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Craigslist drops dating ads after new law

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:37:34 GMT

The site said keeping its "personals" section open in the US was too much of a risk.

KeepVid scraps YouTube-ripping function in favour of legal approach

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:11:25 GMT

A popular video-downloading site has unexpectedly turned into a copyright advocacy page.

DeepMind explores inner workings of AI

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:01:48 GMT

Research throws light on how a general AI that can adapt and understand new situations might work.

Cambridge Analytica taken to court over data storage

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:39:26 GMT

A US professor wants the company to hand over all the data it has on him and explain exactly how it got it.

Reddit: Guns, beer and tobacco transactions now banned

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:21:32 GMT

At least 38 communities have been banned as Reddit distances itself from transactions of illicit goods.

PornHub greets bloggers after YouTube gun ban introduced

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:10:17 GMT

The video-sharing site has banned videos that show people how to manufacture or modify guns.

Facebook data - do we get what we deserve?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:11:13 GMT

Who is at fault over the Facebook data row - did people hand over too much information too easily?

Uber self-driving crash: Footage shows moment before impact

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:23:34 GMT

Police release footage of the moments leading up to a crash involving a self-driving car in Arizona.

Teenager hacks crypto-currency wallet

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:38:14 GMT

Firm disputes significance after a 15-year-old hacks into a hardware wallet used to securely store crypto-currency.

Facebook 'lost sight' of data accessed by apps, insider tells MPs

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:37:22 GMT

Sandy Parakilas tells MPs the site did not have adequate ways of detecting data misuse by app developers.

'Child porn links could make Bitcoin blockchain illegal'

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:41:04 GMT

Hundreds of links to child sexual abuse imagery could make using Bitcoin's blockchain illegal, a study says.

Is leaving Facebook the only way to protect your data?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:49:43 GMT

What can users do to gain back control of their data or limit how much is shared?

Technology giants face European 'digital tax' blow

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:34:14 GMT

Firms such as Facebook and Google may be forced to pay 3% of their EU digital revenues.

India takes down local website of Cambridge Analytica

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:24:52 GMT

The company counts both of India's major political parties among its clients.

Female politicians speak out over Twitter abuse

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:24:08 GMT

Prominent female politicians back calls for Twitter to clamp down on abuse against women.

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook row firm boss suspended

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:45:36 GMT

Alexander Nix appeared to suggest tactics his company could use to discredit politicians online.

Surgeon David Nott: Hack led to Syria air strike

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:25:51 GMT

David Nott had helped Syrian surgeons via the internet - weeks later, their hospital was destroyed.

What does the future hold for humanoid robots?

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:43:01 GMT

Machines that can fully mimic natural body movements are still a long way off, says Will Jackson.

5G auction bidding starts in UK

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:08:57 GMT

The process to sell off more airwaves to provide bandwidth for future mobile services begins in the UK.

WhatsApp co-founder says it is time to delete Facebook

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:15:10 GMT

WhatsApp co-founder joins #DeleteFacebook movement after Cambridge Analytica accusations.

Should social media stars face tougher advertising rules?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:00:24 GMT

The regulator says social media stars are still not clearly labelling advertising in posts.

Facebook under fire in escalating data row

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:26:58 GMT

Politicians are heaping criticism on Facebook over the way data on 50 million users was grabbed

Uber halts self-driving car tests after death

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:35:51 GMT

A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona.

BBC wants to keep FM radio for longer

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:37:32 GMT

The corporation says it is too soon to consider a complete switchover to digital radio.

School bomb threats: Disgruntled Minecraft gamer 'behind hoax'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:40:12 GMT

Hundreds of schools in England were sent an email saying a bomb would be detonated on their grounds.

UK tech giant Micro Focus plunges in value as shares crash

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:48:43 GMT

Shares in Micro Focus, the UK's biggest technology firm, crash after warning on lower revenues.

Robots and automation: How Africa is at risk

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:33:54 GMT

A report warns of the threat posed by automation to Africa - but says there is time to prepare.

What does your knee sound like inside?

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:39:02 GMT

A team at the Georgia Institute of Technology is developing a stethoscope for your knees.

Can kids hold pens in the digital age?

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:21:29 GMT

Are the fine motor skills necessary to hold a pencil still needed in an age when toddlers swipe?

Biohacker fined for travel card implant

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:55 GMT

Australian biohacker fined for fare evasion despite having his travel card inside his hand.

Camelot warns of 'low level' National Lottery hack

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:22:16 GMT

Customers should change their passwords as a precaution, the National Lottery owner says.

London wheelchair travellers get Google Maps help

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:46:35 GMT

Users will be able to filter for "wheelchair accessible" advice when planning journeys in the capital.

Virtual cash helps cyber-thieves launder money, research suggests

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:21:48 GMT

Virtual cash and digital payment systems are becoming embedded in cyber-crime, suggests research.

US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:27:07 GMT

The moves are an attempt to stop "nefarious attacks emanating from Russia", officials say.

