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Uber to open Paris lab for flying taxis

Image copyright Uber Image caption The aircraft is a cross between a plane and a helicopter Uber’s plan to create flying taxis moved a step closer as the ride-hailing firm announced that it will open a laboratory in Paris to develop them. It will invest €20m (£17.5m) over five years to create AI algorithms and […]

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GDPR quiz: How will data privacy law affect you?

Tougher data privacy rules come into effect on Friday, impacting any organisation handling personal information linked to EU residents. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is pretty complex and it looks like many firms are still struggling to understand what it means for them, even at this late stage. Many members of the public are […]

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Uber ends Arizona driverless car programme

Image copyright Reuters Image caption National Transportation Safety Board investigators have examined the vehicle involved in the crash Uber has pulled the plug on its self-driving car operation in Arizona two months after a pedestrian was killed in an accident involving one of its cars. However, the ride-hailing company said it hopes to resume self-driving […]

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Trump barred from blocking Twitter users by judge

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump – seen through a phone – speaks from the Oval Office at the White House US President Donald Trump may not “block” Twitter users from viewing his online profile due to their political beliefs, a judge in New York has ruled. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in […]

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Steam store school-shooting game 'appalling'

Image copyright Steam A “school-shooting simulator” video game has been described as “appalling” by an anti-gun violence charity. According to its listing on the Steam video game store, the software lets players “slaughter as many civilians as possible” in a school environment. Charity Infer Trust called on Valve – the company behind the Steam games […]

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UK military fears robots learning war from video games

Image copyright Blizzard Image caption Starcraft is a fast-moving strategy game played in real time Robots that train themselves in battle tactics by playing video games could be used to mount cyber-attacks, the UK military fears. The warning is in a Ministry of Defence report on artificial intelligence. Researchers in Silicon Valley are using strategy […]

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BMW cars found to contain more than a dozen flaws

Image copyright Keen Lab Image caption The hack attack tests were all carried out in controlled environments BMW’s car computer systems have been found to contain 14 separate flaws, according to a study by a Chinese cyber-security lab. They could, in theory, let hackers take at least partial control of affected vehicles while in use. […]

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Uber gives drivers sick pay and parental leave

Image copyright Casey Gutteridge / Uber Ride hailing firm Uber will give its European drivers access to medical cover and compensation for work-related injuries. The new protections include sick pay, parental leave and bereavement payments. Uber said it previously “focused too much on growth and not enough on the people who made that growth possible”. […]

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I wish mum's phone was never invented

Image copyright Jen Adams Beason Mobile phones are bad for us. We know because every day there is a news story telling us so, or at least it can feel like that. But no-one ever actually puts their phone down after hearing these reports, right? What if children told you exactly how your WhatsApping, Instagramming, […]