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'Facebook in PR crisis mode', says academic at heart of row

Academic Aleksandr Kogan also accuses Cambridge Analytica's boss of fabrication.

WhatsApp to raise minimum age limit to 16 in EU

The messaging app is changing its rules ahead of the introduction of new data privacy regulations in May.

Canada developing quantum radar to detect stealth aircraft

The Canadian government has invested $2.7m in a project developed by the University of Waterloo.

BBC iPlayer streams sport in 4K HDR for first time

A rugby match was livestreamed via iPlayer in a trial featuring the high-quality TV formats.

Ransomware infects Ukraine energy ministry website

Hackers have taken Ukraine's energy ministry website offline, demanding a Bitcoin ransom to release encrypted files.

YouTube publishes deleted videos report

The video-sharing website details the reasons why millions of videos have been removed.

Vodafone rated worst mobile provider by Which? survey

The mobile phone giant is ranked lowest for the seventh year in a row by consumer body Which?.

Chinese tech giants' sexist job ads exposed

Some adverts offered "men only" jobs while others wanted "trim" women applicants, Human Rights Watch found.

TSB online banking chaos continues despite apology

The bank's IT chaos is set to continue into a fifth day despite an apology from the chief executive.

'Nazi pug' video-maker has no regrets

Mark Meechan was fined £800 after teaching a dog to give a Nazi salute.

Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songs

The trial feature skips explicit tracks but only works on Apple devices and lacks a parental lock.

Robot helps Jack McLinden, 14, to be Everton mascot

A robot carried on to the pitch feeds panoramic live images and sound back to Jack McLinden's tablet.

Police 'visit funeral home to unlock dead man's phone'

Police in Florida are criticised for allegedly entering a funeral home to use a dead man's finger to unlock his smartphone.

Russia Telegram ban hits Google and Amazon services

Google and Amazon have been caught up in Russian attempts to block the Telegram messaging app.

Iran's banks banned from dealing in crypto-currencies

Iran bans its banks from using Bitcoin, amid money-laundering concerns.

Apple's Shazam deal faces European probe

Seven countries asked the European Commission to review the purchase of the music identification app.

Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws

The health secretary wants action from the sites on underage use, bullying and screen-time limits.

Ofcom seeks to scrap local TV roll-out

The media regulator says launching more local TV stations in the UK is not viable.

GDPR: Are you ready for the EU's huge data privacy shake-up?

Organisations have just seven weeks to prepare for a major shake-up to EU data privacy laws.

HQ Trivia: The free app giving away thousands of pounds

How does a free app with no adverts go about becoming a success with Hollywood actors whilst giving away thousands in cash?

Facebook removes 'gay sex for rent' posts

An investigation found groups offering free accommodation for young men in exchange for sex.

Google's SMS replacement ready to launch

Android phones are beginning to receive Google's feature-rich new service called Chat.

German supreme court rejects ad-block challenge

Publishing giant Axel Springer has lost a long-running case seeking to limit the use of Adblock Plus.

Meet the robots that can pick and plant better than we can

Farmers are turning to robots to plant seedlings and pick produce because of human worker shortages.

Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

A total of 1.5 billion international Facebook users will not be protected under GDPR.

TalkTalk and Vodafone top complaints chart again

TalkTalk, Vodafone and BT drew the most complaints for their services, the regulator says.

Ikea's TaskRabbit app back online after data breach

The odd jobs marketplace has been investigating a "cyber-security incident".

Bitcoin peaks and falls become race tracks

The rapidly changing value of crypto-currency has been turned into a mobile game.

NHS website defaced by hackers

The digital vandalism was spotted by a security researcher and has since been fixed.

Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Amid a privacy crisis, Facebook asks permission to expand use of facial recognition technology.

Are AI fairytales the future?

The first AI fairytale has been written by an algorithm, a company claims - a taste of future story-telling? Penis advert appeared in video game apps

US retailer is admonished by UK ad watchdog for the third time since November.

Steep rise in child abuse images online, charity reports

The Internet Watch Foundation found more than 78,000 website addresses with child abuse images in 2017.

Iceland's Bitcoin heist suspect 'flees on PM's plane'

The man fled from Iceland to Sweden on a passenger plane reportedly also carrying the prime minister.

NHS ransomware attack response criticised

MPs say it is "alarming" plans to improve cyber-security after the Wannacry attack have not been agreed.

Ikea app TaskRabbit reveals security breach

TaskRabbit says it is working with law enforcement, and its website is offline.

Russia's Telegram block hits web users

Russia blocks millions of IP addresses in move to shut down Telegram messaging platform.

School warns over Roblox and Fortnite online games

Roblox and Fortnite enable players to talk to interact with each other via online chat.

Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

Damages could amount to "billions of dollars", the judge says.

T-Mobile fined over false ringtones

The firm paid $40m (£27m) over claims it employed false ringtones rather than fixing call problems.

What Remains of Edith Finch wins Bafta's top games award

What Remains of Edith Finch scores an upset by beating Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice at the Baftas.

Nintendo celebrates Bafta hat trick

Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi says he is "very happy" with the company's success at the Baftas.

Hellblade: Our big risk paid off with five Bafta wins

Making a video game about mental health was worth the risk, says its creator.

Tim Schafer: My games suffered 'bit rot'

The award-winning games designer says many of his classics became unplayable on modern machines.

South Korea turns off loudspeaker broadcasts into North

South Korea says silencing the propaganda broadcasts will help set the mood for the inter-Korean summit.

Minister ridiculed for saying ancient India invented internet

Biplap Deb cited the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata but his statement has attracted ridicule.

Lab-grown meat

The meat industry, a major contributor to CO2 emissions and deforestation, is facing competition.

Robo farmers

Farmers are working on robotic solutions due to a shortage of human workers to pick difficult crops.

Life of a meme

What do pictures of two guys pointing at each other and yelling tell us about how a meme begins and ends?

Ninjas and nanobots

Is the fusion of biology and technology speeding us towards a synthetic future?

First timer

The big winner at the Bafta Games Awards was Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, including Best Performer - won by a video editor.

Coffee trends

Coffee in five charts: How coffee drinking varies around the world.

Bug hunters

Big rewards are available for hackers who can spot when websites have got their coding wrong.

'600 apps had my data'

Data harvesting is a multi-billion dollar industry privacy campaigners believe is far too opaque.

What does the future hold for humanoid robots?

Machines that can fully mimic natural body movements are still a long way off, says Will Jackson.

Aubrey de Grey: Treating ageing as a curable disease

The scientist aims to develop therapies to repair damage at the molecular and cellular level.

NanoMap: How uncertainty helps this drone fly

MIT CSAIL's NanoMap system enables drones to avoid obstacles while flying at 20 mph (32km/h)

Visual effects behind Thor: Ragnarok

Click talks to Alexis Wajsbrot, the visual effects supervisor for Thor: Ragnarok.

Shark-spotting drones help keep swimmers safe

The drones sound an on-board siren to warn swimmers when spotting a nearby shark.

The senior citizens taking on coding

In Singapore, senior citizens are learning how to code computer programs on training courses designed to modernise skills and keep older brains sharp.

Amazon Echo trial to help elderly and disabled people

As many councils struggle with budget issues to deliver services such as social care, new technology is being used in one trial area.

Robot visits a pub for Westworld promotion and other news

BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

Russia's Telegram ban 'failing'

The messaging app is working around attempts to block it by authorities.

God of War: Giving gaming new emotions

The team behind God of War tell Newsbeat the gaming industry is maturing to tackle more complex emotions than ever before.

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