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Kylie Jenner 'sooo over' Snapchat – and Wall Street panics

Image copyright Getty Images Reality TV star Kylie Jenner wiped $1.3bn (£1bn) off Snap’s stock market value after tweeting that she no longer used its Snapchat messaging app. Celebrity Kim Kardashian’s half-sister posted: “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.” Snap’s shares sank after Ms Jenner’s tweet about Snapchat’s re-design to her 24.5 million Twitter followers. One million people signed a petition demanding Snap […]

SpaceX launches broadband pathfinders

Image copyright SPACEXImage caption The early morning launch had to go off at a very specific time SpaceX launched again on Thursday – this time to put a Spanish radar satellite above the Earth. But there was a lot of interest also in the mission’s secondary payloads – a couple of spacecraft the Californian rocket company will use to trial the delivery of broadband from orbit. SpaceX has big plans in this area. By sometime […]

Disney loses in Redbox copyright row

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Redbox has thousands of movie rental booths around the US Disney has lost a bid to stop movie rental company Redbox from reselling download codes for its films. Redbox bought Disney movies on DVD to offer for rental in its kiosks. The DVDs were often bundled with a code to download a copy of the film. Disney requested an injunction to stop the practice, saying that Redbox had no business […]

Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Elon Musk has said AI is humanity’s biggest threat Technology billionaire Elon Musk has quit the board of the research group he co-founded to look into the ethics of artificial intelligence. In a blog post, OpenAI said the decision had been taken to avoid any conflict of interest as Mr Musk’s electric car company, Tesla, became “more focused on AI”. He has been one of AI’s most vocal critics, stressing the […]

White nationalist Jared Taylor sues Twitter over ban

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Jared Taylor is head of American Renaissance which champions “racial difference”. White nationalist Jared Taylor is suing Twitter after the social network banned his account as part of a crackdown on abusive content. Mr Taylor’s lawyer says the suspension of his account is a form of censorship, accusing Twitter of discrimination. Twitter declined to comment on the case but has previously said that its tools are “apolitical”. Mr Taylor is […]

Twitter bot purge prompts backlash

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Twitter has been under pressure to block bot accounts used to spread disinformation The hashtag #TwitterLockout has trended after an apparent purge of suspected malicious bots on the social network. Dozens of users report having had their accounts suspended until they provided a telephone number which they then had to verify, to prove they were real. Some members have raised concerns about their amount of lost followers, and claimed discrimination […]

Bezos-backed 10,000 Year Clock now under construction

Image copyright Eyewire Inc A clock designed to run for ten millennia without human intervention is now under construction. The 10,000 Year Clock is a project of the Long Now Foundation, a non-profit organisation that wants to make “long-term thinking more common”. It is being built on property owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, beneath a mountain in the middle of a desert in Texas, There is currently no completion date scheduled for the project. […]

Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone images leaked by MWC app

Image copyright XDAImage caption XDA Developers has published more than 20 images of the Galaxy S9 sourced from Samsung Pictures of Samsung’s latest flagship phone have been disclosed by an app released by the firm itself. The images were discovered hidden via a hack of Unpacked 2018, a program that the company has asked invitees to Sunday’s launch of the handset in Barcelona to download. The disclosure backs up details divulged by earlier unverified leaks […]

Tesla investigates claims of crypto-currency hack

Image copyright AFP Tesla has confirmed that its cloud computing platform has been compromised by hackers. RedLock, the company that alerted it to the breach, believes the attackers may have done this to mine crypto-currency – an attack known as crypto-jacking. Tesla said it had addressed the vulnerability “within hours” and that no customer data had been stolen. A spokeswoman added that the effects of the hack seemed to be limited to internally used engineering […]

Tool 'names and shames' hidden drug trials

Image copyright Getty Images Institutions that fail to report the results of their drug and medical trials will be named on a new website. Trials Tracker logs which clinical trials have missed deadlines for reporting their results in the US. Some pharmaceutical organisations have been accused of burying unfavourable drug and medical test results. Dr Ben Goldacre, who devised the website, told the BBC he hoped it would “nudge” institutions into properly disclosing data. “For […]

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