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Facebook security app used to 'spy' on competitors

Facebook security app used to 'spy' on competitors

Technology
A report by a Commons committee has detailed Facebook's use of an application to "spy" on users. The cross-party group said that Facebook used its Onavo virtual private network (VPN) app to gather information on competitors. The MPs claim Facebook "intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws". The report, which is more than 100 pages long, also details the influence of fake news on the site in elections.Monitoring competitorsThe Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee wrote that through the use of Onavo, which was billed as a way to give users an extra layer of security, Facebook could "collect app usage data from its customers to assess not only how many people had downloaded apps, but h...
Surgeon used 5G network to operate remotely on animal

Surgeon used 5G network to operate remotely on animal

Technology
A doctor in China has become the first to perform remote control surgery over a super-fast 5G network. The surgeon, who manipulated two robotic arms, was 30 miles from an operating theatre in Fujian province.During the procedure, he removed a laboratory animal's liver, the South China Morning Post reported.The 5G system, which is said to be at least 10 times as fast as current networks, and perhaps even up to a hundred times, has a lag time of only 0.1 seconds.That meant the delay between the surgeon's movements, and the robot in the theatre, was short enough to avoid potentially dangerous mistakes.In future, it is hoped such technology will enable surgeons to work remotely in war zones and disaster areas.It will also allow specialists from large hospitals to assist more ju...
Jurassic marine reptile was warm-blooded, had blubber, used camouflage

Jurassic marine reptile was warm-blooded, had blubber, used camouflage

Science
Dec. 5 (UPI) -- New research suggests Jurassic ichthyosaurs were more like modern marine mammals than previously realized. The ancient marine reptiles were ubiquitous in the Jurassic oceans. Studies of ichthyosaur fossils suggest they were dolphin-like in appearance, but until now, paleontologists knew relatively little about their biology and behavior. According to the new study, the reptiles were warm-blooded, had blubber and used coloration to camouflage themselves from predators. "Ichthyosaurs are interesting because they have many traits in common with dolphins, but are not at all closely related to those sea-dwelling mammals," Mary Schweitzer, professor of biological sciences at North Carolina State University, said in a news release. Previous research suggested ichthyosaurs gave l...
Facebook used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar, says report

Facebook used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar, says report

Technology
Facebook has said it agrees with a report that found it had failed to prevent its platform being used to "incite offline violence" in Myanmar.The independent report, commissioned by Facebook, said the platform had created an "enabling environment" for the proliferation of human rights abuse.It comes after widespread violence against the Rohingya minority which the UN has said may amount to genocide. The report said Facebook would have to "get it right" before 2020 elections.Facebook has more than 18 million users in Myanmar. For many, the social media site is their main or only way of getting and sharing news.The network said it had made progress in tackling its problems in Myanmar but that there was "more to do". Last year, the ...