Government considers classifying Google and Facebook as publishers

Culture secretary says internet firms may have legal status changed amid concerns about copyright and extremist material

Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, has said the government is considering changing the legal status of Google, Facebook and other internet companies amid growing concerns about copyright infringement and the spread of extremist material online.

The internet groups are considered conduits of information rather than publishers under UK law, meaning they have limited responsibility for what appears on their sites.

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Facebook and Instagram out of action for users around world

Computers, smartphones and apps all hit by problem – with Europe and North America seemingly worst affected

Facebook and Instagram remained offline to many users on Wednesday evening in what appeared to be a global connection problem.

The website Down Detector suggested users of both social media sites began reporting problems at about 4pm, with Europe and North America seemingly most affected, though this could be due to time zones and the number of Facebook users in different regions.

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Kindle Oasis: Amazon finally launches a water resistant e-reader

Premium device switches between ebooks and audiobooks and comes with Bluetooth, longer battery life and aluminium design to tempt readers

Amazon’s Kindle is finally water resistant, with the launch of the new larger 7in Kindle Oasis that merges ebooks and audiobooks into one device.

Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the original Kindle in November, the new top-end device aims to lead Amazon’s e-readers into the next decade with a new aluminium design, longer built-in battery life and a larger, brighter screen.

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Israel hack uncovered Russian spies use of Kaspersky in 2015, report says

Information led to US decision to end use of company’s software across federal government in December

An Israeli security agency hacked into Russian antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab in 2015, providing the crucial evidence required to ban the company from providing services to the US government, according to a report.

While the Israeli spies were inside Kaspersky’s systems, they observed Russian spies in turn using the company’s tools to spy on American spies, the New York Times reports. That information, handed to the US, led to the decision in September to end the use of the company’s software across the federal government by December.

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