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Last-minute frenzy of GDPR emails unleashes ‘torrent’ of spam – and memes



Inboxes around the world are clogging up as deadline for companies to comply with new regulations nears

A last-minute flurry of emails from companies trying to retain customers ahead of the deadline for Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has prompted a slew of complaints – and memes – on social media.

Friday is the last day for companies to comply with GDPR regulations and as a result, inboxes around the world are clogging up with emails warnings that “the privacy policy has changed” and pleas to “just click here so we can stay in touch”.

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Laurel or Yanny explained: why do some people hear a different word?



Original audio clip comes from vocabulary.com and features voice repeating one word – but which one do you hear?

A short audio clip of a computer-generated voice has become the most divisive subject on the internet since the gold/blue dress controversy of 2015.

The audio “illusion”, which first appeared on Reddit, seems to be saying one word – but whether that word is “Yanny” or “Laurel” is the source of furious disagreement.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress: the key moments



Facebook’s chief executive on the right to privacy, banning Cambridge Analytica and the things he is taking responsibility for

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, faced US Congress for the first time on Tuesday over the data harvested from millions of users that was improperly shared with the data firm Cambridge Analytica.

Zuckerberg answered questions from the Senate commerce and judiciary committees on privacy, data mining, regulations and Cambridge Analytica during the course of the marathon five-hour hearing. Here are the key moments:

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Snapchat update: 600,000 angry users sign petition to change new redesign



In backlash against latest update, users of the social app call on Snap Inc to change back to original design

More than 600,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Snapchat to revert its update back to the original design.

The app’s latest redesign, which was released last week, focused on separating “media content” from that of “friends” among an array of other interface changes.

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Snapchat update: more than 800,000 angry users sign petition to change redesign



In backlash against latest update, users of the social app call on Snap Inc to change back to original design

More than 800,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Snapchat to revert its update back to the original design.

The app’s latest redesign, which was released last week, focused on separating “media content” from that of “friends” among an array of other interface changes.

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Twitter users respond to #280characters rollout: ‘All we wanted was an edit button’



All users now get twice as many characters per tweet, and it’s fair to say the response has been mixed

Twitter has officially unleashed its 280 character count to the masses.

The social media platform had originally selected only a small number of accounts to test the longer feature. However, it announced on Tuesday that it would expand the character limit from 140 characters to 280 for all of its users.

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Twitter users respond to 280-character limit – mostly in 140 characters



Twitter selects a small number of accounts to test long tweets, and users instantly rise to the challenge of wordier jokes

Twitter’s decision to double its character limit to 280 has not been received with universal acclaim. Even – make that especially – on Twitter.

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, broke the news on Wednesday.

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Twitter says Trump’s threat to North Korea was ‘newsworthy’ and will not be taken down



Company rejects complaints that US president’s tweet was in violation of its terms of service

Twitter has refused to take down a tweet by Donald Trump threatening North Korea, arguing that the statement by the US president was “newsworthy” and in the public interest.

Trump posted a tweet in response to a speech by North Korea’s Ri Yong-ho at the United Nations on Sunday, indicating that if the foreign minister “echoed” the thoughts of Kim Jong-un, the two men “won’t be around for much longer”. It is the latest in a series of hostile statements between the two countries.

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