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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

Comment Twitter this week permanently banned a high-profile self-proclaimed troll, marking a possible sea-change in how the social network tackles its worst users. Baffling web celeb Milo Yiannopoulos was previously temporarily suspended from the service and earlier this year had his "verified" status revoked. Then after Yiannopoulos …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2016
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VPN provider claims Russia seized its servers

VPN provider Private Internet Access (PIA) says its servers have been seized by the Russian government, so has quit the country in protest at its privacy laws. The company has sent an e-mail to users claiming some of its servers have been seized, even though the enforcement regime – in which all Internet traffic has to be …
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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

The deadly shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile by a cop during a routine traffic stop in Minnesota on Wednesday just got murkier. Multiple sources have told The Register that police removed video footage of Castile's death from Facebook, potentially tampering with evidence. Castile, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, and …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2016
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Israel's security minister suckers Zucker for Facebook'ed killings

Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has blamed Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg for the killing of Hallel Ariel and Michael Marks. The Minister told local program Meet the Press Facebook does not do enough to alert security forces to terrorist-related posts after Ariel's killer Muhammad Tarari posted to the social …
Darren Pauli, 05 Jul 2016

Martha Lane Fox: Brexit is all about MEEEEeeee!

Comment Some people think the main issue in the UK’s decision to leave the European Union was sovereignty and self-determination. Others think it was migration. Others think it was class. But you’re all wrong. The main issue in Brexit is Martha Lane Fox – and we have her word for it. Into this Broken Brexited Britain strides the niece …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jul 2016

Facebook crushes Belgian attempt to ban tracking of non-users

The Belgium Privacy Commission has lost its effort to force Facebook to stop tracking non-users of the website when an appeals court ruled it was outside its jurisdiction. Back in November, the social network was ordered by a Belgian court to kill tracking cookies within 48 hours for people not signed up to – or logged into – …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jun 2016

Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency wants to collect links to social network accounts of people visiting the Land of the FreeTM. Under new proposals, each traveler filling out an I-94 travel form or applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) visa will be asked for "information associated …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jun 2016

LinkedIn denies WWDC stunt

LinkedIn is denying that its $25bn acquisition by Microsoft was timed to steal Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) thunder. In an employee Q&A the business-minded social network provided to a US financial watchdog, LinkedIn says that it did not purposely announce the deal during the Apple developer conference as a …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2016
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Facebook to stalk shoppers

Facebook will now follow its users around while they're out shopping so it can tell companies if anyone cares about their ads. The social network said that it will let advertisers know how many people visited a store after seeing an ad by tracking folks via their phones' locations: Historically, it has been difficult to …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2016
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Facebook suicide hotline

Facebook is rolling out suicide prevention features for all users globally. The social network says that its new feature will allow users to tag posts from their friends when they believe people might be in danger of harming themselves. The reporting user remains anonymous. The person will then receive a message from Facebook …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2016

Spam King sent down for 30 months

The self-proclaimed "Spam King," Sanford Wallace, has been given a 30-month jail sentence, a fine of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and five years' probation. The 47 year old pled guilty back in August to sending more than a half-million spam messages through Facebook in violation of a court order that prevented him from …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2016
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US plans intervention in EU vs Facebook case caused by NSA snooping

The US government has asked the Irish High Court to hear its information in the case between a privacy activist and Facebook. Austrian activist and lawyer, Max Schrems, brought his complaint against the social network after the revelations of the NSA's PRISM surveillance program, which he, alongside Digital Rights Ireland, …

Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

Analysis How can you explain the $25.4bn price tag for Microsoft's acquisition of widely-loathed social network LinkedIn? It's easy. It's all about your personal data, of course. But the price Microsoft puts on your personal data is of particular interest here. Two years ago, Facebook splurged $18.4bn for the over-the-top IM app …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jun 2016
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Berners-Lee: WWW is spy net

Inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has warned that the internet has become the "world's largest surveillance network." Speaking at the Decentralized Web Summit conference in San Francisco run by the Internet Archive, the engineer joined other internet notables including "father of the internet" Vint Cerf and …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Jun 2016

