News Net:2020

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Microsoft admits disabling anti-virus software for Windows 10 users

<b>Microsoft has admitted that it does temporarily disable anti-virus software on Windows PCs, following an anti-trust complaint to the European Commission by a security company.</b><p>In early June, Kaspersky Lab filed a complaint against Microsoft.<p>The security company claims the software giant is abusing …

Google 'faces €1bn-plus fine' from EU over market dominance

Tech giant could receive record penalty for favouring its comparison shopping service in its search result pages<p>Google is reportedly facing a record-breaking fine from Brussels of more than €1bn (£875m) over alleged abuse of its market dominance.<p>EU officials are expected to announce in the coming …

Brexit

EU roaming charges scrapped – so what’s the catch?

<b>From 15 June anyone can use their bundled texts, minutes and mobile data anywhere in the EU for no extra charge.</b><p>The new ruling is an EU regulation, …

Personal Finance (UK)

Microsoft accidentally releases dodgy software that forces users to wipe data

Microsoft has apologised for accidentally releasing a pair of Windows builds that caused serious problems for customers.<p>The company has admitted it …

Microsoft

Yale/UC study finds extensive Facebook usage decreases health & happiness

A large-scale study jointly carried out by academics from Yale University and the University of California has concluded that greater than average use of Facebook decreases both mental health and happiness …<p>The <i>WSJ</i> reports that the study was a rigorous one, tracking the Facebook habits of more than …

Research

British Airways: Computer problems cause flight delays

<b>Computer problems are causing delays for British Airways passengers worldwide, the airline has said.</b><p>The carrier apologised for the "global system outage" and said it was "working to resolve the the problem as quickly as possible".<p>Heathrow Airport said it was "working closely" with BA to solve the …

Aviation

Apple's Jonathan Ive says immigration vital for UK firms

<b>The UK must keep its doors open to top talent from around the world if its technology firms are to thrive, Apple's chief designer has told the BBC.</b><p>Sir Jonathan Ive, who has just been appointed Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, also said that technology hubs like Silicon Valley had a …

Brexit

Microsoft held back a free WannaCry patch, report says

The repair would have slowed down the ransomware, but customers running older software were charged for protection.<p>Microsoft could have slowed the devastating spread of ransomware WannaCry to businesses, the Financial Times reports. Instead, it held back a free repair update on machines running …

Microsoft

Facebook fined $122 million by EU for ‘misleading information’ about WhatsApp acquisition

European Commission says social network misled regulators when it said it would not be able to link accounts across WhatsApp and Facebook<p>The European Commission has fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for “providing incorrect or misleading information” about its 2014 acquisition of …

Privacy

What to do if your Google account was phished in today’s ‘Google Docs’ attack

Revoke access immediately.<p>The massive phishing campaign targeting Gmail users that spread across the internet today has been disabled by Google.<p>The hack was carried out by sending an email that posed as an invitation to join a Google Doc by someone in your contact list.<p>When users clicked on the …

Google

Hacker holds Netflix to ransom over new season of Orange Is The New Black

The Dark Overlord claims to have stolen and posted episodes from the forthcoming season of the hit show, after demanding unspecified sum<p>A hacker who claimed to have stolen the forthcoming season of Netflix’s hit series Orange is the New Black and demanded a ransom payment claimed on Saturday to …

Netflix

Spotify job listings hint at hardware ambitions

Apple’s biggest competition in the music streaming business may be preparing to become a hardware rival, too.<p>Jobs listings posted by Spotify indicate the company is planning to make a hardware play. Spotify says it’s working on a “category defining product,” but based on what the company compares …

Tim Cook reportedly threatened to pull Uber from App Store

Apple's CEO was upset over the app secretly identifying iPhones, even after the app had been deleted, The New York Times reports.<p>It should come as no surprise to anyone that Apple takes the privacy of its iPhone users very seriously.<p>This is after all the company that famously resisted FBI demands …

Uber

Apple will still be here in 2075, says Woz, as original Apple I garage team get together

