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Is it OK to turn my cat vegan? What’s that fresh smell that babies have? What is love?* In the 20 years since it was founded, Google has provided answers to the most random queries, become a verb and, on Wednesday, received a record $5bn fine after giving itself a …

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Apple iCloud: State firm hosts user data in China

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In February, Apple moved iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users to China ICloud data belonging to Apple’s China-based users is now in the hands of the Chinese government. The emails, pictures and text messages of users in China are now being managed by a …

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'Netflix effect' poses challenge to British TV

Image copyright Netflix Image caption Shows like The Crown have helped Netflix woo potential subscribers Video streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime now have more subscribers than traditional pay TV services in the UK, new data from Ofcom has revealed. The media regulator says British TV will have …

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Facebook moderators 'keep child abuse online'

Image copyright Reuters Graphic videos showing children being abused remain on Facebook despite numerous requests to have them removed, an undercover film has suggested. Moderators also do not remove posts that violate hate speech and routinely ignore posts from children who may be under-age. The allegations are made in a …

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Amazon Alexa: is it friends with your kids?

Image copyright Google Image caption Google Home is marketed as a family device. The tech giants are racing to get digital assistants into our homes – the Amazon Echo Dot currently has a 40% discount during Amazon Prime Day – but debate rages over whether they are suitable for children. …

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Rolls Royce develops propulsion system for flying taxi

Image copyright Rolls-Royce Image caption The EVTOL could carry four to five passengers for 500 miles, Rolls-Royce says Engine maker Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi which it says could take to the skies as soon as early next decade. The British firm said it had …

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NHS still reliant on 'archaic' fax machines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Doctors are using old-fashioned fax machines to communicate Hospitals are still reliant on “archaic” fax machines with thousands still in use, a survey shows. Senior doctors said the continued use of the outdated technology was “ludicrous”, and modern forms of communication were urgently needed. …

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Facebook will not remove fake news – but will 'demote' it

Image copyright Reuters Facebook says it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards. The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in the UK that declares “fake news is not our friend”. But it said publishers often had “very different …

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Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

Image copyright EPA The US Department of Justice has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the dozen accused used spear phishing emails and malicious software. He said the hackers also stole data on half a million …

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