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theEweekly Wrap: 3 Oct

Google involved in photo dispute

A high-profile Hollywood lawyer has suggested that Google did not do enough to stop the spread of celebrities' private photos during the recent hacking scandal.

Among the many stars whose photos were compromised and then published online by hackers were actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Amber Heard, popstar Rihanna, and television personality Kim Kardashian.

It has been reported that entertainment lawyer Martin Singer has written to Google, saying the company's behaviour was "blatantly unethical" and demanded it pays damages to the victims. Singer co-founded Lavely & Singer in 1980, a firm that specialises in the representation of celebrities – past clients include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlie Sheen, John Travolta, Demi Moore and Celine Dion.

According to Page Six section of the New York Post, Singer's letter stated: "Google knows the images are hacked stolen property, private and confidential photos and videos unlawfully obtained and posted by pervert predators who are violating the victims' privacy rights."

As yet, Google has not replied to Singer's letter.

Image 1 - Google

iOS 8 causes Bluetooth problems

Some users of Apple's latest operating system, iOS 8, have reported issues with regards to Bluetooth connectivity.

MacRumors, a website dedicated to Apple-related news, stated in a blog post that many iPhone owners have struggled to connect their handsets to the Bluetooth systems in their cars. Some have even said they cannot connect to other Bluetooth devices such as speaker sets, headphones and headsets.

The post went on to say that the issue is affecting owners of new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets, as well as those who have recently upgraded older iPhones to the new operating system.

This is the second time Apple has been in the news for faulty products in a fortnight. Early last week it was revealed that iPhone 6 handsets can, in some instances, be bent out of shape when someone sits down with one in their pocket.

Image 2 - iphone6

Instagram blocked in China

Photo-sharing social network Instagram has apparently been blocked in mainland China, following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last weekend. The Facebook-owned company has said it is aware of the blockage and is currently investigating.

Many of the photos taken at the protests depicted Hong Kong violently and were posted on various online platforms, including Instagram, and this is thought to be the reasoning behind the Chinese government's blockage.

Although the app is blocked in mainland China, users in special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau will still be able to access and use it as normal, because the same laws do not apply.

This is not the first time the Chinese government has blocked a popular website, as its internet censorship policy is well-known. Other blocked sites include Facebook, YouTube, Google and recently DuckDuckGo.

Image 3 - Instagram
Written by Dan Moores

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