Oh snap! Facebook zaps crap yap gap in web chat, natter app flap

A vulnerability in Facebook's web chatrooms and its Messenger app would have let miscreants surreptitiously tamper with messages after they had been sent. The flaw was discovered by eggheads at security biz Check Point, who reported it to the social network giant. We're told attackers would have needed only a basic knowledge …
John Leyden, 08 Jun 2016

Digital ad biz is fraudulent by design, complain big brands

Global trade body the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) has produced a useful guide to the digital ad industry's toxic sludge. The WFA represents the biggest spenders on digital advertising, such as Unilever and MasterCard, and they're not happy. Advertisers lose out from ad fraud, and firms need to clean up their own act …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jun 2016
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North Korea clones Facebook, forgot to change default creds

North Korea appears to have created a Facebook clone. Internet management outfit Dyn spotted the site late last week and helpfully provided the screen shot below for the site, which could be found at www.starcon.net.kp/. North Korea launches globally accessible Facebook clone (hosted in North Korea!) https://t.co/EbwSH8Zzc9 …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2016
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MySpace 'passwords dump'

Zillions of usernames and SHA-1 hashed passwords for accounts on social networking relic MySpace have been swiped from the site's databases and leaked online, apparently. LeakedSource claims that it has obtained records for hundreds of millions of accounts from someone called Tessa88@exploit.im. The passwords have not been …
Shaun Nichols, 27 May 2016
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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

Analysis of passwords from the LinkedIn leak has revealed, should there be any doubt, that users remain terrible at choosing secure login credentials. Last week a black hat hacker using the nickname Peace was revealed as attempting to sell 117 million LinkedIn users' emails and passwords on the dark web. "Peace" wants 5 BTC …
John Leyden, 24 May 2016

Google security man reveals Allo will encrypt chats - sometimes.

Security industry types and leaker Edward Snowden have rubbished new Google instant messenger app Allo after its lead product engineer revealed it would not run end-to-end encryption by default. The text-based messaging service launched at Google's I/O 2016 gabfest last week is linked to phone numbers and sports Chrome's porn …
Darren Pauli, 24 May 2016

LinkedIn plays down '117 million users' breach data sale

LinkedIn has responded to the recent sale of users’ data - apparently the fruits of a 2012 breach - on the dark web. As previously reported, a black hat hacker using the nickname Peace is attempting to sell 117 million LinkedIn users' emails and passwords on the dark web. "Peace" wants 5 BTC for the trove of private info which …
John Leyden, 19 May 2016
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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

A hacker is attempting to sell 117 million LinkedIn users' emails and passwords on the dark web. The black hat "Peace" claims the data is the fruits of a well publicized LinkedIn breach from 2012. At the time, only around 6.5 million encrypted passwords were posted online. The business-focused social network LinkedIn never …
John Leyden, 18 May 2016
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Anons 'hack, leak Russian Facebook' boss's personal email

Hacktivists have leaked what could be the email inbox of Boris Dobrodeev – the boss of Russian social network VK, previously known as VKontakte. The personal account dumped online contains letters from 2014 discussing budget negotiations for VK – the Russian language equivalent of Facebook – as well as the proposed agenda for …
John Leyden, 06 May 2016
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Clixta: A copyright-friendly way to share your family photos

“Imagine if a Facebook rival emerged that didn’t require users to surrender their rights, and that rewarded them for their creativity with real dosh. Who’d want to stick around with the old Facebook that doesn’t do either?” we mused last year. Well, although it isn’t pretending to be a Facebook rival, or pay you, something …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 May 2016
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Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber

The record for the youngest security researcher getting paid by Facebook’s bug bounty scheme has been smashed by Jani, a 10-year-old Finnish lad who found a major flaw in Instagram. In February the precocious youth reported the vulnerability, which could be exploited to delete comments from any account on Instagram, which is …
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2016
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What's Zuck planning with his Facebook bots? Maximum $ilo revenue

