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YouTube and Netflix to reduce streaming quality to stop internet from breaking

YouTube and Netflix to reduce streaming quality to stop internet from breaking

Technology
YouTube and Netflix have said they will reduce the streaming quality of videos to avoid straining the internet due to the unprecedented usage during the coronavirus pandemic.Millions of people are working from home across the European Union in order to tackle the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, which is now confirmed to have infected more than 244,000 people worldwide. "Streaming platforms, telecom operators and users... have a joint responsibility to take steps to ensure the smooth functioning of the internet during the battle against the virus propagation," the EU's markets and services commissioner, Thierry Breton, said yesterday. In a statement, YouTube said it was complying with the commissioner's request for a month: "We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in...
Coronavirus: Supermarkets ask shoppers to be ‘considerate’ and stop panic buying

Coronavirus: Supermarkets ask shoppers to be ‘considerate’ and stop panic buying

Business
Supermarkets are urging shoppers not to buy more than they need amid concern over coronavirus-linked stockpiling.In a joint letter, UK retailers have reminded customers to be considerate in their shopping, so that others are not left without much-needed items."There is enough for everyone if we all work together," it adds.It comes after some shops began rationing the sales of certain products to avoid them selling out completely.In the letter, the retailers say online and click-and-collect services are at "full capacity" and staff and suppliers are "working day and night to keep the nation fed".The retailers say they are working "closely" with government and suppliers to make more deliveries to stores so that shelves are well-sto...
Price controls considered in UK to stop hikes in coronavirus essentials

Price controls considered in UK to stop hikes in coronavirus essentials

Business
The competition regulator is considering whether to advise the government that price controls may be needed to prevent coronavirus outbreak profiteering.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) made its announcement hours after the banking sector revealed it was offering help to customers as growing virus disruption threatens payment deadlines. Meanwhile, the governor of the Bank of England has reiterated that collective action being planned with the Treasury to support the economy would have "maximum impact" if deployed.The CMA said it was urging retailers "to behave responsibly" in their pricing of goods and not exploit the evolving COVID-19 situation.The statement threatened enforcement action against firms charging excessive prices - adding that those making "misleading claims about...
NSPCC urges Facebook to stop encryption plans

NSPCC urges Facebook to stop encryption plans

Technology
Child-protection organisations say Facebook's decision to strongly encrypt messages will give offenders a place to hide. The company is moving ahead with plans to implement the measure on Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct. But more than 100 organisations, led by the NSPCC, have signed an open letter warning the plans will undermine efforts to catch abusers. Home Secretary Priti Patel said she "fully supported" the move.In a statement to the BBC, she said: "Tech companies like Facebook have a vital responsibility to balance privacy with the safety of vulnerable children.""Following my letter to Mark Zuckerberg, I met with Sheryl Sandberg and emphasised that Facebook's encryption plans cannot be allowed to hamper their ability to protect young people ...
YouTube, Venmo: AI firm must stop scraping faces from sites

YouTube, Venmo: AI firm must stop scraping faces from sites

Technology
Payment service Venmo has joined YouTube and Twitter in demanding that a facial recognition company stop harvesting user images to identify the people in themBy MATT O'BRIEN AP Technology WriterFebruary 5, 2020, 9:05 PM2 min readNEW YORK -- Payment service Venmo joined YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday in demanding that a facial recognition company stop harvesting user images to identify the people in them, which the startup does as part of its work with police. Venmo said Wednesday it is sending a cease-and-desist letter to New York-based Clearview AI. The small firm has drawn scrutiny following investigative reports in January by the New York Times and Buzzfeed detailing its work with law enforcement agencies and its practice of scraping social media and other internet platforms ...