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PUBG game apologises for 'offensive mask'

Image copyright Tencent/PUBG The makers of online death match game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) have apologised after the design of an in-game item upset some Korean fans. On Saturday, a pilot’s mask which appeared to feature a rising sun design was added to the game’s store. Many Korean and Chinese people find the symbol offensive because […]

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Zuckerberg in Holocaust denial row

Image caption Mark Zuckerberg has said Holocaust deniers should be given a voice on Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has once again found himself at the centre of a row, after saying posts from Holocaust deniers should be allowed on Facebook. In an interview with technology website Recode, Mr Zuckerberg said that he did not believe such […]

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Different world

Is it OK to turn my cat vegan? What’s that fresh smell that babies have? What is love?* In the 20 years since it was founded, Google has provided answers to the most random queries, become a verb and, on Wednesday, received a record $5bn fine after giving itself a bit too much of an […]

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Google committed a very serious offence says Vestager

The EU’s competition watchdog says her record-sized €4.34bn ($5bn; £3.9bn) fine against Google is a result of its illegal behaviour rather than any anti-US sentiment. Margrethe Vestager told the BBC’s Europe reporter Gavin Lee that the tech firm had struck improper agreements with handset-makers to ensure buyers used its search engine rather than rivals’. Google […]

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Apple iCloud: State firm hosts user data in China

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In February, Apple moved iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users to China ICloud data belonging to Apple’s China-based users is now in the hands of the Chinese government. The emails, pictures and text messages of users in China are now being managed by a division of the state-owned firm, […]

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Abuse inquiry fined £200,000 for email data breach

Image copyright PA The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been fined £200,000 after sending a mass email that identified possible abuse victims, the Information Commissioner’s Office says. An inquiry staff member emailed 90 people using the “to” field instead of the “bcc” field – allowing recipients to see each other’s addresses, it said. […]

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Driving ambition

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jenson Button wants to reverse an international shortage of recruits into engineering Jenson Button may be a Formula One world champion, but a lack of engineering skills nearly ended his career in its infancy. The racing driver admits he faced a steep learning curve as his technical knowledge left […]