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Google to better inform users on personal information

Google agrees to better inform users over personal information. Credit: Google

Google has agreed to better inform users about how it handles their personal information after an investigation by Britain's data protection regulator found its privacy policy was too vague.

The Information Commissioner's Office said in a statement that it required the search engine to sign a "formal undertaking" that it would make the changes by June 30 and take further steps in the next two years.

The ICO investigation stems from a privacy policy implemented by Google in March 2012 that consolidated some 70 existing privacy policies into one and pooled data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and its social network Google+.

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iPhone sales at high after Apple reports record profits

Figures show most iPhone sales were in China. Credit: Reuters

Sales of iPhones are at a record high as the company announced what is believed to be the biggest ever profit by a public company.

In the final three months of 2014 Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones, which was boosted by the latest generation of iPhone - the 6 and 6 Plus.

International sales accounted for 65% of the quarter's revenue.

Apple does not give iPhone sales by country but a report published by research firm Canalys estimated the firm sold more smartphones in China than any other maker.

We'd like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high.

Our revenue grew 30% over last year to 74.6 billion dollars, and the execution by our teams to achieve these results was simply phenomenal.

– Company chief executive Tim Cook

Apple post 'biggest quarterly profit in history'

Apple has reported a quarterly profit of $18 billion in what is believed to be the biggest ever made by a public company.

Apple said huge sales in iPhones was behind the record profits. Credit: Roman Vondrous/Czech News Agency/PA

The technology giant said the sales of 74.5 million iPhones in the quarter ending 27th December, and a 70% rise in China sales had helped exceed expectations.

The profit of $18 billion was the biggest ever reported by a public company, worldwide, according to S&P analyst Howard Silverblatt.

Revenue increased from $57.6 billion in the same period last year to $74.6 billion.

Apple shares rose around 5% in after-hours trading following the announcement.

Facebook and Instagram deny being hacked

Facebook and Instagram have denied their services were hacked today, blaming a 40-minute outage on "a change that affected our configuration systems".

It comes hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the outages which left users unable to log into the sites earlier today.

A spokesman for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said: "Earlier today many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram.

"This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems.

"We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100% for everyone."

Hacker group claim responsibility for Facebook outage

Hacker group Lizard Squad have claimed to be behind the outage at Facebook and Instagram.

They have previously claimed responsibility for cyber attacks on the Playstation Network and Xbox Live services and most recently theMalaysia Airlines website.

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