Google and Facebook accused of breaking GDPR laws

Image caption Four web giants are accused of breaking the law Complaints have been filed against Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp within hours of the new GDPR data protection law taking effect. The companies are accused of forcing users to consent to targeted advertising to use the services. Privacy group noyb.eu led by activist Max […]

YouTube star John ‘TotalBiscuit’ Bain dies aged 33

Image copyright Genna Bain Popular video game critic John Bain – known as TotalBiscuit and the Cynical Brit – has died aged 33. He had 2.2 million YouTube subscribers, but retired from reviewing games in April after bowel cancer spread to his liver. In a lengthy post on Reddit, he wrote that he did not […]

Netflix eclipses Disney in market milestone

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Netflix boss Reed Hastings speaks in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Netflix formally claimed the title of most valuable media company in the world on Thursday, at least for a bit. Shares in the online streaming giant rose more than 2% in mid-afternoon trading, pushing the […]

Tech firms battle with GDPR privacy rules

Image caption Instapaper will temporarily stop EU residents from using its service Several tech firms have opted to block EU residents from using their services because of concerns they are not compliant with a shake-up to the 28-nation bloc’s data privacy laws. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on Friday. It gives […]

FBI seeks to thwart cyber-attack on Ukraine

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid takes place in Kiev on Saturday Preparations for a cyber-attack on Ukraine have been thwarted by the FBI. It seized a website that was helping communicate with home routers infected with malware that would carry out the digital bombardment. More than […]

Google ‘stole my videos’, says film-maker Philip Bloom

Google ‘stole my videos’, says film-maker Philip Bloom

Image copyright Philip Bloom Image caption Footage filmed of tourists caught up in a snowstorm was among that used by Google Google has enraged a leading film-maker by using his footage in a corporate video that later leaked online. The technology company used material from more than half a dozen of Philip Bloom’s films to […]

GDPR quiz: How will data privacy law affect you?

Tougher data privacy rules come into effect on Friday, impacting any organisation handling personal information linked to EU residents. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is pretty complex and it looks like many firms are still struggling to understand what it means for them, even at this late stage. Many members of the public are […]

Uber to open Paris lab for flying taxis

Image copyright Uber Image caption The aircraft is a cross between a plane and a helicopter Uber’s plan to create flying taxis moved a step closer as the ride-hailing firm announced that it will open a laboratory in Paris to develop them. It will invest €20m (£17.5m) over five years to create AI algorithms and […]

Google ‘stole my video’, says film-maker Philip Bloom

Google ‘stole my video’, says film-maker Philip Bloom

Image copyright Philip Bloom Image caption Footage filmed of tourists caught up in a snowstorm was among that used by Google Google has enraged a leading film-maker by using his footage in a corporate video that later leaked online. The technology company used material from more than half a dozen of Philip Bloom’s films to […]

Steam store school-shooting game ‘appalling’

Image copyright Steam A “school-shooting simulator” video game has been described as “appalling” by an anti-gun violence charity. According to its listing on the Steam video game store, the software lets players “slaughter as many civilians as possible” in a school environment. Charity Infer Trust called on Valve – the company behind the Steam games […]

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