Google Docs Glitch That Locked Out Users Underscores Privacy Concerns

Has anyone had @googledocs lock you out of a doc before? My draft of a story about wildlife crime was just frozen for violating their TOS.

Working away happily on @googledocs with a response to reviewers. Suddenly: "This document is in violation of Terms of Service". #WTF

Katrina Evemy murder: Petition over Dylan Harries Facebook profile

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Image caption Miss Evemy's family said Harries' Facebook profile is a "constant reminder" of a monster

The family of a young mother have petitioned Facebook to have "all ties to her murderer" removed from the site.

Dylan Harries was jailed for life last month for the "merciless" killing of Katrina Evemy in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

Amanda Dewsnap said it made her angry to see her daughter in his "loving couple" profile picture and his status saying they were still in a relationship.

Facebook said it was investigating.

A spokesman from the social media site said they understood the "upsetting nature of the issue" and are looking into it "as a matter of urgency".

Harries stabbed Miss Evemy, 19, in front of her 22-month-old daughter at their home in Graig Avenue on 13 April.

He denied murder but was found guilty by a jury at Swansea Crown Court and was jailed for a minimum of 27 years.

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Image caption Katrina Evemy died from stab wounds six days after the attack

Mrs Dewsnap said Harries' profile picture of the pair pops up whenever she goes on Facebook.

"It's devastating enough that she has been murdered by him but his picture shows he still has a hold on her," she said.

She said the family had contacted Facebook requesting the picture and relationship status be removed, but had received no response to date.


It has prompted a petition which has received almost 6,000 signatures.

It said: "His [Harries'] Facebook profile picture is a constant reminder of the monster still having power over his late victim that he cruelly stole from our lives."

Mrs Dewsnap said his sentence would allow him to "have another life when he got out" but her daughter was gone forever.

"No time would have been enough for him," she said.

"The whole family have been left devastated and we just don't know the effect it's going to have on Katrina's daughter."

Fixed-odds maximum bet ‘could drop to £2’

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Media caption'I was completely caught up in gambling'

The maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals could drop to as little as £2 under a government review.

Currently, people can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on electronic casino games, but ministers are considering a new limit somewhere between £2 and £50.

The consultation aims to reduce the risk of people suffering large losses and to tighten up advertising rules.

The Association of British Bookmakers said the onus was on the gambling industry to help cut problem gambling.

According to a government consultation, cutting the stake to £2 would cost the industry over the next 10 years.

But problem gamblers say it is time for action to be taken - including, but not only, lessening the amount they can lose in one hit.

Gambling vlogger Andrew Margett told BBC Radio 5live how the machines, also known as FOBTs, proved addictive: "I was just in a trance, in a complete bubble, playing it. Hitting the button, hitting the button, hitting the button."

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Media captionThe BBC's Nick Eardley explains how the machines work

As part of the government review:

  • The Gambling Commission - the industry's regulator - will consult on changes to protect online players.
  • Broadcasters, advertisers, industry and support groups will draw up an advertising campaign to promote responsible gambling, with an annual budget of up to £7m.
  • New advertising guidelines will be drafted to protect problem gamblers, children and young people.
  • Access by under-18s to gambling content and channels on social media will be restricted.
  • Gambling companies are being told to step up funding for research, education and treatment. If they don't, operators may face a levy.

Culture minister Tracey Crouch said current laws on gaming machines - which critics have called the "crack cocaine of gambling" - were "inappropriate".

"It is vital that we strike the right balance between socially responsible growth and protecting the most vulnerable, including children, from gambling-related harm," she said.

"We have seen online gambling grow rapidly and we need to protect players in this space, while also making sure those experiencing harm relating to gambling receive the help they need," she said.

But in an urgent question session in the Commons, shadow culture secretary Tom Watson said the government was kicking the issue into "the long grass" and added that action, rather than a consultation, was needed.

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Media caption'Bookies have won' over fixed-odds machines

"There's an old maxim that the bookies always win, and they've won again today," he said.

