Are bots gaming the ‘Cancel Brexit’ petition?

Image copyright Getty Images Questions have been asked about whether a government petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled has been swamped by bots. Bots are automated programmes which can carry out a command thousands of times. The BBC spoke to three cyber-security experts about how likely it is that a number of the 3m…

Facebook staff ‘flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Facebook’s chief executive has repeatedly declined to answer questions from UK MPs about the scandal Facebook employees raised concerns about Cambridge Analytica’s data-scraping practices three months earlier than thought, according to US court documents. A US-based employee warned colleagues about the activity in September 2015. Facebook had said it previously…

AI turns scribbles into masterpieces and other news

BBC Click’s Omar Mehtab looks at some of the best tech news stories of the week including: MIT CSAIL unveils a robotic arm that can pick up and place objects it has never seen before MySpace announces it has lost 12 years’ worth of music uploads Nvidia creates an artificial intelligence (AI) that turns scribbles…

Uber ‘picks New York Stock Exchange’ for stock listing

Image copyright Getty Images Ride-hailing firm Uber will list on the New York Stock Exchange, according to reports, in one of the most anticipated stock debuts of the year. The decision to opt for the Wall Street exchange over the tech-heavy Nasdaq was first reported by Bloomberg, citing sources. It comes as smaller, ride-sharing rival…

How do you know where your olive oil really comes from?

Image copyright oracleImage caption How do you know your extra virgin hasn’t been mixed with inferior oils? When you pick up a bottle of extra virgin olive oil from the supermarket shelf, how confident are you that it’s all that it seems? The olives have had a long journey: from the tree to the mill,…

Millions of Facebook passwords exposed internally

Image copyright Reuters The passwords of millions of Facebook users were accessible by up to 20,000 employees of the social network, it has been reported. Security researcher Brian Krebs broke the news about data protection failures, which saw up to 600 million passwords stored in plain text. The passwords that were exposed could date back…

Arrests shut down illegal TV streaming gang

Image copyright Spanish national policeImage caption Spanish police led the operation that resulted in the IPTV services being shut down Police raids across Europe have broken up a sophisticated operation that pirated and resold net-based TV (IPTV) channels. Five people have been arrested and dozens of servers shut down as a result of raids in…

Huawei ban would delay 5G rollout: Three

Image copyright Getty Images The rollout of 5G networks will be delayed if the UK government bans the use of Huawei equipment, the boss of mobile operator Three has warned. A UK government telecoms infrastructure review is nearing completion amid pressure from the US for the UK to ban the Chinese telecoms giant from involvement…

Oculus releases updated Rift VR headset

Image copyright Insomniac GamesImage caption Games such as Stormland have been designed to work with the Rift S Oculus has released an updated version of its flagship VR headset that works with a PC to let people play in virtual worlds. Called the Oculus Rift S, the virtual reality headset does away with the cameras…

Health apps pose ‘unprecedented’ privacy risks

Image copyright ThinkstockImage caption DeepMind will gather data from pathology tests to see who is at risk Using popular health apps could mean private information about medical conditions is not kept confidential, researchers warn. Of 24 health apps in the BMJ study, 19 shared user data with companies, including Facebook, Google and Amazon. It warns…