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Google: An A to Z of search results

Image copyright Getty Images Google now handles more than three billion searches a day. The vast majority are for complete words or phrases. But premature pushes of the enter key mean many end up being for single letters too. Most of us simply go back and try again. But some of those unique-character searches throw […]

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Google bans crypto-mining apps from Play Store

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rising value of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies has given rise to a flurry of mining apps Google has followed the lead of Apple by banning crypto-mining apps from its Play Store. An update to the company’s developer policy reads: “We don’t allow apps that mine crypto-currency on devices.” […]

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Facebook stops InfoWars host posting for 30 days

Image copyright Reuters Facebook has imposed a 30-day suspension on Alex Jones – founder of the InfoWars conspiracy theory site. Mr Jones is banned from using his account for 30 days for posting videos that Facebook said broke its community standards. The hiatus applies only to Mr Jones meaning the channel bearing his name on […]

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Blockchain could track cannabis sales and other news

BBC Click’s Jen Copestake looks at some of the week’s top technology stories including: Blockchain technology that could provide a secure way to track the legal sale of cannabis in Canada Self-balancing electric roller skates developed by Segway-Ninebot are to be banned on UK public pavements and roads Waymo has announced a trial where self-driving […]

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US warns of supply chain cyber-attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Installing compromised software can have expensive repercussions The US intelligence community has issued a new warning about cyber-espionage risks posed by attacks made via the technology supply chain. A report said China, Russia and Iran were the most capable and active states involved in such economic subterfuge. Software supply […]

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Amazon tool flags Congress members as suspects

Image copyright ACLU Image caption Rekognition is being deployed by US law enforcement agencies but its accuracy was tested by a civil rights body which ran photos of Congress members through a police database of suspects An Amazon facial recognition tool has wrongly identified 28 members of the US Congress as police suspects. The American […]

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Chinese shipping firm infected by ransomware

Image copyright Cosco Image caption The ransomware meant Cosco staff could not send email messages Chinese shipping firm Cosco has been caught out by Windows ransomware. The infection has knocked out some electronic communications at several of its North American locations. In a statement, it said a “local network breakdown” had hit its American region. […]

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Tommy Hilfiger smart clothes track wearers

Image copyright Tommy Hilfiger Image caption Tommy Hilfiger’s smart clothes include hoodies, jeans and hats A new line of smart clothing from Tommy Hilfiger will track and reward users for wearing its products. The Tommy Jeans Xplore range, which includes T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies, is embedded with a smart chip. Once paired with an app, […]

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YouTube removes 'hate speech' videos from InfoWars

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alex Jones has won a large following for promoting conspiracy theories YouTube has taken down four videos posted by the conspiracy theory channel Infowars. In the videos, the host of the channel, Alex Jones, criticises Muslim immigrants to Europe and also denounces a transgender cartoon. One of the clips […]