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Tech firms to remove extremist posts within hours
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:21:20 GMT - Firms such as Facebook and Twitter have agreed to do more to remove extremist content within hours of it being posted.

Bitcoin boom prompts growth of coin-mining malware
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:18:06 GMT - The coin-mining software can grab processor power and drain phone batteries quickly, warn security firms

Middlesbrough modified Kodi box trader gets suspended jail term
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:31:09 GMT - Brian Thompson had planned to argue the law in connection with the boxes was a "grey area".

Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:03:47 GMT - The UK government said the firms needed to inform customers when they had paid for their handsets.

Players ‘applaud’ Xi Jinping in Tencent game
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:40:44 GMT - The game, which celebrates the Communist Party Congress, lets users "clap" Xi Jinping by tapping their phone screen

How games firm made Destiny 2
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:24:18 GMT - Newsbeat has been given exclusive behind the scenes access to Bungie, the gaming studio behind the Halo and Destiny franchises.

Famous Irishmen subject of Westminster Wiki editing spree
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:04:31 GMT - Someone with a Westminster IP address has been editing web entries on famous Irish people.

MH370: Malaysia in talks with US firm to restart plane search
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:26:49 GMT - The Malaysian government is exploring a "no find-no fee" style deal with Texas-based company Ocean Infinity.

Native American tribe sues Amazon and Microsoft
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:25:56 GMT - The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe was assigned data-processing patents by technology company SRC Labs.

How does this look? Be your own virtual make-up artist
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:37:29 GMT - French cosmetics chain Sephora is using augmented reality so that customers can try on make-up virtually, before buying it.

Amazon: More than 100 cities bid for new headquarters
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:46:09 GMT - The deadline is approaching for US cities to submit proposals to host Amazon's new headquarters.

Still photographs spring to life
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:22:50 GMT - New software animates still photos so that subjects can be made to smile and pull expressions.

YouTube star Casey Neistat criticises video site's leaders
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:47:16 GMT - Award-winning vlogger Casey Neistat claims video creators could leave the service en masse.

Giant robots clash in US-Japan battle
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:04:44 GMT - The human-piloted machines fired weapons at one another.

Twitter pledges tougher action against abuse
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:48:08 GMT - The social network says it will impose new restrictions on pornographic and hateful imagery.

Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:41:32 GMT - A watchdog finds that hackers can track, eavesdrop or even communicate with children.

'Future city' to be built in Canada by Alphabet company
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:56:49 GMT - Google sister company Sidewalk Labs is to build a digital city on Toronto's waterfront.

Snapchat to make original TV-style shows
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:18:12 GMT - The social media app teams up with NBC to create a new studio where they plan to make original shows.

'First 5G mobile net connection' claimed by Qualcomm
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:13:07 GMT - Qualcomm says it has achieved 1Gbps internet speeds using a 5G chip on a mobile device.

Google removes cupcake calorie counter from Maps
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:08:47 GMT - Feature showed users how many calories they would burn if they walked to destination.

Amazon and eBay warned by MPs about VAT fraudsters
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:26:50 GMT - The websites are accused by MPs of profiting from sellers who do not charge the tax on UK sales.

Social media data shared by spy agencies
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:23:17 GMT - Details about the data being collected by GCHQ have emerged at a tribunal about surveillance legality.

Low success rate for government online ID service
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:45:18 GMT - Verify fails to register most users trying to access government services.

Patent battle pits iPod father v Android creator
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:01:25 GMT - A start-up funded by Tony Fadell is suing a smartphone-maker led by Andy Rubin.

Adobe patches Flash bug used for planting spying tools
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:42:36 GMT - Kaspersky discovered that Flash files were being embedded in Word documents to deliver spyware.

AI used to detect breast cancer risk
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:42:30 GMT - Machine learning is being used to spot whether breast lesions are cancerous or not.

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:20:18 GMT - The TV series Opposite Number was cancelled following a cyber-attack in 2014.

High speed camera uses 1,000 frames per second
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:21:12 GMT - The camera that can process images faster than the eye can see.

