Crypto-currency craze ‘hinders search for alien life’

Crypto-currency craze ‘hinders search for alien life’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption If there is intelligent life out there, it might be broadcasting signals across the universe Scientists listening out for broadcasts by extra-terrestrials are struggling to get the computer hardware they need, thanks to the crypto-currency mining craze, a radio-astronomer has said. Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) wants to expand […]

YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans

YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oleg Deripaska has warned the media not to repeat the allegations made against him YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country’s richest businessmen and an opposition leader. Russia’s internet censor blacklisted material on both […]

Amazon Echo Dot ad cleared over cat food order

Amazon Echo Dot ad cleared over cat food order

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Amazon Echo Dot TV commercial was cleared by the UK’s advertising regulator A television ad for Amazon’s Echo Dot smart speaker that caused a viewer’s device to try to order cat food has been cleared by a UK regulator. The advert, which aired in October, featured a man […]

Ten gigabit home broadband tested in UK

Ten gigabit home broadband tested in UK

Image copyright Cathy Brennan Broadband speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) have been tested in a home in the former Olympic village in east London. Broadband operator Hyperoptic conducted the test, claiming it is the first time such speeds have been brought to a UK home using an existing ISP network rather […]

Logan Paul ‘won’t be kicked off’ YouTube

Logan Paul ‘won’t be kicked off’ YouTube

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Logan Paul is a hugely popular YouTube star whose recent videos have proved controversial Controversial YouTube star Logan Paul has not yet done enough to deserve a ban from the video site, its chief executive has said. Paul faced criticism in January after posting a video in which he […]

Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nearly 100% of energy in Iceland comes from renewable sources Iceland is facing an “exponential” rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said. This year, electricity use at Bitcoin mining data centres is likely to exceed that of […]

Criminals hide ‘billions’ in crypto-cash – Europol

Criminals hide ‘billions’ in crypto-cash – Europol

Media captionBitcoin explained: How do cryptocurrencies work? Three to four billion pounds of criminal money in Europe is being laundered through cryptocurrencies, according to Europol. The agency’s director Rob Wainwright told the BBC’s Panorama that regulators and industry leaders need to work together to tackle the problem. The warning comes after Bitcoin’s value fell by […]

Facebook broke German privacy laws, court rules

Facebook broke German privacy laws, court rules

Image copyright Getty Images Privacy rights campaigners are claiming victory over Facebook in a German legal battle. It follows a regional court ruling that found some of the social network’s data consent policies to be invalid. The Vzbv consumer group successfully argued that five of the app’s services were switched on by default, with the […]

Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash

Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash

Image copyright Reuters The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott Helme said more than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were affected. He said the affected code had now been disabled and visitors were no longer […]

Is social media causing childhood depression?

Is social media causing childhood depression?

Rangan Chatterjee is a GP and says he has seen plenty of evidence of the link between mental ill-health in youngsters and their use of social media. One 16 year-old boy was referred to him after he self-harmed and ended up in A&E. “The first thought was to put him on anti-depressants but I chatted […]