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Facebook gives users trustworthiness score

Facebook gives users trustworthiness score

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Facebook has confirmed that it has started scoring some of its members on a trustworthiness scale.The Washington Post revealed that the social network had developed the system over the past year.The tech firm says it has been developed to help handle reports of false news on its platform, but it has declined to reveal how the score is calculated or the limits of its use.Critics are concerned that users have no apparent way to obtain their rating.The BBC understands that at present only Facebook's misinformation team makes use of the measurement.The tech firm has, however, objected to the tool being described as a reputation rating."The idea that we have a centralised 'reputation' score for people that use Facebook is just plain w...
Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers'

Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers'

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Russian attempts to launch cyber-attacks against US conservative groups have been thwarted, Microsoft says.The software company said Russian hackers had tried to steal data from political organisations, including the International Republican Institute and the Hudson Institute think tanks.But they had been thwarted when its security staff had won control of six net domains mimicking their websites.Microsoft said the Fancy Bear hacking group had been behind the attacks.Domain control"We're concerned that these and other attempts pose security threats to a broadening array of groups connected with both American political parties in the run-up to the 2018 elections," Microsoft said in its blog detailing its work.The thwarted attack w...
Apple store evacuated 'after iPad explodes'

Apple store evacuated 'after iPad explodes'

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An Apple store in the Netherlands was evacuated after an iPad battery exploded and released noxious fumes into the air, according to reports. Three members of staff at the shop in Amsterdam had breathing problems and were treated at the scene, the city's fire service said in a tweet.A member of the fire service suggested a damaged battery was to blame, according to Dutch website iCulture.Employees at the store reportedly put the iPad in a bucket of sand following the "explosion", although there was no smoke or fire. The store has since reopened following the incident on Sunday.In December, Apple admitted slowing down old iPhone devices with low-capacity batteries, claiming it was a way of protecting the devices' components.Amid a wave of class action lawsuits over the "...
Apple 'pulls gambling apps from China App Store'

Apple 'pulls gambling apps from China App Store'

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Apple has removed thousands of gambling apps from its China app store, according to reports.The tech giant would not confirm reports suggesting it had pulled 25,000 apps, but in a statement the firm said "gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China".The cull follows criticism from state broadcaster CCTV for not doing enough to filter out banned material.Apple currently offers more than 1.8 million apps in China.The removal of the gambling apps has been widely reported, but originated from CCTV which claimed that Apple had carried out a "large-scale removal of illegal apps that sold fake lottery tickets and offered gambling services".In its statement, Apple said: "We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distri...