Wi-fi security flaw 'puts devices at risk of hacks'
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:17:15 GMT - Researchers have revealed details of a major problem with the way wi-fi data is protected.

Huawei Mate 10 uses AI to distinguish cats from dogs
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:16:32 GMT - Huawei Mate 10 handsets use a new type of processor to recognise objects being photographed.

Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:00:52 GMT - The aircraft sustained only minor damage and landed safely, the Canadian transport minister said.

Australia launches revenge porn reporting tool
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:03:37 GMT - One in five Australians have been victims of image-based abuse, but very few report the offence.

Microsoft Windows 10 breaches Dutch privacy law
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:59:21 GMT - The Dutch regulator says sanctions may be imposed if Microsoft does not comply.

Daimler recalls 400,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:35:00 GMT - More than a million vehicles worldwide are being recalled over a potential airbag safety issue.

China congress: How authorities censor your thoughts
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:47:57 GMT - The BBC's Stephen McDonell examines China's clampdown on free speech ahead of the party congress.

Facebook funds anti-bullying training in schools
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:31:30 GMT - The tech giant will extend a scheme which trains young people to help those who suffer cyber-bullying.

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:28:24 GMT - A daily ice bath is "like having morning coffee", the tech giant's president Tim Kendall tells the BBC.

The dome which could help machines understand behaviour
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:46:08 GMT - Made up of over 500 cameras, the Panoptic Studio captures motion without the use of markers.

How VR is helping to train a new generation of surgeons
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:05:25 GMT - Virtual reality technology that lets trainee surgeons feel "flesh and bone" is developed.

Can we teach robots ethics?
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:46:16 GMT - We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this - by themselves - is fast approaching.

40 years since the launch of the Atari 2600
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:13:02 GMT - 40 Years ago, video games changed forever with the launch of the Atari 2600.

US voices frustration with 'warrant-proof' encryption
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:23:23 GMT - Encryption tools in apps such as WhatsApp "thwart law enforcement", says US Deputy Attorney General.

YouTube lifts Swazi bare-breasted dancer restrictions
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:48:21 GMT - YouTube denies accusations of racism, saying it wanted to be culturally sensitive about uploads.

Branson's Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:52:11 GMT - Sir Richard is joining the board of the pod-based US transport company.

UK mobile coverage 'deplorable', says Lord Adonis
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:32:53 GMT - The national infrastructure commission head also warns the UK faces gridlock on roads, railways and in the skies.

3D-printed concrete cycle bridge opens and other news
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:44:46 GMT - BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

Political podcasting tips: Miliband, Chorley and Mason
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:12:19 GMT - Getting tips about going digital from Ed Miliband, Matt Chorley and Chris Mason.

Fukushima disaster: The robots going where no human can
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:38:27 GMT - Click was given rare access to the Fukushima site to see how the decontamination work was progressing.

'Revolutionary' car seat with inbuilt airbag launched
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:05:41 GMT - The airbag uses compressed air to cushion a child's neck from the impact of a crash.

Drones used to spot sharks in Australia
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:11:17 GMT - Drones become the latest weapon to protect swimmers and surfers from shark attacks.

Krack wi-fi security flaw explained
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:01:24 GMT - A major flaw in wi-fi connections has been revealed by security researchers.

World's first floating wind farm starts generating electricity
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:44:07 GMT - The five 175-metre high turbines have been installed 15 miles off the Aberdeenshire coast.

Australia's Crown casino denies slot-machine 'tampering'
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:13:11 GMT - Australia's parliament hears claims that Crown casino deliberately removed betting options.

Honda unveils a disaster relief robot and other news
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:12:39 GMT - BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

Carbon-ion battery could mean rapid charging
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:08:10 GMT - British start-up Zap&Go has developed carbon-ion supercapacitors that allow rapid charging.

What future for augmented reality?
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:11:54 GMT - Experts predict the AR market could be worth £122 billion by 2024.

UN to monitor AI developments and other tech news
Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:58:28 GMT - BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.

The global shop
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:08:09 GMT - Online retailers have a shop window to the world, but how do you handle all those payments?

