TEDGlobal: Three words that give people an address

TEDGlobal: Three words that give people an address

Image copyright What3Words Image caption The addresses of homes in Mongolia Groceries, post and even pizza are now being delivered to remote parts of the world, previously cut off because they lacked an address. In Mongolia, people can apply for a bank account using three words to identify where they live. The system divides the […]

Google critic fired from Google-funded research body

Google critic fired from Google-funded research body

Image copyright European Commission Image caption Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google used its dominance in search to give it an advantage An outspoken critic of Google has been fired from a US think tank that gets most of its funding from the search giant. The New America Foundation sacked Barry Lynn for “imperilling the […]

Instagram hack: Celebrity contact details revealed

Instagram hack: Celebrity contact details revealed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The social network said its high-profile users were specifically targeted Instagram has revealed a flaw in its systems revealed “a number of” stars’ phone numbers and email addresses to cyber-attackers. The Facebook-owned social network has emailed verified members, usually prominent figures, to let them know. It said it believed […]

Giant spambot scooped up 711 million email addresses

Giant spambot scooped up 711 million email addresses

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Millions of computer users will be unaware that their email accounts have been targeted or even hijacked A malware researcher has discovered a spamming operation that has been drawing on a list of 711.5 million email addresses. The scale of the scheme appears to make it the biggest find […]

Customer data stolen at Cex online games store

Customer data stolen at Cex online games store

Image copyright cex Second-hand gadget and video games retailer Cex has said up to two million customers have had their data stolen in an online breach. The company said the stolen data included customers’ names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and some old credit card information. It has urged customers to change their password, especially […]

Snapchat: We call police to check facts

Snapchat: We call police to check facts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Snapchat and Facebook take contrasting approaches to fact-checking their users’ posts Snapchat has said its in-house team of journalists play a key role in helping it cover the news accurately. As an example, the social network told the BBC it had fact-checked user-generated coverage from the recent Charlottesville protests with […]

Dara Khosrowshahi confirmed as Uber’s new boss

Dara Khosrowshahi confirmed as Uber’s new boss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dara Khosrowshahi will take the top job at Uber Uber has confirmed it has appointed Dara Khosrowshahi as the firm’s new chief executive, following a unanimous vote by its board. The former Expedia chief executive will meet with staff for the first time on Wednesday, a statement from Uber […]

Bitcoin boss urges cautious investment

Bitcoin boss urges cautious investment

Image copyright TED Image caption Bitcoin Foundation’s Llew Claasen sees huge potential for crypto-currency in Africa The head of the Bitcoin Foundation, Llew Claasen, has urged people to invest “no more than they can afford” in the crypto-currency. He was speaking at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania about the potential for Bitcoin in Africa. Billions […]

Self-driving pizza delivery cars to be tested in the US

Self-driving pizza delivery cars to be tested in the US

Image copyright Ford How would you like your pizza to be delivered to you in a self-driving car? In the next few weeks the idea is going to be tested on some of Domino’s customers in the US city of Ann Arbor in Michigan. The aim is not to test if self-driving cars work, but […]

Burger King launches WhopperCoin crypto-cash in Russia

Burger King launches WhopperCoin crypto-cash in Russia

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Customers will be able to claim coins as they scan receipts for meals at the fast-food chain Fast-food chain Burger King has launched its own crypto-currency, called WhopperCoin, in Russia. Customers will be able to claim one coin for every rouble (0.75p) they spend on the Whopper sandwich. Russians will […]