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Facebook’s crackdown on dangerous content in groups could backfire, experts say



Critics say ‘proactive’ approach could make questionable content harder to detectFacebook is changing its rules on private groups amid growing criticism that some closed communities on the platform are uniting extremists and spreading fake news.The com…

‘We can’t reach the women who need us’: the LGBT YouTubers suing the tech giant for discrimination



The platform made stars of Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers. But now the duo, along with other gay content creators, say they are losing their voice and their living because of the unfair way an algorithm works‘It happened again today,” Bria Kam tells me,…

WeWork files for IPO amid investor skepticism over deep losses



Office rental company filed for initial public offering, publishing statements showing loss of almost $700m in the first half of 2019WeWork, the office rental company, became the latest Silicon Valley “unicorn” to file for an initial public offering on…

Power Stone: the Dreamcast brawler that foresaw Fortnite and Overwatch



Capcom’s joyful, rule-breaking gameplay laid the groundwork for today’s multiplayer shooters. Its producer and designer tell us how they did itFrom the very beginning, developers saw the Dreamcast console as a place to experiment. Sega set the tone wit…

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms



Fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information from Biostar 2 discovered on publicly accessible databaseThe fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and pers…

Sony WF-1000XM3 review: updated noise-cancelling earbuds sound great



True wireless buds are Sony’s best yet, but where is the volume control?Sony’s latest true wireless WF-1000XM3 earbuds offer both noise cancelling and top-end sound quality while undercutting premium rivals on price.The replacement for the WF-1000X, wh…

Facebook admits contractors listened to users’ recordings without their knowledge



Company says ‘human review’ of audio conversations on Messenger has been ‘paused’Facebook has become the latest company to admit that human contractors listened to recordings of users without their knowledge, a practice the company now says has been “p…

Teen’s tweets from her smart fridge go viral after mother confiscates phone



Fifteen-year-old resorts to drastic measures after action taken ‘so I’d pay more attention to my surroundings’A resourceful teenager has taken the rise of increasingly powerful smart home devices to its logical conclusion – tweeting from her family’s s…

People at King’s Cross site express unease about facial recognition



One person reassured by the technology but most echo the complaint that ‘it’s unjustified’Members of the public have said there is no justification for the use of facial recognition technology in CCTV systems operated by a private developer at a 67-acr…