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Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:53:25 GMT - A businessman fighting for the "right to be forgotten" wins a UK High Court action against Google.

TED 2018: The smart home that spied on its owner
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 02:02:12 GMT - Kashmir Hill filled her home with gadgets to see how much data they would slurp up.

TED 2018: Alphabet firm's tools to combat extremism
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 21:15:52 GMT - Google, which faces scrutiny over extremist and hateful content, is developing tools to counter it.

Russia to block Telegram app over encryption
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:37:10 GMT - A court approves the media regulator's request after the app refuses to hand over encryption keys.

Donkey Kong champion loses title for 'using emulator'
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:44:42 GMT - The game's world record is invalidated after claims Billy Mitchell did not use an original machine.

Tesla 'removed' from fatal car crash probe
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:17:52 GMT - The US National Transportation Safety Board says Tesla "released investigative information".

Facebook 'too slow to deal with hack', says singer
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:59:22 GMT - Philippa Hanna's account was taken over by a hacker, apparently in Turkey, and it took days to get it back.

TED 2018: Fake Obama video creator defends invention
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:11:03 GMT - The maker of a photo-realistic video of the ex-president faces claims his tech could spark a crisis.

What Remains of Edith Finch wins Bafta's top games award
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:10:14 GMT - What Remains of Edith Finch scores an upset by beating Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice at the Baftas.

Chinese man caught by facial recognition at pop concert
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:54:05 GMT - The suspect was caught by facial recognition technology at a pop concert, which he regrets attending.

Battle Royale: Fortnite hit by server outage
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:31:31 GMT - The game's Battle Royale last survivor mode had been inaccessible for nearly a day.

UK launched cyber-attack on Islamic State
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:02:25 GMT - The attack suppressed IS propaganda and hindered their ability to plan attacks, GCHQ says.

TED 2018: Technology reveals fear and other emotions
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:37:46 GMT - Attendees of the latest TED talks learn how their hidden emotional states can be spied on.

Racism allowed on Reddit, says chief
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:50:21 GMT - Steve Huffman has been accused of supporting racism in his commitment to free speech.

Children's Commissioner criticises Amazon over Child Sex Dolls
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:24:58 GMT - The Children's Commissioner has criticised Amazon over child sex dolls being sold on its website.

Warranty void stickers 'not valid' in US, says FTC
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:20:11 GMT - The regulator says "warranty void if removed" stickers are deceptive and likely to be illegal.

Facebook's Zuckerberg says his data was harvested
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:19:59 GMT - The chief executive also tells Congress that Facebook may take action against Cambridge University.

Facebook and Google need ad-free options says Jaron Lanier
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:27:14 GMT - Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier says the tech firms should offer an alternative to ads.

Rolls-Royce and Boeing invest in UK space engine
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:25:40 GMT - Boeing and Rolls-Royce are investing in the UK company developing a revolutionary propulsion system.

Amazon patents 'voice-sniffing' algorithms
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:25:43 GMT - The company has designed a system that can analyse conversations to target advertising at customers.

TED 2018: Ukrainian journalist fights fake news
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:43:58 GMT - A TED talk by a Ukrainian journalist describes efforts to combat Russian propaganda.

Great Western Railway accounts breached
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:28:11 GMT - The firm has reset all customer accounts after discovering about 1,000 had been illegally accessed.

Zuckerberg: Facebook is in 'arms race' with Russia
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 02:04:39 GMT - Mark Zuckerberg tells US Congress his firm is struggling to get ahead of Russian manipulation.

Russian trolls posted fake Clinton porn
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:40:06 GMT - Reddit bans hundreds of fake accounts run by Russian internet trolls.

Amber Rudd earmarks £9m to fight 'dark web' criminals
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 02:13:55 GMT - The home secretary pledges to crack down on the 'platform of dangerous crimes and horrific abuse'.

Facebook: Cambridge Analytica data had private messages
Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:05:01 GMT - Facebook says about 1,500 users who installed a data-harvesting app gave it access to their inboxes.

US revenge porn victim gets $6.4m damage award
Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:12:18 GMT - The substantial damages cover emotional distress, stalking and physical harm done to the victim.

What Remains of Edith Finch team speechless at Bafta win
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:35:01 GMT - The makers of What Remains of Edith Finch had not expected to take home the Best Game prize.

Nintendo celebrates Bafta hat trick
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:39:35 GMT - Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi says he is "very happy" with the company's success at the Baftas.

