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Uber drama fails to hurt its business, figures suggest

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Sexual harassment, an overthrown chief executive, bitter boardroom in-fighting and a major lawsuit have not affected Uber’s business. Quite the opposite. Figures published by news website Axios (which the BBC has confirmed are accurate) show the ride-sharing company’s revenues are increasing, its losses are narrowing, and global bookings are up 150% on this time last year. It means the most talked-about company ...

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Email prank ‘tricks’ Breitbart editors

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A British “prankster” has said editors at right-wing news website Breitbart replied to spoof emails purporting to come from Trump adviser Steve Bannon. The prankster shared emails in which staff discussed doing “dirty work” against US President Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner. Mr Bannon has returned to Breitbart after being fired from the White House. “I don’t ...

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Crypto-cash investors duped in funding scam

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Cyber-thieves are believed to have stolen about $500,000 (£390,000) in the Ethereum crypto-currency, with an investment scam. The thieves hijacked the website of finance security start-up Enigma and posted messages saying it was about to launch its own currency. Many people keen to cash in transferred ethereum to the thieves’ account. In response, Enigma shut down its website and adopted ...

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China relaunches world’s fastest train

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China’s fleet of high-speed trains is set once again to become the world’s fastest. The top speed of the Fuxing or “rejuvenation” bullet trains was capped at 300km/h (186mph) in 2011 following two crashes that killed 40 people. From next week, some of the trains will once again be allowed to run at a higher speed of about 350 km/h. ...

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Samsung’s Bixby rolled out in 200 countries

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Samsung’s voice-controlled digital assistant Bixby is being rolled out in 200 countries from today. It is Samsung’s equivalent of Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant – which is pre-installed already in Samsung phones as they run the Android operating system. Bixby will initially be available in only two languages – US English and South Korean. The launch had been delayed since ...

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Nigerians can now view YouTube offline

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Google boss Sundar Pichai joined members of his executive team on his first visit to Nigeria as the company announced a series of products for the country, including YouTube Go, a platform where users with slow Internet can preview and save videos. YouTube users in the country can now download any video in a range of different resolutions so that they can watch ...

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Google releases latest android version, Oreo

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Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (OS), which is named after Oreo chocolate biscuits. It adds a new “picture-in-picture” mode that lets some apps run in a small corner of the screen. Google’s own Nexus and Pixel phones are expected to be the first to receive the software update. New versions of Android can ...

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AI experts warn of killer robots

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More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of “killer robots”. In a letter to the organisation, artificial intelligence (AI) leaders, including billionaire Elon Musk, warn of “a third revolution in warfare”. The letter says “lethal autonomous” technology is a “Pandora’s box”, adding that time is of the ...

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Google can now erase watermarks from stock photos

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Professional photographers and just about anybody who enjoys taking pictures should know the importance of watermarking their work. It’s a safe and easy way to make sure your pictures aren’t being used carelessly all over the internet. Artists, in general, prefer to receive payment for their work if someone wants to use it for themselves. Unfortunately, it looks like a team ...

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Chinese ‘cyber-court’ launched for online cases

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China has launched a digital “cyber-court” to help deal with a rise in the number of internet-related claims, according to state media. The Hangzhou Internet Court opened on Friday and heard its first case – a copyright infringement dispute between an online writer and a web company. Legal agents in Hangzhou and Beijing accessed the court via their computers and ...

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