Branson’s Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Branson’s Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Image copyright Virgin Image caption Hyperloop One claims its pod-based system is more “sustainable” than current transport options The Virgin investment group has taken an undisclosed stake in Hyperloop One, one of several companies trying to create a pod-based transport system. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Virgin’s founder, Sir Richard Branson, […]

Facebook ‘fully committed’ to sharing Russian ad data

Facebook ‘fully committed’ to sharing Russian ad data

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook was stepping up efforts to find and remove fake accounts, said Ms Sandberg Facebook is “fully committed” to providing detailed information about ads bought in Russia during the US election, says Sheryl Sandberg. The ads, pages they linked to and who they were targeted at have been given […]

Facebook bans rapper Lil B for ‘hate speech’ posts

Facebook bans rapper Lil B for ‘hate speech’ posts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lil B is known for espousing greater tolerance and positivity between races US rapper Lil B, known for his outspoken views on social media, is facing a 30-day ban under Facebook’s hate speech policies. The musician has expressed anger over the suspension and fans have criticised the ban on […]

Google disables touch function on Home Mini

Google disables touch function on Home Mini

Image copyright Google Image caption Google said the Home Mini can control more than 1,000 other smart home products Google has stopped its Home Mini speakers responding when users touch them. It permanently turned off the touch activation feature after it found that sensors primed to spot a finger tap were too sensitive. Early users […]

Rose McGowan, one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, has account limited by Twitter

Rose McGowan, one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, has account limited by Twitter

The actress Rose McGowan, who was one of the first to speak out about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults, has been temporarily limited from using some Twitter features. McGowan was named in a New York Times article revealing decades of sexual harassment against young actresses. Twitter has “limited” her account for 12 hours for “violating” […]

Apple’s Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

Apple’s Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

Media captionWATCH: Tim Cook explains why he thinks augmented reality is “profound” Apple’s chief executive has suggested he is not very enthusiastic about virtual reality. Tim Cook said that he felt that the technology could isolate users and voiced a preference for augmented reality instead. AR involves mixing graphics and real-world views together rather than […]

Ebay paid UK corporation tax of £1.6m in 2016

Ebay paid UK corporation tax of £1.6m in 2016

Image copyright PA The UK arm of eBay paid only £1.6m in corporation tax last year, even though its US parent had total revenues from its UK operations of $1.32bn (£1bn). Ebay’s UK accounts record only £200m in revenues, which came entirely from a Swiss parent firm, seemingly for acting as its advertising agency. The […]

Dow Jones: ‘Google acquires Apple’ news was ‘error’

Dow Jones: ‘Google acquires Apple’ news was ‘error’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The fake news appeared on the Dow Jones financial newswire for two minutes A bombshell appeared on the Dow Jones financial newswire on Tuesday: “Google to buy Apple for $9bn”. But the story, that the acquisition had been suggested in the will of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was bogus. […]

Israeli spies ‘watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software’

Israeli spies ‘watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Eugene Kaspersky founded Kaspersky Lab in 1997 Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report. The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post. Israeli agents made the […]

Unsent text accepted as dead man’s will by Australian court

Unsent text accepted as dead man’s will by Australian court

Image copyright Getty Images A court in Australia has accepted an unsent, draft text message on a dead man’s mobile phone as an official will. The 55-year-old man had composed a text message addressed to his brother, in which he gave “all that I have” to his brother and nephew. The message was found in […]