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Equifax fined by ICO over data breach that hit Britons

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The data breach affected 15 million UK customers Credit rating agency Equifax is to be fined £500,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after it failed to protect the personal data of 15 million Britons.A 2017 cyber-attack exposed information belonging to 146 million people around the world, mostly in the US.The compromised systems were also US-based.But the ICO ruled Equifax's UK branch had "failed
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Jellyfish robots to watch over endangered coral reefs

[ad_1] Image copyright Florida Atlantic University Image caption The robotic jellyfish propel themselves with rubber tentacles A fleet of robotic jellyfish has been designed to monitor delicate ecosystems, including coral reefs. The underwater drones were invented by engineers at Florida Atlantic University and are driven by rings of hydraulic tentacles. The robots can squeeze through tight holes without causing damage.One expert praised the design but warned that the man-made jellyfish
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3D printing shop closes after accusations of idolatry

[ad_1] Image copyright Al-Qabas News A 3D printing shop in Kuwait has reportedly been shut down by authorities following pressure from an Islamist cleric. The shop, which specialises in producing figurines that bear a life-like resemblance to real people, was accused of creating "idols" by Sheikh Othman al-Khamis. The Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper reported that the shop was closed on 16 September and the shelves cleared. However, it did not indicate
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Breck Bednar murder: Film warning of online grooming launched

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVideo raises awareness of online groomingA film telling the "absolutely horrific" story of how a 14-year-old boy was lured to his death by a man he met online has been launched.Breck Bednar was murdered by Lewis Daynes in Grays, Essex, in 2014.Four police forces have teamed up to produce "Breck's Last Game", which aims to educate and protect boys from online
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Poor Toad: How Stormy Daniels ruined Mario Kart

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images/Nintendo Image caption Stormy Daniels used Toad from the Mario series to describe something about President Trump He's the lovable mushroom-headed character from the Super Mario games.But thanks to excerpts from porn star Stormy Daniels' tell-all book, Toad has become associated with US President Donald Trump.In it, she compares Trump's penis to the "mushroom character in Mario Kart".It was a detail which sent people online reeling,
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Sony unveils mini PlayStation Classic console

[ad_1] Image copyright Sony Image caption Sony's PlayStation Classic is 45% smaller than the original. Sony has announced a miniature version of the first PlayStation console, which originally launched in 1994. The mini version will come with 20 retro titles, including Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3.The PlayStation Classic is around half the size of the original and is due to launch on 3 December. One expert said nostalgia was
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IBM launches tool aimed at detecting AI bias

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Algorithms and machine-learning could increasingly be used to calculate things like car insurance IBM is launching a tool which will analyse how and why algorithms make decisions in real time.The Fairness 360 Kit will also scan for signs of bias and recommend adjustments.There is increasing concern that algorithms used by both tech giants and other firms are not always fair in their decision-making.For
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Playing ‘Not Tonight’ – the dystopian Brexit video game

[ad_1] Would you play a video game about Brexit?Not Tonight is a game that imagines a dystopian post-Brexit future where citizens of European heritage have been rounded up and exiled. Forced out of your previous life, you find yourself in the midst of a booming gig economy, fighting to scrape by and return to the city you call home.The game's publisher - No More Robots - says it is very
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Facebook job ads ‘discriminated by gender’

[ad_1] Image copyright Facebook Image caption These ads were among those directed only at men on Facebook, according to the complaint Van driving, roofing, police work - all jobs for men. At least, that’s what a cluster of job ads placed on Facebook seemed to suggest. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday submitted a complaint to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that Facebook’s advertising system
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Almost half of UK internet users ‘harmed’ online

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many were worried about what children see and do online Almost half of internet users in the UK have suffered "harm" online, suggests research.The harms include bullying and harassment as well as attacks by malware or cyber-thieves.The study by regulator Ofcom sought to quantify the type and severity of harm that going online could do to people.Interactions via social networks and email were