Grand Theft Auto’s Diamond Casino lets cash be turned into chips

Grand Theft Auto’s Diamond Casino lets cash be turned into chips

Image copyright Rockstar Games Image caption The Diamond Casino and Resort – where real cash can be spent on virtual vice Grand Theft Auto V has opened an in-game casino where real money can be spent on gambling chips – but they cannot be converted back into cash. The new feature was launched as regulators […]

Huawei: Government decision on 5G rollout delayed

Huawei: Government decision on 5G rollout delayed

Image copyright Getty Images A decision on whether controversial Chinese firm Huawei should be excluded from the rollout of 5G mobile phone networks in the UK has been postponed. Culture secretary Jeremy Wright said the government is “not yet in a position” to decide what involvement Huawei should have in the 5G network. Mr Wright […]

Fifa packs and loot boxes ‘not gambling’ in UK

Fifa packs and loot boxes ‘not gambling’ in UK

Image copyright EA The UK gambling watchdog has told MPs that it does not currently oversee the purchase of in-game content like Fifa player packs and video game loot boxes. This is because there is no official way to monetise what is inside them. A prize has to be either money or have monetary value […]

Kazakhstan’s new online safety tool raises eyebrows

Kazakhstan’s new online safety tool raises eyebrows

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption HTTPS usually means the web traffic is safely encrypted – but not if an untrusted certificate is involved Kazakhstan’s drive to obtain government access to everyone’s internet activity has raised concerns among privacy advocates. Last week, telecoms operators in the former Soviet republic started informing users of the “need” […]

Russian intelligence ‘targets Tor anonymous browser’

Russian intelligence ‘targets Tor anonymous browser’

Image copyright Getty Images Hackers who breached a Russian intelligence contractor found that it had been trying to crack the Tor browser and been working on other secret projects, the BBC has learned. Tor is an anonymous web browser, used by those wishing to access the dark web and avoid government surveillance. It is very […]

Musk promises ’10km Hyperloop tunnel’ in 2020

Musk promises ’10km Hyperloop tunnel’ in 2020

Image copyright Andreas Heddergott /TUM Image caption Mr Musk’s announcement follows the latest speed competition Elon Musk says he wants a new 10km (six-mile) vacuum tunnel for his futuristic Hyperloop – ready for next year’s speed-record competition. Hyperloop aims to transport people in high-speed pods in underground tubes. Mr Musk tweeted his plan after the […]

Three resists watchdog’s call for ‘fairer’ mobile phone fees

Three resists watchdog’s call for ‘fairer’ mobile phone fees

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s telecom regulator has said Three is the only major UK mobile network to have “refused” to automatically cut its customers’ monthly charge at the end of their contract’s lock-in period. As a result, Ofcom said, the firm’s subscribers would “overpay” unless they took action to change to another deal. […]

Equifax to pay up to $700m to settle data breach

Equifax to pay up to $700m to settle data breach

Image copyright Getty Images Credit score agency Equifax has agreed to pay up to $700m (£561m) as part of a settlement with a US regulator following a data breach in 2017. The Federal Trade Commission had alleged the Atlanta-based firm failed to take reasonable steps to secure its network. The records of at least 147 […]

Body-worn cameras to be compulsory for bailiffs

Body-worn cameras to be compulsory for bailiffs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are also calls for an independent regulator to target rule-breaking bailiffs Body-worn cameras are to be compulsory for bailiffs under government plans to improve the treatment of people in debt. The Ministry of Justice said the move, which only affects England and Wales, should help protect those in […]

YouTube: ‘We don’t take you down the rabbit hole’

YouTube: ‘We don’t take you down the rabbit hole’

Media captionWATCH: “It starts to look like censorship” YouTube has defended its video recommendation algorithms, amid suggestions that the technology serves up increasingly extreme videos. On Thursday, a BBC report explored how YouTube had helped the Flat Earth conspiracy theory spread. But the company’s new managing director for the UK, Ben McOwen Wilson, said YouTube […]

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