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Fibre broadband: The cost of delivering in rural areas

Wisbech is a pretty market town in Cambridgeshire but it's an area divided by access to fast broadband. Paul Brett moved to the area in 2003, seeking a slightly more laid-back way of life. But as a software engineer, he...

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Ticketmaster fined £1.25m over payment data breach

Ticketmaster UK has been fined £1.25m for failing to keep its customers' personal data secure. The fine was issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) following a cyber-attack on the Ticketmaster website in 2018. The ICO said personal information and...

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Global AI fight heats up over health data

Health data is emerging as a key battleground in the global fight to control the vast amounts of potentially sensitive information needed to develop new artificial intelligence technologies. The French government made that clear last week, when it said it...

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As US sues Google, a sense of déjà-vu in Europe

The U.S. Department of Justice filed its long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Google on Tuesday, accusing the tech giant of abusing its dominance in online search, and sparking a sense of déjà-vu in Europe. The DOJ complaint accuses Google of locking out competitors through contracts to preset Google as the default general search engine on billions of mobile devices and computers. Google called the action “a deeply flawed lawsuit that would do nothing to help consumers.” A large part of the U.S. case is similar to the European Commission’s Android decision, in which Google was fined €4.34 billion in 2018 for using anticompetitive agreements to cement its dominant position as a search engine. “The DOJ’s case seems to be a somewhat simplified version of the EC’s Android case: an exclusive dealing, tying/bundling case. But with more recent evidence,” said Thomas Vinje, an antitrust lawyer at Clifford Chance who acted for FairSearch, the lead complainant in the European Android case. ..

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Tesla made $331 million profit in Q3 2020

EnlargeTesla / Aurich Lawson On Wednesday, Tesla published its financial results for the third quarter of 2020. The company says it ended Q3 2020 with a GAAP profit of $331 million, the fifth profitable quarter in a row for the US automaker. Despite the pandemic, it's a strong improvement on Q3 2019. Tesla ends Q3 2020 with a positive free cash flow of $1.4 billion and $14.5 billion in cash and cash equivalents. Tesla says in its presentation to investors that Q3 was marked by substantial growth in vehicle deliveries, which counteracted a decrease in the average selling price as the company sells fewer and fewer Models S and X and sells more and more Models 3 and Y. Regulatory credits accounted for $397 million of its revenues, and the company had to pay out $280 million in stock-based compensation for CEO Elon Musk after the company reached certain milestones. The automaker had already released data on its Q3 deliveries earlier in October, but to reiterate, it made 16,992 Model..

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Twitch blasts streamers with vague, unhelpful DMCA takedown emails

EnlargeAurich Lawson / Getty Images Streaming platform Twitch this week surprised many of its users when it sent out a huge batch of copyright takedown emails. These messages not only didn't tell streamers what supposedly infringing content they posted, but it also said that Twitch had simply deleted content outright without giving users a chance to appeal. Many Twitch "partners"—the folks who make actual money from their Twitch participation—received emails on Tuesday warning that some of their archival content was about to be deleted for violating copyright law. "We are writing to inform you that your channel was subject to one or more of these DMCA takedown notifications and that the content identified has been deleted," a screenshot of the email posted to Twitter by streamer Devin Nash reads. The email then goes on to recommend that users familiarize themselves with Twitch's guide to copyright law before "normal processing" of DMCA notifications resumes on Friday (Octob..

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