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Avengers’ Thanos sparks biggest ban in Reddit history

Image copyright Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo Spoiler alert. This article contains plot details about Avengers: Infinity War. Avengers: Infinity War baddie Thanos has prompted a mass cull of Reddit users. The population of half a subreddit will be wiped from existence in honour of the super villain ...

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Social media apps are ‘deliberately’ addictive to users

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: How apps hook their users Social media companies are deliberately addicting users to their products for financial gain, Silicon Valley insiders have told the BBC’s Panorama programme. “It’s as if they’re taking behavioural cocaine and just sprinkling it all over your ...

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Gmail messages ‘read by human third parties’

Image copyright Google Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers. People who have connected third-party apps to their accounts may have unwittingly given external developers permission to read their messages. One company told the Wall Street Journal ...

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The FBI, FTC and SEC are joining the Justice Department’s inquiries into Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica disclosures – TechCrunch

An alphabet soup of federal agencies are now poring over Facebook’s disclosures and the company’s statements about its response to the improper use of its user information by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission have joined ...

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NHS data breach affects 150,000 patients in England

Image copyright PA Image caption Until recently, GPs had to record whether patients wanted to prevent use of their health information for research and planning The NHS is blaming a coding error for 150,000 patients in England being involved in a data breach. Those affected had requested that their confidential ...

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