Mr Watson, who is also Labour's deputy leader, claimed that 450,000 children are gambling on a weekly basis.

Labour wants a new gambling bill to look at the explosion of digital and online products - to stop children gambling on phones and to protect vulnerable people.

Carolyn Harris MP, who chairs an all-party parliamentary group on the issues involved, said there was overwhelming evidence people's lives were being destroyed by the machines.

"When you see the statistics that 31% per cent of people who use these machines are earning less than £10,000... Where do they get the money? Because they are not earning it," she told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

The government began to look again at gambling in October 2016, when it made a "call for evidence" on the number and location of gaming machines and the measures in place to protect players.

Fixed-odds terminals were introduced in casinos and betting shops from 1999, and offer computerised games including roulette and blackjack at the touch of a button.

The government is consulting on 11 different types of gaming machine, with stakes ranging from 30p to £5. Each machine accepts bets up to a pre-set maximum and pays out according to fixed odds on the simulated outcomes of games.

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'Reducing FOBT odds is a matter of principle', by Amol Rajan, media editor

Like every other industry, gambling has been radically transformed by technology. The advent of smartphones has made gambling much easier, more convenient, and constantly present than it was before. For centuries, gambling was for the most part an activity or habit that you had to move towards. Now, thanks to the internet, the gambling comes to you.

It is dangerous to reduce the debate of FOBTs to one about economics: how much is raised in tax revenue; potential job losses; the impact on our high streets and so on. It is rather also a question of principle.

In a free or liberal society, is it reasonable to let fully informed adults of sound mind make their own decisions about how to spend - and yes, waste - their money? Perhaps it is; but it becomes intolerable when this freedom harms others.

It seems that public opinion has moved to the view that negative social consequences and harm have flowed from the gambling industry's tendency to cluster in areas of deprivation and high unemployment.

Malcolm George, of the Association of British Bookmakers, said the government shared its wish to identify problem gamblers and get them help.

But restricting terminals in betting shops would redirect problem gamblers to other avenues where there were fewer controls on the amount of gambling, he said.

"Just as alcohol policy in this country is not solely determined by alcoholics" he added, there needs to be an environment for the "vast majority who gamble responsibly".

The British Amusement Catering Trade Association's John White said the government needed to "strike the right balance", but stakes should be "quite substantially" reduced, he said.

Asked about job loss fears, he said half of high street adult gaming centres had disappearing since FOBTs were introduced.

Tax law changes in 2001 led to a vast increase in the number of terminals.

By 2005, about 20,000 terminals were in use and more than 34,000 are now found across the UK, according to the Gambling Commission.

Malaysian data breach sees 46 million phone numbers leaked

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Image caption Malaysia's communication watchdog is investigating a huge data breach affecting 46 million mobile subscribers

A massive data breach has seen the customer data of more than 46 million mobile subscribers in Malaysia leaked on to the dark web.

The leaked information includes mobile numbers, unique phone serial numbers, as well as home addresses.

Personal information from multiple Malaysian public sector and commercial websites was also stolen.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is now investigating.

The data breach was first discovered by Malaysian technology news website

The website was informed that someone was trying to sell huge databases of personal details for an undisclosed amount of Bitcoin on its forums.

Stolen data

The individual was trying to sell a huge amount of private customer information from at least 12 Malaysian mobile operators:

  • Maxis
  • DiGi
  • Altel
  • Celcom
  • Enabling Asia
  • Friendimobile
  • MerchantTradeAsia
  • PLDT
  • RedTone
  • TuneTalk
  • Umobile
  • XOX

A huge amount of personal data was also stolen from and the:

  • Malaysian Medical Council
  • Malaysian Medical Association
  • Academy of Medicine Malaysia
  • Malaysian Housing Loan Applications
  • Malaysian Dental Association
  • National Specialist Register of Malaysia says it reported the incident to Malaysia's communications watchdog on 18 October, and that the MCMC initially made the website take its story down.

