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Millions of Facebook passwords exposed internally

Millions of Facebook passwords exposed internally

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The passwords of millions of Facebook users were accessible by up to 20,000 employees of the social network, it has been reported.Security researcher Brian Krebs broke the news about data protection failures, which saw up to 600 million passwords stored in plain text.The passwords that were exposed could date back to 2012, he said.In a statement, Facebook said it had now resolved a "glitch" that had stored the passwords on its internal network.In a detailed expose, Mr Krebs said a Facebook source had told him about "security failures" that had let developers create applications that logged and stored the passwords without encrypting them.Commenting on Mr Krebs's story Facebook engineer, Scott Renfro said an internal investigation started after Facebook ha...
Bach to the future: AI turns Google Doodle into clever melody maker

Bach to the future: AI turns Google Doodle into clever melody maker

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By Zayneb Benyoucef, news reporter Google has celebrated legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach by creating the first-ever Doodle to be powered by artificial intelligence (AI).The animation, which sits atop of the search engine's website, shows the 18th-century composer playing an organ - commemorating his day of birth on 21 March 1685. In an interactive twist, the Google Doodle encourages users to compose their own two-measure melody.Machine learning is then used to "harmonise the custom melody into Bach's signature music style". Image: Google has used new tech to celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday Bach's chorales were known for having four voices carrying their own melodic line. ...
China clones 'the Sherlock Holmes' of police dogs

China clones 'the Sherlock Holmes' of police dogs

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By Lucia Binding, news reporter Scientists in China have cloned what they call the "Sherlock Holmes of police dogs" in a bid to cut training times and costs.Scientists took DNA from a seven-year-old female named Huahuangma - who has won a series of awards for helping to crack multiple cases - and created a puppy named Kunxun. The Kunming wolfdog is China's first ever police dog clone and has adjusted well to her new environment, according to project analyst Wan Jiusheng."She is friendly to humans, sociable and alert," he told Science and Technology Daily.He said the three-month-old puppy is not scared of the dark or unfamiliar places, and has already developed a strong sense of smell and can quickly find hidden food. Kunxun is said to have be...
Google fined €1.49bn for restricting rivals' ads

Google fined €1.49bn for restricting rivals' ads

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By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter Google has been fined €1.49bn (£1.28bn) by the EU for breaching competition laws with its AdSense advertising service - its third such fine in as many years.Announcing the new fine, the EU's competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google had restricted rivals from appearing in online search advertisements. Ms Vestager said the company had been fined for its "illegal practices in search advertising brokering to cement its dominant market position"."They shouldn't do that - it denied consumers choice, innovative products and fair prices," added Ms Vestager.In response, a Google spokesperson said the company had made a "wide range of changes" to address the commission's concerns. The f...
£36 iPhone XR ad criticised

£36 iPhone XR ad criticised

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An online advertisement, offering a monthly contract for an iPhone XR for £36, has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority.It follows complaints from some who placed orders but were told they could not be processed.Carphone Warehouse said that unprecedented demand created a backlog with some people failing credit checks in error and having orders cancelled.The ASA said users should have been notified about the issues.The ad, part of a Black Friday promotion, appeared on mobiles.co.uk - a division of Carphone Warehouse."If promoters relied on being able to meet the estimated response but were unable to supply demand for a promotional offer because of an unexpectedly high response or some other anticipated fact...