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Weekly Briefing: 30 November - 7 December 2018

Seven-year-old tops list of highest paid YouTubers of 2018

Forbes has revealed that the highest paid YouTube influencer of 2018 is seven-year-old Ryan from the channel RyanToysReview earning a total of £17.3m, according to The Guardian. The seven-year-old, whose parents film him reviewing popular toys, has more than 17m subscribers on the video-sharing platform and his videos have amassed a total of 26bn views.

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Software flaw leaves VTech children's tablets wide open to hackers

Children’s tablet manufacturer Vtech has a flaw in its software which allows hackers to take total control of the devices and snoop on users, according to an investigation headed by the BBC. The Chinese tech manufacturer have issued a fix following the investigation and is encouraging parents to apply it as soon as possible.

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Special needs pupils "missing out on vital support" according to Ofsted

Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman has said that thousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are missing out on vital support, according to The Guardian. In a new report it was discovered that some schools had illegally moved students with SEND as they are perceived as difficult to teach and could bring down average GCSE results.

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Millions of Quora users affected by data breach

The information-sharing website Quora has suffered a major data breach, leaving the personal information of more than 100m users’ names, email addresses and direct messages exposed, according to The Telegraph. Quora has notified law enforcement and is in the process of logging out all users and notifying the ones who have been affected by the breach.

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Loot boxes to blame for resurgence of problem gambling in teens

‘Research suggests that loot boxes within video games could be a prime contributing factor to the increase in problem gambling among teenagers.’ Dr Mark Griffiths looks into how problem gambling among teens has grown over the past couple of years, after being at an all-time-low in 2016, and how skin gambling and loot boxes might be involved in the resurgence of the worrying trend.

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