Starbucks store’s wi-fi made computers mine crypto-currency

Starbucks store’s wi-fi made computers mine crypto-currency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is not known who was behind the mining operation Starbucks has acknowledged that visitors to one of its branches were unwittingly recruited into a crypto-currency mining operation. The wi-fi service provided by one of the coffee chain’s Buenos Aires outlets surreptitiously hijacked connected computers to use their processing […]

Broadband over ‘wet string’ tested for fun

Broadband over ‘wet string’ tested for fun

Image copyright Andrews and Arnold Image caption The experiment was a “bit of fun” says the firm responsible Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string. The connection reached speeds of 3.5Mbps (megabits per second), according to the Andrews and Arnold […]

Twitter ‘baby poop’ video launches spam

Twitter ‘baby poop’ video launches spam

Image copyright Twitter Image caption The video seemed to fool many Twitter users, including some high-profile media figures A Twitter video promising a “hysterical” response from a dog to a baby soiling its nappy appears to have been disabled by the social network. The malicious app gained access to users’ Twitter feeds, spamming links from […]

LinkedIn hosted jihadist lectures, Blair institute reveals

LinkedIn hosted jihadist lectures, Blair institute reveals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Four lectures by the deceased cleric Anwar al-Awlaki were among the material found Lectures by a radical Islamist cleric linked to the 9/11 attacks and other jihadist content have been discovered on LinkedIn. The business-focused social network was alerted to the issue after an investigation by the Tony Blair […]

‘Meghan Markle’ and ‘fidget spinners’ top UK Google search

‘Meghan Markle’ and ‘fidget spinners’ top UK Google search

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “Meghan Markle” topped the list of search terms, following her engagement to Prince Harry “Meghan Markle”, fiancee to Prince Harry, has been revealed by Google as the top most searched term in the UK for 2017. It puts the royal bride-to-be ahead of “iPhone 8” and “Hurricane Irma” in […]

Netflix defends A Christmas Prince tweet

Netflix defends A Christmas Prince tweet

Image copyright Getty Images Netflix has defended a tweet that revealed 53 people had watched its new Christmas film every day for 18 days in a row. “Who hurt you?” read the tweet, addressed to them. The tweet caused controversy, with some saying it was “creepy” of the platform to keep such close tabs on […]

Tech firms could be held liable for extremism and abuse

Tech firms could be held liable for extremism and abuse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption MPs have previously said that Facebook, Google and Twitter were not doing enough to tackle abuse and extremism Google, Facebook and Twitter should be held liable for illegal and dangerous content on their platforms, an ethics body has said. The BBC understands that the Committee on Standards in Public […]

Does Bitcoin use more electricity than Ireland?

Does Bitcoin use more electricity than Ireland?

Image copyright Getty Images Can something which has no physical presence consume as much electricity as an entire country? The internet has recently been awash with claims that the digital currency Bitcoin could be using more electricity than a number of developed nations. So Reality Check wants to know: how did they work it out, […]

‘You are being programmed,’ former Facebook executive warns

‘You are being programmed,’ former Facebook executive warns

Image copyright PA A former Facebook executive has criticised the social network for ripping society apart during a question and answer session. Chamath Palihapitiya, who worked as Facebook’s vice president for user growth, was speaking at an event run by the Stanford Graduate School of Business on 10 November in which he described feeling “tremendous […]

Skin betting: ‘Children as young as 11 introduced to gambling’

Skin betting: ‘Children as young as 11 introduced to gambling’

Media captionUniversity student Ryan Archer’s love of gaming spiralled into gambling when he was 15 The Gambling Commission says it is alarmed by the new ways that children and young people are finding to gamble. A report shows that around 370,000 11-16 year-olds spent their own money on gambling in the past week. Most commonly, […]

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