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How apps power Hong Kong's 'leaderless' protests

  In a tiny room on the edge of a nondescript building complex sits an unlikely participant in Hong Kong's protest movement. Behind his laptop computer, Tony (not his real name) monitors scores of groups on private messaging app Telegram and …

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Twitter will hide rule-breaking politicians' tweets

  Twitter says it will hide tweets by world leaders and politicians that break its rules but have been left online "in the public interest". Tweets from prominent government officials that break the platform's rules but have been left …

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Jack'd gay dating app in payout over leaked nude photos

  Gay dating app Jack'd will pay $240,000 (£189,000) after exposing members' private intimate photos publicly on the internet. Anyone with a web browser who knew where to look could access millions of private photos, even if they did …

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Second US town pays up to ransomware hackers

  A town in Florida has paid $500,000 (£394,000) to hackers after a ransomware attack. The total paid by Florida municipalities over ransomware in the last two weeks now stands at $1.1m. Officials in Lake City voted to pay …

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Global phone networks attacked by hackers

  Hackers targeted mobile phone networks around the world to snoop on specific users, according to a report. The level of access they gained to the networks meant they could have shut them down had they wanted to. US-Israeli …

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Facebook to identify French hate speech suspects

  Facebook has agreed to give the names of French users who are suspected of using hate speech on its platform to the courts when requested. The deal is believed to be the first of its kind in the world. In the past, the tech …

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Google city sparks fresh controversy

  Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, has published its plans to build a smart city in Toronto, sparking fresh controversy. In a 1,500-word document, the company laid out its ambitions to "improve the urban environment" with a …

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