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Facebook-WhatsApp data-sharing plan blocked by UK watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19bn in 2014 Facebook has been prevented from making use of UK citizens’ WhatsApp data for purposes beyond the chat app itself. The firm had announced in 2016 that it intended to tap into its subsidiary’s records to give better ...

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Millennial railcards sold out despite technical problems

Image copyright Railcard website A new millennial railcard has sold out despite strong demand crashing the website on the first day of sales. The National Railcards website apologised for the problems and said “we will consider carefully” the high demand when more cards are issued. The railcard for 26 to ...

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Apple Music now has 38 million paid members – TechCrunch

Here’s another tidbit from Eddy Cue’s content-packed SXSW appearance yesterday. Along with a dive into Apple’s video content strategy, the company’s SVP offered up some insight into the health of its music streaming service. Cue noted that Apple Music has hit 38 million paid subscribers — an increase of two ...

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UN says Facebook is accelerating ethnic violence in Myanmar

The United Nations has warned that Facebook’s platform is contributing to the spread of hate speech and ethnic violence in crisis hit Myanmar. It’s yet another black mark against social media at a time when the tech industry’s reputation as an accelerator of false information is attracting criticism from the highest ...

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How your car could be part of a ‘virtual power plant’

Danish utility company Frederiksberg Forsyning is part of a vehicle-to-grid scheme. Its all-electric vans charge up from the central grid, but at night the roles are reversed. The vehicles’ batteries become an energy store that the grid can draw on to smooth out fluctuations in supply and demand. This is ...

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