Ford puts bed hoggers in their place and other news

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Amazon cancels New York City campus plan

Image copyright EPA Image caption Long Island City, where Amazon was planning expansion, is one of the fastest growing areas in New York Amazon has said it will not build a new headquarters in New York, citing fierce opposition from state and local politicians. The dramatic turnabout comes just months after the firm named New […]

What is Article 13? The EU’s copyright directive explained

Image copyright Getty Images The final version of a controversial new EU copyright law has been agreed after three days of talks in France. Google has been particularly vocal about the proposed law, which it says could “change the web as we know it”. Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive states services such as […]

YouTube’s copyright claim system abused by extorters

YouTube’s copyright claim system abused by extorters

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google bought YouTube for $1.65bn (£1.28bn) in 2006 Google has removed a YouTube channel after it was found to be abusing copyright claims to extort money from users. Kenzo and ObbyRaidz, whose channels predominantly feature them playing Minecraft, reported receiving messages demanding money in exchange for dropping two claims […]

School bomb hoax suspect arrested in US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption LA’s airport was one target for the Apophis hacker group An American man accused of deluging schools and Los Angeles’s airport with hoax bomb threats has been arrested. Timothy Dalton Vaughn is suspected of being part of the Apophis Squad hacker group that was allegedly behind the pranking spree. One […]

JP Morgan creates first US bank-backed crypto-currency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon has publicly criticised Bitcoin in the past US investment bank JP Morgan has created a crypto-currency to help settle payments between clients in its wholesale payments business. JPM Coin is the first digital currency to be backed by a major US bank. The crypto-currency, […]

British hacker Marcus Hutchins loses bid to omit ‘intoxicated’ testimony

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Marcus Hutchins faces 10 charges in total but denies any wrongdoing British cyber-security expert Marcus Hutchins – who has been accused of writing virus code – has lost a legal bid to suppress some evidence prosecutors want to use against him. The evidence is comments he made in an […]

Apple to investigate Saudi app

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The app makes it easier for men to prevent women from travelling, human rights group claim A Saudi Arabian app that can be used to track women and prevent them from travelling will be investigated by Apple, its chief executive has said. In an interview with NPR, Tim Cook […]

Crackdown on young celebs in gambling ads

Image copyright ASA Image caption Ads like this should be more heavily restricted in future, say watchdogs Rules around gambling ads, which include a ban on the use of young celebrities and sports stars, will become stricter, especially online. From 1 April, gambling operators will also have to ensure that the majority of the audience […]

Ordnance Survey to launch mapping drone

Image copyright Ordnance Survey Mapping organisation Ordnance Survey plans to launch a solar-powered drone to capture higher quality images of the Earth. Its Astigan craft will fly higher than commercial airliners at 67,000 ft (20,400m), and could circle the Earth for 90 days before it needs to land. It will collect images and data for […]