LAST WEEK SAW the controversial Investigatory Powers Bill (IP Bill), otherwise known as the Snoopers' Charter, passed by the House of Lords.
The bill, which has already received a tongue-lashing from privacy campaigners, will require internet and phone companies to store comprehensive records of websites visited and phone numbers called for 12 months, and to enable police, security services and multiple other public sector bodies to access those records on demand.
It will also provide the security services with the legal power to bulk collect personal communications data, and give police and security services the explicit power to hack into, and bug, computers and smartphones.
Some other stuff also happened last week, such as Microsoft joining the Linux Foundation and Kaspersky kicking off about Windows 10, although these perhaps don't seem as important as the UK government's newly founded and wide-reaching surveillance powers.
We've rounded up the top 10 stories from last week below. µ
Kaspersky launches antitrust action against Microsoft over Windows Defender
Eugene's mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore
Microsoft just joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member
Because 2016 wasn't weird enough already
Nintendo NES Classic Edition gets hacked to run Linux in just four days
Great. Well done. Now do something useful
Cheap Chinese smartphones are sending text messages back to the mainland
Dodgy mobes are also transmitting contacts and phone numbers
Commodore 64 recreationists delay 'The 64' as Spectrum Vega+ prepares to launch
You'll have to wait an (eight) bit longer
ZapBox: $30 'mixed reality' headset sets sights on Microsoft HoloLens
Google Cardboard look-a-like is 'first to make AR accessible to all'
Intel details Goldmont architecture that will power 14nm Apollo Lake processors
Microarchitecture will offer '30 per cent better CPU performance' compared with Silvermont
HP Z2 Mini: 'world's smallest workstation' takes aim at Apple's Mac Mini
Pint-sized PC is 90 per cent smaller than a traditional business-class tower
iPhones and iPads fail 'twice as much' as Android devices
And Apple's 'buggy' iOS 10 update is to blame
Another week of weird and wonderful Google news
Rumours claim event could see the launch of new iPads and MacBooks
There will now be just five bidders, Ofcom confirms
Why I just don't think we're ready for alternative realities at home