This week in technology news roundup almost half of UK adults want their digital history to be deleted, Twitter tells 330 million users to change their passwords, Cambridge Analytica is shutting down, Angular 6 is now available, Amazon opens up Alexa to developers to make money off third-party skills.
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Half of UK adults want their digital history deleted, according to new research
New research conducted by Accenture has revealed that 47% of adults would like part of their digital history to be deleted forever. The report surveyed 2,000 adults in the UK on data privacy and over half would like certain aspects of their online activity deleted; from photos posted by other people and embarrassing social media posts, to shopping habits and credit history.
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Twitter tells 330 million users to change passwords
Twitter has warned 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch exposed plain text on its internal network. After an internal investigation had found no passwords were stolen or misused, but the social network still urged users to consider changing their passwords. Although the number of passwords that were compromised is unknown, it is understood that it was a “substantial” amount and that they were exposed for “several months”.
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(BBC Tech) 03/05/2018
Cambridge Analytica is shutting down
Following the scandal over mishandled Facebook user data, Cambridge Analytica is shutting down and, in a press release, it was announced that UK based company SCL Elections has filed for insolvency, with bankruptcy proceedings will begin soon for Cambridge Analytica as well.
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(The Verge) 02/05/2018
Angular 6 now available
Angular 6.0.0 is now available and according to the team, this is an important release that focuses on the toolchain rather than the underlying framework. The team will also be synchronizing major versions of the framework packages, CLI and Material + CDK going forward, which are now all available.
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Amazon opens up Alexa to developers to make money off third-party skills
Amazon offers over 400,000 Alexa skills from third-party developers but nearly all of them are free, which leaves developers without a way to make money off them. However, yesterday Amazon finally opened up the smart assistant to anyone to sell one-time in-skill purchases that can expand what a skill can do, alongside Amazon’s own payment system for purchasing physical goods.
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