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Libra: PayPal first to drop out of Facebook cryptocurrency Libra: PayPal first to drop out of Facebook cryptocurrency
Payments firm PayPal has become the first company to pull out of an alliance that is trying to launch Facebook's digital currency Libra. PayPal made the announcement in a statement on Friday, but did not specify what had prompted the decision. Libra, and its digital wallet Calibra, were revealed by Facebook in June. But the cryptocurrency has been criticised by regulators, and both France...
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Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings
Google has said it will let its human reviewers listen to audio recordings made by its virtual assistant only if users give it fresh permission to do so. The company said the option had always been opt-in but it had not been explicit enough that people were involved in transcribing the clips. The pledge follows Apple's switch to an opt-in model in August. Amazon and Facebook, by contrast,...
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Google and Mozilla move to stop Kazakhstan 'snooping' Google and Mozilla move to stop Kazakhstan 'snooping'
Google and Mozilla have moved to block the Kazakhstan government from intercepting internet traffic. It comes after reports internet services providers in the country have required people to install a government-issued certificate on all devices and in every browser. The government said the software was a security measure. But Google and Mozilla said it would allow the government to decry...
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TikTok owner ByteDance developing smartphone TikTok owner ByteDance developing smartphone
The creator of a hugely popular video-sharing app has announced it is branching out into making smartphones. TikTok is the fastest-growing social media app, with about 500 million regular users. The app, which lets people post 15-second videos, is estimated to have been downloaded more than a billion times on app stores. TikTok developer ByteDance is making the move after acquiring patent...
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Police will 'struggle' to track criminals via 5G Police will 'struggle' to track criminals via 5G
European police forces may not be able to track criminals effectively over 5G mobile networks, Europol has warned. The pan-European agency's director said it currently lacked tools that on 4G networks gave police the ability to eavesdrop on criminals. Police forces joined discussions about 5G too late to ensure tracking abilities were preserved, it added. Mobile industry body the GSMA sai...
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Amazon Alexa-NHS partnership splits expert opinion Amazon Alexa-NHS partnership splits expert opinion
Worried about a lump? Got a nasty cough that won't budge? Many people Google queries about such symptoms daily - but now they can get NHS advice instantly by asking Amazon's Alexa. The voice-activated assistant is now automatically searching NHS web pages to find answers to medical questions. And the government hopes it will reduce the demand on human doctors. But the move has split opini...
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Listen to the Talking Tech podcast Listen to the Talking Tech podcast
The Talking Tech podcast is available for you every day with a quick hit on the latest tech news, gadget reviews, opinion on tech trends and interviews with insiders. On this page, you'll find quick links to all of our shows. How to listen: You can hear #TalkingTech on: Stitcher (on both Apple and Android.) Apple Podcasts (Apple devices only.) Google Podcasts (Android devices ...
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Government error delays online pornography age-check scheme Government error delays online pornography age-check scheme
An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites has been delayed a second time. The changes - which mean UK internet users may have to prove their age - were due to start on 15 July after already being delayed from April 2018. The culture secretary confirmed the postponement saying the government had failed to tell European regulators about the plan. Completin...
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5G: EE launches UK's next-generation mobile network 5G: EE launches UK's next-generation mobile network
EE has launched the UK's first next-generation 5G mobile network, with a concert by rapper Stormzy live-streamed from a boat on the River Thames. 5G mobile networks offer faster downloads, but customers will need a new handset to take advantage. At first, the service will only be available in limited areas of Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. Rival Vodafone p...
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The Google city that has angered Toronto The Google city that has angered Toronto
It was meant to be a vision of how we will all live in future - a smart city built from the internet up - offering citizens the chance to experience the very latest technology. That would include autonomous cars, innovative ways to collect rubbish and shared spaces for communities to come together in new ways. Sidewalk Labs, a sister company to Google, had acquired disused land in Toronto, C...
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