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Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

Image copyright PA Facebook has hired former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg as head of its global affairs and communications team. The 51-year-old politician was leader of the Liberal Democrats and formed a coalition government with David Cameron and the Conservatives in 2010. Facebook has faced intense scrutiny and …

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Facebook sued over video viewing figures

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Video metrics were inaccurate, Facebook admitted in 2016 Facebook was aware of inaccuracies in the way it measured how many people viewed video on its site for a year longer than it has previously admitted, court documents have claimed. Newly released papers that are …

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How U2's technology is changing concerts for the better

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAdam Clayton shows us around (and through) U2’s 30-metre long “barricage”. “The two things you can’t have up here are vertigo and a need for stability.” U2 bassist Adam Clayton is giving me a tour of “the barricage”, a 29-metre long, double-sided …

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Would you splash out on a new phone to get VR on the go?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 5G could transform a smartphone and headset into a virtual reality device outside Superfast 5G mobile broadband sounds exciting, but there’s a major drawback: we’ll need to buy new phones. Will the extra expense be worth it and when will we be able to …

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Why has Twitter banned 1500 accounts and what are NPCs?

Image copyright Unknown The Trump-supporting right has a new favourite meme and it’s being shared far and wide to troll their political opponents. Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts after users on pro-Trump Reddit forum r/The_Donald coordinated efforts to set up ‘non-player character’ profiles mocking liberals on the social networking …

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Spotify ad banned for causing 'distress' to children

Image copyright Spotify Image caption The advert featured a doll surprising young people A Spotify ad has been banned for “unjustifiably” distressing children. The advert mimicked a horror film and showed young people being menaced by a scary doll when they played a particular song. In its ruling, the Advertising …

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Lost passwords 'lead to lost savings'

Image copyright Getty Images One in seven people have lost track of their money sitting in savings accounts or pensions – with half blaming lost passwords, a survey suggests. An estimated seven million people had cash untouched in so-called dormant accounts, government-backed National Savings and Investments (NS&I) said. Some 52% …

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Virgin Media faces 'power issue'

Image copyright Getty Images Virgin Media says it is investigating a problem which has left many customers in London without internet access and TV services. The company tweeted that the problem “might be fixed this evening”, but said a separate “system issue” left it unable to provide more information. The …

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An online decency moderator's advice: Blur your eyes

Image copyright Facebook Image caption People working in content moderation see the worst that the internet can throw at them “When I left, I didn’t shake anyone’s hand for three years. I’d seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn’t want to touch anyone. I was disgusted …

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