Taming the giants

Taming the giants

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Are the tech giants getting too big to control? The US tech giants Apple, Google’s parent Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook are the five biggest companies in the world by market capitalisation. Their increasing dominance is fuelling concerns about competition and data privacy. So are regulators about to get…

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Britney Spears: Malware planted in singer's Instagram page

Britney Spears: Malware planted in singer's Instagram page

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Image copyright Instagram Image caption Comments on the photo-sharing site were crafted to help control the malware The comments section of Britney Spears’ Instagram account has been used by cyber-thieves to co-ordinate attacks. Security firm Eset found the gang controlled its malware, called Turla, by posting comments about images in the singer’s gallery. The comments…

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Europe seeks quick access to user data

Europe seeks quick access to user data

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption One “emergency” proposal would give police forces direct access to servers Police forces across Europe could get data from net firms almost immediately under new European Commission plans. The proposals aim to help police act quickly in the wake of terror attacks to round up collaborators and suspects. One option…

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Using VR therapy to help cure a severe stutter

Using VR therapy to help cure a severe stutter

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Could a therapy using virtual reality help people who have a speech stutter? Student Gareth Walkom has been working on a treatment called virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET). Gareth has had a stutter himself from the age of six and says research suggests VRET can reduce anxiety and improve speech among participants. Video by Nassr…

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Sony sells one million VR headsets

Sony sells one million VR headsets

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Image copyright Gallo Images Image caption Sony said sales had exceeded expectations Sony has sold more than one million virtual reality (VR) headsets, the company has said. President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Atsushi Morita said sales had “exceeded our expectations”. The headset, at $399 (£308), is cheaper than rival devices from Facebook and HTC. According…

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Computers trained to spot fake online profiles

Computers trained to spot fake online profiles

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fake profiles are common on dating sites, and can be used to defraud Researchers have trained computers to spot social media users who pose as somebody else – a practice known as catfishing. They say their algorithms can identify users who lie about their gender, with more than 90%…

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