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Gmail to end ad-targeting email scans

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:37:39 GMT

Privacy groups cautiously welcome Google's pledge to end scans of Gmail messages to personalise ads.

Player protests force change on GTA V mod kit

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:37:17 GMT

Complaints, negative reviews, and petitions make GTA's publisher end legal action over a popular game add-on

Russia targets Telegram app after St Petersburg bombing

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:46:57 GMT

A suicide bomber who killed 15 people in St Petersburg used the messaging app, officials say.

Hyperlane: A special lane for self-driving vehicles

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:08:58 GMT

A US company is proposing special lanes on roads purely for self-driving vehicles.

Parliament cyber-attack 'hit up to 90 users'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:01:43 GMT

Fewer than 1% of 9,000 parliamentary accounts were affected, says the House of Commons.

Ohio sites hacked with IS message

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:53:12 GMT

Governor John Kasich's site is one of those attacked, posting a threat to President Donald Trump.

Tech Tent: Uber at a crossroads

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:10:33 GMT

On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we explore the stunning resignation of Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick.

Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:52:13 GMT

A weakness in some Virgin Media routers also affects routers by other providers, experts warn.

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:10:15 GMT

An update to Snapchat lets people search for schools and see pictures posted by children inside.

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:59:27 GMT

Move is a response to UK government criticism that the firm doesn't do enough to curb online hate.

Could XPrize tablets replace teachers in Tanzania?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:26:23 GMT

Teams around the world are competing to develop tablet software to replace a teacher in developing countries.

WannaCry helps speeding drivers dodge fines in Australia

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:09:38 GMT

Australian police cancelled hundreds of speeding fines after noting their systems were infected.

Virgin Media urges password change over hacking risk

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:12:44 GMT

The company tells 800,000 customers with Super Hub 2 routers to change their passwords immediately.

Google scrubs medical records from search

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:52:39 GMT

Confidential data about medical conditions and tests will no longer appear in search results.

Siri storm caused by economist's comments

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:38:24 GMT

He apologises for causing any offence after saying he finds a male voice more trustworthy on Siri.

Yahoo closes internet prodigy's news app

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:13:33 GMT

Three years after its high-profile launch, Nick D'Aloisio's News Digest app is being shut down.

UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:45:14 GMT

Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service during the morning commute.

Mexican president denies spying on journalists, lawyers and activists

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:22:08 GMT

Enrique Peña Nieto says his government did not use spyware against journalists, lawyers and activists.

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:18:59 GMT

The private instant messaging app is surging in popularity as a way to share and discuss the news.

Sega debuts free classic games on mobiles

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:48:13 GMT

Launch sees five titles made available but more will appear every fortnight.

Amazon accuses Walmart of bullying in cloud computing clash

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:34:51 GMT

Clash follows reports of Walmart asking IT suppliers not to use Amazon's cloud computing service.

Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:18:05 GMT

The popular Instagram figure was struck in the chest and died of a heart attack, French media say.

Sheryl Sandberg: Tools like Facebook 'used for evil and good'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:09:16 GMT

How Facebook's new initiative plans to tackle extremist and hate speech online.

How safe is your internet router?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:50:30 GMT

Virgin Media is warning its customers to change the password on their internet routers. A Which? investigation found its Super Hub 2 router is vulnerable to hackers.

Super Mario fan makes augmented reality game

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:52:24 GMT

Abhishek Singh was testing out the Microsoft Hololens headset when he came up with the idea.

Google Glass announces update and other tech news

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:28:33 GMT

BBC Click's Kathleen Hawkins looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories

Indian teen celebrates as Nasa sends satellite to space

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:59:33 GMT

The tiny satellite was designed by Rifath Sharrook, 18, and manufactured using a 3-D printer.

Aadhar: Why is India's biometric scheme so controversial?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:17:53 GMT

More than a billion biometric cards have been issued, but the scheme is deeply controversial.

How to unlock Harry Potter Easter eggs on social media

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:03:34 GMT

It's 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone came out.

UK's first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:55:05 GMT

Clinical trials are due to begin in late 2018 with the aim of a full rollout two years later.

DIY retro games console teaches kids about electronics.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:19:50 GMT

Crowdfunded Makerbuino lets children build their own handheld games consoles.

Man asks Twitch users to pick shares for $50,000 portfolio

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:23:44 GMT

Twitch viewers can vote on stocks and those with the most votes are automatically purchased.

10-year-old app maker's plan: Change world, become turtle

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:00:53 GMT

Yuma Soerianto, a 10-year-old app developer from Melbourne, Australia, was the youngest attendee at Apple's developers' conference this week.

Google's Street View cars track air pollution and other news

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:17:20 GMT

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

'I lost my eye'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:15:35 GMT

About two billion people have no insurance, but "pay-by-mobile" policies are growing in popularity.

Energy revolution

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:06:49 GMT

China consumes more electricity than any other country but is also the world's biggest solar energy producer.

Grand theft auto

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:18:16 GMT

Connected cars are becoming the norm, but how secure are they and how safe is our personal data?

Nerve centre

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:08:01 GMT

New Minority Report-style "nerve centres" combine data and predictive policing after massive increase in homicides.

Gaming gift

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:18:59 GMT

From Spacewar! to Pokemon Go, video games have created jobs, made money and driven technology forward.

Home hijack

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:01:15 GMT

A security weakness in Gary Berman's home network may have lost him a $400,000 contract.

Coffee-powered buses

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:15:18 GMT

How can cities improve air quality with cleaner fuels?

E3 2017: Nightmares come alive in VR hospital

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:37:30 GMT

Dave Lee checks in to a virtual reality psychiatric hospital, in a new video game.

Blind gamer is trying to make gaming accessible to all

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:32:25 GMT

Blind gamer takes on the biggest games developers to make gaming accessible to all.

E3 2017: Hands-on with Super Mario Odyssey

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:45:02 GMT

Nintendo hopes a new Super Mario game will keep up the momentum of its new Switch console.

E3: First look at Xbox One X

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 22:51:38 GMT

The BBC was given the first look at the Xbox One X - a souped-up version of Microsoft's latest console.