Australia’s biggest telecommunications carriers have blocked “dozens” of websites that continue to host footage of the mosque shooting in New Zealand.
Australia’s largest carrier Telstraissued a statement on Tuesday local time saying it had blocked a number of sites still hosting the footage, which shows a gunman storming a mosque in central Christchurch and gunning down worshippers as they prayed. Australia’s other major carriers Optus and Vodafone confirmed they had also blocked a number of sites.
“We understand this may cause inconvenience for some legitimate users of these sites but these are extraordinary circumstances and they required an extraordinary response,” said Nikos Katinakis, Telstra group executive of Networks and IT.
“We appreciate that it is necessary to ensure free speech is carefully balanced against protecting the community, but with these sites continuing to host disturbing content we feel it is the right thing to do to block them.”
Vodafone issued a similar response, saying it blocked dozens of sites to stop the further spread of the video and that it was lifting the blocks once it became aware the footage had been removed.
The move follows swift action taken by New Zealand carriers in the aftermath of the shooting to temporarily block sites hosting the footage and request it be taken down.
While Telstra didn’t name the blocked sites, CNET was able to confirm that message board sites 8chan, 4chan and Voat were longer accessible through the Telstra network. The alleged shooter behind the attack, an Australian national living in New Zealand, posted links to the livestream of the shooting as well as a lengthy screen justifiying his actions, on 8chan before the shooting.
The extraordinary decision by Australian carriers follows powerful statements from the country’s top politicians on Tuesday, criticising social media networks such as Facebook for allowing footage of the shooting to spread.
US lawmakers have also ordered companies including Facebook and Google, which owns YouTube, to appear before the House Committee on Homeland Security. The companies have been asked to explain their responses to the events on Friday and their plans to tackle the spread of extremist content on their networks.
(Reuters) – Facebook Inc has agreed to change its paid advertising platform as part of a wide-ranging settlement to prevent discriminatory and “harmful” practices, the company and U.S. civil rights groups said on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
Under the agreement, Facebook will create a new advertising portal for ads linked to housing, employment and credit ads that will limit targeting options for those ads across all of its services, including Instagram and Messenger, the rights groups said in a joint statement.
Advertisers on the portal, which will be separate from the system used to advertise other sets of services, will not be able to target ads by age, gender, cultural affinity or zip code, the statement said.
They will also be required to use a minimum geographic radius for location-based targeting to prevent the exclusion of certain communities.
In addition, the company pledged to build a tool allowing users to search all current housing ads listed in the United States, regardless of whether the ads were directed at them.
“There is a long history of discrimination in the areas of housing, employment and credit, and this harmful behavior should not happen through Facebook ads,” Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in a separate statement.
Facebook, the world’s largest social network with 2.7 billion users and nearly $56 billion in annual revenue, has been on the defensive over its advertising practices, while also fending off privacy scandals and disclosures that Russia used its platform to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Complaints over ads-based discrimination have dogged the company since 2016, when news organization ProPublica reported that advertisers could target ads on Facebook based on people’s self-reported jobs, even if the job was “Jew hater.”
ProPublica later reported that it was able to buy discriminatory housing ads and slip them past Facebook’s review process, despite the company’s claims it was blocking such ads.
Since then, Facebook has faced sustained legal pressure over the issue from the National Fair Housing Alliance, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Communications Workers of America, among other groups and individuals.
In five separate lawsuits, the groups alleged the company’s audience selection tools enabled advertisers to exclude specific demographics from seeing job postings and other opportunities.
Facebook’s settings “allowed advertisers to create ads that excluded people of color or families with children,” said Sandra Tamez, head of the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio, which was part of Tuesday’s settlement.
Under U.S. law, including the federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal to publish certain types of ads if they indicate a preference based on race, religion, sex or other specified classifications.
Facebook last year reached a similar settlement with Washington state to end discriminatory ad targeting. It said at the time that it had already removed thousands of categories of potentially sensitive personal attributes from its exclusion ad targeting tools.
Wit the new settlement, Facebook has committed to creating its ads portal by Sept. 30 and to implementing other changes by the end of the year.
