The Digest: Internet giants ‘in denial’ over terror… and 6 other things people are talking about today

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GCHQ director attacks tech giants for being ‘in denial’ over terrorism | Huffington Post

“The new head of Britain’s electronic eavesdropping agency has accused internet firms of being in denial of the role their networks play in terrorism and demanded they open themselves up more to intelligence services. GCHQ director Robert Hannigan said they had become the command-and-control networks of choice for a new generation of web-savvy criminals and extremists, such as Islamic State jihadists.”

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Disney cloud movie service adds Google Play purchases | Reuters

“Disney said its cloud-based movie service will expand to include purchases made through the Google Play online store, the latest in a string of moves by Hollywood studios to encourage digital ownership.”

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Facebook sets up ‘dark web’ link to access network via Tor | BBC News

“Facebook has created the ability for users to connect directly to the social network via anonymising ‘dark web’ service Tor. While it was already possible to access Facebook via Tor, the new set-up means all data is encrypted and Tor users are not mistaken for hacked accounts.”

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The best cheap tablets in the world – reviewed | Stuff

“Everyone knows the iPad Air 2 is great, but not everyone’s got £400 to blow on a tablet. And these days there are absolutely loads of tablets available for under £150. But are any of them good? Which is the best? And which should you avoid like week-old sushi? We’ve tested a bunch to answer those very questions…”

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Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 | The Telegraph

“Microsoft has discontinued sales of computers running consumer versions of Windows 7, effectively pushing people onto the less-popular Windows 8 operating system. As of 31 October 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide licences for Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate to PC makers – like Dell, Lenovo and HP.”

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Gmail for Android redesign brings Yahoo and Outlook support | Trusted Reviews

“Google has updated its Gmail app for Android, and with it comes a bold new design and support for other email accounts. In something of a splurge, Google has updated both its Calendar app and Gmail app for Android over the past 24 hours.”

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BBC iPlayer for Android promises ban on buffering | Betanews

“Fans of the Beeb will be pleased to hear that the BBC has unveiled a significant new update to its catch-up app for Android users with the release of BBC iPlayer 4.4 for Android. The app adds a new Audio Described category and expands the current Most Popular category too. Other changes see the promise of better streaming performance and a number of minor bug fixes.”

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