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Uber London loses licence to operate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDrivers and passengers react to news that Uber’s licence in London will be revoked Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said. TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a London private hire operator licence. It said it took the decision on the grounds of “public safety and security implications”. Confirming it would […]

Gym app Pact pays $1m over broken promises

Image copyright Pact Fitness app Pact, which promised members financial rewards for meeting their health goals, has settled accusations that it broke its promises. The app let people set exercise and dietary goals, and charged them a penalty between $5 (£3.70) and $50 if they failed to meet their target. It pledged to share some of the “fines” with members who did reach their goals. But the US Federal Trade Commission said Pact had now […]

Hijacked software used to target tech giants

Image copyright die-phalanx Image caption It’s still not clear what the attack code does on compromised machines Hackers who booby-trapped widely used security software also used their malware to infiltrate machines at tech firms, suggests analysis. Evidence that other companies had been compromised came to light as Cisco researchers probed how attackers got at the popular CCleaner programme. Millions of people downloaded a Windows version that hackers had laced with malicious code. Cisco said the […]

Gamers give their verdicts after being among the first in the UK to try the Xbox One X

The Xbox One X is nearly here – and fans in the UK have just been able to play it for the first time. People at the EGX games expo in Birmingham have been playing demos of new games for the follow-up to the Xbox One. Microsoft promise a more powerful processor which will be able to run games in 4K ultra-HD. Here’s what gamers thought – after being some of the first in the […]

WhatsApp and YouTube terror video man jailed

Image copyright CTP South East Image caption Taha Hussain sent videos of himself driving outside army barracks listening to jihadi chants following terrorist attacks in Paris and Orlando A man who filmed a drive-by video calling British soldiers “baby butchers of the Muslims” has been jailed for posting terrorist propaganda online. Taha Hussain, from Slough, Berkshire, also made a film in Windsor, saying a statue of the Queen “will be toppled” like the one of […]

Deliveroo accounts reveal huge losses

Image copyright AFP Losses have risen sharply at the gig economy food delivery firm, Deliveroo, according to its latest accounts. The company, incorporated under the name Roofoods, made a worldwide loss of £129m in 2016, up from £30m in 2015. Deliveroo made sales of £128.56m, up from £18.1m, but the cost of getting the goods to customers was £127.47m, leaving it a wafer-thin profit margin. On top of that the company has been funding an […]

Fake website fools Equifax staff

Image copyright EPA Credit rating firm Equifax has apologised after it mistakenly directed some customers to an imposter website via its Twitter page. The firm recently disclosed a data breach affecting more than 143 million people, and set up a new website to share information with customers. But it mistakenly tweeted the wrong web address several times, leading some customers to a fake website. One security researcher told the BBC it was a “massive faux-pas”. […]

'Payment by vein' trialled in supermarket

Image copyright Fingopay Image caption The system could be handy if you have forgotten your purse or wallet A supermarket in London is trialling a biometric payment system that uses the unique vein pattern in fingertips to pay for goods. Costcutter said it would consider rolling Fingopay out more widely if the test, at Brunel University, was successful. An electronic reader maps the user’s finger veins, generating a unique key. But one expert questioned whether […]

Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal

Image copyright Getty Images Alphabet’s Google has struck a $1.1bn (£822m) deal with Taiwan’s HTC to expand its smartphone business. Google will not take a stake in the firm, but some HTC staff will join the Silicon Valley giant. The Taiwanese company was once a major player in the smartphone market but has struggled to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. Google expects the deal to close by early 2018, provided it gets […]

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