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YouTube to help gamers build their audiences

YouTube says it’s going to start “actively helping” gamers build their audiences. It’s part of a new multi-year deal the company has signed with FaceIt, one of the world’s leading eSports platforms. YouTube has bought the rights to exclusively live-stream events like the eSports Championship Series, which kicks off this weekend. But it’s also pledging […]

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Fruit-shaped sensor 'can improve freshness'

Image copyright Empa A new fruit-shaped sensor could help cargo companies to keep fruit fresher in transit, researchers say. The device – which mimics the size, shape and composition of real fruit – is packed in with produce in transit and closely monitors its temperature. It comes in orange, apple, banana and mango varieties, and […]

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Russian man pleads guilty over $500m malware scam

Image copyright PA Image caption The Citadel Trojan lets criminals steal bank account details and hold files to ransom. A Russian man faces up to 10 years in jail for spreading a computer virus that cost victims more than $500m (£401m). Mark Vartanyan, 29, developed and distributed the Citadel Trojan, which lets criminals steal bank […]

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Malaysia screen legend gets Google tribute

Image copyright Google Image caption P. Ramlee was a famous Malaysian artist who appeared in and directed movies Google has paid tribute to late Malaysian film legend P. Ramlee in its latest animated doodle, on what would have been his 88th birthday. Born Teuku Zakaria on 22 March, 1929 in the coastal state of Penang, […]

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Urban spies

Media captionHow much data do you give away on the tube? Shops and retailers are taking over where street cameras left off, watching shoppers’ every move. According to a 2015 survey of 150 retail executives from IT services firm Computer Services Corporation, a quarter of all British shops and 59% of fashion retailers use facial […]

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Facebook Live victim 'afraid to go home'

Image copyright Getty Images A teenage girl who police say was raped during a Facebook Live broadcast is too scared to return to her Chicago home, her mother has said. The 15-year-old, who is currently staying with relatives, has been subject to an online and in-person harassment campaign. People on Facebook have threatened “they are […]

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Kenya Revenue Authority 'lost $39m to hacker'

Image copyright Daily Nation Image caption Alex Mutuku’s lawyers want him to be released on bail An IT expert has been charged with hacking into Kenya’s Revenue Authority and stealing $39m (£31m). Alex Mutungi Mutuku, 28, is accused of electronic fraud but he denies any wrongdoing. The prosecution says he is part of an international […]

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'Sex assault' streamed on Facebook Live

Image copyright Getty Images The alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by five or six males was streamed on Facebook Live, according to Chicago Police. Around 40 people were said to have been watching the stream at one point but nobody reported the incident to police. A police spokesman said authorities first learned of […]

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Two major US technology firms 'tricked out of $100m'

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Evaldas Rimasauskas posed as Asian-based hardware manufacturer to trick staff into wiring him money A Lithuanian man has been charged with tricking two US technology firms into wiring him $100m (£80.3m) through an email phishing scam. Posing as an Asian-based manufacturer, Evaldas Rimasauskas tricked staff into transferring money into bank […]

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Twitter shuts 377,000 'terrorism' accounts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Twitter says it has suspended a total of 636,248 accounts since mid-2015 Twitter says it shut nearly 377,000 accounts for promoting terrorism in the second half of last year. It represents a big increase on the last numbers given by the company, which covered from February to August 2016, although […]

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Plusnet fined £880,000 for billing former customers

Image copyright Plusnet Image caption Plusnet markets itself as offering superior customer service Plusnet, an internet service provider owned by BT, has been fined £880,000 for wrongly billing more than 1,000 former customers. An investigation by watchdog Ofcom found that the ISP broke a fundamental billing rule by continuing to charge a group of customers […]