Reporting by Katie Paul, Akanksha Rana and Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Tom Brown
March Madness is officially here and that means it’s a great month to find deals on cheap 4K TVs from top retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and more (we’ve also got a roundup of UK retailers). You can find Black Friday like prices on a variety of best-selling 4K TVs from brands such as Sony, LG, Samsung and more. Whether you’re looking for an XL 4K TV to serve as the focal point of your home theater system, a modestly sized set for the bedroom or kitchen, or an entry level TV for the kids, you’re sure to find all different kids of sizes, features and prices to fit any and all TV viewing needs.
You will find all of our carefully curated deals below. We’ve divided them into three different size categories as well as our pick for the best cheap TV deal of the week. These days you really don’t have to pay much more to get a Ultra HD 4K set instead of an older-style HD one. If you’re after the hottest tech in TV though, you may want to take a look at the cheapest OLED TV prices.
Whether you want a small TV with a price tag to match or something to show all the colors of the rainbow (and a few million more) with HDR, we’ve found plenty of options. Read on to find the TV you want at a great price!
TechRadar’s cheap TV deal of the week
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Sceptre U550CV-U 55-inch 4K TV $399.99 $259.99 at Walmart Not that long ago, we would never expect to see a 55-inch 4K TV for under $270 outside of a Black Friday doorbuster, yet here it is. You’re not getting Smart features or HDR, but if you’re looking for a basic midsize TV as your entryway into 4K, this is an inexpensive option.View Deal
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Not found the right cheap TV for you today? Or maybe you’d prefer to directly browse the TVs at your favourite retailers instead of our highlights of the best cheap TV deals? We’re updating this page on a regular basis, so you may have better look another day. If you want to take a look for yourself now though, here are the direct links to a the full collection of TV deals at multiple stores.
The upcoming film is the fourth movie in the iconic toys-come-to-life movie series. Tom Hanks returns as Woody the cowboy, with Tim Allen as his spaceman friend, Buzz Lightyear. New toys include Forky the spork (Tony Hale) and carnival prizes Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele).
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In this trailer, Bonnie and her family go on an RV trip, and somewhere out on the road, Forky decides to bail out. Woody goes after him (because that’s who Woody is) and ends up finding a new-look Bo Peep (Annie Potts) in an antiques store, along with an unnerving talking doll and a small army of terrifying ventriloquist dummies. So anyone who was worried this franchise had run out of ideas… not even close.
In a previous trailer, released after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, Buzz Lightyear found himself on display with the carnival prizes.
Toy Story 4 opens in Australia on June 20 and in the US and UK on June 21.
OSLO (Reuters) – Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest producers of aluminum, was battling on Tuesday to contain a cyber attack which hit its production facilities, sending shares lower.
FILE PHOTO: Concrete pipes connecting the bauxite residue deposit to its water treatment station are pictured at the alumina refinery Alunorte, owned by Norwegian company Norsk Hydro ASA, in Barcarena, Para state, Brazil March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/File Photo
The attack, which began on Monday evening and escalated overnight, affected the company’s IT systems for most of its activities. The firm’s giant aluminum smelters in countries including Norway, Qatar and Brazil were still producing but operating manually.
“Hydro is working to contain and neutralize the attack, but does not yet know the full extent of the situation,” the company said in a statement.
The event was a rare case of an attack on industrial operations in Norway. The last publicly-acknowledged cyber attack in the Nordic country was on software firm Visma, when hackers working on behalf of Chinese intelligence breached its network to steal secrets from its clients.
Companies and governments have become increasingly concerned about the damage hackers can cause to industrial systems and critical national infrastructure following a number of high-profile cyber attacks in recent years.
In 2017, attacks later blamed by the United States on Russia and North Korea caused millions of dollars of damage to companies worldwide, crippling computers in industries from shipping to sweet making. Moscow and Pyongyang have denied the allegations.
In Ukraine, meanwhile, authorities have seen hackers knock electricity grids and transport systems offline, and an attack on Italian oil services firm Saipem late last year destroyed more than 300 of the company’s computers.
FROM CARS TO CONSTRUCTION
Hydro makes products across the aluminum value chain, from the refinement of alumina raw material via metal ingots to bespoke components used in cars and the construction industry.
