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Tech firms to remove extremist posts within hours

Firms such as Facebook and Twitter have agreed to do more to remove extremist content within hours of it being posted.

Bitcoin boom prompts growth of coin-mining malware

The coin-mining software can grab processor power and drain phone batteries quickly, warn security firms

Middlesbrough modified Kodi box trader gets suspended jail term

Brian Thompson had planned to argue the law in connection with the boxes was a "grey area".

Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end

The UK government said the firms needed to inform customers when they had paid for their handsets.

Players ‘applaud’ Xi Jinping in Tencent game

The game, which celebrates the Communist Party Congress, lets users "clap" Xi Jinping by tapping their phone screen

How games firm made Destiny 2

Newsbeat has been given exclusive behind the scenes access to Bungie, the gaming studio behind the Halo and Destiny franchises.

Famous Irishmen subject of Westminster Wiki editing spree

Someone with a Westminster IP address has been editing web entries on famous Irish people.

MH370: Malaysia in talks with US firm to restart plane search

The Malaysian government is exploring a "no find-no fee" style deal with Texas-based company Ocean Infinity.

Native American tribe sues Amazon and Microsoft

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe was assigned data-processing patents by technology company SRC Labs.

How does this look? Be your own virtual make-up artist

French cosmetics chain Sephora is using augmented reality so that customers can try on make-up virtually, before buying it.

Amazon: More than 100 cities bid for new headquarters

The deadline is approaching for US cities to submit proposals to host Amazon's new headquarters.

Still photographs spring to life

New software animates still photos so that subjects can be made to smile and pull expressions.

YouTube star Casey Neistat criticises video site's leaders

Award-winning vlogger Casey Neistat claims video creators could leave the service en masse.

Giant robots clash in US-Japan battle

The human-piloted machines fired weapons at one another.

Twitter pledges tougher action against abuse

The social network says it will impose new restrictions on pornographic and hateful imagery.

Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says

A watchdog finds that hackers can track, eavesdrop or even communicate with children.

'Future city' to be built in Canada by Alphabet company

Google sister company Sidewalk Labs is to build a digital city on Toronto's waterfront.

Snapchat to make original TV-style shows

The social media app teams up with NBC to create a new studio where they plan to make original shows.

'First 5G mobile net connection' claimed by Qualcomm

Qualcomm says it has achieved 1Gbps internet speeds using a 5G chip on a mobile device.

Google removes cupcake calorie counter from Maps

Feature showed users how many calories they would burn if they walked to destination.

Amazon and eBay warned by MPs about VAT fraudsters

The websites are accused by MPs of profiting from sellers who do not charge the tax on UK sales.

Social media data shared by spy agencies

Details about the data being collected by GCHQ have emerged at a tribunal about surveillance legality.

Low success rate for government online ID service Verify fails to register most users trying to access government services.

Patent battle pits iPod father v Android creator

A start-up funded by Tony Fadell is suing a smartphone-maker led by Andy Rubin.

Adobe patches Flash bug used for planting spying tools

Kaspersky discovered that Flash files were being embedded in Word documents to deliver spyware.

AI used to detect breast cancer risk

Machine learning is being used to spot whether breast lesions are cancerous or not.

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

The TV series Opposite Number was cancelled following a cyber-attack in 2014.

High speed camera uses 1,000 frames per second

The camera that can process images faster than the eye can see.

Wi-fi security flaw 'puts devices at risk of hacks'

Researchers have revealed details of a major problem with the way wi-fi data is protected.

Huawei Mate 10 uses AI to distinguish cats from dogs

Huawei Mate 10 handsets use a new type of processor to recognise objects being photographed.

Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada

The aircraft sustained only minor damage and landed safely, the Canadian transport minister said.

Australia launches revenge porn reporting tool

One in five Australians have been victims of image-based abuse, but very few report the offence.

Microsoft Windows 10 breaches Dutch privacy law

The Dutch regulator says sanctions may be imposed if Microsoft does not comply.