Analysis Facebook smashed through expectations for its first quarter of the year. A surge in mobile ads saw revenue up 52 per cent to $5.38bn while the user base grew to 1.65 billion – 22 per cent of the world’s population, and extracting every byte of data (and every penny from those bytes) from that existing user base is the company' …

Facebook gov slurp rise

The number of requests from governments for Facebook user records increased 13 per cent from the first half of 2015 to the second half of the year, we're told. According to the social network's latest transparency report, cops and g-men asked for people's account data 46,763 times in the six months to December 31. " …
Team Register, 29 Apr 2016

Neo4j CEO: We're at 'a huge inflection point for graph databases'

Interview Emil Eifrem, CEO and co-founder of Neo Technology, says the world is at “a huge inflection point for graph databases” as his company, which supports the open source Neo4j graph database management system, releases v3.0 of the software. Ahead of releasing an architecturally overhauled v3.0 of the data management system, the …

If you're appy and you know it, say five Hail Marys – cyber-Pope

Pope Francis is pushing young Catholics to put down their phones in order to find peace of mind. Speaking at an event in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, the pontiff told a crowd of around 100,000 people that happiness can not be found with their smartphones. "[Happiness is] not an app that you can download on your phones, …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2016
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Facebook: 1m Tor users

One million Facebook users a month are now using Tor to connect to the social network. "This growth is a reflection of the choices that people make to use Facebook over Tor, and the value that it provides them. We hope they will continue to provide feedback and help us keep improving," said Alec Muffett, software engineer for …
Iain Thomson, 22 Apr 2016
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Facebook open-sources city-wide WiGig internet comms, phone masts

Facebook's quest to connect the remaining four billion people on the planet without internet access up to Facebook the web is a huge task. On Thursday, Facebook showed off its open-source telecommunications tech that it hopes will get unconnected folks connected, and give those of us already on the internet a smoother ride. …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2016
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Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

Internet.org aka Free Basics – Facebook's slice of the web for the developing world – has been controversial, but that isn't stopping the social network. The internet service requires a SIM card from a participating mobile operator, and grants free access to Facebook, BBC News, Dictionary.com, er, ESPN and a few other sites. …
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2016
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Zuck: You're still using non-Facebook websites ... I'll put an end to that

At the opening keynote of the Facebook F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg has outlined his company's plan to get everyone online and hooked on Facebook within the next decade. "Instead of building walls we can help people build bridges, instead of dividing people we can bring people together – one connection at a time, …
Iain Thomson, 12 Apr 2016
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Box and Dropbox seek expansion via IBM, AWS – and Facebook

Rival file sharing services Box and Dropbox are gunning for massive expansion by exploiting the huge scale of IBM, Amazon’s AWS – and of Facebook. Box has announced Box Zone, storage by geographical location, using the data centres of AWS and IBM. The company has pressed the button on instant international rollouts through …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016

WhatsApp at BlackBerry? For one thing, BBM's now free

BlackBerry has abandoned the freemium model it tried to build around its pioneering chat client BBM, and is making all of its goodies available for free, including secure encrypted chat. The company previously charged a subscription for being able to retract and delete messages after a period of time, giving users three of …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Apr 2016
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Egypt unfriended Facebook for Free Basics snoop snub

Facebook reportedly had its Free Basics internet service banned in Egypt because it would not meet government demands that it open the service for surveillance. A Reuters report cited two unnamed sources in claiming that the decision by authorities to suspend Free Basics in the country on December 30 of last year was due to …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2016
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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

Apple at 40 Today marks the 40th anniversary of Apple's official establishment. Since 1976, the House that Steves Built has pushed out some of the most beloved personal electronics products in the world. There will no doubt be plenty of articles waxing poetic on the many successes that have dotted the last four decades for the Cupertino …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2016
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Oracle v Google: Big Red wants $9.3bn in Java copyright damages

The Oracle v. Google fight over Java took a couple of twists just before the Easter weekend. The database giant now reckons it is owed up to $9.3bn in copyright-infringement damages for Android's use of Java. Meanwhile, the judge in the trial wants to ban Oracle and Google lawyers from scouring jurors' social network profiles …
Chris Williams, 28 Mar 2016