Next-generation internet
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 01:01:37 GMT - What will it take to build the ultra-fast internet of the future?

Pest control
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:09:24 GMT - How apps using image recognition are helping farmers identify crop diseases.

From pillows to concrete
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 23:30:07 GMT - Carbon emissions contribute to global warming, so could tech that removes them from the air slow the process?

Scam support
Sat, 07 Oct 2017 00:08:34 GMT - A man who runs an online support group says scam victims are not stupid - just unaware of the con.

Blue sky thinking
Sun, 08 Oct 2017 23:08:37 GMT - British scientists played a key role in developing radar, which has helped deliver safer skies.

No more privacy?
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:58:43 GMT - Four experts examine the issue of information security in an online world.

Out of control
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:12:40 GMT - Carmakers are increasingly sending vehicle software updates wirelessly, but how risky is this?

Close call
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 23:19:46 GMT - 5G broadband could be 10 times as fast as 4G and underpin many new technologies of the future.

Quick thinking
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 01:31:03 GMT - Humans still have the upper hand over computers in an argument. For the moment.

A brief tour of Google's Pixel 2 XL
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:30:23 GMT - The new flagship handset has an easier way to summon its smart assistant and a unique camera trick.

Amazon Echo smart speaker family expands
Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:57:37 GMT - Amazon revamps its main Echo smart speaker for the first time since its launch in 2014.

Assassin’s Creed Origins preview
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:03:48 GMT - Marc Cieslak previews the latest instalment of the adventure series set in ancient Egypt

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Tech News (Reuters)

Tesla reaffirms effort to build cars in China; mum on deal report
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:49:43 -0400 - (Reuters) - Electric car maker Tesla Inc reaffirmed on Sunday it is talking with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by the end of the year, but declined to comment on a report that a deal has been reached.

U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:18:51 -0400 - (Reuters) - The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure.

Bitcoin soars to record high above $6,000
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:55:46 -0400 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin surged to a record high of more than $6,000 on Friday, pushing its market capitalization to $100 billion at one point, as investors continued to bet on an asset that has a limited supply and has paved the way for a whole slew of crypto-currencies.

Apple hit with trademark lawsuit over iPhone X 'animoji' feature
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:56:16 -0400 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Japanese software company is suing Apple Inc in a U.S. court over the trademark for the term "animoji", alleging the U.S. technology company stole the name to use on a feature of its iPhone X.

Japan's Mitsubishi, U.S. partner to invest $1.8 billion in data centers: media
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:30:18 -0400 - TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp plans to set up a joint venture with U.S. data center operator Digital Realty Trust and build around 10 data centers in Japan by 2022 for 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion), the Nikkei said on Saturday.

Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in U.S.
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:46:14 -0400 - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.

Consumer Reports says Tesla misunderstands 'positive' Model 3 rating
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:26:42 -0400 - DETROIT (Reuters) - Consumer Reports said on Friday that Tesla Inc had apparently misunderstood the "average" reliability rating the magazine assigned to the electric carmaker's Model 3 sedan this week, calling it generally "positive" for an all-new vehicle.

Snap lays off 18 employees in recruiting division
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:26:10 -0400 - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Social media company Snap Inc said on Friday it had laid off 18 people in its recruiting division, an unusual move for a young company with ambitious growth plans and a likely reflection of tough competition from Facebook Inc .

Alphabet balloon project to provide limited internet in Puerto Rico
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:43:40 -0400 - (Reuters) - Experimental communications balloons provided by Alphabet Inc in collaboration with AT&T Inc will allow some of the carrier's customers in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico to send texts and access critical information on the internet, Alphabet said on Friday.

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More lenient concealed carry laws linked with increases in homicide rate, study finds
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:58:19 -0400 - More permissive concealed carry laws -- those that grant greater access to concealed guns -- are linked with increased homicide rates, according to new study.

Set of 9 million-year-old teeth suggests earliest human relatives could have lived in Europe
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:19:47 -0400 - Researchers have recovered an unusual set of hominin-like teeth from Germany estimated to be 9.7 million years old.

