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UK to bring in drone registration

The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of the small unmanned aircraft. It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz). Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures. There is no time frame or firm plans as to how the new rules will be enforced and the Department of Transport admitted that “the nuts and bolts still have to be ironed out”. The drone safety awareness test will involve potential flyers…

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Moneysupermarket fined for sending seven million unwanted emails

Price comparison website Moneysupermarket has been fined £80,000 ($ 103,000) by the Information Commissioners Office for sending more than seven million emails to people who had opted out of receiving its communications. The firm said it apologised “unreservedly”. The emails regarded changes to the terms and conditions of the site. However they also invited people to “reconsider” their opt-out. Asking them to do this is against the law, said the ICO. “Organisations can’t get around the law by sending direct marketing dressed up as legitimate updates,” said ICO enforcer Steve…

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YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

YouTube says it will redirect people searching for “violent extremist propaganda” and offer them videos that denounce terrorism. People searching for certain terms relating to the so-called Islamic State group will be offered playlists of videos “debunking its mythology”. YouTube said it wanted to help prevent people being radicalised. The company told the BBC that uploading IS propaganda was already against its terms and conditions. In a blog post, the video-streaming giant said it was implementing ideas from the Redirect Method, a campaign that tries to steer the IS audience…

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AI demo picks out recipes from food photos

An algorithm created to identify recipes for food just from a photograph has been demonstrated by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The neural network was trained on a dataset of one million photos and one million recipes. The trial model worked best on desserts and found smoothies and sushi more challenging, the researchers said. The team has released an online trial although it is not a finished product. When tested by the BBC, recipes that were generated based on a picture of spaghetti bolognese included “Italian tomato…

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Kodi magazine 'directs readers to pirate content'

A British magazine is directing readers to copyright-infringing software, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has said. Kodi is a free, legal media player for computers but software add-ons that in some cases make it possible to download pirated content. The Complete Guide to Kodi magazine instructs readers on how to download such add-ons. Dennis Publishing has not yet responded to a BBC request for comment. The magazine is available at a number of retailers, including WH Smith, Waterstones and Amazon and was spotted on sale by cyber-security researcher Kevin…

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AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a “landmark” international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. Police in the US and Europe collaborated on the operation. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay. The agency said it believed the bust would lead to hundreds of new investigations in Europe. “The capability of drug traffickers and other…

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Google Maps adds the International Space Station

The International Space Station has become the first “off planet” addition to Google Maps’ Street View facility. Astronauts helped capture 360-degree panoramas of the insides of the ISS modules, as well as views down to the Earth below. Some of the photography features pop-up text descriptions, marking the first time such annotations have appeared on the Maps platform. This is not the first time 360-degree imagery has been captured beyond Earth. In 2015, the European Space Agency published its own interactive tour of the ISS. And last year Nasa repurposed…

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