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Facebook questions use of 'right to be forgotten' ruling

Social network criticises application of privacy ruling while backing Irish watchdog and EU data protection reformsFacebook has criticised European countries for using the “right to be forgotten” ruling on a Spanish case to challenge privacy regulation.The May 2014 ruling, made by the European Court of Justice, set a precedent for removing outdated information from search results that are

Icann plan to end website anonymity 'could lead to swatting attacks'

Coalition of free-speech and anti-harassment campaigners, the Online Abuse Prevention Initiative, calls for internet governing body not to enact proposalA coalition of anti-harassment initiatives and digital rights organisations is fighting a proposal from the internet’s governing body, Icann, to strip anonymity from website owners.Icann’s plan is to require all website owners who use thei

Hacking Team advises customers to stop using its tools after massive leak

Offensive cybersecurity firm warns clients to lie low while it assesses damageHacking Team, the cybersecurity firm which saw 400GB of private data published on Sunday night in a humiliating hack, has been forced to advise customers to stop using its software while it assesses the damage caused by the leak.A spokesman for the company recommended that clients, who are largely law enforcement

The making of Wattam: 'It's about how you play with the system'

Robin Hunicke, producer of Journey, on the joyous celebration of friendship and intuition she has developed with Katamari creator Keita Takahashi Robin Hunicke, the CEO of San Francisco-based game studio Funomena, is kind of worried. We’re standing in a corner of the Los Angeles convention centre amid the cacophany of the E3 games expo. Metres away, a large crowd has gathered around the game

BBC to give away 1m Micro:bit computers to schoolchildren

Corporation to set up not-for-profit venture to sell starter device, a modern-day successor to the BBC Micro, after its rollout to pupils in October.The BBC is to give away up to one million of its new Micro:bit computers to 11- and 12-year-old children across the UK.The computer was unveiled at an event in London on Tuesday, along with plans for its rollout this October, after the Micro:b

Google revs up carpooling with Waze app in Israel trial

RideWith uses technology developed by the Israeli start-up bought by Google to connect drivers with people travelling in same directionCarpooling could be set for a new trip around the block following a decision by Google to test a new app in Israel.RideWith uses technology developed by Waze, an Israeli start-up bought by Google in 2013 for about $1bn. Continue reading...

YouTube up to 240bn monthly video views, with top 100 MCNs worth $10bn

Report claims that more than 22 multi-channel networks reaching 1bn monthly views, as top star PewDiePie’s earnings are revealedThe 100 largest multi-channel networks (MCNs) on YouTube may have a collective valuation of nearly $10bn, and account for 42% of the online video service’s monthly views.That’s according to a report from research firm Ampere Analysis, which has been crunching data

Why does my phone get really hot and slow down in summer?

Living beings aren’t the only ones who suffer when a heatwave strikes – smartphones and portable electronics hate the heat just as much as we doOverheating, sluggish, running out of energy faster than usual? Have you noticed how it’s not just you that suffers in the heat, your smartphone does too? Don’t worry, you’re not imagining it, the heat really does make a difference. Unlike people,

Reddit CEO sorry for 'letting down' users after popular subforums shut down

Ellen Pao would not comment on firing of director of talent but said company was working on providing moderators with a better infrastructure and network Related: Reddit revolts: subforums shut down in protest over AMA co-ordinator sacking The chief executive of the social media site Reddit, Ellen Pao, has apologized for “letting down” users after the company fired a well-liked employee.

Unity - does indie gaming's biggest engine have an image problem?

Chief executive John Riccitiello explains why being popular with small independent studios is a mixed blessingMost people who play video games have played a game made with Unity – even if they don’t know it. Originally launched in 2005, this adaptable, cross-platform game engine is freely available to amateur coders and can be bought for just $1500 by small professional studios, allowing both

Ubisoft chief: 'We learned from the mistakes we made with Watch Dogs'

Yves Guillemot admits company raised expectations too high with its 2012 ambitious graphical demo of cyberpunk thriller In 2012, a fallow year for the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles, Ubisoft revealed its latest open-world action adventure – and promptly stole the show. Watch Dogs, a cyberpunk thriller set in an astonishingly detailed recreation of Chicago, looked amazing, with its complex

Switzerland begins postal delivery by drone

Swiss postal service says tests will run until the end of July although the widespread use of drones is not likely to kick in for another five yearsSwitzerland’s postal service said on Tuesday it had begun testing parcel deliveries by unmanned drones, although widespread use of the flying postmen is not likely to kick in for another five years.Postal service executives showed off the drone

Reddit's fate hangs in the balance as revolt against CEO makes waves

While more than 200,000 Redditors want Ellen Pao to resign, readers are jumping ship to budding competitor sites as top brass pushes to go mainstreamReddit, the giant online discussion forum for everyone from political junkies to billiards enthusiasts, is in revolt. Continue reading...

The app that puts women on the map

Spark Movement collective honours the historic achievements of women by developing an app for Google’s Field TripAn app that can signal where a woman made a historic achievement is being developed.Women on the Map is aimed at 13- to 22-year-olds and hopes to address the lack of recognition and honours for women. Continue reading...

After the prototype PlayStation: six more obscure games consoles

A late-1980s SNES-CD console ditched by Sony and Nintendo was discovered last month. Here are six other elusive games machines for look out for …For gamers, it was like discovering the Ark of the Covenant – but made of plastic and less likely to contain the power of God. In early July, one Dan Diebold posted a YouTube video showing an apparently functional prototype of the SNES CD, an aborted

Uber to provide security for drivers in South Africa after threats from rivals

Internet taxi firm says decision to provide security was made after ‘recent intimidation’ and protests from other taxi operatorsInternet taxi firm Uber said on Monday it was providing security for its drivers in South Africa after verbal threats from other taxi operators in the latest outbreak of friction to hit the fast-growing company.Uber drivers in Johannesburg have been targeted by me

Where is Google taking us?

