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NatWest and RBS banking app fails

0SHARESShare The NatWest banking app failed to work for nearly an hour on Friday morning. Many customers complained on social media that payments and money transfers had not been getting through. The RBS Group, which owns NatWest, said: “Our mobile apps and online banking are now running as normal and delayed payments are starting to credit customer accounts. We apologise ...

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Google, Amazon and Microsoft report rising profits

0SHARESShare Profits surged at four US tech giants in the first three months of the year. Profits at Google parent Alphabet increased 28% year-on-year to to $5.4bn (£4.2bn), boosted by advertising on mobile phones and the popular YouTube video service. Amazon profits climbed more than 40%, to $724m (£560.8m). It was its eighth quarter in a row of profit. Microsoft ...

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Facebook 'observed propaganda efforts' by governments

0SHARESShare Facebook has admitted that it observed attempts to spread propaganda on its site, apparently orchestrated by governments or organised parties. The firm has seen “false news, disinformation, or networks of fake accounts aimed at manipulating public opinion”, it revealed in a new report. “Several” such cases during the US presidential election last year required action, it added. Some of ...

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India: Kashmir social media ban criticised

0SHARESShare Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have announced a one-month ban on 22 social media services, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. The state government said the services were being misused by “anti-government elements” to incite violence. Gowhar Geelani reports on life without social media in the valley. Srinagar-based photojournalist Javed Dar says that the ban on social media has left him ...

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Top Indonesia phone company Telkomsel's website defaced

0SHARESShare The website of the largest telecoms provider in Indonesia has been defaced with an offensive post. Visitors to Telkomsel’s site on Friday morning were greeted by a profanity-laden message criticising the company. The perpetrator also replaced the text that shows under Telkomsel’s name and description in search engines, with an explicit message. Telkomsel said it was repairing the site ...

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Google and Facebook duped in huge 'scam'

0SHARESShare Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m (£77m) scam. In March, it was reported that a Lithuanian man had been charged over an email phishing attack against “two US-based internet companies” who were not named at the time. They had allegedly been tricked into wiring more than $100m to the alleged scammer’s bank ...

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Cancer Drugs Fund 'huge waste of money'

0SHARESShare The Cancer Drugs Fund in England was a “huge waste of money” and may have caused patients to suffer unnecessarily from the side effects of the drugs, according to UK researchers. The fund ran from 2010 to 2016, costing £1.27bn, following an election promise made by the Conservatives to pay for cancer drugs the NHS was not funding. The ...

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Book sales hit a record as children's fiction gains in popularity

0SHARESShare Children’s fiction helped drive UK book sales to a record £3.5bn last year, the Publishers Association (PA) has said. The 6% rise came despite the waning popularity of ebooks, which saw sales fall by 3% to £538m last year. Sales of children’s books rose 16% to £365m, with the increase due mainly to the purchase of printed works. Readers ...

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TED 2017: UK 'Iron Man' demonstrates flying suit

0SHARESShare A British inventor, who built an Iron Man-style flight suit, has flown it at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver. Richard Browning’s short flight took place outside the Vancouver Convention Centre in front of a large crowd. Since he posted the video of his maiden flight in the UK, Mr Browning has had huge interest in ...

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BBC exposes flaws in 'world's most secure' email service

0SHARESShare A BBC Click investigation has thrown doubt on claims that the small, personal email server Nomx can provide “absolute security”. Created by entrepreneur Will Donaldson, Nomx says it uses the “world’s most secure communications protocol” to protect email messages. But security analysts cracked the device’s simple passwords and hacked its hardware and software. Defending itself, Nomx disputed the way ...

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