The Norwegian state agency in charge of cyber security said Hydro contacted them early on Tuesday and that it was assisting the company.
“We are … sharing this information with other sectors in Norway and with our international partners,” said a spokeswoman for the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM). She declined to comment on the nature of the attack.
Norsk Hydro’s main website page was unavailable on Tuesday, although some of the web pages belonging to subsidiaries could still be accessed. The company was updating on the situation on its Facebook page.
Hydro’s shares fell 3.4 percent in early trade before a partial recovery to trade down 0.9 percent by 1003 GMT. It was still lagging the Oslo benchmark index, which was up 0.6 percent.
Hydro, which has 36,000 employees in 40 countries, recorded sales of 159.4 billion crowns ($18.7 billion) last year, with a net profit of 4.3 billion crowns.
Additional reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis in Oslo, Jack Stubbs and Barbara Lewis in London; editing by Keith Weir and Emelia Sithole-Matarise
Best Wireless (Bluetooth) Headphones: Welcome to TechRadar’s guide to the best wireless and Bluetooth headphones you can buy in 2019.
The disappearing 3.5mm headphone is the reason these headphones have come to represent the epitome of convenience. Not to mention, the aspect of their portability.
Most people prefer wired headphones because they supposedly provide a better audio experience, when in fact, it’s possible to get that same pristine quality with wireless headphones. The only feature that gets added is the convenience of being hands free and wire free.
You might’ve been hesitant to cut the cord before – everyone has heard horror stories of wireless headphones’ poor battery lives or awful sound quality. But it’s tough to ignore the utility of wire-free listening.
Forget having to run a wire down your top every time you want to listen to music on the go, or struggling with a cable to get your phone out of your pocket, wireless headphones are a convenience dream.
Headphones, no strings attached
So what makes wireless headphones so special? And how do you determine the best wireless headphones from a whole bunch of wannabes?
Easy. You try dozens of wireless headphones and stack them against one another, mono a mono. (Well, stereo a stereo in this case.)
While these headphones are great for anyone looking to go wireless, they’re especially practical when you consider the growing amount of phones launching without headphone jacks. Looking to finally ditch the cord? Here are the top 10 wireless headphones:
1. Sony WH-1000XM3
Wireless noise-cancelling headphones that sound better than Bose
For the last three years, the Sony 1000X series of headphones have been our favorite wireless headphones on the market. They sound great thanks to a combination of superb wireless codecs – aptX and Sony’s proprietary LDAC tech – and keep outside noise at bay thanks to Sony’s ever-improving noise-cancellation algorithms.
If you are a frequent traveler looking for the best noise-canceling headphones, or someone who’s stuck in a noisy office, the 1000XM2 is nearly as good as the M3. But what M3 gets is more style and comfort topped with even more dynamic noise cancellation technology. They’re very similar to the predecessor, but the price difference in India is still not enough to let M2 stand higher in terms of value for money proposition.
Bose took the already-excellent QC35 and updated with Google Assistant. The headphone is identical in every way save for the new Google Assistant button. This means you still get the class-leading noise cancellation Bose is known for, good sound quality, and incredible comfort. Said simply, they sound great and their battery life is long enough for all but the longest of flights.
If you’re looking to save some money, however, consider the original Bose QuietComfort 35. They can also be found for far cheaper these days, and if you’re not fussed about having Google Assistant built into your headphones then you can save yourself some money while you save up for QC35 II.
The Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless are the best-sounding wireless headphones you can buy, period. Sound is spacious, detailed, and makes you want to rediscover your music library. Their bulky design and average noise isolation make them terrible for travel but if you’re looking for the best sound from a wireless headphone, this is it.
Although they’re a much better looking, and sounding, pair of headphones, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (not to be confused with the smaller, cheaper, Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Wireless) are kept off the top spot of the list by their premium price point, which puts them out of reach of all but the most committed of music lovers.
But for those that can afford them, these are a no-holds-barred wireless headphones are oozing with positive qualities. They’re comfortable, hard-working set of headphones that will likely last for years.
