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Prince William criticises social media firms

Image copyright Getty Images The Duke of Cambridge has accused social media firms of not being proactive enough about dealing with fake news, privacy issues and cyber-bullying. In a speech given at the BBC, Prince William said social networks had allowed “misinformation and conspiracy to pollute the public sphere”. “Their self-image is so grounded in […]

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Google’s Alphabet gives up on rescue robots

Image copyright Google Google-owner Alphabet is giving up the development of bipedal robots after five years. The company had been developing large industrial robots since it bought two start-ups – Schaft and Boston Dynamics – in 2013. Its creations won awards and videos of them in action often went viral. But Alphabet changed its focus […]

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Facebook accused of dark PR tactics

Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Facebook faces a new controversy over alleged tactics it used to discredit its critics, embarrass rival firms and downplay problems at the company. The New York Times has published a wide-ranging account of the methods Facebook and a public relations firm used to “deny and deflect” criticism. The report has led […]

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IMF’s Lagarde says central banks could issue digital money

Image copyright Getty Images International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde said central banks around the world should consider issuing digital currency. Speaking in Singapore, Ms Lagarde said this could make digital currency transactions safer. Non-cash payments have increased over the years, raising challenges for governments and central banks. Regulators have voiced concerns with digital currencies […]

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Steam bug allowed unlimited free downloads

Image copyright Valve A man has been given $20,000 (£15,500) for discovering a bug in the Steam video games store that let people download any game for free. Security researcher Artem Moskowsky found a flaw in Steam’s portal for games developers that let anybody generate licence keys without paying. Millions of people use Steam to […]