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Google adds support for the 'Physical Web' to Chrome for Android

The Android version of Google's Chrome web browser now includes support for the Physical Web, the concept of real devices sending notifications and alerts to the phone in your pocket. Google says Physical Web beacons are becoming more widespread.

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 Ads using the old and outdated technology will not be accepted for submission from July 2016 and Flash will be banned entirely next year.

Facebook's plan to give free Internet to the poor banned in India

Facebook's Free Basics program, a plan to give people in developing countries free access to the Internet, has been banned in India amid concerns that it violates net neutrality regulations. Facebook has come under fire for prioritizing content types.

'Facebook killer' sentenced to life for wife's U.S. murder

Miami - A Miami court imprisoned for life a US man who killed his wife and then splashed a photo of her bloodied body on Facebook, where he confessed to the fatal shooting.

Google goes to war against fake download buttons

A common trick used by advertisers and scammers is to design fake software download buttons to display alongside websites with legitimate links. Google has announced it will start to protect users against these deceptive buttons with a Chrome update.

New job cuts expected by ailing tech giant Yahoo

Sunnyvale - Ailing Internet giant Yahoo could cut 15 percent of its workforce and close several business units in a cost-cutting move expected to be announced tomorrow.

Google to beam 5G Internet from the skies using a fleet of drones

Google is working on a system that will see solar-powered drones delivering 5G Internet from the sky, according to a report. The company has already built several prototype versions of "Project SkyBender" and has acquired FCC permission to do so.

China arrests 21 over $7.6 bln Ponzi scam: report

Bejing - Chinese authorities have arrested 21 people on suspicion of defrauding around 900,000 people of more than 50 billion yuan ($7.6 billion), state media reported, after an online peer-to-peer lender turned out to be a giant Ponzi scheme.

Polish senate approves Internet surveillance law

Varsovia - Poland's senate on Friday approved a controversial amendment making it easier for the secret service and police to access Internet data, stoking concerns about the state of democracy in the EU member.

Apple recalls wall plug adapters sold outside U.S.

San Francisco - Apple announced a recall of 12 years' worth of wall plug adapters it sold outside the United States, warning of the risk of electric shock.

'Dead Syrian' Facebook post spotlights German refugee fears

Berlin - A Facebook post about the death of a Syrian refugee in Germany sparked a storm of reaction this week, only for the author to admit making it up, highlighting a rash of online rumours fuelled by a record asylum seeker influx.

Op-Ed: Why my family got off Facebook

Two years ago, my family decided to delete our Facebook accounts and we have never been happier. Maybe it's time for more of us to do the same.

Pakistan orders 400,000 porn sites blocked

Islamabad - Pakistan has asked Internet companies to block more than 400,000 pornography websites, officials said Tuesday, as part of a crackdown on what the top court calls "offensive content" in the Muslim-majority nation.

Stockholm to be first city with 5G mobile coverage in 2018

Stockholm - A partnership between Swedish telecoms operator TeliaSonera and developer Ericsson means Stockholm will be the first city to have access to 5G next-generation mobile data technology. It will be rolled out in 2018 before a launch in Tallinn, Estonia.

Brave web browser has automatic ad block, built by ex-Mozilla CEO

Brendan Eich, founder and ex-CEO of Mozilla, has announced a new web browser for desktop and mobile devices that blocks adverts by default, replacing annoying and intrusive ones with ads more applicable to the user.

Pope hits out at Internet trolls

Vatican City - Pope Francis spoke out Friday over the increasingly aggressive nature of much political discourse and the use of social media as a forum for personal abuse.

Pope hits out at Internet trolls

Vatican City - Pope Francis spoke out Friday over the increasingly aggressive nature of much political discourse and the use of social media as a forum for personal abuse.

'Worst password' of 2015 revealed — It's still 123456

SplashData has published its updated list of the worst passwords in use today. 123456 is still at the top of the list, followed by "password" and 12345678. The company warned that poor security habits are putting Internet users at risk of exploit.

Top Chinese university hacked by IS infiltrator: Reports

Bejing - A hacker proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group infiltrated the internal network of one of China's top universities to display images of masked and mounted militants, reports said Monday.

'Like' me, 'like' me: Cambodian PM woos youth vote online

Phnom Penh - Looking more avuncular than authoritarian, Cambodian premier Hun Sen crouches for a selfie for his Facebook page with young scouts -- part of a social media blitz selling the strongman's cuddlier side as he seeks to extend a 30-year grip on power.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi bemoans youth 'wasting time' online

Yangon - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, who was forced to spend years of solitude under house arrest, has hit out at young people "wasting time" on computer games and social networking.

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."

Cisco finds most companies now use over 1,000 cloud services

Cisco has found that the average company now uses over 1,000 services based in the cloud across all of its various operations and employees. Cisco has now launched a new tool to help IT administrators manage all these outside connections.

British ad watchdog raps Buzzfeed for misleading readers

London - Britain's advertising watchdog ruled Wednesday that US website Buzzfeed misled readers with an advertisement styled to look like a news story.

340m PC users thrown 'hot potato' as Microsoft pulls plug on IE 8

Microsoft has followed through on its plans to end support for old versions of its Internet Explorer web browser and Windows operating system today. The move, described by experts as a "hot potato," puts as many as 340 million Internet users at risk.

Police probe 'no trousers' flashmob in Moscow metro

Moscow - Russian police on Monday said they were probing a cheeky stunt by a group of passengers on the Moscow metro who stripped down to their underwear as part of a worldwide flashmob.

Spotify hit by new $200 million copyright suit

Los Angeles - Streaming leader Spotify has been hit by a new copyright lawsuit seeking $200 million, in the second such case within weeks.

S.Africa's Zuma denounces 'demon of racism' over online insults

Rustenburg - South African President Jacob Zuma on Saturday denounced what he called the "demon of racism" following a slew of discriminatory insults on social media.

U.S. ramps up war on IS propaganda, recruitment

Washington - The White House intensified efforts Friday to fight propaganda and recruitment by extremist groups such as the Islamic State, announcing a new task force and pressing Silicon Valley to help out.
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