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Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal

Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal Alphabet’s Google has struck a $1.1bn (£822m) deal with Taiwan’s HTC to expand its smartphone business. Google will not take a stake in the firm, but some HTC staff will join the Silicon Valley giant. The Taiwanese company was once a major player in the smartphone market but has struggled to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. Google expects the deal to close by early 2018, provided it gets the all clear from regulators. Shares in HTC were suspended in Taiwan on…

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Nest reveals alarm system and smart doorbell

Nest reveals alarm system and smart doorbell Nest is expanding its range of smart home products, ending a lull in which it improved existing kit, but did not expand into fresh categories. The items include an internet-connected intruder alarm, a video-streaming doorbell and a door lock system developed in collaboration with Yale. In addition, the firm – which is part of the Google empire – announced an outdoor version of its IQ facial recognition camera. The tech is priced at a premium. The Nest Secure alarm starter pack, for example,…

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Manchester police still relies on Windows XP

Manchester police still relies on Windows XP England’s second biggest police force has revealed that more than one in five of its computers were still running Windows XP as of July. Greater Manchester Police told the BBC that 1,518 of its PCs ran the ageing operating system, representing 20.3% of all the office computers it used. Microsoft ended nearly all support for the operating system in 2014. Experts say its use could pose a hacking risk. The figure was disclosed as part of a wider Freedom of Information request. “Even…

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Apple's iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

Apple's iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps Owners of iPhones and iPads who install the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system will find that some older apps will stop working. The move will generally affect apps that have not been updated in the past two years. Although many will have been abandoned by their developers, owners will still use some of them frequently. It is a consequence of iOS 11 being restricted to running apps written in what is known as 64-bit code. The number signifies…

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Visitors 'help' Pirate Bay mine virtual cash

Visitors 'help' Pirate Bay mine virtual cash The Pirate Bay briefly put code on some of its web pages that used visitors’ machines to mine a virtual currency. The hidden code helped the file-sharing site generate coins for the Monero digital currency. The Pirate Bay’s administrators said using the code had been an experiment to see whether it could provide a way to end its reliance on ad revenue. But many visitors objected to the code being foisted on them without any prior notification. One Monero coin is currently worth…

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Microsoft confirms Outlook issues

Microsoft confirms Outlook issues Microsoft has confirmed that some users of its email service Outlook are unable to send email or access their accounts. Hundreds from around Europe have commented on the website Downdetector that they have been affected by the problem – many since Monday morning. One common issue seems to be that sent emails remain in the drafts folder and are not being delivered to recipients. On its website, Microsoft says the service dropped “unexpectedly” and it is working on a fix. Not all account holders are affected….

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Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia. Snapchat said it was asked by the Saudi authorities to remove the Qatari-backed broadcaster’s Discover Publisher Channel because it violated local laws. Qatar is in an ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. The four countries cut ties with Qatar earlier this year, accusing the country of supporting terrorism. Saudi Arabia has one of the world’s most restrictive media environments, according to human rights groups and…

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Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff

Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff US credit report giant Equifax has replaced two senior staff after revealing last week it had suffered a massive data breach. Data on up to 143 million Americans, about 400,000 Britons and a number of Canadians may have been stolen by hackers between mid-May and July. The chief information officer and chief security officer have both stood down. Equifax faces dozens of legal claims over the breach, which the US Federal Trade Commission is investigating. Social security numbers, birth dates, addresses…

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Equifax says almost 400,000 Britons hit in data breach

Equifax says almost 400,000 Britons hit in data breach Data about British people “may potentially have been accessed” during the data breach at the US credit rating firm Equifax. The UK arm of the organisation said files containing information on “fewer than 400,000” UK consumers was accessed in the breach. Last week, Equifax revealed details of the hack and said data on more than 143 million Americans was taken. The US Federal Trade Commission is investigating how the data was stolen. Information released when details of the breach were disclosed…

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Facebook to trim advert categories aimed at 'anti-Semites'

Facebook to trim advert categories aimed at 'anti-Semites' Facebook is reviewing its ad targeting system after investigators found they could direct ads to self-described anti-Semites. Researchers at ProPublica found several ad categories for people who had declared that they “hated” Jews. Facebook said its algorithms automatically created the categories when analysing user interests. It said it would trim the number of categories available and check the list before letting advertisers see it. The ProPublica researchers found the anti-Jewish categories while conducting a larger investigation into the way Facebook targets adverts…

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