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 […]

‘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 […]

PubG creator says games need ‘better protection’ from copycat titles

PubG creator says games need ‘better protection’ from copycat titles

“Look at movies, Armageddon came out then 20 other comet disaster films came soon after,” Brendan Greene explains. He claims elements of his game, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PubG), have been ripped off by other titles and he wants better protection from copycats. Newly released on the Xbox One, PubG almost singlehandedly created a new genre, […]

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 About half a million children and young people gamble every week, a Gambling Commission report is expected to show. The regulator has warned that children as young as 11 are using so-called skin betting websites, which let players gamble with […]

Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns

Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns

Image caption University student Ryan Archer’s love of gaming spiralled into gambling when he was 15 About half a million children and young people gamble every week, a Gambling Commission report is expected to show. The regulator has warned that children as young as 11 are using so-called skin betting websites, which let players gamble […]

Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

Image copyright Shazam Image caption London-based Shazam originally required users to dial a number and play a song down a phone line before it became an app Scan your eyes over Apple’s just-published list of the year’s most popular iPhone apps, and there’s one notable omission: Shazam. In fact, it’s been a while since the […]

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

Image copyright HP Image caption Hundreds of HP laptop models were affected Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP […]

German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage

German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says China used LinkedIn to target at least 10,000 people China is using fake LinkedIn profiles to gather information on German officials and politicians, the German intelligence agency (BfV) has said. The agency alleges that Chinese intelligence used the networking site to target at least […]

Paddington 2: The challenges of making the film

Framestore’s animation director, Pablo Grillo, tells BBC Click about how they made the visual effects featured in Paddington 2. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Paddington 2: The challenges of making the film

Bitcoin: ‘I’m part of a crazy wave’

Bitcoin: ‘I’m part of a crazy wave’

Image copyright Alessandra Sollberger In its early days, Bitcoin might have been dismissed as a quirky tech sector fad. But it is rapidly evolving into the mainstream and has already made some people rich. If once Bitcoin was seen as a tool for money launderers and drug dealers, it has recently become as commonplace a […]