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FBI 'persuaded Apple to halt iCloud encryption'

Image copyright VCG Apple reportedly abandoned plans to let customers fully encrypt back-ups of their iPhones on the company’s iCloud following pressure from the FBI. Full encryption involves converting data into code so it is impossible to access without a password. Apple was working on the feature in secret about …

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GM's Cruise unveils its first driverless vehicle

Image copyright Cruise Cruise, the self-driving car start-up, majority owned by General Motors, has unveiled its first vehicle designed to be driverless. The electric-powered Cruise Origin was developed by Honda, which also has a stake in the company. The launch of the vehicle, which has no steering wheel or pedals, …

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DDoS: Man who sold website defences pleads guilty to attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Akin to the Batman villain Two-Face, Preston married good with bad A man in the US who co-founded a service to protect sites from cyber-attackers has pleaded guilty to launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Tucker Preston is co-founder of BackConnect, a cyber-security …

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Vietnamese firm Viettel's 5G claim raises eyebrows outside

Image copyright Viettel Image caption Viettel demonstrated a 5G phone call at its press event A Vietnamese firm’s claim to be a fresh force in 5G network equipment is being treated with scepticism by industry experts. Last week, Viettel demoed a video call saying it had used 5G network hardware …

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Europe-wide traffic survey to recruit 'citizen scientists'

Image copyright Telraam Image caption Traffic sensors will be placed in homes across Europe Traffic sensors are being set up in homes in five cities across Europe in a bid to learn more about traffic flow. English academics are involved in sending out 1,500 sensors to be placed in homes …

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Facebook blocks the Spinner's 'brainwashing' tech

Image copyright BBC/getty images Image caption Facebook has barred the behaviour-changing service from its platforms Facebook has issued a cease and desist notice to an Israeli firm that claims to be able to subconsciously alter people’s behaviour. The Spinner charges a fee to “subconsciously influence” targets by exposing them to …

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Facial recognition: EU considers ban of up to five years

Image copyright Getty Images The European Commission has revealed it is considering a ban on the use of facial recognition in public areas for up to five years. Regulators want time to work out how to prevent the technology being abused. The technology allows faces captured on CCTV to be …

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Girlsdoporn offline after losing legal battle

Image copyright Getty Images US-based porn website Girlsdoporn is now offline after being ordered to pay $12.8m (£9.8m) to 22 unnamed women who appeared in videos it published. The domain has been down for about a week, according to platforms which track whether websites are working. On 3 January, a …

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Can Microsoft's 'moonshot' carbon goal succeed?

Image copyright Getty Images Tech giant Microsoft has announced two bold ambitions: firstly, to become carbon negative by the year 2030 – meaning it will be removing more carbon from the air than it emits – and secondly, to have removed more carbon by 2050 than it has emitted, in …

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Social media data needed for 'harm' research, say doctors

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSarah Lechmere says social media led her to self-harm “tips” sites Leading UK psychiatrists say they will never understand the risks and benefits of social media use on children’s mental health unless companies hand over their data to researchers. Tech companies must …

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