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South Korea's Bithumb loses $31.5m in cryptocurrency heist
The Guardian

Virtual coins stolen by hackers, exposing risks of trading the digital asset

The South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb said 35bn won ($31.5m) worth of virtual coins were stolen by hackers, the second local exchange targeted in just over a week as cyber thieves exposed the high risks of trading the digital asset.

Bithumb said in a notice on its website that it had stopped all trading after ascertaining “some cryptocurrencies worth about 35 billion won were seized between late yesterday and early morning today”.

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June 20, 2018

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Verizon, AT&T and Sprint to Limit Sales of Cellphone Location Data
The New York Times

The change is being made after the system was used to track people without their consent.

June 20, 2018

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Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration
The New York Times

Microsoft workers objected to the company’s work with immigration authorities, part of a wave of outrage over the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

June 20, 2018

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Matt Hancock: schools across the UK should ban mobile phones
The Guardian

The culture secretary who heads up the digital brief says tech makes parenting harder

The culture secretary has called on more schools to ban mobile phones.

Matt Hancock said he admired those headteachers who did not allow their use during the school day and linked social media use with the problem of bullying among young children.

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June 20, 2018

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Cambridge Analytica-linked academic spurns idea Facebook swayed election
The Guardian

Aleksandr Kogan, who harvested Facebook profiles, dismisses idea as ‘science fiction’ during Senate hearing

The academic researcher who harvested personal data from Facebook for a political consultancy firm said Tuesday that the idea the data was useful in swaying voters’ decisions was “science fiction”.

“People may feel angry and violated if they think their data was used in some kind of mind-control project,” Aleksandr Kogan, the now notorious Cambridge University psychologist whose app collected data on up to 87 million Facebook users, said during a US senate hearing. “This is science fiction. The data is entirely ineffective.”

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June 20, 2018

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Amazon Urged Not to Sell Facial Recognition Technology to Police
The New York Times

Some Amazon shareholders say the technology raises privacy concerns. The company joins other big tech firms coming under increasing scrutiny for their government work.

June 20, 2018

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Rural residents hang up on mobile banking, regulator finds
BBC News

Fewer than a quarter of those living in rural areas use a smartphone for banking, regulator finds.

June 20, 2018

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Elon Musk Accuses Tesla Employee of Sabotage
The New York Times

In an email to workers, he said the operation was “quite extensive and damaging” at a time when the automaker was scrambling to ramp up production.

June 20, 2018

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Facebook ordered to explain deleted profile
BBC News

The social network has been ordered by a UK judge to reveal who told it to delete the profile of a jazz musician

June 19, 2018

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The 14 best video games of E3 2018
The Guardian

From samurai to cyberpunk via ancient Greece, here are the most exciting games from the 100s shown off at this year’s expo

An expansive third-person action game set on foreign planets, Anthem rides the coattails of Destiny, The Division and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and promises wide multiplayer support that will continue long after it launches . At first glance it looks a lot like Destiny, with four players in mech exosuits blasting away at space creatures with rifles, pulse cannons, grenades and missiles. There’s a touch of Horizon Zero Dawn in some of the dino-shaped mechs, Monster Hunter in the lush, dramatic environment and wildlife and Halo in the enemies and weapon design. In combat, Anthem recalls Titanfall, as you transition from hovering, to dodging, landing, sprinting and swimming, experimenting with the weighty arsenal of weapons. Developer BioWare is known for great stories: we’ve seen none of that aspect of Anthem yet, but it feels great to play.
Release: 22 February 2019

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June 19, 2018

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