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Ex-engineer sues Google, saying he was fired for condemning diversity memo

Tim Chevalier says he lost his job over posts on internal forums amid controversy following James Damore’s comments on gender<p>A former Google engineer has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was fired for speaking out against James Damore’s controversial memo about gender, the latest development in a …

Rights & Freedoms

YouTube promotes conspiracy videos attacking Florida's shooting survivors

Site removes video that became No 1 trending clip as search results lead to claims students are ‘crisis actors’<p>YouTube is promoting conspiracy theory videos claiming that survivors of last week’s Florida school shooting are “crisis actors”, in the latest example of technology companies failing to …

Internet

Meet the Musks: who's who in Elon’s extended family?

The entrepreneur’s brother, Kimbal, is making the news, but since mother Musk flew around the world in a propeller plane, the whole clan has been involved in eye-catching initiatives<p>We know plenty about Elon Musk, the South African-born erstwhile teen mega-nerd, PayPal co-founder and Tesla boss …

Elon Musk

Boston Dynamics is teaching its robot dog to fight back against humans

‘Testing robustness’ apparently crucial to SpotMini’s development, with machine showing it won’t be perturbed by human interference<p>It appears that, just like their flesh and blood counterparts, you just can’t put a good robot dog down, even if you’re a human fighting it for control of a door.<p>Boston …

Robotics

Citymapper launches bus-taxi hybrid Smart Ride in London

Exclusive: transit app firm says new service has stops like a bus, is bookable like a cab and runs on a network like a tube train<p>London-based transit app Citymapper is today launching Smart Ride, a hybrid bus and taxi service that will take riders around a fixed network in the capital.<p>The company …

Transportation

Growth of AI could boost cybercrime and security threats, report warns

Experts say action must be taken to control artificial intelligence tech<p>Wanton proliferation of artificial intelligence technologies could enable new forms of cybercrime, political disruption and even physical attacks within five years, a group of 26 experts from around the world have warned.<p>In a …

Artificial Intelligence

Letter: John Perry Barlow obituary

“I’d rather pump septic tanks,” John Perry Barlow told me in a Chinese restaurant in 1995 to explain how much he hated writing. “You can never tell whether you did any good or not.”<p>We were all attending a nearby Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference. Barlow was then hashing out the beginnings …

Cyberspace

Is Spotify getting ready to challenge Apple with its own speaker?

Music streaming service is gearing up to make its first physical products as it faces blockade from rivals<p>Spotify is working on a line of “category defining” hardware products and is ready to start setting up the manufacturing process.<p>The streaming music company intends to create a hardware …

Music Industry

Bad News: the game researchers hope will 'vaccinate' public against fake news

Aim is for players to build a fake news empire, which researchers hope will expose propaganda tactics<p>Fake news is already an entire industry, an anti-democratic weapon, a movie, a play, an insult and a cliche.<p>Now it is being turned into a game – to help people understand its wiles and …

Fake News

UberEats driver suspected of fatally shooting customer in Atlanta

Police say 30-year-old man was shot, and later died, following possible ‘exchange of words’ with delivery driver for on-demand app<p>Police say an Atlanta food delivery driver accused of shooting a customer dead is now in custody.<p>Local media reported that 36-year-old Robert Bivines turned himself in …

Autonomous Vehicle

Samsung Galaxy S9: everything we think we know about the new smartphones

Company’s new flagships expected to continue full-screen, curved glass design of S8, with a dual camera for the S9+<p>Samsung will launch its new Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagship pair of smartphones, the follow up to the popular Galaxy S8 range, in Barcelona on 25 February. Here is everything we think we …

Phones

Gambling tycoon builds $100m bitcoin-funded Antiguan resort

‘His excellency’ Calvin Ayre says project will be entirely funded from digital currency profits<p>Calvin Ayre, a gambling and bitcoin multi-millionaire who was once on the run from the US authorities, is building a $100m five-star resort on Antigua funded by profits from digital …

Bitcoin

Elon Musk’s dream ideas

From superfast trains to colonising Mars – a selection of Elon Musk’s extraordinary ideas<p>Colonising Mars<p>Musk’s SpaceX enterprise was founded with the intention of making space travel affordable. By extension, Musk has stated that he hopes human beings will one day become a “multi-planetary …

Tesla

Temple Cycles Adventure review: ‘Perfect for hill passes, pints and pasties’

Whatever two-wheel adventures you are planning, this classy take on the all-round gravel bike will make the ideal companion<p><b>Temple Cycles Adventure Disc</b><b><br>Price</b> £1,595, templecycles.co.uk<b><br>Frame</b> Reynolds steel<b><br>Gears</b> Shimano 105<b><br>Saddle</b> Brooks<b><br>Brakes</b> TRP Spyre<p>If you’ve cycled in the West Country, you’ll know …

Cycling

Seat Arona preview: ‘A savvy little car’

