Uber accused of ‘hiring ex-CIA agents to spy on rivals’

Uber accused of ‘hiring ex-CIA agents to spy on rivals’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Uber has been accused of hiring a firm that used ex-CIA agents to steal trade secrets from rivals Uber has been accused of hiring a firm that uses former CIA agents to help it spy on rivals overseas. A former Uber security manager alleged in court on Tuesday that […]

Under-age social media use ‘on the rise’, says Ofcom

Under-age social media use ‘on the rise’, says Ofcom

Image copyright Thinkstock Half of children aged 11 and 12 have a social media profile, despite most platforms’ minimum age being 13, a study from regulator Ofcom suggests. Children’s charity the NSPCC called on the government to act on the issue of under-age profiles. The media watchdog also said children were increasingly getting their news […]

Facebook’s AI wipes terrorism-related posts

Facebook’s AI wipes terrorism-related posts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook is trying to become less reliant on user reports to detect and tackle terrorist posts Facebook has said that efforts to use artificial intelligence and other automated techniques to delete terrorism-related posts are “bearing fruit” but more work is needed. The firm said that 99% of the material […]

Bitcoin crosses $10,000 milestone

Bitcoin crosses $10,000 milestone

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bitcoin’s value has fluctuated widely during its nine-year existence The value of one bitcoin has gone past $10,000 (£7,493). The virtual currency reached the benchmark for the first time, just days after it passed $9,000. It caps a remarkable rise in value for the crypto-currency, which was trading below […]

Mum defends teen in gaming lawsuit

Mum defends teen in gaming lawsuit

Image copyright Epic Games A mother has written a letter in defence of her 14-year-old son who is facing a lawsuit over video game cheats in the US. Caleb Rogers is one of two people facing legal action from gaming studio Epic Games for using cheat software to play the free game Fortnite. The studio […]

World power ‘threatened’ by Chinese AI

World power ‘threatened’ by Chinese AI

Image copyright Getty Images The economic and military balance of world power could be altered as China rushes to develop artificial intelligence technology, a US think tank has warned. The report cites examples of how AI tech is being used in a military setting. In July, China announced its national plan for AI, calling for […]

Ocado robot picks up and packs supermarket goods

British online supermarket Ocado is to start using a robot in 2018 that will pack its delivery boxes with food and other products. The pick station will be trialled at the firm’s high-tech depot in Andover, southern England, which already features other automated technologies. Ocado robot picks up and packs supermarket goods

Uber and Waymo trial delayed after evidence ‘withheld’

Uber and Waymo trial delayed after evidence ‘withheld’

Image copyright Getty Images The US trial between self-driving car giants Uber and Waymo has been delayed after the judge said that Uber had withheld evidence. The trial was due to start next week. San Francisco-based Judge William Alsup said it would be a “huge injustice” to begin the trial so soon, after new evidence […]

Facebook and Twitter to co-operate in Brexit probe

Facebook and Twitter to co-operate in Brexit probe

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook and Twitter have agreed to share information with the UK government about possible Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum. Facebook said it hoped to be able to respond to questions from the Electoral Commission by mid-December. The Commission is investigating activity in the period leading up to the Brexit […]

YouTube investigates ‘disturbing’ autofill results

YouTube investigates ‘disturbing’ autofill results

Image caption YouTube said it had changed the auto-fill system to remove the phrases YouTube has changed the way its autofill feature works after reports that some word combinations brought up paedophilic phrases. Over the weekend many people reported that typing “how to have” would be completed with several variations on “s*x with your kids”. […]