However, the MCMC confirmed the data breach a day later in a press statement released on Facebook, and then on Monday confirmed that 46.2 million mobile subscribers were affected by the data breach.

Entire country affected

It is believed that the entire country - Malaysia has a population of 32 million - might have been affected by the breach, as well as foreigners who were on temporary pre-paid mobile phone numbers.

Under Malaysian law, service providers are required to keep customers' personal data secure, so there will probably be legal repercussions.

Dr Mazlan Ismail, the chief operating officer of the MCMC, told the Malay Mail Online that it had met with all of the country's telecommunications companies to work out how the data breach had occurred.

"This is to ensure that they understand what is happening now, especially when the police, through the Commercial Crime Investigation Department, visit them to investigate," said Dr Ismail.

"Communications services cannot escape the security aspects, [service providers] must work together, and safety features are important to gain the trust of consumers."

YouTuber slams Hello World Live

YouTuber Calum McSwiggan has slammed the organisers of the Hello World Live vlogger convention - after it was called a rip-off and "completely flat and dull" by some ticket-holders.

The two-day event was billed as a "live event like nothing on Earth".

But Calum McSwiggan blames event organisers, who he says "just had pound signs in their eyes".

"The YouTube community has a really bad reputation sometimes and it's because of events like Hello World."

The organisers have apologised after receiving complaints from fans.

"It's a really big deal for [fans] to meet their favourite YouTube stars and take photos with them," says Calum, who didn't attend the event at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.

"That's what they were promised and they just weren't given that and it's heartbreaking.

"The sad thing is, I'm guessing the YouTubers who attended weren't actually paid very much themselves - it's the people who put on the event who are lining their pockets."

He also says that the event only adds to "this idea that YouTubers are just out there to grab people's money".

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Image caption Marcus Butler and Louise Pentland were two of the YouTubers on the bill of Hello World Live

Hello World posted an apology on its Facebook page. and has said that it will issue refunds on a case-by-case basis.

Peter is one of the parents who has asked for a refund after he bought tickets for his daughter's 13th birthday.

"It was just completely flat and dull, and void of any atmosphere," he tells Newsbeat.

"There were arcade games that didn't work, there was no street carnival, there were no street rides, there was no aftershow party as advertised.

"It was just so poor for the price, it was unbelievable."

Tickets for the event - which took place on Saturday and Sunday - were on sale for between £27.50 and £99, plus a booking fee.

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Image caption Rose and Rosie were also on the bill

Jason Perrie, the creative director of the event, says he was "incredibly sorry to hear that anyone didn't have a great experience" and claims the majority of people did.

"We didn't promise anybody that you'd be meeting and greeting people," he tells Newsbeat.

"It was a different style of entertaining people - where people had to find their own way of finding their entertainment rather than be guided."

While he says that many of the YouTubers "just got train fares and hotel rooms" paid for, he also says that the event also won't make money "in the first few years".

He wants disappointed ticket holders to come back next year.

"We'll spoil them and look after them and really make it up to them."

Collette and her sister Clare met YouTubers Jim Chapman, twins Lucy and Lydia and lookingforlewys

Image caption Collette and her sister Clare met YouTubers Jim Chapman, twins Lucy and Lydia and lookingforlewys

But not everyone had a bad experience.

Collette McLean, 30, travelled from Leicester with her younger sister.

"Teenagers expect to get involved in everything and meet everyone but it's not realistic at such a large event. You make your own experience," she says.

"When YouTubers did come out they where mobbed and the younger audience ruined it for themselves."

Collette paid for the VIP tour, and said: "Jim Chapman was our tour guide and he was brilliant - we also met Joe Sugg and he was amazing."

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Big net firms invest in trans-Pacific cable project

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Image caption It can take years to lay the lengthy cables that connect up the continents

Facebook and Amazon are putting cash into a project to lay a new submarine cable that will link Asia and the US.

