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Hatred game back on Steam Greenlight

The controversial ‘mass-murder’ game has been restored to the community voting area of the major digital games storeThe controversial “mass-murder” game Hatred has been restored to Steam Greenlight. The shooter was originally submitted to the site, a digital store for PC games, on 15 December, but was quickly removed by Steam’s creator, Valve Software. At the time, spokesperson Doug Lombar

Bitcoin is the worst investment of 2014. But can it recover?

Bitcoin halved in value over 2014. That’s a pretty bad investment, and could spell doom for the currency2014 has been a rough year for bitcoin. Almost as soon as it began, the currency was shaken by news of the collapse of MtGox, once the sole bitcoin exchange.The same month, Charlie Shrem, a Bitcoin Foundation board member, was arrested for alleged money laundering. And over the rest of s

Is the Year 2038 problem the new Y2K bug?

Reports proclaim that the Year 2038 problem is going to cause computerised doom: here’s what you need to knowNot yet been terrified by the Year 2038 problem? Somehow you must have missed reports claiming it poses a threat, as exposed by Gangnam style(yes, you read that correctly), to our computerised future.In fact, it is claimed, Y2038 is so bad it could be worse than Y2k. Well that’s abs

Time will tell: only 1% of Britons own a smartwatch

Consumers fail to see the need to buy yet another gadget while they remain expensive and with questionable purpose, Ipsos Mori findsApple, Google and even Microsoft do not usually face a battle in getting consumers to use their products, but 2015 could bring just such a challenge. Each of the technology giants will have a smartwatch available by next year, even though there is less than ov

Al Franken seeks more answers from Uber

Senator concerned about ‘surprising lack of detail’ to his questions about the privacy policies of the ride-sharing serviceAl Franken has criticised Uber’s “lack of detail” to his questions about the ride-sharing service’s privacy policies.The senator, who chairs the subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law, wrote to the company last month setting out 10 questions after a spate of i

Amazon refuses to compensate sellers for 1p price glitch

Retailers say they have also been offered nothing by third-party company whose software caused the problemAmazon has told selling partners who have lost tens of thousands of pounds after a software glitch led to their stock being sold for 1p that they will not get compensation from the online retailer.The company, which had sales of more than $74bn (£48bn) last year, has emailed sellers to t

Antitrust lawsuit against Apple: 10 years in the making, shot down in three hours

In a case in which the legal wrangling outlasted the tech that spawned it, jury rules Apple’s iPod updates improved devices and did not impede competitionA class-action antitrust suit against Apple, in the works for almost 10 years and contending the tech giant abused iPod updates to control the market, ended in just three hours after a jury decided in the company’s favor. Eight members of

Microsoft’s ‘Star Trek’ Skype translator turns English into Spanish

Skype attempts to emulate the Universal Translator or Babel Fish, translating conversations between English and Spanish in real timeMicrosoft has released its first preview of Skype Translator, which allows real-time conversations between spoken English and Spanish and will be extended to more languages.The service was first demonstrated in May, aping Star Trek’s universal translator or th

More people may be dodging NSA surveillance than you think – Open thread

Have your say on Edward Snowden’s impact, as well as Uber’s privacy promises, teenage revenge porn, Foursquare and moreIn November, a study released by the Canadian Centre for International Governance claimed that while 60% of internet users had heard of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, only 39% of those people had taken additional steps to protect their online privacy as a result.The lat

Elite: Dangerous – why the classic space game still has fans enraptured

First released in 1984, Elite is back offering a vast cosmos filled with pirates, traders and adventure. Here, lifelong fans tell us what it means to fly againThe space station hovers in the near distance, its entry port slowly rotating as you approach. To dock successfully, your ship must exactly match this gently turning circle – miss it and you’ll collide catastrophically with the station’

Apple cleared in billion-dollar iPod antitrust lawsuit

Oakland court finds decade-old iPod software preventing users from downloading music from competitors not illegal corporate behaviourAfter just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California found in favor of Apple on Tuesday in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players.The eight-member jury in the US district court in Oakland rejected a claim by att

YouTube's next big challenger could be Vessel and its 'early access' videos

US startup says YouTubers and media companies will be able to earn ‘20x’ more revenues from its online subscription service Continue reading...