Tim Adams was invited to hang out at Google’s California HQ, where some of the world’s brightest minds are working on innovations, such as driverless cars, that will transform our lives. But is society ready to go along for the ride?Whatever happened to wonder? The most unnerving thing about sitting in the back of a driverless car is how quickly you get used to it. After 10 minutes cruising C

Direct aid, subsidies, tax breaks – the hidden welfare budget we don’t debate

Vast sums are handed out in corporate welfare and official silence is skewing the debate, so the public don’t know where billions of their own taxes are goingIn 2013, just days before laying out his autumn statement, George Osborne told the BBC: “The cost of welfare is one of the things that makes the public finances unsustainable. We need an affordable state.” The government had to cut the b

The £93bn handshake: businesses pocket huge subsidies and tax breaks

Guardian’s analysis reveals that hidden subsidies, direct grants and tax breaks to big business amount to £3,500 a year given by each UK householdTaxpayers are handing businesses £93bn a year – a transfer of more than £3,500 from each household in the UK.The total emerges from the first comprehensive account of what Britons give away to companies in grants, subsidies and tax breaks, publis

UK and US demands to access encrypted data are 'unprincipled and unworkable'

Influential group of international cryptographers and computer scientists says proposals will open door to criminals and malicious nation statesDemands by US and British security agencies for access to encrypted communication data have been dealt a serious blow in a report by an influential group of cryptographers and computer scientists who dismiss the move as unprincipled and unworkable.

BBC considering move to make news channel online only

Corporation understood to be looking into future of £66.2m TV channel and how live news is covered, with final decision yet to be madeThe BBC is considering making its news channel online only following a similar cost-cutting move for its BBC3 TV channel, it has emerged.Work had already started on assessing the impact of making the news channel online only before the government unveiled as

Star Wars Battlefront: fighting the Empire from Hoth to Tatooine

The E3 demo of EA Dice’s forthcoming Star Wars shooter allayed a lot of fears about the game, bringing the movies to visceral, interactive lifeAll around there is chaos. Through the trenches dug into Hoth’s icy surface, rebel soldiers sprint toward uplink computers, as imperial snow troopers swarm around them. Blaster fire echoes across the desolate landscape, and the unmistakable swell of Jo

E3 2015: our 13 favourite games

From the epic Star Wars Battlefront to the intimate Beyond Eyes, here are our most memorable moments from this year’s rather fantastic eventLast week, E3 – the Cannes film festival of the video game industry – attracted more than 50,000 game makers, journalists and retailers to the LA convention centre for three days of frenzied hype, promise and speculation. 300 exhibitors were there, sho

E3 2015: five days in LA that left gamers stunned

This years highlights? Breathtaking game reveals, the return of cult classics, a footballing legend, and the new virtual realityThere was, perhaps, not a little provocative symbolism before this year’s annual E3 electronic entertainment expo, when Todd Howard, creative mastermind behind _Fallout_ and _Elder Scrolls_, took to the stage at the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles. It’s the host venue t

E3 2015: Ghost Recon Wildlands will be Ubisoft's largest ever open-world game

French publisher seeking to redefine the sandbox action adventure with its co-op shooter set in a vast intricate landscape with no cinematic narrativeUbisoft may well have just announced the end of the open-world action adventure as we know it. Ghost Recon: Wildlands, the latest title in the French publisher’s strategy-shooter series, is the first to take place in a freely explorable landscap

E3 2015: Ubisoft planning ambitious social virtual reality experiences

The games developer and publisher is showing three VR prototypes at E3, and its subsidiary Red Storm studio is working on a shared virtual environmentUbisoft has thrown its hat into the virtual reality ring. The publisher behind multimillion-selling game franchises Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry and Ghost Recon is working on ambitious VR projects, it has revealed. At a pre-briefing before the E

E3 2015: will living room PCs and virtual reality shake up the console war?

Smartphones were once the major disruptive force in the games industry, but now Steam Machines and immersive entertainment technologies are set to stir things up againFor the past 30 years, the console wars have always played out in pretty much the same way. A new set of machines arrives with more powerful processors and graphics hardware than their predecessors. The console manufacturers com

E3 2015: what Final Fantasy VII tells us about gaming's obsession with its past

One of the biggest cheers at Sony’s 2015 E3 press briefing was for an adventure first released in 1997. Why is gaming so keen to look back?Nostalgia is so hot right now. It is the most powerful force firing the engines of contemporary entertainment. We are enjoying Jurassic World on the big screen, a tour by Nineties shoegazers Ride and TFI Friday is back on Channel 4.Not even video games,

E3 2015: Virtual reality headsets from Oculus, Microsoft and Sony game it out – video

Virtual reality is front and centre at the opening of the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015 - better known as E3 - in Los Angeles, with Oculus, Sony and Microsoft all lined up to make it a technology battleground. Dan Ackerman, a senior editor at CNET, the online technology and consumer electronics review site, believes user-friendly VR might finally be here Continue reading...

What happens to my late husband’s digital life now he’s gone?

Since her husband, Iain, died seven months ago, Caroline Twigg has had to face an unexpected problem – what to do with his online legacy_nyctwigg: Ah, there you are; a Skype username you created while working in New York for a month. And here I am, trying to call someone yet absent-mindedly pulling up your profile. In the tiny square picture icon, you are there in your blue T-shirt, leaning o

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