Is a 1-litre engine enough? The new compact crossover from Seat proves you can pack a punch no matter your size<p><b>Seat Arona</b><b><br>Price</b> £15,555<b><br>Top speed</b> 113mph<b><br>0-62mph</b> 11.2 seconds<b><br>MPG</b> 57.6<b><br>CO2</b> 111g/km<p>For a certain generation of people, the idea of a 1-litre engine is total anathema. For them, the very thought …

As Peter Thiel ditches Silicon Valley for LA, locals tout 'conservative renaissance'

The outspoken libertarian’s departure is a sign of the times, say LA conservatives, as Silicon Valley faces criticism for silencing alternative viewpoints<p>The only living Trump supporter in Silicon Valley<p>If the billionaire tech investor and noted libertarian Peter Thiel really does leave Silicon …

Silicon Valley

How to explain the inflatable penises

Bath holiday lets | 1970s contraception | Mattinata | Dame’s Delight | Birthday listings | Jazz thanks<p>In Bath it is not just Airbnb that’s a problem (Letters, 15 February). A housing association is renting out former council homes as holiday lets. One is let to hen parties, leaving neighbours to …

Opera

Facebook ordered to stop collecting user data by Belgian court

Social network instructed to delete illegally collected data or face €100m in fines after it loses case over consent and tracking<p>Facebook has been ordered by a Belgian court to stop collecting data on users or face daily fines of €250,000 a day, or up to €100m.<p>The court ruled on Friday that …

Privacy

'Parents killed it': why Facebook is losing its teenage users

This year more than 3 million under-25s in the UK and US are expected to leave the site<p>When Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook he was a 19-year-old living in a dorm in his second year at university. Fast-forward 14 years and it is the young people he was so successful in luring to Facebook to propel …

Social Media

Uber to set up 24-hour hotline for UK customers

Taxi-hailing app promises to proactively report any serious incidents to police<p>Uber has announced it is to set up a 24-hour hotline for UK customers and will proactively report incidents to the police, a day after London’s transport authorities announced plans for tighter controls on private hire …

Autonomous Vehicle

Apple bug crashes apps that display Telugu character

Company is working to fix glitch in software update that can put devices into bootloop<p>Apple is working urgently to fix a bug in its latest software update that crashes applications that display a particular letter from the south Indian language Telugu.<p>Typing or receiving a message that contains the …

Andhra Pradesh

The next level of driverless cars: how to solve the problem of humans falling asleep

Next wave of development will see drivers only expected to intervene when the car requests it, say researchers<p>Driving down the motorway in a swanky semi-autonomous car, the vehicle is at its own wheel, humming along smoothly. But coming off a slip road it is over to you. The only trouble is, you’ve …

Driverless Cars

Can we really trust Google as judge, jury and executioner of online ads?

With cries of undue influence over the industry body deciding which ads to ban, is new Chrome adblocking too self-serving?<p>From today, users of Google Chrome, the most popular web browser in the world, will no longer see 12 types of online adverts which have been deemed to be “intrusive” by a group …

Digital Advertising

'Don’t tell me to oil my wood': users angry at marks left by Apple HomePod

White rings formed due to oils and polish in the wood reacting negatively with the silicone foot on the bottom of £319 speaker<p>Early adopters of Apple’s new £319 HomePod smart speaker have started complaining that the “new sound of home” is leaving white ring marks on wooden surfaces that are …

Woodworking

Bitcoin is 'noxious poison', says Warren Buffett's investment chief

Billionaire vice-chair of Berkshire Hathaway calls for crackdown on ‘asinine’ cryptocurrency<p>Bitcoin is heading towards $10,000 again, despite comments from the US billionaire Charles Munger who described the digital currency as “noxious poison”.<p>Munger, the vice-chairman of Warren Buffett’s …

Cryptocurrency

Is it worth buying a refurbished PC for under £150?

Mark needs to replace a 10-year-old desktop computer on a budget. Is a refurbished model a good option?<p>I’m considering buying a new general-purpose home computer for $200 [£142] or less, and I’d like a mini-tower that I can easily repair and upgrade.I will use it on the web, to scan photographs …

Linux Mint

Google turns on default adblocker within Chrome

Users of latest Chrome browser on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Android will have some of most intrusive types of ads blocked automatically<p>Comment: Can we really trust Google as judge, jury and executioner of online ads?<p>Google will start automatically blocking intrusive ads within its Chrome browser …

Digital Advertising

US joins UK in blaming Russia for NotPetya cyber-attack

White House labels Kremlin ‘reckless’, while UK says it ‘undermined democracy’<p>The US and UK governments have publicly blamed Russia for a crippling cyber-attack last year that targeted Ukraine and spread around the world.<p>On Thursday, Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said that the …

Russia

Sonos One review: the best smart speaker for audiophiles

The company’s first foray into smart tech adds Amazon’s Alexa to a great wireless speaker to create a formidable combo<p>Having practically invented the multi-room wireless speaker category in 2005, Sonos has lagged behind in the race to become smart. Now the Sonos One is here, packing Alexa in the …

Smart Homes