HTC backlash over pop-up ads on keyboard

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The HTC 10 was one of the devices affected Phone-maker HTC says it will fix an “error” that let advertisements pop up on the keyboard on some of its phones. Many users expressed anger online that ad banners had started appearing above the touchscreen keyboard while they were typing. […]

Ashley Madison offers $11m settlement

Image copyright Reuters The owner of the Ashley Madison infidelity website, which was hacked in July 2015, has offered a settlement to the people suing the company. Millions of members had their personal details stolen when the site, which encouraged people to cheat on their partners, was breached. Ruby Life has put forward $11.2m (£8.5m) […]

Emojis honoured in world celebration

Image copyright Reuters New York’s Empire State Building will be lit up in yellow to mark a day that organisers hope will put a smile on millions of faces. It is one of several stunts planned for World Emoji Day, which celebrates the colourful symbols used in instant messages, on 17 July. London’s Royal Opera […]

Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages

Image copyright EPA The Australian government says it wants new laws to force tech firms such as Apple and Facebook to provide access to encrypted messages. Some apps such as WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption, making messages unreadable if intercepted. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals […]

Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses

Media captionWATCH: Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses A British-based company that made smartphones costing thousands of pounds will be liquidated after a plan to save it failed. Vertu was known for its high-end, jewel-encrusted handsets, but recently faced financial difficulties. The company’s liquidation will result in the loss of nearly 200 jobs. One technology analyst said […]

Bupa data breach affects 108,000 medical insurance plans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption No medical data was made vulnerable in the breach, Bupa said A Bupa employee inappropriately copied and removed customer information relating to around 108,000 international health insurance plans, the company has said. The data included names, dates of birth, nationalities, some contact and administrative information but not financial or […]

Judge rules pacemaker data admissible in court

Judge rules pacemaker data admissible in court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ruling could mean that data from medical devices is more widely used in court cases An Ohio judge has ruled that data from a pacemaker can be used in court. Defendant Ross Compton, who faces aggravated arson charges, claims he was woken by a fire at home, packed […]

EU clamps down on social media job snoops

EU clamps down on social media job snoops

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The majority of employers use social media to research candidates, according to one recruitment firm Employers who use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to check on potential job candidates could be breaking European law in future. An EU data protection working party has ruled that employers should require […]

Google announces London cloud computing data centre

Image copyright Google Image caption Most of Google’s cloud platform data centres are based in the US and Asia Google has revealed it has built a London data centre for the cloud computing services it rents to third parties. The facility is its second in Europe, after Brussels, and promises to provide faster access times […]

Google not liable for back taxes in France

Image copyright Getty Images Google will not have to pay 1.1bn euros (£970m) in back taxes, after the technology giant won a legal case brought by the French authorities. A court in Paris ruled that the internet search firm’s Irish subsidiary was not liable for tax in France. Google employs 700 people in France, but […]