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MIT Media Lab head Joichi Ito resigns over Epstein donations

By BBC Tech | September 8, 2019

The head of MIT’s Media Lab has resigned following allegations that the academic centre has financial ties to the late US financier Jeffrey Epstein. MIT President Rafael Reif confirmed the resignation of Joichi Ito on Saturday following media reports. Mr Reif added

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YouTube fined $170m in US over children’s privacy violation

By BBC Tech | September 4, 2019

YouTube has been fined a record $170m (£139m) by a US regulator for violating children’s privacy laws. Google, which owns YouTube, agreed to pay the sum in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The video-streaming site had been

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‘Dangerous’ AI offers to write fake news

By BBC Tech | August 27, 2019

An artificial intelligence system that generates realistic stories, poems and articles has been updated, with some claiming it is now almost as good as a human writer. The text generator, built by research firm OpenAI, was originally considered “too dangerous” to

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Tesla sued by Walmart over solar panel fires

By BBC Tech | August 21, 2019

US supermarket chain Walmart is suing Tesla’s energy division, after solar panels on seven of its stores caught fire. It alleges that the firm was negligent in how it installed the panels on the roofs of the stores. Court documents

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Gadgets can be hacked to produce ‘dangerous’ sounds, says researcher

By BBC Tech | August 12, 2019

Many modern gadgets can be hacked to produce deafening and disorienting sounds, research has revealed. Security researcher Matt Wixey found a range of devices had little protection to stop themselves being turned into “offensive” low-grade, cyber-weapons. Mr Wixey tested laptops,

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Huawei announces its new Harmony operating system

By BBC Tech | August 9, 2019

Huawei has announced it is developing a new operating system called HarmonyOS. There had been speculation that Huawei was planning to replace the Android operating system which powers its smartphones and tablets. In May, Google suspended the company’s Android licence

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Hyundai releases car with solar panel roof

By BBC Tech | August 6, 2019

Hyundai has released a version of its Sonata hybrid that has solar panels to help charge its battery. The Korean car maker said up to 60% of the power for the car’s battery could be supplied if the solar roof

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Facebook funds AI mind-reading experiment

By BBC Tech | July 31, 2019

Facebook has announced a breakthrough in its plan to create a device that allows people to type just by thinking. It has funded a study that developed machine-learning algorithms capable of turning brain activity into speech. It worked on epilepsy

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Marcus Hutchins spared US jail sentence over malware charges

By BBC Tech | July 27, 2019

The British computer hacker who helped stop a major cyber-attack affecting the NHS in 2017 has avoided a jail sentence in the US over malicious hacking charges. In April, 25-year-old Marcus Hutchins pleaded guilty to two charges of making malicious

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Ransomware hits Johannesburg electricity supply

By BBC Tech | July 26, 2019

A major electricity supplier in South Africa’s largest city has suffered a ransomware attack, leaving some residents without power. City Power revealed on Thursday that its IT systems had been shut down. “It has encrypted all our databases, applications and

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Lancaster University students’ data stolen by cyber-thieves

By BBC Tech | July 23, 2019

Students’ personal data has been stolen in a “sophisticated and malicious” phishing attack at Lancaster University. Officials said the information had been used to send bogus invoices to applicants. “A very small number” of student records, phone numbers and ID

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AI solves Rubik’s Cube in under one second

By BBC Tech | July 16, 2019

An artificial intelligence system created by researchers at the University of California has solved the Rubik’s Cube in a fraction of a second. DeepCubeA, as the algorithm was called, completed the 3D logic puzzle which has been taxing humans since