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01 May 2019

From trialling the removal of "likes" from Instagram to taking cues from China's superapp WeChat, Mr Zuckerberg heralded a number of changes to Facebook's broader social network.

Proclaiming "the future is private", Mr Zuckerberg signalled that Facebook's News Feed would be de-emphasised in favour of revamping its messaging app, online marketplace and video-on-demand site.

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15 April 2019

There has been many incidents in recent years similar to this.

Over the weekend, news outlets reported that a New Zealand man named Andrew Barker had found a camera, hidden in a smoke detector, in his Airbnb that was livestreaming a feed of the living room. Barker was in Cork, Ireland, on a 14-month trip around Europe with his family when they checked into the rental house. Once they unpacked, Barker, who works in IT security, conducted a scan of the Wi-Fi network and found a camera the owner had not mentioned. He was then able to connect to the camera and view the live feed.

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11 April 2019

When Amazon customers speak to Alexa, the company’s AI-powered voice assistant, they may be heard by more people than they expect, according to a report.

Amazon employees around the world regularly listen to recordings from the company’s smart speakers as part of the development process for new services

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08 April 2019

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has proposed an independent watchdog that will write a "code of practice" for tech companies.

Senior managers could be held liable for breaches, with a possible levy on the industry to fund the regulator.

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