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has told <i>USA Today</i> that Apple will still be around in 2075 – alongside Google and Facebook.<p>Apple will be around a long time, like IBM (which was founded in 1911). Look at Apple’s cash ($246.1 billion, as of the end of its last fiscal quarter). It can invest in …

Hackers are attacking Word users with new Microsoft Office zero-day vulnerability

The bug affects all supported versions of Microsoft Word, but will be fixed this week.<p>Attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed vulnerability …

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee slams UK and US net plans

<b>The web's creator has attacked any UK plans to weaken encryption and promised to battle any moves by the Trump administration to weaken net neutrality.</b><p>Sir Tim Berners-Lee was speaking to the BBC following the news that he has been given the Turing Award.<p>It is sometimes known as the Nobel Prize of …

Apple wins Australia ruling to retain Apple Pay dominance

<b>Apple has won a major regulatory battle in Australia that will likely see it retain control of its contactless payment technology.</b><p>Four banks had wanted to negotiate with Apple to gain access to its payments technology for their own apps, avoiding having to pay fees to Apple.<p>But the country's …

Apple iCloud hack threat gets worse: Here's what we've learned

Hackers are threatening to remotely wipe an unknown number of iPhones, iPads, and Macs unless Apple pays a ransom. The picture is becoming clearer. …

BT fined £42m over delays to high-speed cable installation

Telecoms company censured for failing to compensate rivals when equipment critical to broadband was not provided in time<p>BT has been fined £42m, the largest penalty imposed by regulator Ofcom, and will have to pay an estimated £300m in compensation to rival telecoms companies over delays installing …

Telecoms

Mobile banking is saving us 'billions' in charges

<b>Mobile banking has changed the way we manage our money for good, and is saving us billions in bank charges, tech start-ups say.</b><p>Charlie Kingston, a 22-year-old software engineer based in London, banks with mobile-only newcomer Starling Bank.<p>"I joined a mobile bank to get more control over my money," …

Apple Acquires Automation App 'Workflow' and Its Creators

Apple this week finalized its most recent acquisition — the equally powerful and popular automation app, Workflow, which has been used and adorned by …

Google apologises after ads appear next to extremist content

<b>Google's European boss has apologised after adverts from major firms and government agencies appeared next to extremist content on its YouTube site.</b><p>It came after Marks and Spencer became the latest firm to pull its online ads over the issue, joining others such as Audi, RBS and L'Oreal.<p>Google's …

SXSW 2017: Why is the Vatican at a tech conference?

<b>As Bishop Paul Tighe sat down for our interview, he joked that not only is he probably the only priest at South by Southwest, but also the only person with grey hair.</b><p>His presence here marks the first time the Vatican has attended the South by Southwest Interactive conference, and their panel - …

Apple’s enterprise success: Mac and iOS usage is climbing fast

The latest JAMF data shows huge growth for Apple in the enterprise, where 91 percent of organizations are now using Mac and a phenomenal 99 percent …

Apple Pay finally arrives in Ireland

New service lets iPhone users turn their device into their personal wallet.<p>Apple Pay is finally arriving in Ireland and iPhone owners will be able to …

Yahoo confirms 32M accounts hacked as CEO forfeits annual bonus

Yahoo continues its downhill slide as an investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) confirmed more than 32 million accounts were breached in a cookie-forging attack dating back to 2015 and 2016.<p>The news follows two separate massive breaches affecting over 500 million and one …

Security

New Windows 10 update warns users against installing apps from outside the Windows Store

Windows users, take note: a potentially annoying update is headed your way.<p>Microsoft is currently testing an update to Windows 10 that will prevent you from installing apps from outside the Windows Store, MSPowerUser reports. The feature is similar to a feature on Macs, which by default prevents …

Microsoft

Apple's spaceship campus, Apple Park, opens in April

Apple is planning to open its new campus, named Apple Park, in April. While the campus, set in Cupertino, California, has been tracked extensively by drones during its development, Apple has provided its own imagery and videos of the new $5 billion campus. 12,000 employees at Apple will take around …

Apple

'Windows as a service' means big, painful changes for IT pros

Everything you know about Windows deployment is undergoing wrenching changes. For IT pros who've grown accustomed to "set it and forget it" as a …