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Google uncovers ads by Russian operatives: Report

Google uncovers ads by Russian operatives: Report

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Russian operatives likely spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads across Google products, including YouTube and Google search, according to reports. Accounts connected with the Russian government spent $ 4,700 on search and display ads, while another $ 53,000 was spent on ads with political material that were purchased from Russian territory, from Russian internet addresses, or with Russian currency, The New York Times reported . The Times cited an unnamed person familiar with the ongoing inquiry by the search giant. The Washington Post earlier reported that the technology behemoth uncovered the Russian-backed disinformation campaign as it considers whether to testify before Congress next month, also citing anonymous sources familiar with the investigation. Social media companies Facebo...
Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile

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Microsoft appears to have abandoned its smartphone operating system ambitions.The company's Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a "focus".Joe Belfiore added that he had also switched to Android himself.Windows 10 Mobile tried to attract users by letting them run the same "universal apps" on both their PCs and handsets, but the concept failed to catch on.The OS accounted for just 0.03% of the global market - based on smartphone shipments - between April and June, according to research company IDC.The market intelligence provider said the news had been a long time coming."There wasn't a wide range of devices running Windows 10 Mobile, so it wasn't attractive to retailers or operators," said IDC's Francisco Jero...
Crimes linked to online dating rise dramatically

Crimes linked to online dating rise dramatically

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Reported crimes related to online dating have risen dramatically in the last five years.Exclusive figures for Sky News from UK police forces show that 2,054 offences were recorded between 2011 and 2016.In 2011, 140 crimes were recorded, by 2016 that had risen to 676 - a 382% increase.In the same period, the number of sexual crimes reported rose from 14 to 106 and violent attacks were up from 29 to 240.Becky Crozier suffered panic attacks and depression after being stalked by a man she met online.After three dates she broke up but despite not revealing where she lived he managed to track her down.For almost 10 months she was too scared to leave her house."I'd get at least a text message every minute, if I didn't reply, and if I'd turn my phone off, he'd ring me," she explained."It got to th...
Big Tech has big plans to help reconnect Puerto Rico

Big Tech has big plans to help reconnect Puerto Rico

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Facebook and Google once aimed to connect the world. Now they would be happy just to reconnect part of it. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to send a "connectivity team" to help restore communications in ravaged Puerto Rico. Google parent company Alphabet offered to send its Wi-Fi balloons. They were among several tech companies proposing disaster response ideas, most aimed at getting phone and internet service up and running. Some of these plans, of course, are more aspirational than others. BATTERY POWER Tesla CEO Elon Musk often takes to Twitter to mull over ideas, but on Friday his musings about sending his company's solar-powered batteries to help restore Puerto Rico's power attracted the attention of the island's governor. "Let's talk," said Gov. ...
Artist 'vandalises' Snapchat's AR Balloon Dog sculpture

Artist 'vandalises' Snapchat's AR Balloon Dog sculpture

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An artist has "vandalised" Snapchat's newest feature in protest against an "augmented reality corporate invasion". Snapchat recently teamed up with artist Jeff Koons to make 3D replicas of his artwork visible with its smartphone app in nine major cities. Sebastian Errazuriz protested by making a graffiti-covered replica of Koons' Balloon Dog sculpture in Central Park. An academic said the protest draws attention to "important questions" about cities' digital spaces.Snapchat's artworks are part of its 3D World Lenses offerings, which add augmented reality filters to real-world scenes when using its app.Mr Errazuriz said that while Snapchat's virtual installations seem "relatively innocent", they also represent a "technological and social milestone"."The growth of augmented reality... will s...