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Instagram might be creating a standalone shopping app, report says Instagram might be creating a standalone shopping app, report says
Instagram is working to develop a standalone app that would allow users to browse and purchase goods, according to a report published by The Verge on Tuesday. The e-commerce platform is currently in development, but could be canceled before its release, the publication says, citing "two people familiar with the matter." The app could be called "IG Shopping," the site reports. With millio...
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Woman sues US border agents over seized iPhone Woman sues US border agents over seized iPhone
An American woman who had her phone seized by border agents as she returned home to the United States is suing the country's border protection agency. Rejhane Lazoja was stopped at Newark airport, New Jersey, after returning from a trip to Switzerland in February. Her iPhone was seized by agents after she refused to unlock it for them. The lawsuit alleges that border agents took a copy of...
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Gab user's anti-Semitic posts removed Gab user's anti-Semitic posts removed
Two anti-Semitic posts have been deleted from fringe social network Gab after Microsoft, citing the content, threatened to take the site down. The posts were made by Patrick Little, who says he is running for US president and wants to remove Jewish people from America. Microsoft hosts Gab on its Azure cloud service. Gab's founder Andrew Torba said that one of the posts "unquestionably" br...
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Virtual reality paintings possible in Moscow art gallery Virtual reality paintings possible in Moscow art gallery
Visitors to the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow are using virtual reality to explore the studios of two 20th Century Russian artists. Wearing a VR headset, users can create compositions, put colours on a canvas and upload the result to social media. Dutch company VRTech Group recreated the workrooms of two avant-garde artists using photos and descriptions. The director of the Moscow gal...
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Hackers net almost $1m in Russian bank raid Hackers net almost $1m in Russian bank raid
A notorious hacking gang has struck again, stealing almost 700,000 ($910,000) from a Russian bank, reports a cyber-security company. Group-IB was called in to help Russia's PIR Bank after it noticed the theft, said the firm. The raid is believed to have been carried out by the MoneyTaker gang which has hit other financial firms. In 2017 it was suspected of stealing nearly 7.5m ($10m) fr...
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Apple employee 'stole driverless car secrets' Apple employee 'stole driverless car secrets'
A former Apple employee has been accused of stealing the company's self-driving car secrets and trying to flee to China with them. Xiaolang Zhang worked on Apple's driverless car project but allegedly planned to move to Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up Xiaopeng Motors, the company says in court documents. He was arrested at San Jose airport, California, on 7 July. The FBI has charged h...
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Microsoft staff demand firm ends Border Patrol contract Microsoft staff demand firm ends Border Patrol contract
An open letter signed by more than 100 Microsoft employees has called on the tech giant to stop its work with US Border Patrol. The call comes as the Trump administration faces intense criticism over the separation of children from their families at the Mexican border. The letter, posted on an internal message board and published by the New York Times, said the employees "refuse to be compli...
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Tech Tent - Glued to our phones Tech Tent - Glued to our phones
Was this the week that we woke up to our addiction to smartphones? That is just one of the topics we discuss in a special edition of Tech Tent live from the Cheltenham Science Festival. This week, Apple spent quite a lot of the opening keynote speech of its Worldwide Developers Conference talking about ways to make us use the iPhone less. It introduced features which it said would allow user...
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Asus 'phone with a fan' among weird gadgets at Computex Asus 'phone with a fan' among weird gadgets at Computex
A gaming phone with a removable fan, and a dual-screen laptop are among the new gadgets on show at the Computex conference in Taiwan. Computer giant Asus revealed a powerful handset designed for gamers that comes with a clip-on fan to keep it cool during "strenuous gaming sessions". It also showed off new laptops with dual screens, which it plans to sell in 2019. But rival Lenovo was crit...
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Google search reveals names of rape victims Google search reveals names of rape victims
Google's auto-complete and related search functions are revealing the identity of rape victims who have been granted anonymity. The issue was discovered in a Times newspaper investigation of several prominent sexual assault cases. Searches for attackers or alleged attackers automatically reveal the names of the women they have been accused of raping. Google said it had removed all example...
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