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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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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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