Hellblade: Our big risk paid off with five Bafta wins
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:59:11 GMT - Making a video game about mental health was worth the risk, says its creator.

Tim Schafer: My games suffered 'bit rot'
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:26:01 GMT - The award-winning games designer says many of his classics became unplayable on modern machines.

YouTube star prompts conversation about social anxiety
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:46:22 GMT - It's like 'falling down the rabbit hole of endless what ifs' says one sufferer in a candid online debate

Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg and US senators inspire endless memes
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 06:54:42 GMT - Mark Zuckerberg's appearance in front of US senators entertains Twitter.

Coffee trends
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 20:48:59 GMT - Coffee in five charts: How coffee drinking varies around the world.

Bug hunters
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:00:25 GMT - Big rewards are available for hackers who can spot when websites have got their coding wrong.

'600 apps had my data'
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 23:05:09 GMT - Data harvesting is a multi-billion dollar industry privacy campaigners believe is far too opaque.

Flying whales
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:14:30 GMT - Airbus's huge new super-transporter plane can carry two passenger jet wings instead of one.

Giants of the seas
Mon, 02 Apr 2018 23:08:16 GMT - Wind power capacity is growing thanks to giant offshore turbines, but can they get much bigger?

Where on earth...?
Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:07:05 GMT - Many countries still have no functioning address system. Is digital mapping the answer?

'Artpreneurs' are go!
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:02:30 GMT - Artists selling their works direct online are giving galleries and auction houses food for thought.

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?

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.

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 design tricks that get you hooked on your phone
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:49:06 GMT - Ever wondered why you are always checking your phone? The BBC's James Reevell explains.

Girl gamers told to 'get back in the kitchen'
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:48:33 GMT - Women at the London Games Festival talk about the abuse they've received from men.

Bafta Games Awards: Who won on gaming's big night?
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 01:45:27 GMT - A total of 45 games were nominated at Thursday night's Bafta Games Awards in London.

'Robotic' surgeon at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:41:20 GMT - The technology means patients' stays are shorter due to the precision of the surgery.

The never-ending VR escalator journey and other news
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:09:44 GMT - BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

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Tech News (Reuters)

Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users
Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:03:43 -0400 - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Concern about Facebook Inc's respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world's largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not.

Musk insists Tesla does not need more capital, predicts profit soon
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 02:15:32 -0400 - (Reuters) - Tesla Inc will be profitable in the third and fourth quarters of this year and will not have to raise any money from investors, billionaire Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Friday, driving shares in the electric carmaker higher.

UK could launch retaliatory cyber attack on Russia if infrastructure targeted: Sunday Times
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:04:46 -0400 - LONDON (Reuters) - Britain would consider launching a cyber attack against Russia in retaliation if Russia targeted British national infrastructure, the Sunday Times reported, citing unnamed security sources.

'Gold rush' for Wi-Fi on board planes spurs innovation
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:39:49 -0400 - HAMBURG (Reuters) - Satellite technology to provide Wi-Fi on board planes has matured to a point where more and more airlines are looking to use it, triggering a "gold rush" among suppliers.

Russia to ban Telegram messenger over encryption dispute
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:04:39 -0400 - MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service be blocked in Russia, heralding possible communication disruption for millions of users in the latest clash between global technology firms and Russian authorities.

Trade war or not, China is closing the gap on U.S. in technology IP race
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:33:52 -0400 - HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property and the struggle to be the No.1 global technology power, according to patent experts.

Singapore watchdog sets interim measures for Uber-Grab deal
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 05:46:01 -0400 - SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's competition watchdog on Friday outlined a set of interim measures for ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber Technologies to ensure an open market as it continued its investigation into their merger in the city-state.

Singapore to test facial recognition on lampposts, stoking privacy fears
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 03:29:25 -0400 - SINGAPORE (Reuters) - In the not too distant future, surveillance cameras sitting atop over 100,000 lampposts in Singapore could help authorities pick out and recognize faces in crowds across the island-state.

Microsoft auditing partner KPMG's anti-piracy work in India after complaint: documents
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:46:16 -0400 - NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is investigating the methods partner KPMG uses to crack down on the illegal use of its software in India, after a complaint from a senior member of the country's ruling political party, documents seen by Reuters showed.

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ULA Atlas V rocket launched payloads for U.S. Air Force
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:28:38 -0400 - The United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket successfully launched a pair of payloads for the U.S. Air Force on Saturday night.

