TikTok: Amazon tells employees to remove app from phones

Image copyright Getty Images Amazon has told its employees to remove the video-sharing app TikTok from any mobile device that can access their company email over “security risks”. But in an internal memo, the company said employees could still use the app on Amazon laptop browsers. The app, owned by …

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‘I left Smile Bank today due to the ongoing outage’

Image copyright Emma Hopkinson-Spark Image caption Smile Bank customer Emma Hopkinson-Spark left the bank on Friday due to the ongoing probelms Smile Bank customers have been unable to access their online banking accounts for five days in a row. The online-only bank, owned by Co-Operative Bank, said it was working …

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Thousands flock to Neverspoons pub app

Image copyright Shane Jones & Ned Poulter Image caption Ned Poulter and Shane Jones, pictured in pre-lockdown times, want to help smaller pubs A man who built an app in his spare time that highlights independent pubs close to Wetherspoons venues, says he has been amazed by the response. The …

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How trickery makes video calls more personal

Microsoft has added a new feature to its Teams video-conferencing app that cuts all the participants out and pastes them into the same virtual room. The company told the BBC that the trickery makes video calls feel more natural because it helps callers locate others in the same virtual space. …

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TikTok halts Hong Kong access after security law

Image copyright TikTok Short-video app TikTok has halted operations in Hong Kong, according to a notice posted on its website. The company flagged the move earlier this week after China imposed a new security law on the city. The law has restricted freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory, raising concerns of …

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Instagram to block LGBT ‘conversion therapy’ services

Image copyright PA Image caption The government’s LGBT Action Plan promised in 2018 it would ban ‘conversion therapy’ Instagram will block the promotion of “conversion therapy”, which tries to change a person’s sexuality or gender identity, the social media giant has told the BBC. Campaigners are urging the government to …

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