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Driverless cars: Who should die in a crash?

Image copyright Getty Images If forced to choose, who should a self-driving car kill in an unavoidable crash? Should the passengers in the vehicle be sacrificed to save pedestrians? Or should a pedestrian be killed to save a family of four in the vehicle? To get closer to an answer …

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Google sacks dozens over sexual harassment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Android creator Andy Rubin left Google in 2014 Google has sacked 48 people including 13 senior managers over sexual harassment claims since 2016. In a letter to employees, chief executive Sundar Pichai said the tech giant was taking a “hard line” on inappropriate conduct. …

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Mobile app data sharing 'out of control'

Image copyright Reuters Data harvesting and sharing by mobile apps is “out of control”, University of Oxford researchers have warned. Nearly 90% of free apps on the Google Play store share data with Google parent company Alphabet, the Financial Times reported. Google said it had clear policies for how developers …

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Elon Musk says Twitter blocked him after Bitcoin tweet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twitter apparently believed someone else was in control of Mr Musk’s account Elon Musk says Twitter briefly blocked him because the tech firm suspected his account had been hacked. The Tesla chief indicated the safety precaution was prompted by a tweet he had sent …

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Is blockchain living up to the hype?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Blockchain is one of the technologies used in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin As we approach Bitcoin’s 10th anniversary at the end of this month, we ask whether blockchain – the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency – is fulfilling its promise, or a tech still looking for …

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Addison Lee plans self-driving taxis by 2021

Image copyright Addison Lee Would you trust a taxi with no driver? Taxi firm Addison Lee is betting its customers will be ready to, in London at least, in just three years’ time. It has joined forces with self-driving software specialist Oxbotica, and says the tie-up means it will offer …

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Google takes down travel visa ads

Image copyright Esta-Fasttrack Image caption Many commercial Esta sites look official Here’s a word of warning to anybody applying for a US travel visa or Esta online. The top search results in Google are not for the official application forms, but paid advertisements for commercial websites that charge more than …

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Online sellers 'pay for positive reviews'

Image copyright Getty Images Some online sellers are offering people free goods in return for positive product reviews, an investigation by consumer group Which? has found. Its investigator joined several “rewards for reviews” groups and was hired to write high-rated reviews in return for free items. Paid-for, or fake, reviews …

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Anonymous Facebook ads urge voters 'to bin Chequers'

Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Image caption Political groups have been spending increasing amounts of money on Facebook adverts An anonymous website has been using Facebook adverts to encourage British voters to email their MP and urge them “to bin Chequers” and back Brexit. Evidence given to the government’s fake news …

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