Currys PC World apologises for extra charges on laptops

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:46:26 GMT

Customers report being charged up to £40 more for laptops than the online advertised price.

Omega Labyrinth Z anime game banned in the UK

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:40:15 GMT

A PlayStation game which "promotes the sexualisation of children" is banned in the UK.

Rihanna: Snapchat guilty of 'shaming' domestic violence victims

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:54:02 GMT

The singer says Snapchat "let us down" over an advert that asked users if they would slap her.

The smart dress with a 'sixth sense'

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:55:25 GMT

Exploring how new creative software, tools, and electronics can be used for fashion design.

Burger-flipping robot begins first shift

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:36:35 GMT

Flippy can handle 12 burgers at once, and is destined to replace human fast-food workers.

Haier smartwatch has a built-in projector at MWC 2018

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:09:39 GMT

China's Haier reveals a smartwatch that turns the back of the wearer's hand into a display.

Samsung Galaxy S9 gets super slow-mo and AR emojis

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 17:04:24 GMT

The flagship phone uses AI to slow down key moments of action and turns its owner into an emoji.

Man dies after trapping head at Birmingham cinema

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:17:39 GMT

He reportedly went into cardiac arrest after he became wedged under an electronic footrest.

Robot Wars has been axed by the BBC again

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:39:06 GMT

The series has been scrapped by the BBC to make room for new shows.

Human-eye VR

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:16:44 GMT

VR has suffered from an image problem, so could very high resolution headsets be the answer?

Robot wrangler

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:48:21 GMT

As we build more robots, more people will be needed to manage them, and they may not all be advanced engineers.

Test tube meat

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:05:17 GMT

The sci-fi food of the future could change the way we eat forever, and it is going to be up to food designers to convince us it's not just an acquired taste.

Catching cyber-crooks

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:13:07 GMT

If you want a job that rides the wave of the future, get hired by a firm that combats cyber-threats, says the BBC's Mark Ward.

Tapping or talking

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:18:08 GMT

The spoken web is becoming more established in the home. But will it catch on elsewhere?

Adapt or die

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:01:30 GMT

In the first of our Future of Work series, we look at how new tech could change our working lives.

'Ambulance to the future'

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:15:30 GMT

Freezing the deceased in the hope of one day reviving them could become a mainstream service, advocates say.

Remote shoppers

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:11:54 GMT

Up to a million people are employed around the world as professional shoppers for clients in China.

Rotten ideas

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:21:21 GMT

As the fight against plastic pollution gains momentum, firms are tackling the issue in different ways.

Fail harder

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:28:17 GMT

Talking about failure is taboo in Germany, and it could be holding business back.

Smart speakers tested

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 01:17:24 GMT

How do Alexa, Siri and Google Home measure up - and which is the best smart speaker for you?

Model citizens

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:21:21 GMT

China's tech transformation proceeds apace, but with it comes more digital monitoring and control.

AI meets robotics

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 01:39:03 GMT

Researchers in Texas aim to create robots that can cope with our messy world.

Fly drive

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:02:51 GMT

Since cars were invented, people have dreamed about making them fly. So why haven't they taken off?

Obituary: Trevor Baylis

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:06:59 GMT

Inventor whose wind-up radio played a vital role in the battle against Aids in Africa

Power up

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:15:29 GMT

A breakthrough in materials technology could see fast-charging supercapacitors rival lithium-ion batteries.

Aubrey de Grey: Treating ageing as a curable disease

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:15:27 GMT

The scientist aims to develop therapies to repair damage at the molecular and cellular level.

NanoMap: How uncertainty helps this drone fly

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:26:15 GMT

MIT CSAIL's NanoMap system enables drones to avoid obstacles while flying at 20 mph (32km/h)

Visual effects behind Thor: Ragnarok

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:07:47 GMT

Click talks to Alexis Wajsbrot, the visual effects supervisor for Thor: Ragnarok.

The British Library's race to save old audio recordings

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:16:07 GMT

The recordings are on more than 40 different formats and some are degrading due to decay.

The smart robot arm for work in space and other news

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:46:15 GMT

BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best technology stories of the week.

How DNA can be used to store computer data

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:28:12 GMT

British scientists think DNA could be used to solve a global problem - where to store all our data.

Data collection fears after Cambridge Analytica claims

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:08:02 GMT

Political data-mining found its feet with the Obama campaign in 2008 and kept growing with Clinton, Trump and Brexit campaigns says Jamie Bartlett,

Meet SoFi - the soft robot fish developed by MIT

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:18:48 GMT

Scientists hope a robotic fish will guide aquatic life and help clean up pollution in the ocean.

Facebook data: What the social media giant knows about you

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:35:29 GMT

Downloading your Facebook data is dead easy - and very revealing, as Newsbeat's De'Graft Mensah found out.

Cambridge Analytica: What we know so far

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:28:56 GMT

How the row over Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook data unfolded.