Global carbon emissions stall for third year straight, according to new report
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:58:45 -0400 - For the third year in a row, global carbon dioxide emissions have stalled, according to the latest report by the European Commission Joint Research Center.

Most complete tyrannosaur fossil in Southwest excavated in Utah
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:36:18 -0400 - Paleontologists have completed the excavation of a 76 million-year-old tyrannosaur fossil in Utah -- the most complete tyrannosaur ever found in the Southwest.

Orionid meteor shower to peak this weekend
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:08:42 -0400 - The annual Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak over the weekend, offering viewers with clear skies the chance to see up to 20 meteors per hour.

Primate study offers insights into relationship between of jealousy and monogamy
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:45:16 -0400 - New analysis of jealousy among primates has offered scientists fresh insights into the neurobiology behind the powerful emotion.

Coral study: Previous warming period inspired sea level rise in fits and starts
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:46:48 -0400 - According to a study of coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico, the oceans didn't rise steadily during previous periods of global warming, but in fits and starts.

Dogs are more expressive when you're paying attention
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:04:39 -0400 - New research suggests dogs make a wider variety of facial expressions when their owners or companions are paying attention to them.

Adaptation never stops: Study challenges long-established evolutionary theory
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:44:33 -0400 - New research out of Monash University suggests there is no such thing as a fitness peak among evolving organisms and that the adaptation process is nonstop.

Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:55:04 -0400 - In a new study, scientists confirmed the presence of a large lava tube among the moon's Marius Hills. The tube could shelter future moon missions.

Google honors astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar with new Doodle
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:39:55 -0400 - Google is celebrating what would have been the 107th birthday of astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar with a new Doodle.

After sex, female jumping spiders get shy
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:48:02 -0400 - New research showed many female jumping spiders display an increase in sexual inhibitions after mating for the first time. Some never take another mate.

German nature preserves have lost 75 percent of their flying insects
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:12:00 -0400 - Germany's insect population has declined precipitously inside protected preserves over the last three decades, new research shows.

Duplications of noncoding DNA could help explain human-primate split
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:00:15 -0400 - New research suggests the duplication of noncoding DNA could help explain the genetic diversity that fueled the divergence of humans from primates.

Archaeologists find 4,000-year-old wooden statue head in Egypt
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:29:23 -0400 - Archaeologists in Egypt have recovered the head of a wooden statue dating to the sixth dynasty of Ancient Egypt.

Plasma technology could supply Mars mission with oxygen
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:57:27 -0400 - Researchers in Portugal and France believe the Martian atmosphere could host plasma technology capable of producing oxygen for future Mars missions.

Canadian scientists claim first science paper on marijuana cultivation
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:52:48 -0400 - Researchers at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, claim to have published the first scientific paper on marijuana cultivation in North America.

Saturn's A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:31:46 -0400 - New research shows the A ring, the outermost of Saturn's large, bright rings, is confined by seven moons.

Mars Express' webcam helps ESA scientists study high-altitude clouds
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:54:18 -0400 - A new survey of high-altitude clouds on Mars marks the first time researchers have used the webcam on the ESA's Mars Express probe for scientific purposes.

Scientists explain world's largest mud eruption
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:25:57 -0400 - Scientists now know why boiling hot mud continues flow from vents on the Indonesian island of Java.

Scientists discover the Lewis and Clark of corals
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:42:04 -0400 - Coralliths, or mobile corals, are the pioneers of the seafloor, new research shows.

Ancient sea turtle reveals pigment-based survival trait at least 54 million years old
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:46:51 -0400 - New research proves modern sea turtles' pigment-based survival trait emerged at least 54 million years ago.

Harvey runoff is threatening coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:28:52 -0400 - New research suggests a massive plume of freshwater from Hurricane Harvey runoff is threatening coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Whales, dolphins form 'human-like' societies and cultures, scientists say
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:11:47 -0400 - Whale and dolphin societies are rich, complex and remarkably 'human-like,' scientists argue in a new paper published this week.

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