Once completed in 2020, the Jupiter cable will stretch for more than 14,000km and will be able to carry more than 60 terabits of data a second.

The two firms have joined Jupiter as part of plans to build their own global networks and cut data transport costs.

The cable is one of many in which the net's biggest firms, including Google and Microsoft, have recently invested.

Network edges

"There's a bit of a boom in terms of the internet content providers taking a leading role in the development of new submarine cable systems," said Alan Mauldin, research director at analyst firm Telegeography.

The big net firms were involved in about 16 separate cabling ventures, he said, and used the capacity to handle the massive amounts of data their users generate. Some projects have already been completed but most are due to start carrying data sometime in the next few years.

The net firms were most interested in joining projects that lay cables across the Pacific, the Atlantic and Asia, he said. They have acquired capacity on many other cables around the world as well.

"They started years ago building their own networks because the scale that they need is bigger than a carrier can provide," he added. "Having a global backbone network is a big cost for them."

By running their own networks, big net firms gain control over the system, keep costs low and get some redundancy in case of problems, he said.

"Cables do break sometimes so you need multiple paths and alternatives," he said.

Net giants are involved in lots of cable-laying projects

  • Google - Unity, SJC, Faster, Monet, Tannat, Junior, PLCN, Indigo-West, Indigo-Central
  • Facebook - AEConnect, APG, Marea, PLCN, Jupiter
  • Microsoft - Hibernia Express, AEConnect, New Cross Pacific, Marea
  • Amazon - Hawaiki, Jupiter

Traditional telecoms firms were also investing in the cable-laying projects to help boost their own trans-ocean bandwidth, he said. Although the big net firms have colossal data needs, they could not use all the bandwidth available on the submarine cables.

Mr Mauldin said the data needs of search firms, social networks and cloud providers were growing rapidly while some others, such as Netflix, did not have to splash out on large networks to handle their traffic.

Netflix avoided high bandwidth costs by pushing all its content out to the edges of the network where it is stored ready for use.

This worked, he said, because an episode of a TV show or a film would not change much once it was made and shipped out to media servers. By contrast, he said, the dynamic content seen on Facebook had to be updated constantly feeding a demand for more bandwidth.

Airbnb customer allegedly murdered in Melbourne

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Image caption A man was allegedly murdered while staying in an Airbnb property in Melbourne, Australia

A man has allegedly been murdered while staying in an Airbnb-listed property in Melbourne, Australia.

Ramis Jonuzi, 36, had rented a room in the house in Brighton East, Melbourne, paying less than A$30 (£18) a night.

As he was trying to leave the property after a week on Wednesday 25 October, he was allegedly attacked and later died in hospital.

Three men who also lived in the property have been charged with murder, and one has also been accused of rape.

Craig Levy, 36, Ryan Smart, 37, and Jason Colton, 41, did not apply for bail when they appeared at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday.

A spokesman for Airbnb told Australian daily newspaper the Age that the room-rental service was "deeply saddened and outraged" by the tragedy.

"The family will have our full support and our hearts go out to them and all of his friends," the spokesman said.

"We have removed this listing from our platform and will fully co-operate with law enforcement on their investigation.

"There is no place on Airbnb for such an abhorrent act, which violates everything our global community stands for."

Mr Jonuzi, a bricklayer, had rented the room because he wanted cheap and stable accommodation while he dealt with some "personal issues", according to the Age.

However, not long into his stay, he told a friend that he planned to move out early, because he didn't like the "energy" in the house.

He allegedly argued with his three housemates over money, and then decided to cut his stay short.

On Wednesday night, he packed his belongings, loaded them into his car and was about to leave when he was allegedly attacked on the front lawn of the property.

Paramedics failed to revive him and he was taken to hospital suffering from heart failure, where he died.

Mr Levy, the Airbnb host, and Mr Smart were charged with murder. Mr Colton was charged with murder and rape.

The accused men have been remanded into custody and are next due to appear in court on 22 March 2018.