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Google rivals claim product search remains unfair

Google rivals claim product search remains unfair

Image copyright Google Image caption Google said that shopping services are now fairer Google is not complying with European demands that it make the search for products fairer, rivals say. In an open letter to the EU’s competition commissioner, 14 European shopping comparison services said the measures put in place by the search giant to […]

Facebook appeals against Cambridge Analytica fine

Facebook appeals against Cambridge Analytica fine

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has appealed against a fine imposed on it by the UK’s data watchdog after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social network says that because the regulator found no evidence that UK users’ personal data had been shared inappropriately, the £500,000 penalty was unjustified. Last month, the watchdog said Facebook’s failure […]

Google helps boost High Street spending with search

Google helps boost High Street spending with search

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The high street may appear to be dying but only 18% of retail sales are made online, according to government figures Attempts to increase the number of people shopping on UK High Streets has been given a boost by search giant Google. It has teamed up with start-up NearSt […]

Instagram targets fake likes and comments

Instagram targets fake likes and comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some online services offer to boost your popularity for a fee Photo-sharing platform Instagram has announced a new initiative that will target fake likes and comments. The company say they have developed tools that can identify accounts that use third-party services and apps to artificially boost their popularity. Any […]

'How Amazon helped me transition to a woman'

'How Amazon helped me transition to a woman'

Image copyright Sophie Roberts “I knew from a young age that I wasn’t the same as the other children,” says Sophie Roberts, a 34-year-old Amazon software manager based in Edinburgh. “I realised at around 14 or 15 that I was transgender but I wasn’t comfortable at that point in my life in being out about […]

How 'miniature suns' could provide cheap, clean energy

How 'miniature suns' could provide cheap, clean energy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Our sun is a huge nuclear fusion reactor. Can we mimic its energy-making process on earth? We’re just five years away from harnessing almost unlimited power from “miniature suns”, some start-ups say: nuclear fusion reactors that could provide abundant, cheap and clean energy. In a world of global warming […]

Award for wartime flight trainer returned to service

Award for wartime flight trainer returned to service

Image copyright Techworks Image caption The GAT-1 gave trainee pilots a sense of how to control and fly a plane A project to restore early flight simulators has won an award for the best computer conservation project. Engineers from the TechWorks museum in the US won the Tony Sale award for their work to return […]

Google's Alphabet gives up on rescue robots

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 […]

Apple Stores to employ human trafficking victims

Apple Stores to employ human trafficking victims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple’s own staff will not be told who the human trafficking victims are Apple has announced a programme to help human trafficking victims get behind-the-scenes jobs at its stores. The technology company has teamed up with an NGO that will help the victims pass interviews for caretaker and landscaping […]

'Ugly' mistake sends Google data to China

'Ugly' mistake sends Google data to China

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Data can easily go astray if hardware uses the wrong address book Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an “ugly” mistake by an African ISP. The data was sent the wrong way when MainOne Cable, in Nigeria, updated […]