If you’re a frequent traveler you’re probably all too familiar with headphones that can’t hold a charge and can’t block out sound, let alone sound very good. Let us introduce you to the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, one of the few headphones on the market that can do all of the above and cost less than half as much as one of the bigger names like Beats, Bose and Sony.
They also include a neat little feature that allows them to automatically turn off when you’re not wearing them, meaning you’re able to easily maximise their battery life without much effort.
If we had to boil it down to its core, the BackBeat Pro 2 offers an excellent travel headphone with incredible battery life, supreme comfort, the ability to pair two device as once and, most importantly, good sound quality for the cost.
The AKG N60NC Wireless sound like a pair of headphones that should be much more expensive than they are.
At their mid-range price point the headphones offer fantastic value for money, with great sound quality and a level of noise-cancellation performance that’s on a level with the much more premium entries on this list.
Our biggest issue with these headphones is the fact that they’re on-ear rather than over-ear, meaning that we found that they got uncomfortable over longer periods.
Regardless, the benefit of this is that this is a fantastically compact pair of headphones, and if you’re willing to make the trade-off then these are great for the price.
If you want a pair of wireless headphones without breaking the bank, and you don’t fancy the in ear Optoma’s above, your next best bet is the Jabra Move Wireless.
These headphones may look like a budget buy, but don’t let that fool you: this set of on ear Bluetooth headphones is nothing but an all-around stellar product. From the fun and edgy design to excellent performance, these cans come recommended for anyone interested in wireless on the cheap.
Sony’s second pair of headphones on this list could be called the champion of noise cancellation on a budget. The WH-H900N h.ear on Wireless NC is one of the best options in this range since it lasts forever between charges without compromising on sound quality and comfort.
Sony has topped up their headphones up with Hi-Res Audio which ensures more natural sound output and better bitrate than before.
9. Beats Studio 3 Wireless
Great wireless functionality let down by so-so sound
If you’re not too picky about audio, you’ll love the Beats Studio 3 Wireless. They look good, are comfortable and sound decent while releasing the pressure valve of city life with active noise cancellation.
Add great battery life and an Apple W1 chip and you have headphones that are very easy to get on with, particularly if you own an iPhone.
Soon after that came the Bose QuietControl 30 (QC30, for short). These neckbuds offer the best noise cancellation of any in-ears we’ve tried and are comfortable enough to wear around your neck for long flights. Add to that the fantastic wireless capabilities of these headphones and you have the recipe for success.
While we’d love to see a true wireless pair of headphones from Bose, the QuietComfort 30 are a tried-and-true stopgap that you’ll enjoy all the same.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday it was stunned to learn that Tesla CEO Elon Musk hasn’t sought preapproval for any of his tweets about the car maker before the agency’s contempt motion last month.
The SEC was responding to a filing last week by Musk’s lawyers defending tweets he made about Tesla’s production estimates. An agreement struck last September between Musk and the SEC forbade the CEO from using social media to divulge information that would be considered material to investors or Tesla without having gotten prior approval.
“The pre-approval requirement was designed to protect against reckless conduct by Musk going forward,” SEC lawyers wrote in a filing Monday (see below). “It is therefore stunning to learn that, at the time of filing of the instant motion, Musk had not sought pre-approval for a single one of the numerous tweets about Tesla he published in the months since the Court-ordered pre-approval policy went into effect.”
The SEC’s filing goes on to call Musk’s interpretation of the settlement agreement “inconsistent with the plain terms of this Court’s order and renders its preapproval requirement meaningless.”
Musk’s problems with the SEC began last August, when he tweeted: “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” That amounted to a false and misleading statement to investors and the public, according to the SEC. The ensuing legal battle led to the aforementioned agreement — as well as Musk stepping down as chairman of Tesla’s board and paying a $20 million fine.
The SEC in late February moved to hold Musk in contempt of court for violating that agreement with his tweets about Tesla’s production estimates.
“Tesla made 0 cars in 2011, but will make around 500k in 2019,” Musk tweeted. He clarified about 30 minutes later, “Meant to say annualized production rate at end of 2019 probably around 500k, ie 10k cars/week. Deliveries for year still estimated to be about 400k.”
