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European parliament set to call for break-up of Google in antitrust case

Draft motion seeks to serve as solution to Google’s dominance of search markets in Europe and is seen as drastic escalation of running antitrust caseThe European parliament is reportedly poised to call for a break-up of Google in a drastic escalation of Europe’s long-running antitrust case against the tech giant.A draft motion seen by the Financial Times, and expected to be agreed next wee

Google settles online abuse court case

International businessman brought case against global arm of internet search firm over spread of malicious stories onlineGoogle appears to have agreed to increase its efforts to remove online links to malicious articles that made false allegations about an international businessman.Settlement of what would have been a test case defining the US firm’s global responsibilities was announced at

Malware spied on companies and governments in 10 countries since 2008

‘Nation state’ most likely behind development of stealth malware Regin, say antivirus expertsAn advanced, malicious software application has been uncovered that has spied on private companies, governments, research institutes and individuals in 10 countries since 2008, antivirus software maker Symantec Corp said in a report on Sunday.The California-based maker of Norton antivirus products sa

PlayStation Network and Windows Live hack could be a hoax, experts say

Hacking group claims to have leaked over 4,500 account details from PSN, Windows Live and 2K Games, but logins appear similar to previous hacksHackers are claiming to have broken into the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN), Microsoft Windows Live and 2K Games to leak over 5,500 usernames and passwords.The hacking group called DerpTrolling claim, on Twitter and the anonymous text sharing site P

New York taxi drivers' group calls for Uber to have license suspended

Move is latest in bitter feud between Uber and traditional cabs and comes after reports tech firm has been abusing access to passenger dataOne of New York’s largest taxi driver groups has called for rival Uber to have its license suspended after reports that it has been abusing access to data about its passengers’ rides.The move, the latest in a bitter feud between the tech firm and tradit

Google Contributor: can I really pay to remove ads?

Google’s new Contributor service is an experiment to see if users paying up to $3 a month for content can replace adverts on websitesGoogle is launching a new service that allows browsers to pay a monthly fee to avoid the adverts on sites that use Google’s advertising services.The Google Contributor service is an experiment to see whether websites can be funded by small payments from reade

Now e-cigarettes can give you malware

Better for your lungs, worse for your hard drives, e-cigarettes can potentially infect a computer if plugged in to chargeE-cigarettes may be better for your health than normal ones, but spare a thought for your poor computer – electronic cigarettes have become the latest vector for malicious software, according to online reports.Many e-cigarettes can be charged over USB, either with a spec

Stranded on the planet of the apps

There are now millions of smartphone apps on competing platforms. Trouble is, few of them have any actual worthYou know the problem: you’re sitting there reading an email from a friend on your smartphone or tablet and there is a link in the message to what looks like an interesting website. So you tap on it and the web page begins to load. And then suddenly up pops a dialogue box with text that

Nine new emojis for 2014

No wifi? Growing a hipster tache? Now you can express the finest first-world problems with a single keystroke Continue reading...

Can Amazon take on Netflix with ad-supported video? Open thread

Have your say on Amazon’s latest TV ambitions, Twine, the ‘poop’ emoji, Minecraft videos and moreAmazon already has a streaming video service under its Prime banner, including a growing number of original shows like Alpha House and The After. But now there are reports that it’s planning to go further.This, from the New York Post:“Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is primed and ready for a fresh as

As Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo, is the clock ticking for Mozilla?

Firefox users in the US will now see Yahoo as their default browser, but Google may have allowed itself to be outbid Firefox users in the US will no longer see Google from December when searching on the browser, but will be offered Yahoo as their default search engine which outbid Google for the deal.It is not clear if Firefox was looking to end its 10-year-relationship with Google. But it

Messaging app Yik Yak tipped for $62m funding a year after launch

Investors hoping for the next WhatsApp are piling in to US startup despite criticism over cyberbullying Continue reading...

Band Aid 30: why donations not downloads may be the best strategy

Bob Geldof ‘worries’ about 99p track prices, but getting fans to donate rather than delete and re-download might be the best move Continue reading...

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham review – enjoyable run-out for familiar platform format

PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, Mac, Warner Bros, cert: 7 Continue reading...

Halo: The Master Chief Collection review – impressive compendium of sci-fi shooter classics

Xbox One, Microsoft, cert: 16 Continue reading...

Assassin’s Creed Unity review – ambitious adventure crippled by technical flaws

PS4, Xbox One, PC, Ubisoft, cert: 18 Continue reading...

Amazon to open fashion photography studio in east London by summer 2015

Firm plans to increase jobs across capital to 5,000 by 2017 as it ramps up interest in fashion sector Continue reading...

Apple rounds up top iOS app developers for Aids charity campaign

25 apps to offer exclusive Red content to boost fundraising efforts, alongside in-store and online push Continue reading...

Theresa May’s move to link web users with IP address given cautious welcome

Civil liberties campaigners say change is sensible, but that it should not become a stepping stone back to ‘snooper’s charter’ Continue reading...

Christmas gift: attack of the drones

Little hovering menaces are going to be this year’s must-have present for men of a certain age, like Alex Renton. But, he asks, should we worry? Continue reading...

Former Amazon employee set for hunger strike at Seattle headquarters

*Kivin Varghese claims he was wrongfully discharged*Protest seeks focus on internet retailer’s business practices Continue reading...

Far Cry 4 review

PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC; Ubisoft; £39.99 to £44.99 Continue reading...

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Women 'belittled, underappreciated and underpaid' in tech industry

More than 600 people working in tech industry responded to Guardian poll revealing:*73% of both men and women believe the industry to be sexist*52% say women are paid less than men for the same job*Structural and cultural sexism widespreadA survey of Guardian readers working in the technology sector has revealed that almost three quarters of women respondents say the industry is sexis

UK moves to shut down Russian hackers streaming live British webcam footage

UK to take action to close down Russian website streaming images from British webcams including baby monitors and those in gyms and bedroomsThe UK is to take international action to close down a Russian website that is streaming images from British webcams including baby monitors, bedroom cameras and gym CCTV.The site features live feeds from households and businesses across the world, inclu

Four arrested in UK RATs anti-spyware raid against webcam malware

Search warrant issued for 19-year-old in European-wide crackdown on remote access trojans Four UK residents have been arrested and a search warrant issued for another as part of a European-wide crackdown on malware that silently hoovers up people’s data and watches them over their webcams.Two men aged 33 and one 30-year-old woman were arrested in Leeds, and a 20-year-old man was apprehende

Driverless cars could face threat from hackers trying to cause road chaos

Engineers also warn of danger of software defects as January trial of fully autonomous vehicles on British roads approachesDriverless cars will need to be protected from hackers who could take control of vehicles to cause chaos on the roads, cyber security and transport experts have warned.While autonomous vehicles, such as Google’s self-driving car, could reduce road casualties by elimina

Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool

Channel 4’s Alex Thomson filmed Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and shared the short videos on Twitter Continue reading...

What’s the right relationship between technology companies and journalism?

Facebook and other social media are huge deliverers of content and they are also hosting news discussion Continue reading...


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