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Schools warned over hackable heating systems

A researcher finds dozens of UK schools' smart heating systems are vulnerable to being attacked.

Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat

The online retailer has put streaming gadgets from Google back on sale, ending a two-year hiatus

US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say

She is accused of taking out fraudulent bank loans and buying bitcoin to funnel cash to IS.

NatWest bank spat prompts web security changes

The bank told a security expert "sorry you feel this way" when a potential vulnerability was found.

Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal

BT will supply its sports channels to Sky, while selling Sky's Now TV service to its customers.

'Flirty secretary' smart assistant taken offline in China

The avatar, which could be made to flirt and dance, is offline after a suggestion it objectified women.

Star Citizen game makers being sued

Crytek alleges Roberts Space Industries (RSI) and Cloud Imperium Games "have caused substantial harm".

Mirai botnet: Three admit creating and running attack tool

Three men admit creating and running Mirai, a botnet used to block access to much of the web.

Broadband over 'wet string' tested for fun

A small, independent ISPs manages to get speeds of 3.5 megabits from broadband over wet string.

Starbucks cafe's wi-fi made computers mine crypto-currency

Visitors to an Argentine branch of the coffee chain are targeted with crypto-currency malware.

Twitter 'baby poop' video launches spam

The video also gains permission to access Twitter account and can spy on private communications.

LinkedIn hosted jihadist lectures, Blair institute reveals

Lectures and essays by Islamist extremists have been shared on the Microsoft-owned social network.

'Meghan Markle' and 'fidget spinners' top UK Google search

Other most searched topics included the UK general election and the crypto-currency Bitcoin.

Netflix defends A Christmas Prince tweet

The platform sent a tweet addressing the "53 people" that have watched the film 18 days in a row.

Google to open artificial intelligence centre in China

Silicon Valley giants are focusing heavily on artificial intelligence and its future applications.

Tech firms could be held liable for extremism and abuse

The BBC understands that an independent ethics watchdog will recommend new laws on online content.

MoneyTaker hackers reportedly steal £7.5m from ATMs

The MoneyTaker group has also stolen banking documents that may be used in future attacks.

Deliveroo and UberEats restaurant clients face new rules

Restaurants face having to seek planning permission if they heavily use food delivery apps.

Does Bitcoin use more electricity than Ireland?

Does the crypto-currency Bitcoin really use more electricity than Ireland?

Skin betting: 'Children as young as 11 introduced to gambling'

Gamers as young as 11 bet using virtual weapons within video games which are then exchanged for cash.

Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock calls it "something of a disappointment" that he has to state it publicly.

'You are being programmed,' former Facebook executive warns

A former executive for the social network has blasted social media for "ripping society apart".

US regulator halts Munchee digital-token sale

The SEC halts an initial coin offering and warns consumers of the dangers of crypto-currency investment.

Facebook to overhaul Irish tax scheme

The advertising giant is to change its tax arrangements in about 30 countries after a similar move in the UK.

PubG creator says games need 'better protection' from copycat titles

The man who created Player Unknown's Battlegrounds talks to Radio 1's Gaming Show about the problem of developers copying ideas.

Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

Rivalry against Spotify and augmented reality ambitions are two possible reasons for the takeover.

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

A researcher finds more than 460 models have the hidden software pre-installed.

Facebook: Jokes 'no excuse' for harassment

Facebook shares its internal policy for dealing with harassment.

It's time to 'embrace an android' says Labour's deputy leader

Robots can "set us free" by taking over routine everyday tasks says Labour's deputy Tom Watson.

German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage

Germany's spy agency says China is using the site to gather information on politicians.

Bitcoin futures trading begins on CBOE exchange in Chicago

Bitcoin rises 17% to above $18,000 on its futures debut, a move seen as legitimising the currency.

Calls for Twitch to police 'sexual streaming'

The game streaming site has been criticised for tolerating a growing number of 'sexual streamers'

Apple 'to buy Shazam for $400m'

The music recognition app already makes most of its money by referring music buyers to Apple's iTunes.

Uber settles defamation lawsuit filed by Indian rape victim

A woman raped by a driver in Delhi says executives got her medical records after doubting her story.

Bitcoin: 'I'm part of a crazy wave'

Three people share their experiences of buying Bitcoin.

Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable

The company has fixed a flaw in its HomeKit that let unauthorised people control smart home gadgets.

Spotify and Tencent Music buy stake in each other

Two of the world's most popular online music streaming services are buying shares in one another.

What do you know about net neutrality?

The FCC is expected to vote to overturn Obama-era laws relating to net neutrality. We asked people in Washington what they thought about that.

What is net neutrality and how could it affect you?

An Obama-era law that protects "net neutrality" is repealed by a US regulator, so what does it mean?

Paternoster: The rare lift that went over the top

As one of the last examples of a unique elevator closes in Leicester, is it hasta la vista Paternoster?

Origami robot muscles lift 1,000 times its own weight

The artificial muscles can be programmed with a range of motions including twisting and rotation.

The apps helping keep Rio safe

How data is being used to help monitor crime in Rio de Janeiro.

Drone smugglers caught on camera

The Ministry of Justice has released footage of a gang caught using a drone to deliver contraband to prisons.

Computers write new Harry Potter chapter

Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash is the title of a new story created by computer wizards.

GTA Online: Frank Ocean has a new radio station in the game

In the GTA Online's latest update, Frank brings his Beats 1 Blonded radio show to Los Santos.

OnePlus: Inside its smartphone factory

Click gets exclusive access to a factory in Shenzhen to see how the new OnePlus 5T phone is made.

Simulator trains teachers to deal with mass shootings

In the last four years there have been more than 200 school shootings in the United States.

Baidu's voice-controlled smart speaker and other news

BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

CAST studies how robots could work better with people

A new research lab is looking to find the best ways to train robots to work with people.

Locked out

The internet of things poses new threats to our security, so how should we be fighting back?

Fast/slow lanes

An introduction to the net neutrality debate after US regulators voted to change the rules.

Care for all

These are the choices faced by many families living in Kenya's slums. Could technology help?

Chat and pay

People are paying friends, family and firms through their social media apps.

Look at me

Live streaming in Asia has boomed thanks to a massive youth market who spend big through mobile apps.

Hola mundo

Babbel, one of the world's most popular language learning websites, was set up by friends after one of them wanted to learn Spanish.

Dangerous milk

The tech tackling fake baby formula, dodgy drugs, conflict diamonds and fishy fish.

Powering up

They won't give you superhuman strength, but exoskeletons are making physical tasks easier.

Is Apple getting sloppy?

A security bug in the new Mac operating system has raised concerns that the firm's standards are slipping.

Super vision

Imagine pointing your phone's camera at any object and being given useful information about it.

Disability sport: Prosthetic feet help amputees snowboard

Reporter Kat Hawkins tried out prosthetic feet designed for skiing and snowboarding.

Google Pixel Buds language translation tested

Rory puts Google's language translating headphones through their paces, with varying results.

Tencent: Inside the company's new AI lab

China's biggest social media company is developing new apps which use artificial intelligence.

Xbox One X: Microsoft's new console reviewed

The console can display 4K 60 frames-per-second graphics in high dynamic range.

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