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UK consumer information organisation Which? warned of security vulnerabilities in the Furby Connect toy.

Smart toys such as Furby Connect and My Friend Cayla have been making headlines over the past few years but for all the wrong reasons. UK consumer inf(...)

Paper and packaging group Smurfit Kappa, due to update the market next week, was a key performer, adding 3.2 per cent to €27.30.

European shares finished higher in the final session of the week as some strong earnings helped overturn slippage from earlier in the session, althoug(...)

The Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play sleeper which has been recalled. Photograph: US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Fisher-Price has recalled all of its 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play sleepers, days after a group of pediatricians urged its parent company, Mattel, to stop(...)

Mattel shares dropped 3.3%  – company said demand for its iconic Barbie doll was slowing.

European shares dipped on Tuesday as a disappointing update from HSBC hit the heavyweight banking sector and a rally fuelled by optimism about a possi(...)

SuperAwesome founder and chief executive Dylan Collins. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

SuperAwesome, the London-based “kid tech” company established by Irish tech entrepreneur Dylan Collins, has raised a further $13 million (€11.5 millio(...)

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

European stocks slipped again on Friday and put an end to five straight weeks of gains as fears about an economic slowdown in the euro zone and a pote(...)

Barbie dolls are have been manufactured by Mattel since 1959. These days, dolls, action figures and miniature cars are competing for the attention of children, who are spending hours a day playing online games

Beekeeper Barbie was lonely. On a rainy Sunday afternoon in December, the foot-tall plastic doll stood on a store shelf, perfect smile frozen in place(...)

Disney’s Ariel dolls: the Wah Tung factory in Heyuan, where staff said they worked 175 hours of overtime in one month. Photograph: China Labor Watch

She sings. She sparkles. And she’s made by women paid just 1c for each doll that shimmers off shop shelves. This Christmas, tens of thousands of chil(...)

Star Wars action figures. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/ AFP/ Getty Images

A wonderful archive clip of the late Barry Norman reviewing the original Star Wars on the BBC’s Film 77 leaves no doubt as to his opinion on a certain(...)

Dylan Collins says laws such as the children’s online privacy protection Act (COPPA) in the US and its European cousin GDPR-K, which both legally prevent data capture on kids, are triggering a seismic structural change in the internet

Future generations will look back in astonishment at the lackadaisical attitude shown towards protecting children’s privacy online in recent years, ac(...)

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