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Month: May 2018

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Angry Facebook shareholders challenge Zuckerberg over ‘corporate dictatorship’



At annual meeting, investors condemn CEO’s level of sway at the company, telling him: ‘Emulate Washington, not Putin’

In the months since Facebook faced one of the greatest crises in its 14-year history over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has faced tough questioning and increased scrutiny from his users, the media and governments around the world.

On Thursday, the billionaire executive faced another challenge: from angry shareholders at the company’s annual meeting, where activist investors had forced votes on six proposals to change the company’s governance or institute other reforms.

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Twitter blocking users who were underage when they signed up



Tech firm acts on accounts created by users under 13 at the time to comply with GDPR

In an effort to comply with GDPR, Twitter is blocking users who were underage when they signed up for the service – even if they’re now well over 18.

The company instituted a wave of account suspensions on 25 May, the day the new privacy regulation came into effect, locking the accounts of any user whose self-declared date of birth suggested that they may have been under 13 at the point they signed up for the account.

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Typing ‘the1975..com’ into Google app might be weirdest glitch ever



Is this strange Android app bug an Easter egg? Whatever it is, it has mystified users on Reddit

Software and apps are full of so called Easter eggs, which bored coders put in to trigger something novel just for fun. If this is one of those, it’s the most bizarre Easter eggs for a while. Type “the1975..com” into the Google app on your Android phone and see what happens.

For some reason that particular string of characters – not the band by the same name or the real url with just one “.” – brings up a user’s text messages in the Google app. The same thing happens for “zela viagens”, “izela viagens” and “vizel viagens”, as well as a variety of other characters such as “the1975.#com”.

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How can I get faster broadband in a rural area?



Broadband is slow on June’s farm and BT wants £16,000 to install something faster. What are the options?

We’re a rural family of six with three businesses on site and we have three landlines in order to be able to use broadband. It is a disaster – usually less than 1MB, peaks occasionally at 4MB – and sometimes the kids have to go to the village to do homework.

Why isn’t BT forced to enable rural homes with the same deals that city people get? BT wanted to charge £16,000 to connect us!

BT isn’t forced to offer rural homes the same deals as city people because – as your £16,000 quote illustrates – it would cost too much. BT is busy extending its high-speed network to rural areas but the British government, via the DCMS’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme, and local authorities are contributing to the cost.

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How much screen time is too much for kids? It’s complicated



Parents have been advised to limit media consumption, but research suggests it’s the nature of it that matters

For many parents in the digital age, battles over screen time and devices have become a depressing part of family life, and knowing how much is too much has become a moving target.

Whether it’s three-year-olds throwing tantrums when the iPad is taken away, seven-year-olds watching YouTube all night, nine-year-olds demanding their own phones, 11-year-olds nagging to play 18-rated video games that “all their friends” are, or 14-year-olds who are never off Instagram, every stage of childhood and adolescence is now accompanied by its own delightful new parenting challenges.

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Google launches video doorbell with facial recognition in UK



Nest Hello promises to recognise friends and family at the door, but could provoke privacy concerns

Google’s facial recognition video doorbell, the Nest Hello, is launching in the UK to challenge Amazon’s Ring.

Initially released in the US in March, Nest Hello is the first of Google’s new home security product lineup to make it to the UK, ahead of its Nest Secure alarm system.

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Developer of hit video game Fortnite sued for alleged copyright infringement



PUGB, creator of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, files lawsuit against Epic Games claiming similarities between two titles

The creator of the smash-hit video game Fortnite is to be sued in South Korea for copyright violation.

According to the Korean Times, a lawsuit has been filed by PUGB Corp, a subsidiary of the publisher Bluehole. It alleges that Fortnite bears many similarities to its own title, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which was launched several months earlier.

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Pokémon Let’s Go games announced for Nintendo Switch



New games aim to mix mass appeal of Pokémon Go with nostalgia of classic titles

The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have announced new Pokémon games for the Nintendo Switch.

The announcements were headlined by two games that aim to mix the approachable nature of the hit mobile app Pokémon Go with the more in-depth appeal of the mainline role-playing game series, alongside a healthy hit of nostalgia.

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