FCC website ‘targeted by attack’ after John Oliver comments

FCC website ‘targeted by attack’ after John Oliver comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Oliver has spoken about the importance of net neutrality legislation before The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website was deliberately attacked on 8 May, the regulator has said. The incident began hours after comedian John Oliver criticised FCC plans to reverse US net neutrality rules. Mr Oliver urged […]

China’s Alipay takes on Apple in US expansion

China’s Alipay takes on Apple in US expansion

Image copyright Getty Images Alipay, the Chinese digital payment giant owned by ecommerce giant Alibaba, is expanding in the US. Customers will be able to use Alipay at about 4 million businesses after a deal was signed with credit card processing service First Data. The deal is chiefly aimed at Chinese tourists visiting North America. […]

Google Street View used to discover ‘lost’ cycle ways

Google Street View used to discover ‘lost’ cycle ways

Image copyright Google Street View Image caption Some of the cycle ways retain a faint hint of their original red colour A vast network of forgotten cycle ways across the UK has been rediscovered with the help of Google Street View. Historian and cycling enthusiast Carlton Reid found the routes, which were created between 1934 […]

Guardian Soulmates users hit with spam after data exposure

Guardian Soulmates users hit with spam after data exposure

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guardian Soulmates took action after users said they had received spam containing information from their profiles Users of Guardian Soulmates have been targeted with sexually explicit spam emails after their contact information was accidentally exposed on the dating site. Information from users’ profiles was included in the spam messages. […]

Facebook publishes fake news ads in UK papers

Facebook publishes fake news ads in UK papers

Image copyright PA Facebook has broadened its campaign to raise awareness about fake news, by publishing adverts in the UK press. The ads, in papers including The Times, The Guardian and Daily Telegraph, carry a list of ten things to look out for when deciding if a story is genuine. They include checking the article […]

Debenhams Flowers data breach hits 26,000

Debenhams Flowers data breach hits 26,000

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The separate Debenhams.com website was not affected, the firm says Retailer Debenhams has said that up to 26,000 customers of its Flowers website have had their personal data compromised following a cyber-attack. Payment details, names and addresses were potentially taken during the incident, which targeted Ecomnova, a third party […]

Investigatory Powers: ‘Real-time surveillance’ in draft update

Investigatory Powers: ‘Real-time surveillance’ in draft update

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One legal expert thinks the draft regulations could pave the way for near real-time surveillance of online chat conversations The “live” surveillance of British web users’ internet communications has been proposed in a draft technical paper allegedly prepared by the government. If made law, such access would occur via […]

Facebook shuts Oculus VR movie studio

Facebook shuts Oculus VR movie studio

Image copyright Oculus Image caption The short VR film about Henry the Hedgehog’s search for friends won the studio an Emmy Facebook is shutting down a studio in California created to make films and other video content for its Oculus virtual reality headset. The Oculus Story Studio will no longer create its own material but […]

Donkey Kong and Pokemon join gaming hall of fame

Donkey Kong and Pokemon join gaming hall of fame

Image copyright The Strong Museum Image caption This year’s inductees span more than 30 years of gaming Donkey Kong and Pokemon Red and Green have been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Halo: Combat Evolved and Street Fighter II were also honoured with places in the permanent exhibition at The Strong Museum […]

Most US homes have mobiles but no landline

Most US homes have mobiles but no landline

Image copyright White House Image caption The White House is one place landlines are likely to to be found for many years Less than half of US households now have a landline, according to a study from the US government. Of the households surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50.8% of […]