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Facebook apologises for blocking Prager University's videos

Image copyright Facebook Image caption PragerU accused Facebook of “ratcheting up their algorithms” against conservative content Facebook has apologised for removing several videos posted to its platform by a US right-wing non-profit group. Prager University had said some of the clips had been falsely accused of containing hate speech. The conservative organisation specialises in publishing […]

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Honeypot pornography lawyer pleads guilty

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Piracy sites provided data that helped uncover the Prenda Law scheme A US lawyer could be jailed for up to 10 years for helping to upload porn films to file-sharing sites and then sue people who downloaded them. Paul Hansmeier has pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and […]

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Social media faces EU fine if terror lingers for an hour

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Draft EU regulation is being planned to force social media to act more swiftly over terror content The European Commission is planning to order websites to delete extremist content on their sites within an hour to avoid the risk of being fined. The regulation would affect Twitter, Facebook and YouTube […]

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'Exploding' iPad prompts Apple shop evacuation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The shop was closed as potentially irritating fumes cleared Three Apple employees have been treated for minor injuries after an iPad battery reportedly exploded in an Amsterdam shop. The three staff are believed to have breathed vapours released when the battery caught fire. The incident, on 19 August, led […]

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Superfast broadband 'boosts UK business by £9bn'

Image copyright Getty Images Faster broadband has driven a £9bn surge in turnover for businesses, according to new government figures. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) says superfast broadband has now reached almost five million homes and businesses. They say the move has delivered £12.28 benefit for firms for every £1 invested by […]

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Tiptree joins race to build fruit-picking robots

Robots can do so much these days, but scientists have been struggling to teach them how to pick fruit. Humans can make quicker and more accurate decisions about what fruits, such as strawberries, are ripe, and then remove them more delicately. However, a falling labour market is forcing companies to innovate, so experts in Essex […]

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Body scanners to screen LA subway riders

Image copyright Thruvision Image caption The Thruvision camera can detect concealed objects Body scanners will be used on the Los Angeles subway to screen passengers for explosives and weapons, the local transport authority has announced. It is the first mass transport system in the US to adopt the technology. Portable scanners will be used to […]

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The karaoke robot and other technology news

BBC Click’s Emily Bates looks at some of the week’s best technology stories including: Facebook signs an exclusive deal to show every La Liga game for the next three seasons to viewers in several countries including India and Pakistan Moorfields Eye Hospital and Google’s DeepMind find artificial intelligence can diagnose eye disease as accurately as […]

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Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boy hacked Apple because he was a fan of the firm, reports from the court case say A teenage boy from Australia has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple’s network and downloading internal files, according to reports. The 16-year-old accessed 90 gigabytes worth of files, breaking into the […]

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Google employees criticise 'censored China search engine'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new search app would block search terms like human rights and religion Hundreds of Google employees have written to the company to protest against plans to launch a “censored search engine” in China. They said the project raised “urgent moral and ethical questions” and urged the firm to […]

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Brave moo world?

Image copyright Lely Image caption The floating farm will start with about 40 cows milked by robots The world’s first offshore dairy farm opens in the Port of Rotterdam this year, with the aim of helping the city produce more of its own food sustainably. But will such farms ever be able to produce enough […]