Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Image copyright Getty Images Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia. Snapchat said it was asked by the Saudi authorities to remove the Qatari-backed broadcaster’s Discover Publisher Channel because it violated local laws. Qatar is in an ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. The […]

Nigel – the robot that could tell you how to vote

Image copyright Science Photo Library The creators of a new artificial intelligence programme hope it could one day save democracy. Are we ready for robots to take over politics? “Siri, who should I vote for?” “That’s a very personal decision.” Apple’s “personal assistant”, Siri, doesn’t do politics. It has stock, non-committal answers for anything that […]

Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff

Image copyright EPA Image caption Equifax’s share price has fallen by more than a third US credit report giant Equifax has replaced two senior staff after revealing last week it had suffered a massive data breach. Data on up to 143 million Americans, about 400,000 Britons and a number of Canadians may have been stolen […]

Equifax says almost 400,000 Britons hit in data breach

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The massive data breach is being investigated by US and UK data watchdogs Data about British people “may potentially have been accessed” during the data breach at the US credit rating firm Equifax. The UK arm of the organisation said files containing information on “fewer than 400,000” UK consumers was […]

UN warning on growing digital ‘chasm’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many African nations have low net speeds but high mobile penetration The digital divide separating developed and developing nations is in danger of becoming a chasm, warns a UN report. The divide has grown thanks to accelerating net connection speeds in developed nations and static ones elsewhere, it said. And […]

Google sued over ‘sex discrimination’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Three women who used to work at Google have filed a lawsuit against the technology giant, alleging it pays women less than men for comparable work. The suit says Google is aware of the situation, but has not moved to fix it. It comes as companies in Silicon Valley face growing scrutiny […]

Facebook to trim advert categories aimed at ‘anti-Semites’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Facebook looks at what people do and say on its site to categorise them for advertisers Facebook is reviewing its ad targeting system after investigators found they could direct ads to self-described anti-Semites. Researchers at ProPublica found several ad categories for people who had declared that they “hated” Jews. Facebook […]

Angry Birds maker Rovio targets $1bn valuation

Image copyright Reuters The mobile games developer behind Angry Birds expects to be worth about $1bn when it lists on the stock market. Rovio has set a range for its share sale that would value the business at between 802m euros and 896m euros ($960m-$1.07bn; £710m-£795m). The Finnish firm’s boss, Kati Levoranta, said the listing […]

Google sued over sex discrimination

Image copyright AFP/Getty Three women who used to work at Google have filed a lawsuit against the technology giant, alleging it pays women less than men for comparable work. The suit says Google is aware of the situation, but has not moved to fix it. The firm is also under investigation by the US Department […]

Apple explains Face ID on-stage failure

Media captionWATCH: Apple’s event in two minutes Apple has explained why its new facial recognition feature failed to unlock a handset at an on-stage demo at the iPhone X’s launch on Tuesday. The company blamed the Face ID glitch on a lockout mechanism triggered by staff members moving the device ahead of its unveil. Yahoo […]