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YouTube Kids to give parents more control over output

YouTube Kids to give parents more control over output

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Google says it will add new parental controls to its YouTube Kids app, after inappropriate videos were repeatedly discovered on the service.One of the new options prevents channels that have not been vetted by human moderators appearing on the app.Parents will be able to choose between human-curated playlists and letting YouTube's algorithms decide what children get to watch in the app.But one expert said the changes were "still nowhere near good enough".Children's presenter and parent Ed Petrie, who has hosted programmes for Nickelodeon and the BBC, asked: "Why are these features only an option?'Ethical need'"Nickelodeon shows don't have an option for your kids to stumble across an animation of SpongeBob SquarePants having his liver removed."YouTube just can't get their heads around the f...
UK 'considering rival' to EU Galileo project

UK 'considering rival' to EU Galileo project

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The UK is considering launching its own satellite navigation system to rival the EU's Galileo project after being shut out of key elements of the programme, according to reports.It comes after a row with Brussels over whether Britain can be trusted with sensitive European security information after the country voted to leave the bloc, the Financial Times reported.Galileo is the EU's Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS) which provides accurate positioning and timing information.Business Secretary Greg Clark is reportedly taking legal advice on whether the UK Government can recoup the €1.4bn (£1.2bn) it has invested in the programme since 2003.Image:A UK Government official reportedly said the EU was 'playing hardball'Mr Clark warned the European Commission's actions could threaten cont
Inmate: Prison officers complicit in cellphone problem

Inmate: Prison officers complicit in cellphone problem

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South Carolina prison officials have for years blamed cellphones for contributing to inmate violence. After a bloody riot left seven inmates dead at a maximum-security prison last week, they again find themselves asking federal officials to grant waivers and change laws to let them block the signals of these contraband devices. Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Monday easing hiring rules for new corrections officers. McMaster said a shortage of officers was allowing contraband to flow freely into the state's prisons, provoking often deadly inmate battles. But some who have spent time in and around the prisons say it is not a lack of corrections officers — but the inaction and collusion of those already on the job — that has led to the abundance of contraband. Because cellphones
YouTube publishes deleted videos report

YouTube publishes deleted videos report

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YouTube's first three-monthly "enforcement report" reveals the website deleted 8.3 million videos between October and December 2017 for breaching its community guidelines.The figure does not include videos removed for copyright or legal reasons.Sexually explicit videos attracted 9.1 million reports from the website's users, while 4.7 million were reported for hateful or abusive content.Most complaints came from India, the US or Brazil.YouTube said its algorithms had flagged 6.7 million videos that had then been sent to human moderators and deleted.Of those, 76% had not been watched on YouTube, other than by the moderators.The company told the BBC it stored a data "fingerprint" of deleted videos so that it could immediately spot if somebody uploaded the same video again.In March, YouTube wa...
Apple's Shazam takeover facing competition probe

Apple's Shazam takeover facing competition probe

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The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation into Apple's takeover of UK-based music app Shazam after finding the deal could raise competition concerns.Apple revealed in December that it was snapping up the song recognition tool in a deal reportedly worth $ 400m (£286m).Shazam allows users to identify songs by pointing a smartphone or tablet at speakers playing music.The European Commission said it was concerned that the takeover could see rivals' music streaming services put at a competitive disadvantage to Apple Music.This is because Apple would obtain commercially sensitive data about its rivals' customers by owning Shazam, according to the EC's initial findings.Those rivals include Spotify, the global market leader."Access to such data could allow Apple to directly ta