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Tumblr deletes ‘Russian troll’ accounts

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The 84 accounts were prolific posters of information, the blogging service says Blogging platform Tumblr has deleted 84 accounts it says Russian propagandists used to spread disinformation during the 2016 US election.The accounts are believed to have been used by Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA) - an organisation linked to many different web-based campaigns. Tumblr said it had uncovered the fake accounts while helping
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Quarter of Scotland’s sex offenders abuse children online

[ad_1] Image copyright Police Scotland Image caption The hard-hitting campaign speaks to potential child sex abusers Almost a quarter of child abusers on the sex offenders register committed their crimes online, Police Scotland has revealed. The force released the statistic at the start of a hard-hitting campaign warning abusers they will be found and arrested. They are now using social media to take their anti-abuse message to the very place
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Elon Musk pulls Tesla and SpaceX from Facebook

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Entrepreneur Elon Musk has had the official Facebook pages for his Tesla and SpaceX companies deleted.The #deletefacebook movement has grown after data firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of obtaining the personal information of about 50 million users.Mr Musk had poked fun at speaker brand Sonos after it said it would suspend advertising on Facebook for one week. His followers challenged him to have his own companies'
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KeepVid scraps YouTube-ripping function in favour of legal approach

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A popular website that let people save or "rip" videos from services such as YouTube has unexpectedly turned into a copyright advocacy site.KeepVid let people download copies of videos that could not officially be saved from YouTube, Vimeo and others.But the service has now been removed from its website and replaced by a page of guidance on terms and conditions.The terminology used suggests it has
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The smart robot arm for work in space and other news

[ad_1] BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best technology stories of the week including;Uber suspends self-driving car tests in all North American cities after a fatal accident. 5G auction bidding starts in the UK. The main four mobile networks will compete with one new player to bid for a share of the newly released spectrum.Researchers at Ben-Gurion University have developed a new type of robotic arm that
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Data collection fears after Cambridge Analytica claims

[ad_1] Political data-mining found its feet with the Obama campaign in 2008 and kept growing with Clinton, Trump and Brexit campaigns says Jamie Bartlett.And in a personal film for This Week, he warned action was needed now: "When data-mining really starts to run, it could undermine democracies the world over."Watch the programme in full, including the studio discussion (for UK viewers for 12 months) [ad_2] Source link
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Wanted: Robot wrangler, no experience required

[ad_1] How about this for a future job advert? "Wranglers wanted for growing fleets of robots. Your responsibilities will include evaluating robot performance, providing real-time analysis and support for problems. "You must be analytical, detail-oriented, friendly - and ready to walk. No advanced degree required."Even if this particular advert has not yet appeared, some are already carrying out the role.Brandon Rees, 32, used to make food deliveries. Now he watches
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What does the future hold for humanoid robots?

[ad_1] Humanoid robots will be used as entertainers and in commercial spaces but will not undertake major tasks, according to the director of a company that makes robotic performers.Most artificial intelligence (AI) does not need a body to work, explains Engineered Arts director Will Jackson, adding that the human body is very hard to replicate and there is much more work to be done.BBC Click’s Spencer Kelly finds out more.