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Twitter glitch makes it more difficult to report abuse, while "mute" is on its way


It's supposed to be fixed soon, but in the meantime, trolls' favorite targets are once again suffering the typical onslaught. On the plus side, Twitter on Monday also said it would be offering a "mute" function - the same thing it tried to do in December, but this time around, it seems to be doing it right.

Free One Direction tickets? Facebook scam goes multi-generational, targets Directioners


Last week's Rolling Stones scammers are also targeting Tomorrowland fans and Directioners.

Whether you're into rock-and-roll, dance or, er, the other sort of music, these guys have a ticket scam for you...

Free Rolling Stones tickets? No, it’s a Facebook scam


Are you a Rolling Stones fan? Lots of people are, and with gigs on the 2014 tour selling out in hours, you can see why free tickets might seem worth checking out.

But not all "special offer" sites are made alike, as Paul Ducklin explains...

Snapchat agrees to settlement with FTC over privacy complaints


Snapchat and the FTC have come to terms in a settlement over the privacy practices of the controversial mobile message service company.

Will Snapchat be better at protecting user privacy now that it's required to be monitored by a privacy auditor for the next 20 years?

'Moves' fitness app races to change privacy policy after Facebook acquisition

Shoes. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Within 11 days of the acquisition announcement, the app changed its tune, from "we won't commingle data" to "we won't commingle but we *will* share." Befuddling semantics or what?

Tweet "#MansionParty," get one #SpectacularlyTrashedMansion

Party. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

It was supposed to be a smallish gathering of about 60. #Oops.

Monday review - the hot 17 stories of the week


Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Monday review - the hot 26 stories of the week


Make sure you're up to date with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

New Russian law aims to curb online anonymity and free speech


Russia just passed amendments to anti-terrorism laws, requiring popular bloggers and social media posters to register with a government agency and abide by a raft of rules covering what they say online...

SSCC 144 - iOS malware, fingerprint security, WhatsApp privacy, hacking the taxman [PODCAST]


How bad is the risk from iOS malware? What's the state of play in fingerprint security? Should you trust mobile apps? Is it wise to hack the taxman? What if Brian Krebs calls to warn you've been pwned?

Chet and Duck turn their wit and insight on the week's news...

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: targeted ads don't trample on privacy

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook Bigwig Sheryl Sandberg wants us all to know that, targeted advertising or no, the Zuckerbergians are hovering over our private data like an anxious mother bird protecting her fluffy nestlings from voracious advertising raptors.

Teachers cyberbullied by students and their parents

Teachers cyberbullied by students and their parents

One in five UK teachers have been cyberbullied by students and/or their parents, according to a survey published by the teachers' union NASUWT.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week


It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Heartbleed bust, Fingerprint fakery, WhatsApp privacy SNAFU - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


What happens if you hack your local tax office? Can you trust the Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint security? Did WhatsApp finally get security right in its app?

Find out the answers in one entertaining minute of video - it's 60 Second Security!

Don't share your location with your friends on WhatsApp


A group of budding security researchers at the University of New Haven in Connecticut recently taught themselves a handy lesson about the difference between *liking* WhatsApp and *trusting* it.

Facebook wages war on Like-baiting and spammy posts

Facebook wages war on Like-baiting and spammy posts

It's a full frontal assault on cute kittens and the Pages that pimp them out for Likes. Facebook's tweaked its algorithms to try to scrape off the clingy, whiny, needy stories published by Pages that deliberately try to game Facebook's News Feed to get more distribution than they normally would.

WhatsApp, Facebook get a privacy finger wagged at them by FTC

WhatApp, Facebook get a privacy finger wagged at them by FTC

The Commission suggests that, post-mega-acquisition (which has been OKed), WhatsApp should get users' permission before changing data collection.

Facebook will show more on-screen privacy setting explanations

Facebook will show more on-screen privacy setting explanations

Facebook admitted that users are confused about privacy. Between a blue privacy dinosaur who's already popping up to remind us to check privacy settings and upcoming on-screen explanations of who's seeing what when we share, we'll all be a bit less muddled.

Facebook data scraped, people profiled as "jerks" and scammed by, FTC says

Jerk. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. allegedly scraped content from people's Facebook listings, put it up on its site, invited the world to throw rotten fruit at by clicking on a "jerk" or "not a jerk" button, and then had the outrageously uber-jerky jerkiness to charge people $30 to be able to (supposedly but not really) dispute.