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4h Will you lose out if you back a venture on Kickstarter?
The Guardian
After complaints about a project called Zen Blanket, we look at the pros and cons of crowdfunding It is described as a hi-tech blanket that will give you “the best sleep ever” and reduce your stress levels, though at about £195 ($249) a pop it is certainly not cheap. The Zen Blanket was promoted on the crowdfunding websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo, prompting thousands of people to sink money into the venture – but some are now crying foul, demanding their money back and discussing class action lawsuits. One of those who is definitely not feeling zen is Don Dennis from Scotland. He pledged £118 to the project, in return for which he would be sent one of the blankets (£195 is the usual price, but early-bird backers received a discount).
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18h Facebook's cryptocurrency plans boosted by blockchain hiring spree
The Independent
With more than 2 billion users, the social network could create the world's first truly mainstream cryptocurrency
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18h Facebook bug exposes 6.8 million users' hidden photos to thousands of third-party apps
The Independent
Bus is latest in series of high-profile privacy scandals at the social network
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Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?18h Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?
BBC
A stadium in LA confirms it uses facial recognition technology at pop concerts.
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New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos18h New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos
BBC
Photos of up to 6.8 million Facebook users, including ones they never posted, could be found.
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19h Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos
The Guardian
Bug let developers access pictures people had uploaded but chosen not to post A Facebook bug let app developers see photos users had uploaded but never posted, the social network has disclosed. For two weeks in September, an error in the way Facebook shares photos with third parties meant that apps could see not only photos users had posted on their newsfeed, but also pictures in other parts of the site – on Facebook Stories or Facebook’s Marketplace, for instance.
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21h Apple plans software update to get around Chinese iPhone ban
The Independent
Tech giant describes Qualcomm's efforts to ban its phone as 'desperate'
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23h Building a video game industry from scratch: Chips with Everything podcast
The Guardian
Jordan Erica Webber looks at why it’s difficult to be a game developer in Pakistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina This week we’re travelling to places that have almost no video game industry and talking to individuals who are doing their best to build one. Jordan Erica Webber talks to Amar Zubcevic, a game developer in Bosnia and Herzegovina who wants to inspire fellow developers to stay in the country and build a community, one games company at a time.
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Wetherspoons fake accounts to be exposed23h Wetherspoons fake accounts to be exposed
BBC
Twitter must reveal the identity behind two parody accounts, the high court rules.
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23h Nine jobs George: Osborne adds new role at venture capital firm
The Guardian
Ex-UK chancellor and austerity architect adds job as adviser to brother’s tech fund to portfolio George Osborne has added a ninth job to his already bulging portfolio, joining his brother’s Silicon Valley venture capital fund. The former chancellor and
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Tumblr returns to App Store after porn ban23h Tumblr returns to App Store after porn ban
BBC
The social network has returned to Apple's app store after revealing plans to ban adult content.
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Half of UK homes could get faster broadband30h Half of UK homes could get faster broadband
BBC
New research suggests that people have not taken up faster services, even though they are available.
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Why your pizza may never be delivered by drone 13 Dec 7:06pm Why your pizza may never be delivered by drone
BBC
The biggest obstacle to delivery drones isn't technology, it's regulation and public acceptance.
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Backpack bees give farmers a weather buzz and other news 13 Dec 7:04pm Backpack bees give farmers a weather buzz and other news
BBC
BBC Click's Dan Simmons looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.
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