ESA's Mars Express finds possible supervolcano remnant
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:48:44 -0400 - ESA's Mars Express has photographed a unique and mysterious geologic structure on the Martian surface.

Hubble captures glow of giant galaxy cluster
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:43:27 -0400 - A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope showcases a massive galaxy cluster, a web of thousands of galaxies tied together by the tug of gravity.

More frequent droughts mean fewer flowers for bees
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:40:02 -0400 - As the planet warms and droughts grow longer and more frequent, as predicted by climate scientists, bees are likely to find fewer flowers to get nectar.

Sweet potatoes came to Polynesia before humans did, study suggests
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:29:14 -0400 - The sweet potato made its way to Polynesia without human assistance, new research suggests, colonizing the islands prior to the arrival of the first humans.

NASA's mini ASTERIA CubeSat to study exoplanets
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:05:13 -0400 - NASA's ASTERIA mini satellite has proven itself capable of recording images of objects as they transit across the face of nearby Sun-like stars.

To woo females, diving Costa's hummingbirds 'sing' with their tail feathers
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:11:53 -0400 - In a new study, scientists found male Costa's hummingbirds aim their dives to the sides of females in order to minimize the Doppler effect.

Eroding mountains are leaching CO2 into the atmosphere
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:54:15 -0400 - Eroding mountains can leach carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere, new research shows.

Study pinpoints type of gene regulation essential to evolution
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:38:27 -0400 - Researchers at the Santa Fe Institute believe they've identified the kind of gene regulation most likely to produce evolutionary change.

NASA offers 4K tour of the moon
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:07:32 -0400 - NASA has updated the video tour of the moon first created by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2011.

Gulf Stream is weakest its been in 1,600 years, study says
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:26:36 -0400 - The Gulf Stream has been slowing down since the middle of the 17th century, new research suggests, and is now at its weakest point in 1,600 years.

Formation of Giant's Causeway, Devils Postpile explained in new study
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:56:00 -0400 - Scientists have identified the temperature at which cooling magma breaks into the geometric columns that form Giant's Causeway and Devils Postpile.

Scientists identify color of ancient fossilized butterfly
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:12:20 -0400 - Scientists have determined the color of an ancient butterfly wing. It's the first time scientists have identified the color of a 200-million-year-old insect.

Infants recognize links between vocal, facial cues
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:08:19 -0400 - In the first six months of life, babies can draw correlations between visual and vocal cues.

Solar Dynamics Observatory serves up the sun, three ways
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:25:36 -0400 - NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is capable of imaging the sun in a wide range of frequencies.

SPHERE offers sampling of disk diversity surrounding nearby, young stars
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:53:51 -0400 - New images by the Very Large Telescope's SPHERE instrument has offered astronomers a sampling of dusty disks found around young stars in the nearby universe.

'Cosmic gorilla effect' could distract humans from detecting aliens
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:53:41 -0400 - New research suggests our ability to spot extraterrestrial life -- should it exist -- is influenced by our own neurophysiology, psychology and consciousness.

Migrating birds avoid tropical diseases
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:48:07 -0400 - By migrating out of the tropics and back to Europe to mate and raise their young, many birds species avoid having to deploy a hefty immune system.

NASA's newest planet-hunter, TESS, to survey entire night sky
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:25:58 -0400 - With the crippled Kepler almost out of fuel, NASA is preparing the launch of its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS.

Scientists study the brains of bats while they fly
Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:09:31 -0400 - Scientists at Johns Hopkins University have successfully recorded the brain activity of free flying bats.

Marine heatwaves are getting hotter, longer and more frequent
Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:36:24 -0400 - New research suggests marine heatwaves are getting longer and hotter -- and are happening more frequently.

NASA sends sperm into space for human reproduction study
Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:31:13 -0400 - To find out if human conception could happen in space, NASA shipped vials of frozen bull and human sperm samples to the International Space Station.

Trace Gas Orbiter reaches stable Mars orbit, ready to start science mission
Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:37:29 -0400 - After a year of aerobraking, the Trace Gas Orbiter has finally reached a stable orbit around Mars and will soon commence with its science mission.

Florida's cities are experiencing shorter, more intense wet seasons
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:16:16 -0400 - The wet season in Florida's cities are getting shorter and more intense compared to the sunshine state's more rural areas," researcher Vasu Misra said.

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