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Microsoft to take a break from Edge releases: Hits pause button to align with Chromium

In Brief Microsoft’s browser gang at Edge has said it will take a breather in order to “stay aligned with Chromium Project’s release schedule.” The result is no Dev, Beta or Stable releases until the week commencing 13 July although those on the bleeding edge in the Canary channel will continue to receive daily builds from the project. The pause came as Microsoft warned education and business users of…

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Utilitarian, long-bodied Nokia 5.3 has budget basic specs – but it does cost £150

Review Nokia has traditionally been typified by utilitarian phones* that get the job done — from the legendary Communicator series to the indestructible 3310. Following in that storied path is the Nokia 5.3, which delivers steely reliability in an otherwise forgettable package. If you’re looking for a Ronseal-esque blower that won’t break the bank, this device will meet all your expectations and then some. The first thing you’ll notice…

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Mind the airgap: Why nothing focuses the mind like a bit of tech antiquing

Column The modern always-on workplace isn’t designed for everyone. And that’s why a search for a coping strategy for dyspraxia* took me to eBay, where I bought an archaic Apple iBook for the princely sum of £40 (excluding shipping). The goal was to have a dedicated writing workstation, where I could do my best work without any distractions. This early-2000’s iBook fit the bill. With a sleepy 800mHz PowerPC…

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University ordered to stop running women-only job ads

Eindhoven University of Technology has been told to stop posting women-only job ads as part of a push to diversify its academic workforce. The Dutch tech college has been trying to boost the numbers of women in its faculties, and as such has been running ads in which it makes it plain only women are eligible to apply – with the job opened up to men after six months…

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Hundreds of forgotten corners of mega-corp websites fall into the hands of spammers and malware slingers

More than 240 website subdomains belonging to organizations large and small, including household names, were hijacked to redirect netizens to malware, X-rated material, online gambling, and other unexpected content. These big names are said to include Chevron, the Red Cross, UNESCO, 3M, Getty Images, Hawaiian Airlines, Arm, Warner Brothers, Honeywell, Autodesk, Toshiba, Xerox, the NHS, Siemens, Volvo, Clear Channel, Total, and more. And it’s all due to the way…

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When Facebook says you’re not a good ‘culture fit’, it means you’re not White or Asian enough – complaint

Facebook has been formally accused of racial discrimination in a complaint from three Black plaintiffs, one a manager at the social network and two applicants who have repeatedly been rejected by the web giant. In a complaint filed with America’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Oscar Veneszee, Howard Winns and Jazsmin Smith all claim that the social media giant effectively retains its overwhelmingly white and Asian-American workforce by stressing…

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Your 2.3m Instagram fans won’t stop the FBI… Web star accused of plotting to launder millions from cyber-crime

An Instagram super-star with 2.3 million followers has been extradited to America accused of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars obtained via cyber-crime. He faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted. Nigerian-born Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a 37-year-old known as Hushpuppi on Instagram and The Billionaire Gucci Master!!! on Snapchat, was charged in Los Angeles, California, with one count of conspiracy to engage in money laundering….

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You may be distracted by the pandemic but FYI: US Senate panel OK’s backdoors-by-the-backdoor EARN IT Act

An amended version of America’s controversial proposed EARN IT Act has been unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee – a key step in its journey to becoming law. This follows a series of changes and compromises that appear to address critics’ greatest concerns while introducing fresh problems. The draft legislation is nominally supposed to help rid the web of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) by altering Section…

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Baroness Dido Harding lifts the lid on the NHS’s manual contact tracing performance: ‘We contact them up to 10 times over a 36-hour period’

Baroness Dido Harding of Winscombe, who is currently leading the UK’s coronavirus track-and-trace efforts, has shed light on the nation’s human-driven contact-tracing efforts in a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. The tracing programme started on 28 May. Within the first month of the service’s operation, over 27,000 confirmed Covid-19 infected had been onboarded onto the contact tracing system. (Altogether, there have been 285,768 confirmed cases…

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Oracle sued by a shareholder who alleges its lack of progress in diversity amounts to ‘dishonesty’

Oracle is being sued by a shareholder who alleges the IT titan has not been truthful and honest in its efforts to create greater racial diversity within its workforce. The claim was filed on Thursday last week, the day before America shut up shop for the 4 July long weekend, in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The 106-page complaint alleged that despite public…

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