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Huawei could be cut out of UK’s 5G network this year, say reports

July 04, 2020 at 11:36PM

GCHQ believed to be advising Boris Johnson that Chinese firm poses higher security risk

The UK is poised to end the use of Huawei technology in its 5G network as soon as this year because of security concerns, according to reports.

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, is set to make a major policy change after GCHQ is believed to have reassessed the risks posed by the Chinese technology company, newspapers have said.

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Struggling for shut-eye in lockdown? Sleep-tracking devices may help

July 04, 2020 at 09:00AM

The lowdown on free apps, sensors you wear and a mat you slip under your mattress

Months in covd-19-induced lockdown have for many of us taken a toll on our sleep. From the late-night scrolling through news to the bizarre dreams and midnight wake-ups worrying, the stress of the coronavirus pandemic has been wreaking havoc on our collective sleeping habits.

A recent survey found two in five people in the UK have experienced sleep disturbance. And with a good night’s rest considered an important part of overall health and wellbeing, you may have decided to start tracking yours. But where do you start? Here, with a quick list of good sleepmonitors from free apps to dedicated sleep sensors.

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What should I do with old electronic devices?

July 04, 2020 at 07:00AM

I found laptops and cameras in a lockdown clearout and am wondering if they can be put to good use

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

During my lockdown clearout, I found lots of old electronics such as laptops and cameras. Is the tip the best option for them or can they be put to good use somehow?

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Online privacy experts sound alarm as US Senate bill sparks surveillance fears

July 02, 2020 at 11:58PM

The Earn It Act, described as an effort to address sexual exploitation, could threaten encryption practices, opponents say

A US Senate bill that critics say would enable widespread censorship and surveillance has taken a significant step towards becoming law, raising alarm among internet freedom advocates.

The Senate judiciary committee voted on Thursday to advance the Earn It Act, legislation that on paper is intended to address sexual exploitation. However, privacy experts say the act would give the Department of Justice unprecedented power over the internet and potentially threaten the privacy of messages sent online.

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Mark Zuckerberg: advertisers’ boycott of Facebook will end ‘soon enough’

July 02, 2020 at 06:11PM

  • We will not change our policies or approach, says Zuckerberg
  • More than 500 companies are protesting against hate speech

Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed the threat of a punishing boycott from major advertisers pressing Facebook to take a stronger stand on hate speech and said they will be back “soon enough”.

According to a report by tech news site the Information, the Facebook founder and CEO sees the boycott from big brands including Starbucks and Coca-Cola as a PR issue rather than a serious threat and is not planning a major response. “We’re not gonna change our policies or approach on anything because of a threat to a small percent of our revenue, or to any percent of our revenue,” he said, according to the Information.

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What’s wrong with WhatsApp

July 02, 2020 at 06:00AM

As social media has become more inhospitable, the appeal of private online groups has grown. But they hold their own dangers – to those both inside and out. By William Davies

In the spring, as the virus swept across the world and billions of people were compelled to stay at home, the popularity of one social media app rose more sharply than any other. By late March, usage of WhatsApp around the world had grown by 40%. In Spain, where the lockdown was particularly strict, it rose by 76%. In those early months, WhatsApp – which hovers neatly between the space of email, Facebook and SMS, allowing text messages, links and photos to be shared between groups – was a prime conduit through which waves of news, memes and mass anxiety travelled.

At first, many of the new uses were heartening. Mutual aid groups sprung up to help the vulnerable. Families and friends used the app to stay close, sharing their fears and concerns in real time. Yet by mid-April, the role that WhatsApp was playing in the pandemic looked somewhat darker. A conspiracy theory about the rollout of 5G, which originated long before Covid-19 had appeared, now claimed that mobile phone masts were responsible for the disease. Across the UK, people began setting fire to 5G masts, with 20 arson attacks over the Easter weekend alone.

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Tesla becomes world’s most valuable carmaker without making a profit

July 01, 2020 at 06:42PM

Elon Musk’s company outstrips Toyota on stock market as demand for electric cars soars

Tesla has overhauled Japanese rival Toyota to become the world’s most valuable automotive company.

Despite never having made a profit, the billionaire Elon Musk’s electric car manufacturer has been tipped by some pundits to achieve a valuation of more than $1tn (£800bn) as demand for electric vehicles soars.

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Facebook bans extremist ‘boogaloo’ group from its platforms

June 30, 2020 at 09:55PM

Although the term is not banned, the network has been designated as a dangerous organization similar to white supremacists

Facebook has banned an extremist anti-government network associated with the term “boogaloo”, a slang word supporters use to refer to a second civil war.

Tuesday’s move by Facebook designates the rightwing “boogaloo” network as a dangerous organization similar to the Islamic State group and white supremacists, both of which are already banned from its service.

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UK government hints at U-turn on Huawei role in 5G technology

June 30, 2020 at 08:04PM

Culture secretary tells defence committee US sanctions likely to affect Chinese firm’s viability

The government may be close to announcing a U-turn on its controversial decision to allow Huawei to supply 5G technology, the culture secretary has hinted by saying US sanctions appear likely to affect the Chinese company.

Oliver Dowden told members of a special defence select committee scrutinising Huawei that an emergency review ordered last month was close to running its course and that a change in policy would probably be necessary.

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Third of advertisers may boycott Facebook in hate speech revolt

June 30, 2020 at 04:15PM

‘Stop Hate for Profit’ campaign gathers momentum as ad boycott spreads outside US

Almost a third of advertisers are considering joining a month-long boycott of Facebook as the social network struggles to convince advertisers that it is doing enough to fight hate speech on its platform.

The unprecedented corporate snub has been revealed in survey by the World Association of Advertisers, whose big-spending members control nearly $100bn (£81bn) in spending.

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