Daimler recalls 400,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK

More than a million vehicles worldwide are being recalled over a potential airbag safety issue.

China congress: How authorities censor your thoughts

The BBC's Stephen McDonell examines China's clampdown on free speech ahead of the party congress.

Facebook funds anti-bullying training in schools

The tech giant will extend a scheme which trains young people to help those who suffer cyber-bullying.

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

A daily ice bath is "like having morning coffee", the tech giant's president Tim Kendall tells the BBC.

The dome which could help machines understand behaviour

Made up of over 500 cameras, the Panoptic Studio captures motion without the use of markers.

How VR is helping to train a new generation of surgeons

Virtual reality technology that lets trainee surgeons feel "flesh and bone" is developed.

Can we teach robots ethics?

We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this - by themselves - is fast approaching.

40 years since the launch of the Atari 2600

40 Years ago, video games changed forever with the launch of the Atari 2600.

US voices frustration with 'warrant-proof' encryption

Encryption tools in apps such as WhatsApp "thwart law enforcement", says US Deputy Attorney General.

YouTube lifts Swazi bare-breasted dancer restrictions

YouTube denies accusations of racism, saying it wanted to be culturally sensitive about uploads.

Branson's Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Sir Richard is joining the board of the pod-based US transport company.

UK mobile coverage 'deplorable', says Lord Adonis

The national infrastructure commission head also warns the UK faces gridlock on roads, railways and in the skies.

3D-printed concrete cycle bridge opens and other news

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

Political podcasting tips: Miliband, Chorley and Mason

Getting tips about going digital from Ed Miliband, Matt Chorley and Chris Mason.

Fukushima disaster: The robots going where no human can

Click was given rare access to the Fukushima site to see how the decontamination work was progressing.

'Revolutionary' car seat with inbuilt airbag launched

The airbag uses compressed air to cushion a child's neck from the impact of a crash.

Drones used to spot sharks in Australia

Drones become the latest weapon to protect swimmers and surfers from shark attacks.

Krack wi-fi security flaw explained

A major flaw in wi-fi connections has been revealed by security researchers.

World's first floating wind farm starts generating electricity

The five 175-metre high turbines have been installed 15 miles off the Aberdeenshire coast.

Australia's Crown casino denies slot-machine 'tampering'

Australia's parliament hears claims that Crown casino deliberately removed betting options.

Honda unveils a disaster relief robot and other news

BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

Carbon-ion battery could mean rapid charging

British start-up Zap&Go has developed carbon-ion supercapacitors that allow rapid charging.

What future for augmented reality?

Experts predict the AR market could be worth £122 billion by 2024.

UN to monitor AI developments and other tech news

BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.

The global shop

Online retailers have a shop window to the world, but how do you handle all those payments?

Next-generation internet

What will it take to build the ultra-fast internet of the future?

Pest control

How apps using image recognition are helping farmers identify crop diseases.

From pillows to concrete

Carbon emissions contribute to global warming, so could tech that removes them from the air slow the process?

Scam support

A man who runs an online support group says scam victims are not stupid - just unaware of the con.

Blue sky thinking

British scientists played a key role in developing radar, which has helped deliver safer skies.

No more privacy?

Four experts examine the issue of information security in an online world.

Out of control

Carmakers are increasingly sending vehicle software updates wirelessly, but how risky is this?

Close call

5G broadband could be 10 times as fast as 4G and underpin many new technologies of the future.

Quick thinking

Humans still have the upper hand over computers in an argument. For the moment.

A brief tour of Google's Pixel 2 XL

The new flagship handset has an easier way to summon its smart assistant and a unique camera trick.

Amazon Echo smart speaker family expands

Amazon revamps its main Echo smart speaker for the first time since its launch in 2014.

Assassin’s Creed Origins preview

Marc Cieslak previews the latest instalment of the adventure series set in ancient Egypt

Nest's new home security tech

Hands-on with Nest's new home security tech, including a doorbell that connects to an app and a security system.

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