BlackBerry courts fans with new Classic model that looks like 2012 all over again

The company is returning to its roots with a new smartphone featuring a traditional keyboard at a time when rivals and most customers have fully embraced touchscreens*BlackBerry Classic goes back to the old way of doing things Continue reading...

Darius Kazemi: the Oscar Wilde of internet bots – Tech Weekly podcast

How Twitter and Tumblr bots use algorithmic skill to bring wit, warmth and a critical eye to internet culture Continue reading...

BlackBerry Classic goes back to the old way of doing things

BlackBerry tries to rekindle the love of its physical keyboard with the new Classic, which is essentially an upgraded Bold from 2011 Continue reading...

Reddit bans users for sharing hacked Sony documents

The social news site has acceded to a DMCA takedown request from Sony and removed a hub for sharing the company’s hacked files Continue reading...

Apple closes Russian website because of rouble crisis

US-based tech company says online store ‘unavailable while we review pricing’ owing to extreme fluctuations in value of currency Continue reading...

Foreign criminals’ data taken off police records

Biometrics commissioner warns privacy laws meant to protect innocent could also guard those committing offences abroad Continue reading...

Removing Hatred from Steam leaves awkward questions for Valve

A gatekeeper such as Steam has a responsibilities. But it also must be reliable and predictable, and this is anything but Continue reading...

Are your teenagers doing their best to KPC (keep parents clueless)?

A new list of odd internet acronyms hints at the wild drug-fuelled sex romps your offspring might be indulging in. But it could just be a bit of scaremongering … Continue reading...

Google faces €15m fines over privacy breaches in Netherlands

The search giant has been ordered to change the way it collects data from users that is then used to target advertising, or face a significant fine Continue reading...

From hate to fellowship: how games festivals saved my year

2014 won’t go down as a classic year for video games, but there were bright points amid the darkness – and they happened away from the screen Continue reading...

Spotify CEO wants 'to do a better job' convincing musicians of its value

But Daniel Ek says his company remains unwilling to let Taylor Swift and her peers choose to keep their music off Spotify’s free serviceAfter a bruising year for streaming music service Spotify, chief executive Daniel Ek admits the company is thinking hard about how to convince artists like Taylor Swift of its value to their careers.“What it has highlighted for us is we need to do a better

Yik Yak is the hottest messaging app in the world. So how are Brits using it?

With $61m of funding, anonymous social app Yik Yak is the UK’s new discussion post for crisps, toasters, ‘arsehole’ cats and drinkingAre you yakking yet? No, not a reference to throwing up as part of a venomous post-Christmas-party hangover. Yik Yak is the latest messaging app to take US college campuses by storm, and then Silicon Valley.The app, which makes anonymity a key feature, launch

Mobile phone firms agree £5bn deal with government to improve coverage

Sajid Javid secures deal with EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to ensure 90% of UK landmass has basic coverage by 2017 Continue reading...

Army tests radar-laden balloons as part of early-warning missile shield

Blimp-like vehicles near nation’s capital will scan for airborne attacks on east coast and help direct military response Continue reading...

The X Factor's slow death at the hands of the internet

As X Factor ratings hit a 10-year low, experts suggest the internet could be responsible for luring away the youth audience Continue reading...

The Interview New York premiere cancelled in wake of hacker threats

*Manhattan premiere pulled, along with media appearances by stars Seth Rogen and James Franco*Department of Homeland Security dismisses ‘active’ threat*Carmike Cinemas first chain to cancel all screenings of the film*First-look review: The Interview Continue reading...

Jeb Bush says he is 'actively exploring' run for presidency in 2016

*Former Florida governor would be third Bush in White House*Facebook and Twitter statement signals search for wealthy donors*Suzanne Goldenberg: Jeb may be ‘the smart brother’ – but he’s a climate denier*Gustavo Arellano: Jeb Bush is not the white knight Latinos have been waiting for Continue reading...

Google News says ‘adiós’ to Spain in row over publishing fees

Internet search company shuts Spanish operations and other sites threaten to follow suit in dispute over new publishing law Continue reading...


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