MUMBAI (Reuters) – The Ambani brothers, whose public feud over control of the Reliance empire after their father’s death in 2002 led to a split in the conglomerate, may have taken a major step to a more harmonious relationship on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: Anil Ambani, chairman of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, addresses shareholders during the company’s annual general meeting in Mumbai, India, September 18, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, who controls oil-to-telecoms powerhouse Reliance Industries that is now worth many times the troubled business group run by his younger brother Anil, appears to have offered some kind of support to ensure Anil paid off a 5.5 billion rupees ($80 million) debt.
That was owed to Swedish telecom equipment company Ericsson and had been run up by his telecoms group Reliance Communications. If Anil didn’t pay the debt, then he had been threatened by India’s Supreme Court with a prison term.
The nature of the backing and how it was delivered is unclear, but in a statement Anil Ambani thanked his billionaire brother “for standing by me during these trying times, and demonstrating the importance of staying true to our strong family values by extending this timely support”.
In that same short statement, Reliance Communications said the requisite payment had been made to Ericsson to comply with an Indian Supreme Court judgment.
The development may mark a watershed moment in the relationship between the two brothers, who carved their separate businesses in 2005 with Mukesh Ambani getting the oil and petrochemicals business and Anil winning control of power, telecoms and financial services.
The feud for the control of the business began between the two brothers after their father Dhirubhai Ambani, a schoolteacher’s son and founder of the Reliance empire, died in July 2002.
Peace was finally brokered by their homemaker mother Kokilaben in 2005, in a deal that split the Reliance business.
Like other Indian telecoms firms, Reliance Communications (RCom) was hit by a fierce price war following the entry of Mukesh Ambani’s telecom upstart Jio, which offered free voice and cut-price data plans. Once India’s second-biggest phone carrier, RCom shut down its mobile business late in 2017.
India’s Supreme Court had ordered Anil Ambani and two RCom directors to pay Ericsson within four weeks or face a three-month jail term for contempt of court.
The court had found RCom’s chairman guilty of contempt of court for failing to pay the Swedish company.
RCom had also planned to sell airwaves and mobile masts to Jio, and real estate to other buyers for 181 billion rupees ($2.64 billion) in a bid to shore up its finances. But RCom said the airwaves deal had been called off by “mutual consent” due to objections from India’s telecom department and more than 40 of the company’s foreign and domestic lenders.
Ericsson said RCom paid it dues of 4.62 billion rupees, the balance of funds that it was owed. RCom had already deposited 1.18 billion rupees due to Ericsson with the Supreme Court in February.
The Swedish firm approached the court in 2018 over the unpaid dues from a deal it had signed in 2014 to manage and operate RCom’s network.
($1 = 68.6200 Indian rupees)
Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal and Krishna V Kurup; Additional reporting by Arnab Paul; Editing by Louise Heavens and Mark Potter
If you’ve been thinking of signing up to Spotify Premium, but haven’t quite made the jump yet, this could give you the final push you needed: Spotify is now giving away a free Google Home Mini to everyone who signs up to a Family Plan.
A Spotify Family Plan costs £14.99 per month, and gets you Premium account for up to six family members, which means you can all listen to music without ads, skip tracks, and download music to your device.
Control your smart home
The offer will last until May 14, and will need to be redeemed by May 24. It’s not just for new customers either; Spotify’s website says that “new and existing primary account holders are eligible to redeem a Google Home Mini from the Google Store.”
While it’s not the best smart speaker in terms of audio quality, the Google Home Mini is a great way of buying into Google’s smart home ecosystem, for the relatively cheap price of £49.
As it comes equipped with Google Assistant, it’s always at the ready to help you find answers, turn on the tunes, dim the lights, start a TV show and more by using nothing but your voice.
We got a hint that Apple would reveal iPad and iMac updates ahead of the event from a Saturday tweet by Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, as previously reported by 9to5Mac.
“If Apple was to be planning, say, new iPad and iMac announcements for this week, it would make a real statement about how much it wants to focus its March 25th event on its news and video services,” he wrote.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Back in December, we heard rumors that Apple would launch a pair of lower-priced iPad models — a 7.9-inch model and another that’s more than 10 inches — in 2019.
First published at 2:27 a.m PT. Updated at 3:00 a.m. PT: Adds more details.
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