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Google takes down travel visa ads

Image copyright Esta-Fasttrack Image caption Many commercial Esta sites look official Here’s a word of warning to anybody applying for a US travel visa or Esta online. The top search results in Google are not for the official application forms, but paid advertisements for commercial websites that charge more than …

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Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Nick Clegg is joining Facebook Facebook has hired former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg as head of its global affairs and communications team. The 51-year-old politician was leader of the Liberal Democrats and formed a coalition government with David Cameron and the Conservatives …

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How U2's technology is changing concerts for the better

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAdam Clayton shows us around (and through) U2’s 30-metre long “barricage”. “The two things you can’t have up here are vertigo and a need for stability.” U2 bassist Adam Clayton is giving me a tour of “the barricage”, a 29-metre long, double-sided …

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When can I buy a 5G phone and how much will it be?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 5G could transform a smartphone and headset into a virtual reality device outside Superfast 5G mobile broadband sounds exciting, but there’s a major drawback: we’ll need to buy new phones. Will the extra expense be worth it and when will we be able to …

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Twitter's 'Russia-Iran' troll tweet trove made public

Image copyright Getty Images/Twitter Image caption The data trove covers 3,800 Russia-linked accounts and 770 Iran-attributed accounts More than 10 million tweets posted by suspected state-backed Russian and Iranian “troll farms” have been shared online by Twitter. It has published more than 360GB of material to aid studies into how …

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Spotify ad banned for causing 'distress' to children

Image copyright Spotify Image caption The advert featured a doll surprising young people A Spotify ad has been banned for “unjustifiably” distressing children. The advert mimicked a horror film and showed young people being menaced by a scary doll when they played a particular song. In its ruling, the Advertising …

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Huawei's Watch GT has no time for Android's Wear OS

Image copyright Huawei Image caption The Watch GT can run for up to a month between charges, but lacks an app store Huawei has decided not to use the wearable-tech version of Android in its latest smartwatch, opting instead for an in-house operating system. The company said the decision to …

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Paul Allen: Microsoft co-founder and billionaire dies aged 65

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Allen announced his diagnosis earlier this month Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft, has died aged 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He had revealed the disease’s return only two weeks ago, after previously being treated for it in 2009. He had said he and …

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Wales' 5G advisory group criticised for being all men

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 5G promises much faster data download and upload speeds The appointment of an expert group to advise on superfast “fifth generation” (5G) mobile internet for Wales has encountered a Twitter backlash. The eight-strong group, set up by Innovation Point, attracted criticism about the fact …

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Climate change: Is your Netflix habit bad for the environment?

Image copyright Getty Images Watching your favourite show or listening to your playlist has never been easier. A virtually endless supply of film, music and TV can be streamed and downloaded almost instantly. But at what cost to the environment? Vast amounts of energy are needed to keep data flowing …

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