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Boston bans government use of facial recognition

To help end systemic racism, we'll stay away from an error-prone technology that's been shown to have racial bias, the city council said.

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Monday review – the hot 11 stories of the week

Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days – it's weekly roundup time.

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Facebook hoaxes back in the spotlight – what to tell your friends

At the risk of giving you a feeling of déjà vu all over again, it's time to talk about Facebook hoaxes once more.

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Google buys AR smart-glasses company North

They're not surveillance spectacles, says Google, just a piece in the jigsaw of “ambient computing”, where helpfulness is all around you.

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MongoDB ransom threats step up from blackmail to full-on wiping

Still thinking “the crooks probably won't find me if I make a security blunder”?

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133m records for sale as fruits of data breach spree keep raining down

Databases can be had for as little as $100, on up to $1,100. Most, if not all, are being sold by the hacking group Shiny Hunters.

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Microsoft issues critical fixes for booby-trapped images – update now!

Booby-trapped images could be used to attack Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 – update now!

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Google stops pushing scam ads on Americans searching for how to vote

No US entity charges citizens for registering to vote, but plenty of Google ads were happy to do so – and to grab your PII in the process.

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Firefox 78 is out – with a mysteriously empty list of security fixes

TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 are now considered security risks and blocked by default.

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Google joins Apple in limiting web certificates to one year

Is it fair to expect everyone to renew all their web certificates every year? Apple says yes, and now Google does too.