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Call for tech giants to face taxes over extremist content

Call for tech giants to face taxes over extremist content

Image copyright Reuters Internet companies should face a tax punishment for failing to deal with the threat of terrorism in the UK, security minister Ben Wallace has said. Mr Wallace said firms such as Facebook, Google and YouTube were too slow to remove radical content online, forcing the government to act instead. While tech firms […]

New Year Honours 2018: AI chief Demis Hassabis made CBE

New Year Honours 2018: AI chief Demis Hassabis made CBE

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DeepMind chief executive Demis Hassabis British artificial intelligence researcher Demis Hassabis has been recognised on the New Year Honours list. Mr Hassabis is chief executive of DeepMind, which has developed software that can beat human experts at the complex board game Go. He was made a Commander of the […]

US says Romanians hacked Washington DC police cameras

US says Romanians hacked Washington DC police cameras

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Washington police security was compromised by a computer hack in January US prosecutors have charged two Romanians with hacking Washington DC police computers linked to surveillance cameras just days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The pair are being held in Romania, having been arrested at Bucharest Otopeni airport on […]

Tim Cook required to fly only by private jet

Tim Cook required to fly only by private jet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple requires its chief executive Tim Cook to use only private jets for personal safety Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has been ordered by the firm to use only private jets for both business and personal transport. In documents filed with the US markets regulator, Apple said the policy […]

Edward Snowden's Haven app 'catches spies'

Edward Snowden's Haven app 'catches spies'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Edward Snowden has lived in exile in Russia since 2013 and does not carry a mobile phone US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has helped create an Android app designed to protect the possessions of journalists and human rights defenders. The software uses sensors – including a phone’s camera, microphone, gyroscope […]

Eric Schmidt steps down as boss of Google owner

Eric Schmidt steps down as boss of Google owner

Image copyright Getty Images The executive chairman of Google owner Alphabet is to step down in January, the company has announced. Eric Schmidt, who has been with the tech giant since 2001, will remain on the board as a technical adviser on science and technology issues. Mr Schmidt has played a key role in the […]

Apple faces lawsuits over slowed iPhones

Apple faces lawsuits over slowed iPhones

Image copyright Getty Images Two class action lawsuits have been launched against Apple in the US following the tech giant’s admission that it slows down older models of the iPhone as they age. Apple has said that it did this to “prolong the life” of the devices and maximise diminishing battery power. The lawsuits were […]

Reindeer hunted by wolverines get safety app

Reindeer hunted by wolverines get safety app

Image copyright Actility Image caption Reindeer herding is big business in Lapland Reindeer, who fall prey to wolverines, wolves and lynx, are being fitted with sensors to protect them. It makes it easier for herders to track the animals across the remote Lapland forests where they roam. Sensors around the necks of the female reindeer […]

Boris Johnson says UK wants better relations with Russia

Boris Johnson says UK wants better relations with Russia

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson says poor UK relations with Russia a tragedy Boris Johnson says the UK’s relations with Russia are “not on a good footing” but he wants them to improve, after talks in Moscow. Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov accused the UK of making “insulting” statements ahead […]

Bitcoin slump sees trades suspended on certain exchanges

Bitcoin slump sees trades suspended on certain exchanges

Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin plunged on Friday, extending a fall that saw the crypto-currency lose more than a third of its value from a record of nearly $20,000 (£15,000). The crypto-currency’s price dipped below $11,000 on Friday, according to the Coindesk exchange website, before recovering to about $12,000. Amid the swing, three Bitcoin-related exchanges […]