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PM's internet safety adviser urges end to password sharing

The prime minister’s special representative on internet safety has said that MPs should not be sharing their work computer passwords with staff. Baroness Shields’s advice follows an admission by three Conservative MPs that they had given their login details to their assistants. There have also been suggestions that the practice is relatively commonplace. Sharing passwords is not a breach of the UK’s Data Protection Act. But House of Commons staff are explicitly banned from disclosing their own passwords. And documents posted online by the Associated Press news agency indicate MPs…

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Will tech firms challenge China's 'open' internet?

Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it. When that event is China’s annual global internet get-together in Wuzhen there are plenty who turn up, but fewer who want to advertise their attendance. China has been smart and ruthless in its control of the internet within its borders. It blocks some foreign sites all together and it censors – heavily – what Chinese are allowed to see. Nonetheless the big idea at this gathering…

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The Markle sparkle … how Meghan's 'engagement outfit' crashed the internet

In what was surely icing on the cake for retailers marking Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days on the calendar, Meghan Markle’s engagement announcement outfit has caused websites to crash and the pieces to sell out worldwide. For the official announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry on Monday, the Suits actress wore a white wrap coat by Canadian label LINE, a celebrity favourite. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next What is net neutrality? Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 00:48 More World News Videos Previous slideNext slide How it…

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How an internet overload could lead to digital dementia

Emily Joyce was at a yoga retreat when she realised her memory was not what it used to be. “I was with a group of friends and we were trying to remember the name of a restaurant,” says Joyce. “None of us had our phones and it took us so long to remember it.” Digital dementia can result in the deterioration of cognitive abilities such as short-term memory. Photo: Stocksy For 38-year-old Joyce, from NSW, this wasn’t simply forgetfulness but a deeper indication of how her reliance on technology was affecting…

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West Ham United news: ‘If this is confirmed today fans will melt the internet’ – reaction to manager reports

Slaven Bilic and David Moyes Monday, November 6, 2017 West Ham United have sacked manager Slaven Bilic and are now set to appoint David Moyes as his short-term replacement, according to talkSPORT sources – and fans are not happy. Things have not gone to plan for the Hammers since their move away from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium, with supporter unrest over their new ground and their recent performances dogging the club. A new manager should have been the ticket to perk up the east Londoners but, instead, talk Bilic…

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Does this Balenciaga skirt look like a car mat? The internet thinks so

The Balenciaga skirt currently sells for around $ 2916 online.   Is there anything quite as fun as comparing fashion to inanimate and unlikely objects? Hardly. The latest fashion piece to cause both mirth (and despair) is Balenciaga’s just-landed “leather embossed” skirt, which eagle-eyed internet commenters have noted looks rather like a car mat. Are balenciaga really just gonna put their logo on a Car Mat and sell it as a skirt 😭 pic.twitter.com/vJIBxEMrl9 — George (@GeorgeMihic) October 17, 2017 Dear @BALENCIAGA, You and I both know damn well that this…

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Internet speed guarantees must be realistic, says Ofcom

Internet users are to be granted more rights on connection speeds as Ofcom imposes tougher rules on how ISPs advertise broadband services. The proposals give consumers the right to exit contracts penalty-free if speeds fall below a guaranteed minimum. Ofcom says there is a mismatch between what is advertised, and the speeds customers receive. But experts say speeds are affected by different factors, and are not strictly a measure of connection to a device. A public consultation is currently being conducted until 10 November. Easy way out Gillian Guy, chief…

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