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Google still hasn’t given up on Google+ and Topics is the latest attempt to keep people on the service

Google+ finds itself the butt of many a joke, but the company behind the service is happy to proclaim that “millions of people use” it. There are already numerous ways to discover content on Google+, and now there’s yet another: Topics. This is essentially Google’s take on the idea of related content, and it’s a …

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New report shows the number of requests for user data Facebook receives from global governments

Today Facebook publishes its Global Government Requests Report, revealing just how many data requests the social network has received from governments around the world. This time around, the report covers the second half of 2016, and it shows a mixed-bag of figures. While the number of items that had to be restricted due to contravention …

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FalseGuide malware infects millions of Android users via Google Play

Malware is something of a recurring problem for Android users, and it seems as though Google is fighting a never-ending battle to keep the blight out of the Play Store. The latest large-scale batch to be discovered takes the form of adware known as FalseGuide. As you may have guessed from the name — and …

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Facebook is testing pre-emptive related articles in News Feed

The “related articles” feature of Facebook’s News Feed is nothing new — in fact it has been with us for more than three years. But now the social network is trialling a new way of displaying related content; rather than waiting until you have clicked on a story to suggest related stories you might be …

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Google tweaks search algorithms to fight fake news and ‘offensive’ content

The fight against fake news continues, with Google announcing not only changes to search algorithms to help prevent false information from rising to the surface, but also new tools to allow users to report “unexpected, inaccurate or offensive” results. While the algorithm tweaks should impact on general search results, the reporting tools have been designed …

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How to access your OnePlus 3/3T’s secret diagnostic tools

If you’re using a desktop or a laptop, there are a number of diagnostic tools built into your operating system that you can use to check various components of your computer. When you’re using your smartphone, however, you might feel as though you have to install a bunch of apps to do the same job. …

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales sets up WikiTribune to fight fake news

Donald Trump is obsessed with the notion of FAKE NEWS. Whether his definition is the same as everyone else’s is open to debate, but there is a genuine problem with the spread of propaganda, nonsense, and stories which are clearly fabricated. Google and Facebook and other big names from the world of tech have started …

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Consumer Reports confirms Galaxy S8 red tint problem as Samsung promises an update to fix it

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ launched last week, and has received many positive reviews. However, the smartphone has a problem. The screen — which has been widely praised — has an issue which means some suffer with a red tint. This has been confirmed by Consumer Reports in its tests of the phone. Officials …

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Uber tracked iPhone users even after they uninstalled the app and Tim Cook wasn’t happy

Uber broke Apple’s rules by tagging and tracking iPhones even after users had uninstalled the taxi-hailing app. The New York Times reports that Tim Cook met with CEO Travis Kalanick and warned that the Uber app could be kicked out of the App Store for violating privacy guidelines. It is said that Uber has been …

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Email unsubscription service Unroll.me sells user data; CEO is ‘heartbroken’ that people found out

Overwhelmed by the number of emails hitting our inboxes these days, it’s little wonder that a “unsubscription service” like Unroll.me came into being. Designed to make it easier to clean up your inbox, it turned out that Unroll.me was selling user data to other companies — including Uber, which is caught up in other controversies …

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