Uber set to sell $10bn stake to Softbank

November 13, 2017 4:49 am0 comments
Uber set to sell $10bn stake to Softbank

Uber has struck a deal that could lead to a huge investment by a consortium led by Japanese conglomerate Softbank and San Francisco group Dragoneer. The size of the potential investment has not been disclosed, but reports say it could be up to $ 10bn (£7.6bn). The ride-hailing company said […]

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Apple fixes iPhone letter 'i' bug

November 11, 2017 5:47 am0 comments
Apple fixes iPhone letter 'i' bug

Apple has addressed a glitch that caused some iPhones to unexpectedly start auto-correcting the letter “i” to a capital “A” and a question mark. The issue emerged when people updated their phones to version 11.1 of the iOS operating system. In a tweet, Apple said people could “fix it by […]

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Can a chatbot help you find love?

November 10, 2017 6:01 pm0 comments
Can a chatbot help you find love?

I’ve been nervously chatting to Lara on the dating platform Match.com for two minutes. She’s flattered me about my age (“so young!”) and she says she’s going to take care of me. I like her already – but Lara is not real. She – or rather, it – is a […]

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YouTube to restrict 'creepy' videos aimed at children, if flagged

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YouTube to restrict 'creepy' videos aimed at children, if flagged

YouTube is to restrict the availability of videos showing children’s characters in violent or sexual scenes if they are reported by viewers. Last week, a blog post by writer James Bridle highlighted how YouTube was still being swamped by bizarre and indecent videos aimed at children. The site says it […]

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Universities to be warned over false course adverts

November 9, 2017 6:33 pm0 comments
Universities to be warned over false course adverts

Universities are going to face a crackdown on how they advertise and market courses to attract students. With hundreds of thousands of sixth formers in the process of applying, universities are going to be warned by the advertising watchdog that they need to prove the accuracy of their claims. Earlier […]

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Harry Potter game is Pokemon Go creator's next trick

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Harry Potter game is Pokemon Go creator's next trick

The maker of Pokemon Go has revealed it is working on a Harry Potter-themed follow-up that will also include augmented reality features. Niantic said players would find and fight fantasy beasts in real-world neighbourhoods in the smartphone game, which has yet to get a release date. Pokemon Go reportedly had […]

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'Iron man' flight sets first world record

November 8, 2017 7:01 pm0 comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Richard Browning crossed a lake in Reading at more than 30mph. BBC News – Technology

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Facebook 'remembers' nude images to combat revenge porn

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Facebook 'remembers' nude images to combat revenge porn

Facebook is testing a system that allows users to message themselves their nude photos in an effort to combat so-called revenge porn. It will store a “fingerprint” of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by disgruntled ex-lovers. The trial is in Australia, where studies suggest one in […]

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Twitter to expand 280-character tweets

November 7, 2017 7:36 pm0 comments
Twitter to expand 280-character tweets

Twitter plans to increase the number of characters in tweets from 140 to 280 for the majority of users. The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can convey more information in a single character. The move follows a trial among a small […]

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Facebook's fake news experiment backfires

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Facebook's fake news experiment backfires

A Facebook test that promoted comments containing the word fake to the top of news feeds has been criticised by users. The trial, which Facebook says has now concluded, aimed to prioritise “comments that indicate disbelief”. It meant feeds from the BBC, the Economist, the New York Times and the […]

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