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UK man jailed for being ‘guiding mind’ behind Silk Road drugs site



Thomas White sentenced over Silk Road 2.0 site and having indecent images of children

A university dropout who was the “guiding mind” behind an online black market for illegal drugs has been jailed for five years and four months.

Thomas White was sentenced at Liverpool crown court on Friday for running the Silk Road 2.0 site on the dark web, and for possessing hundreds of indecent images of children found on an encrypted laptop after his arrest.

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UK hacker jailed for six years for blackmailing pornography site users



Zain Qaiser targeted millions of computers with ransomware demanding large sums

A hacker who blackmailed users of pornography websites in what investigators say is the UK’s most serious cybercrime case has been jailed for six years and five months.

Zain Qaiser targeted millions of computers with malicious browser-locking software that demanded payment of up to $1,000 (£765) to unfreeze screens, Kingston crown court heard.

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Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft investigated over online games



CMA examines auto-renewal terms for Switch, PlayStation and Xbox subscriptions

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox amid fears that the way subscriptions to their online games services are renewed is unfair.

The competition watchdog said on Friday that its consumer law investigation will seek to determine if the companies’ business practices are legal.

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Mark Zuckerberg calls for stronger regulation of internet



Facebook founder speaks out amid fears over election advertising and rise of far right

The Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg, has set out how he believes the social network and the internet should be regulated.

The firm’s founder and chief executive said there was a need for governments and regulators to have “a more active role”. Zuckerberg said he believed new regulation was needed in four areas – harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.

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Huawei security issues will take five years to fix, firm tells Commons



Tech giant pledges £1.5bn but compares process to replacing parts on moving train

The Chinese technology giant Huawei has said security problems raised in a government report could take between three and five years to resolve.

In a letter to Norman Lamb MP, the chairman of the House of Commons science and technology committee, the firm pledged to spend £1.5bn over five years to address security concerns raised last year.

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UK invests millions in micro-robots able to work in dangerous sites



Devices could be deployed in underground pipe networks, reducing need for roadworksThe UK government is investing millions in the development of micro-robots designed to work in underground pipe networks and dangerous sites such as decommissioned nucle…

Uber loses appeal over driver employment rights



Drivers should be classed as workers with access to paid holidays and minimum wage

Judges have dismissed Uber’s appeal against a landmark employment tribunal ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers with access to the minimum wage and paid holidays.

Master of the rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, along with Lord Justice Bean, backed an October 2016 employment tribunal ruling that could affect tens of thousands of workers in the gig economy. A third judge, Lord Justice Underhill, dissented, leading to a 2-1 majority decision.

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BT removing Huawei equipment from parts of 4G network



Head of MI6 had questioned Chinese firm’s involvement in UK telecoms infrastructure

BT has confirmed it is removing Huawei equipment from key areas of its 4G network as concerns are raised about the Chinese firm’s presence in critical telecoms infrastructure.

Governments in the US, New Zealand and Australia have already moved to block the use of Huawei’s equipment as part of the future rollout of 5G networks. Earlier this week the head of MI6 also suggested the UK needed to decide if it was “comfortable” with Chinese ownership of the technology being used.

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YouTube’s highest earner: seven-year-old makes £17.3m in a year



US toy reviewer Ryan beats UK’s Daniel Middleton to the top spot for highest earnings

A seven-year-old American boy who reviews toys has topped a list of the highest-earning YouTube stars after making £17.3m in a year.

Ryan, from Ryan ToysReview, made the sum for his online reviews between June 2017 and June 2018. Since launching his main channel in 2015, Ryan has amassed more than 17 million followers and close to 26bn views.

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