Don’t buy tickets from Viagogo, minister warns

Image copyright Getty Images A minister has told consumers not to use Viagogo, one of the big four secondary ticket resellers. Digital Minister Margot James said if fans had to use a secondary site to buy tickets, “don’t choose Viagogo – they are the worst”. Her warning comes after the Advertising Standards Authority said Viagogo […]

Nuisance call bosses could be fined up to £500,000

Image copyright Getty Creative Bosses of firms which bombard people with nuisance calls could be fined up to £500,000 under government proposals to make them personally liable. A consultation is being launched about the plan – although the idea was first unveiled by government in 2016 and was meant to be in force by spring […]

GDPR ‘risks making it harder to catch hackers’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Under GDPR, companies can be fined for publishing personal data without consent A service used to identify and contact website owners has been forced to strip out most of the information on its site to comply with the EU’s GDPR legislation. Whois, which is used by the police and […]

Star Citizen video game launches $27,000 players’ pack

Image copyright Star Citizen Crowdfunded space simulation game Star Citizen has launched its $27,000 (£20,000) Legatus Pack, which includes nearly all its spacecraft plus extras. Only players who have already spent $1,000 in the game can access the pack. Cloud Imperium, the creators of Star Citizen, has received more than $200m in crowdfunding since launching […]

Facebook to be banned in Papua New Guinea for a month

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress in America Papua New Guinea will ban Facebook for a month while it identifies fake profiles and considers the website’s effect on the country. Communication minister Sam Basil said users posting pornography and false information would be identified. He also suggested the […]

Facebook Live lands Tommy Robinson in jail

Media captionTommy Robinson was arrested outside Leeds Crown Court Former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson has been jailed for potentially prejudicing a court case, it can be reported. Robinson, who appeared in the dock under real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested in Leeds on Friday. The 35-year-old was broadcasting on social media outside […]

Fortnite sued for ‘copying’ rival game PUBG

Image copyright Epic Games/PUBG Image caption Players can customise characters in Fortnite (left) and PUBG (right) The makers of Fortnite, one of the world’s most popular video games, have been accused of copying rival title PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The studio behind PUBG has asked a court in South Korea to determine whether Epic Games copied […]

Airprox board says police drone and jet had ‘near-miss’

Image caption The police drone passed by the fighter jet at an altitude of about 300ft (90m) A police drone had a “near-miss” with a fighter jet travelling at 520mph (836km/h), a report has revealed. The drone’s operator “honestly believed” the two would collide in mid-air, according to the UK Airprox Board. It said the […]

YouTube deletes half of ‘violent’ music videos

Image copyright Getty Images YouTube says it has deleted more than half of the “violent” music videos that the country’s most senior police officer asked it to take down. More than 30 clips have been removed so far. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has blamed some videos for fuelling a surge in murders and violent […]

YouTube stars’ fury over algorithm tests

Image copyright Getty Images Some of YouTube’s most popular stars have criticised the website for “experimenting” with how their videos are delivered to their fans. Unannounced, YouTube started testing an algorithm that changed the order videos appeared in users’ subscription feeds. The experiment came to light when some users complained on social media. One YouTube […]

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