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Ten social networks ignored UK government consultations

So ministers hit the airwaves to reveal looming ‘obligation’ for rapid abuse takedown and colossal fines for not doing it

Just four of fourteen social networks asked to consult with the UK government on regulation of social media attended the talks, so ministers have revealed plans to require rapid removal of abusive and objectionable material and substantial fines for not doing so.…

Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11

Retro computing fans wrap classic DEC fascia round world's fave hobby machine

Always wanted a PDP-11, but don't have space for the iron? Good news: an obsolete computer enthusiast s offering beta tests of a kit designed to recreate the famous Digital Equipment Corporation box on a Raspberry Pi.…

NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter makes it around the Moon

Store-and-forward probe TESS warms up its cameras with a snap of 200,000 stars

NASA’s exoplanet-spotting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has successfully manoeuvred around Earth’s moon.…

How Google's Smart Compose for Gmail works – and did it fake its robo-caller demo?

Plus: Classifying frogs can be hopping mad

Roundup  Hello, here's our weekly AI roundup. We have more information on how Google's sentence prediction in Smart Compose for Gmail works, as well as some questions about its Duplex robo-caller system. Also, decision trees to classify the mating calls of frogs and toads to study climate change.…

US Congress mulls extending copyright yet again – to 144 years

Literally the 12th time corporate revenue put ahead of society and culture

The US Congress is looking to extend copyright on some sound recordings to a staggering 144 years – making it the twelfth time copyright rules have been extended since the 1970s.…

Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

And what reason would you have not to trust Facebook with your personal data?

Social networking site and market-leading data broker Facebook is once again taking heat for playing fast and loose with its access to personal information.…

Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

Oh dear, fewer than half of punters get what they paid for

ISPs are scrambling to tweak advertised broadband speeds as the great unwashed continue to receive services that are on average 51 per cent slower than they were led to expect, according to a Which? report.…

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