Reposting 8-second sports clips infringes copyright

The High Court of England and Wales has ruled against an app developer who encouraged users to post eight-second sports clips under the guise that it was a social network. Mr Justice Arnold rejected the defence offered by Fanatix developer Will Muirhead that he could avoid infringement using either a fair use defence or a user …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Mar 2016
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Twitter at ten: The social network designed for 2006 struggles into a second decade

Twitter turns 10 today and I, for one, would like to thank for sustaining my career by connecting me to important people and giving Reg writers an almost-car-wreck to chronicle. Some back story: in 2007 an Alpha Geek friend told me about Twitter as we stood in the playground of a school making sure our kids didn't experience …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2016
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So you wanna build whopping pools of PCIe flash? Say no more, whisper Intel, Facebook

OCP Summit Intel will reveal a bunch of tech today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, California – from NVMe storage blueprints and new Xeon D system-on-chips to processors with builtin FPGAs. The OCP, launched by Facebook in 2011, encourages hardware manufacturers to produce generic gear to the project's open …
Chris Williams, 09 Mar 2016
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Facebook can block folks using pseudonyms in Germany – court

Facebook has landed a win in Germany: the Hamburg Administrative Court says the website's real-names-only policy is governed by the laws of Ireland – and not Germany. That means Facebook's policy does not fall under German privacy laws, and thus the social network doesn't have to change a thing despite concerns over the policy …
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Facebook: A new command and control HQ for mobile malware

RSA 2016 Researchers have shown off a new way to evade the security mechanisms in Android and iOS – by using social networks as command and control servers. The team, from Israeli security firm Skycure, said Google and Apple have made great strides in keeping malware out of their official software stores by scanning submitted code for …
Iain Thomson, 03 Mar 2016

'Dominant' Facebook hauled over coals by German competition authority

A competition authority in Germany has opened proceedings against Facebook for allegedly violating data protection rules. The cartel investigator in Germany, known as the Bundeskartellamt, announced that it has launched itself at the American company, as well as its Irish and German subsidiaries, on "an initial suspicion that …

Zuck gets a Brazilian whack: Top Facebook VP cuffed in WhatsApp privacy kerfuffle

Facebook's most senior executive in Latin America has been arrested over the social network's refusal to hand over its users' private data. Brazilian police confirmed Diego Dzodan's arrest after he failed to comply with a court order to provide the private chat messages of a suspected drug trafficker sent through the Facebook- …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Mar 2016
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Even Google is abandoning Google+

Google's failed social network Google+ has received another vote of no-confidence, this time from Google. As detailed on the Official Android Blog, gamers who want an account to record their feats will soon be offered “Gamer IDs”. As is usual, you can give yourself an avatar or upload a photo, see yourself scale leaderboards …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2016

Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

UPDATED Facebook has "unpublished" the page pertaining to legendary Brit comic Viz, citing a breach of the social network's terms and community standards. Viz revealed the shock news on Twitter earlier today, prompting one fan to suggest: "Couldn't you disguise yourselves by posting child pornography or right wing nut job content?" …
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2016
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Time acquires Myspace, creates 2004's most fearsome media giant

Time Inc. said it has acquired what's left of social networking ghost town Myspace. The media giant will take on ownership of Myspace as part of a larger acquisition of parent company Viant, an advertising and data analytic firm. Viant acquired Myspace from News Corp in 2011. Time said that it plans to integrate Viant into …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2016
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France joins India in telling Facebook to just Zuck off

Monday June 8th will go down as a bad day in Facebook history, after France joined India by telling the social network to Zuck off. France's complaint relates to Europe's safe harbour laws, under which Facebook has sent data about members back to the United states for light, non-invasive data mining and secure storage ruthless …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2016
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Reports of Twitter's death greatly exaggerated, says CEO

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has mostly quashed rumours that the struggling social network is introducing an algorithmically-curated timeline. News that the company plans to change its distinctive stream of content presented in the order in which it was created emerged late last week and quickly spawned the #RIPtwitter hashtag as …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2016