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Uber data hack hit 2.7m UK riders and drivers

Uber data hack hit 2.7m UK riders and drivers

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Uber says the data breach it kept secret for over a year resulted in the personal data of approximately 2.7 million people in the UK being exposed.The ride-hailing app - already under pressure in this country on employment rights and the future of its operating licence in London - said it could not be sure of the figure because of the way it collects data by country.It revealed last week that the data of 57 million people worldwide was exposed by hackers in October 2016.:: Uber loses appeal over employment rights rulingVideo:Spanish taxi drivers launch strike over Uber It later emerged the company had effectively paid off the persons responsible in the belief the information - which included names, addresses and mobile phone numbers - would be deleted and not used by the criminals.Uber als...
Under-age social media use 'on the rise', says Ofcom

Under-age social media use 'on the rise', says Ofcom

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Half of children aged 11 and 12 have a social media profile, despite most platforms' minimum age being 13, a study from regulator Ofcom suggests.Children's charity the NSPCC called on the government to act on the issue of under-age profiles.The media watchdog also said children were increasingly getting their news from social media, but most were aware of the concept of fake news.Just 32% believed that news accessed on such platforms was reported truthfully.Ofcom's Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes report found that 46% of 11-year-olds, 51% of 12-year-olds and 28% of 10-year-olds now have a social media profile.Parental awareness of the age limit was low - with about eight in 10 of those parents whose children use Instagram or Snapchat unaware of the restrictions. More than four...
Mum defends teen in gaming lawsuit

Mum defends teen in gaming lawsuit

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A mother has written a letter in defence of her 14-year-old son who is facing a lawsuit over video game cheats in the US.Caleb Rogers is one of two people facing legal action from gaming studio Epic Games for using cheat software to play the free game Fortnite. The studio says it has taken the step because the boy declined to remove a YouTube video he published which promoted how to use the software. His mother says he is a scapegoat."This company is in the process of attempting to sue a 14-year-old child," she wrote in the letter which has been shared online.Ms Rogers added that she had not given her son parental consent to play the game as stated in its terms and conditions, and that as the game was free to play the studio could not claim loss of profit as a result of the cheats."It is m...
Bitcoin reaches $10,000 valuation for first time

Bitcoin reaches $10,000 valuation for first time

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A single Bitcoin has hit $ 10,000 (£7,495) for the first time despite fears of a bubble.The cryptocurrency hit $ 5,000 (£3,750) for the first time in October and in the brief period since then has doubled in value again.It traded at $ 10,009 on the CEX exchange on Tuesday morning before dropping back down.Over this calendar year, the digital cash has increased 1,000% in value and is continuing to attract investors.Despite concerns that a bubble in the cryptocurrency's value has been driven by increasing investment from those who fear they are missing out, investors continue to buy in to the digital means of exchange.Bitcoin has surged through a number of symbolic milestones in recent weeks, showing an exponential curve on value-tracking charts.However, as the World Coin Index image chart b
YouTube investigates 'disturbing' autofill results

YouTube investigates 'disturbing' autofill results

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YouTube has changed the way its autofill feature works after reports that some word combinations brought up paedophilic phrases.Over the weekend many people reported that typing "how to have" would be completed with several variations on "s*x with your kids".Other searches produced responses that also used the asterisked "s*x" word. Some speculated that an attempt to troll YouTube results was responsible for making the phrases appear.Predatory comments"Earlier today our teams were alerted to this profoundly disturbing autocomplete result and we worked to quickly remove it as soon as we were made aware," said a YouTube spokeswoman. "We are investigating this matter to determine what was behind the appearance of this autocompletion," she added.YouTube has not yet given an explanation of why ...