - US President Donald Trump has tweeted energetically throughout his Asian tour so far, but in China he will likely be one of a select few to skirt the country's ban on his cherished website.

New Internet browser security warning

A new study has found so-termed 'boated browser functionality' (rarely used functionality) presents unnecessary security and privacy risks to users.

'We need to do more' about misinformation, Google says

Dublin - A top Google executive has said the US internet giant has to do more to crack down on illegal content and misinformation, after American firms were grilled in Congress over Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

Dell loses control of important domain name to cybersquatters

Dell has suffered an embarrassing cybersecurity incident after it forgot to renew a domain name used by one of its services. Squatters had control of the domain for a month. It's thought it may have been used to distribute malware before Dell regained it.
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