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The Ocado robot swarms that pack your shopping The Ocado robot swarms that pack your shopping
The first things you notice are the chill in the air, the vast grid on the floor which makes you feel like you're on the film set of the movie Tron, and the whooshing sound of wheels skimming across aluminium. The last thing on your mind is buying groceries. But that's what's going on here. I'm standing upstairs in an Ocado warehouse in Hampshire, England, where grocery orders are assembled ...
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Robot company Starship Technologies plans 1,000 delivery bots Robot company Starship Technologies plans 1,000 delivery bots
A company which specialises in delivery robots plans to expand its operations from two campuses to twenty by 2019 with a fleet of a thousand. Starship Technologies is partnering with the Co-op in Milton Keynes to deliver groceries there. It follows trials with Just Eat to deliver takeaways in South London. One expert told the BBC he thinks it will be a long time before they become a regul...
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Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit
Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gathered biometric information without users' explicit consent. It involves the "tag suggestions" technology, which spots users' friends in uploaded photos; the lawsuit says this breaches Illinois state law. Facebook said the case had no ...
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Superfast 5G mobiles are a step closer Superfast 5G mobiles are a step closer
An auction of frequencies for the next generation of mobile phone networks has raised £1.36bn, says regulator Ofcom. Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three all won the bandwidth needed for the future 5G mobile internet services, which are not expected to be launched until 2020. It is expected that 5G will provide much faster connections than the current system. In particular, Ofcom said accessing the...
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Craigslist drops dating ads after new law. Craigslist drops dating ads after new law.
Classified advertising website Craigslist has closed its dating ads section in the US, in response to a new bill against sex trafficking. The bill states that websites can now be punished for "facilitating" prostitution and sex trafficking. Ads promoting prostitution and child sexual abuse have previously been posted in the "personals" section of Craigslist. The company said keeping the s...
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Tech Tent: Facebook and Google police their platforms Tech Tent: Facebook and Google police their platforms
How far should the two mightiest web giants go to police the content they enable? This week Google acted to ban crypto-currency advertising, while Facebook banned a far-right group Tech Tent looks at growing evidence that the social media firms are now actively editing what appears on their platforms, rather than just sitting back and allowing their users complete freedom to share any kind o...
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Trump holds games violence meeting. Trump holds games violence meeting.
US President Donald Trump has met video games company representatives to discuss violent content. The meeting came in the wake of last month's shooting at a school in Florida in which 17 people died. The president has in the past expressed the view that violent games were "shaping young people's thoughts". But the games industry has defended itself, saying there is no evidence to suggest ...
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Anger at Google image search 'peace deal'. Anger at Google image search 'peace deal'.
Google has made it more difficult for people to save pictures from its image search product, as part of a "peace deal" with photo library Getty Images. In 2017, Getty Images complained to the European Commission, accusing Google of anti-competitive practices. Google said it had removed some features from image search, including the "view image" button. Getty Images said it was a "signific...
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Apple confirms iPhone source code leak Apple confirms iPhone source code leak
Apple has confirmed that some of the source code for its iOS mobile operating system has been leaked online. The boot-up source code used on its older iOS 9 operating platform was posted on code-sharing website Github. Apple typically keeps most of its iOS source code private and ordered Github to remove the content. But it said the leak had not necessarily compromised security. In a s...
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YouTube caught out by coin-mining adverts. YouTube caught out by coin-mining adverts.
YouTube has been briefly caught out by adverts that sought to mine valuable crypto-coins using visitors' computers. The malicious adverts were spotted by security firm Trend Micro, which watches crypto-cash malware. The adverts included computer code that helped them mine the Monero crypto-currency. The rapid rise in the value of crypto-coins has prompted many cyber-crime gangs to try and...
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