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Battling Fake Accounts, Twitter to Slash Millions of Followers

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By Nicholas Confessore and Gabriel J.X. Dance Twitter will begin removing tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users’ followers on Thursday, signaling a major new effort to restore trust on the popular but embattled platform. The reform takes aim at a pervasive form of social media fraud. Many users have inflated their followers on Twitter or other […]

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Bitcoin price tumbles to its lowest level this year: Those who bought at December’s peak are sitting on a 66% loss – as professors say manipulation helped it boom

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Bitcoin price falls below $6,500 a coin today – 2018 low Down from a high of $19,300 a coin in mid-December The academic paper suggests price was moved by a small number of holders last year  By LEE BOYCE FOR THISISMONEY.CO.UK PUBLISHED: 11:53 BST, 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:56 BST, 13 June 2018 The price of bitcoin has tumbled […]

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At E3, video gaming’s bigots have lost

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Four years ago a row hit the games industry like an atomic bomb. The treatment of women, within both the industry and the games themselves, was being scrutinised like never before. And, as journalists predicted that “gamers are over”, an angry, and at times vicious, movement emerged: Gamergate. Supporters of Gamergate would say it was […]

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‘Happy GDPR day everyone!’ Twitter rejoices as new data protection rules FINALLY come into force bringing an end to a ‘torrent’ of spam emails from companies (but dozens of US websites BLOCK European users)

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The GDPR data protection rules come into force today after torrents of emails Companies have been bombarding people to get them to ‘opt in’ to messages EU forced major privacy law giving consumers power over data with £18m fine But businesses in US, China and around the world thrown into panic by changes Advertisers, gaming […]

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DOJ launches criminal probe into bitcoin price manipulation

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The bitcoin crackdown is getting serious. The Justice Department has launched a criminal probe into traders that have been manipulating the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, causing wild fluctuations in price without any reason, according to reports. The DOJ, along with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, are investigating whether traders have been making orders […]

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Amazon slammed for selling facial recognition tech to cops

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By Associated Press May 23, 2018 | 3:20pm | Updated Modal Trigger Composite; iStockphoto; Getty Images SEATTLE — Amazon’s decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant’s reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they’re […]

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Jury orders Samsung to pay 539m dollars to Apple in patent dispute

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Apple said it was pleased with the outcomePhoto: PA Wire/PA Images A US jury has decided Samsung must pay Apple 539 million US dollars (£403 million) in damages in the latest twist of a legal battle that began in 2011. Apple contends Samsung would not have emerged as the world’s leading seller of smartphones if […]