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From ‘how to’ to hair dye: our lockdown web searches

YouTube says people are watching instructional videos more than ever as they seek new skills during lockdown. Videos with titles like “how to” and “step-by-step” ...

Disney’s head of streaming to become CEO of TikTok

Disney’s head of streaming Kevin Mayer is stepping down to become the boss of social media platform TikTok. He has been named the chief executive officer of TikTok and chief ...

Rainbow Six ‘copy’ lands Apple and Google in copyright court

Ubisoft is suing Apple and Google over a Chinese mobile game it says is “a near carbon copy” of one of its most popular games, Rainbow Six: Siege. Area F2 is “designed ...

Universities’ move online ‘must be done the right way’

Harry Ashworth should be in the final term of his first year at Oxford University, studying music. Instead he is stuck at his parents’ house in south London hunched over a ...

Facebook buys GIF-maker Giphy to add to Instagram team

Facebook has purchased the GIF-maker Giphy and plans to make it part of the Instagram team. A report from Axios values the deal at $400m (£330m), but Facebook would not confirm ...

Disney forces explicit Club Penguin clones offline

Disney has ordered unauthorised copies of its Club Penguin game to close, after the BBC found children were being exposed to explicit messages. Visits to fan-run Club Penguin Online ...

Google hit by more suspected Oculus VR gadget-scam ads

Fresh evidence that scam stores are exploiting Google’s Shopping service to appear at the top of its search results has been discovered by the BBC. Two sites offering hard-to-find ...

Facebook to build internet cable ‘circumference of Earth’

Facebook is teaming up with telecoms companies to build a 37,000km (23,000-mile) undersea cable to supply faster internet to 16 countries in Africa. Its length – almost equal ...

Coronavirus: Amazon to make face shields and sell at cost

Amazon says it will produce hundreds of thousands of face shields for medics and sell them at cost price in the US. The internet giant said engineers from its drone and hardware divisions ...

Coronavirus: False claims viewed by millions on YouTube

More than a quarter of the most-viewed coronavirus videos on YouTube contain “misleading or inaccurate information”, a study suggests. In total, the misleading videos ...