Overwatch and Call Of Duty maker to cut 800 jobs

Image copyright Activision Blizzard Video games publisher Activision Blizzard has announced it will lay off about 800 people, despite reporting record revenue in 2018. The company made $7.5bn (£5.8bn) last year, up from about $7bn in 2017. Its chief executive, Bobby Kotick, said the results were “the best in our history” but did not “realise […]

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MPs immerse themselves in VR questions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Virtual reality is being integrated into a range of industries but remains unregulated, MPs heard Experts have called for more regulation of immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). It comes as UK MPs open an inquiry into the effects of such technologies on individuals […]

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DJI makes drone safety improvements

Image copyright DJI Image caption Geo-fencing provides a virtual perimeter for real-world geographic areas, preventing drones from flying there Drone-maker DJI is improving the technology that prevents them being flown near airports. The changes come after drones disrupted flights from the UK’s Gatwick airport in December. A more sophisticated geo-fencing system will create a 3D […]

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Ligue du LOL: Secret group of French journalists targeted women

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The group targeted people with rape jokes and photoshopped pornography. Several senior French journalists have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group. The largely-male Ligue du LOL (League of LOL) mocked women, including other journalists, with rape jokes and photoshopped pornographic images. […]

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Russia plans to ‘unplug’ from internet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia’s government to get more control over online life Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning for a future cyber-war. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the […]

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Paris to sue Airbnb over ‘illegal ads’

Image copyright Getty Images The city of Paris is suing Airbnb for €12.5m (£11m) over 1,000 adverts for what it says are illegal rentals. Homeowners in the city can rent out their properties for only 120 days per year. They must register themselves as a business and display their registration number on any advertising. Under […]

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Trump’s wall: Mind the gaps

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Nick Kwek toured the border dividing the US state of Arizona and Mexico’s Sonora “We gotta get outta here!” cries Agent Daniel Hernandez of US Border Patrol. Moments earlier a hurled rock from over the fence whacked the tin roof next to us with an almighty […]

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Parenting site Mumsnet hit by data breach

Image copyright Mumsnet Image caption Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts posted a lengthy explanation about the breach Parenting site Mumsnet has reported itself to the UK’s data protection watchdog after an upgrade let some people see details of other accounts. In a message placed on the site, it said the problem occurred between 5 and 7 […]

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