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France denounces cyberattacks blamed on Moscow

Paris - Suspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign are "unacceptable", France's foreign minister said Sunday, adding it was clear that pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron was being targeted.

Germany bans internet-connected 'spying' doll Cayla

Berlin - German regulators have banned an internet-connected doll called "My Friend Cayla" that can chat with children, warning Friday that it was a de facto "spying device".

Internet of Things raises security concerns

The Internet of Things, the catch-all term for connected technology in the home as well as in other fields like medicine, poses new security risks according to a leading consultant.

Essential Science: Parallels between your brain and the Internet

The human brain and the interconnections that form the Internet share a key similarity, according to new research. Here a common rule governs traffic flow in engineered and biological systems.

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.

Syrian refugee, hounded over Merkel selfie, sues Facebook

Deutschland - A Syrian refugee whose selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been repeatedly manipulated to link him to violent jihad, took Facebook to court on Monday for spreading defamatory fake news.

How to manage social media and cope with newsfeed stress

A few years ago social media was a ‘fun’ activity. Now that it’s embedded in most people’s routines, managing page likes and newsfeeds creates its own special stress. Add to that dealing with unpleasant news and whole new stress factor is created.

Trudeau official rips Fox News over 'false' tweet on shooting

Ottawa - A senior official in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government blasted US television network Fox News for a "false" tweet claiming a Moroccan was the suspect in the Quebec mosque mass shooting.

An iPhone made in America? Not that simple

San Francisco - As US President Donald Trump pushes hard for goods to be "made in America," how realistic is it to expect Apple to stop manufacturing its iconic devices in China?

Fears grow over jihadist cyber threat

Lille - Jihadists have yet to shut down a power grid, paralyse a transport network or banking system or take over a key industrial site from afar, but experts say the threat of such a cyber attack should be taken seriously.

Porn 'tube' sites threaten children and actors, critics say

Paris - A new documentary claims that pornography has got "uglier and nastier", with actors forced to shoot more hardcore films for less since the explosion of free-to-view internet sites like Youporn and Pornhub.

Vivaldi calls on Microsoft to 'do the right thing' about Edge

The creators of Vivaldi, the new browser that's a spiritual successor to Opera, have called on Microsoft to "do the right thing" over its aggressive promotion of Windows 10's Edge. The company's CEO said it's too complicated to change the default browser.

Dutch man on trial in 'sextortion' cyberbully case

Amsterdam - A man accused of a worldwide cyberbullying racket that got young girls to pose naked before blackmailing them went on trial Wednesday in Amsterdam, saying he is innocent of the charges. The defendant Aydin C.

Dutch man on trial in 'sextortion' cyberbully case

Amsterdam - A man accused of a world-wide cyberbullying racket that got young girls to pose naked before blackmailing them went on trial Wednesday in Amsterdam, saying he is innocent of the charges. The defendant Aydin C.

Russia orders blocking of Dailymotion video site

Moscow - Russian authorities have ordered the blocking of video website Dailymotion after a reality TV station complained of copyright infringement, the channel's owner said Wednesday.

China cracks down on bids to bypass online censorship

Bejing - China has announced a 14-month campaign to "clean up" internet service providers and crack down on devices such as virtual private networks (VPNs) used to evade strict censorship.

Families of Pakistan missing bloggers deny blasphemy charges

Islamabad - The families of two missing Pakistani bloggers claimed their loved ones were innocent on Wednesday after a virulent social media campaign painted the activists as blasphemers deserving execution under the country's draconian laws.

Le Pen follows Trump's lead on social media bombardment

Paris - Domination of social media was a key weapon in Donald Trump's rise to the US presidency, and now France's far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, is looking to follow suit, analysts say.

EU proposes new rules that could put an end to the cookie banner

The European Commission has drafted plans to overhaul the way in which websites warn users about their use of cookies. Under current regulation, sites must display warnings if cookies are placed on the user's computer, even though they're usually ignored.

Interpol says 10,000th victim of child sex abuse rescued

Lyon - Less than seven years after Interpol set up its International Child Sexual Exploitation database, the global crime buster has identified and rescued a 10,000th child victim, it said Monday.

Man buys 1000 newspapers to hide DUI story, which appears online

The owner of an upstate New York newspaper said a man bought hundreds of copies of newspapers to keep people from reading about his drunk driving arrest. However, the story was published online, too.

Hate crimes charges over live-streamed Chicago assault

Chicago - Prosecutors in Chicago charged four black suspects with kidnapping and hate crimes over the assault of a mentally disabled white man shown live on Facebook, as the attackers hurled obscenities about whites and Donald Trump.

Four arrested after video shows assault of Chicago man

Chicago - A disturbing video circulated on social media showing a young Chicago man apparently tied up and being assaulted by four people.

US Customs computer collapse leaves thousands of travelers waiting

Washington - A nationwide collapse of the US customs service computer system left thousands of passengers lined up at airports awaiting clearance to officially enter the country, the authorities and US media said.

Internet use in class leads to lower test scores

New research provides a warning to school children who like to use the Internet in class. Surfing the Internet in class has been linked to poorer test scores.

Turkey probing 10,000 over online 'terror' activity

Istanbul - Turkey is investigating 10,000 people suspected of terror-related activity on the internet or posting comments on social media insulting government officials, the interior ministry said on Saturday.

Internet nail-varnish dare nets sick Dutch 6-year-old a million

Den Haag - A terminally ill Dutch six-year-old boy, who hoped to raise a few hundred euros for other sick children by daring people to paint their nails in garish colours, had raised more than one million by Friday.

Turks angry over 'nightmare' IS video of soldiers burned alive

Birut - Turks reacted angrily Friday on social media to a video released by the Islamic State group purportedly showing two captured Turkish soldiers being burned alive, while awaiting an official reaction from the government.

Op-Ed: Unbelievable truth? Social media and conspiracies

The Internet is awash with false news and conspiracy theories. Many of the 'theories' appear too bizarre have any semblance in reality, yet many do. We examine 2016's highlights (or low lights).

CRTC declares broadband a 'basic' service for all Canadians

In a landmark ruling, the government of Canada has declared high-speed broadband Internet a ‘basic telecommunications service’ guaranteed to all Canadians.
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