Russia-linked posts ‘reached 126m Facebook users in US’

Russia-linked posts ‘reached 126m Facebook users in US’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Facebook has said as many as 126 million American users may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based operatives over the last two years. The social networking site said about 80,000 posts were produced before and after the 2016 presidential election. Most of the posts focused on divisive social and political messages […]

Is your phone listening in? Your stories

Is your phone listening in? Your stories

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has always denied using smartphone microphones to gather audio from people’s real-life conversations and then use that data to serve advertising. Last week Facebook’s vice-president of ads, Rob Goldman, said on Twitter that the technology giant did not and had never carried out the practice. “Just not true,” he tweeted […]

YouTube tweaks advertising algorithm

YouTube tweaks advertising algorithm

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Film-maker Casey Neistat called on YouTube to do more to support video creators YouTube is tweaking the way it chooses which videos will have adverts shown with them. The update comes after YouTube made changes to the way videos were monetised, to stop ads appearing alongside extremist content. The changes […]

UK must prepare for fourth industrial revolution, says report

UK must prepare for fourth industrial revolution, says report

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK must do more to take advantage of technology such as robotics, a report says Advanced digital technology could give UK manufacturing a huge boost and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, a new report claims. The independent review, chaired by the head of Siemens UK, highlights the […]

Heathrow probe after ‘security files found on USB stick’

Heathrow probe after ‘security files found on USB stick’

Image copyright Reuters Heathrow Airport says it has launched an internal investigation after a USB stick containing security information was reportedly found on the street. The Sunday Mirror reported that the USB stick had 76 folders with maps, videos and documents, including details of measures used to protect the Queen. A man found it in […]

Facebook denies ‘listening’ to conversations

Facebook denies ‘listening’ to conversations

Image copyright Getty Images A Facebook executive has denied the social network uses a device’s microphone to listen to what users are saying and then send them relevant ads. Rob Goldman, the tech giant’s vice-president of ads, was responding to a tweet by PJ Vogt, the presenter of a tech podcast called Reply All. Anecdotally, […]

Three criticised over £117 iPhone X monthly deal

Three criticised over £117 iPhone X monthly deal

Media captionWATCH: Dave Lee gets hands on with the new iPhone X Three has announced a £117 ($150) per month contract for the iPhone X. It’s been described as “extreme” and “crazy” on social media. The two-year deal, which includes unlimited data and talk time, is for the largest version of the device. The same […]

Google addresses Pixel 2 handset complaints

Google addresses Pixel 2 handset complaints

Media captionWATCH: Rory Cellan-Jones takes a tour of Google’s Pixel 2 XL Google says it is doubling the warranty on its new flagship smartphones following complaints about the screens. Some reviewers have noticed screen “burn in” – a permanent mark of images that have appeared previously – after only a couple of weeks with the […]

Artificial intelligence smart enough to fool Captcha security check

Artificial intelligence smart enough to fool Captcha security check

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Computer scientists have developed AI algorithms smart enough to crack Captcha tests Computer scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can outsmart the Captcha website security check system. Captcha challenges people to prove they are human by recognising combinations of letters and numbers that machines would struggle to complete correctly. […]

Hotel booking sites probed by consumer watchdog

Hotel booking sites probed by consumer watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s competition watchdog will investigate hotel booking sites to see if consumers are being misled by them. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it was “concerned about the clarity, accuracy and presentation of information on sites”. The investigation will examine areas such as hidden charges, search results, and discount […]