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Facebook told to stop tracking in Belgium

Facebook is ordered to stop tracking people without consent, by a court in Belgium.

Anger at Google image search 'peace deal'

The search giant will remove features from its image search to appease Getty Images.

Hot on Instagram - but is it art?

Should social media-friendly experiences designed to make striking photos be considered art?

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering

The named Russians are indicted along with three Russian companies by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Call for women-only Uber Pools for London

Customers should be allowed to "choose who they share vehicles with", says Transport for London.

Instagram submits to Russia censor's demands

Service blocks access to corruption claim-related posts despite YouTube failing to meet similar demand.

Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker

The latest versions of the web browser will block "annoying intrusive" ads from today.

Snapchat petition attracts one million signatures

Snapchat's changes have sparked a backlash as users complain that it is more difficult to use.

'Anti-Clinton' Wikileaks chat leaked

Leaked copies of a private chat suggest Wikileaks wanted a Republican candidate to become president.

UK and US blame Russia for 'malicious' NotPetya cyber-attack

Britain and the US say the Russian military was behind the NotPetya attack which hit firms worldwide.

Apple's HomePod speakers leave white marks on wood

The tech firm has said owners may have to re-oil surfaces if the ring marks do not fade.

Social networks 'too slow' on rights changes

The European Commission wants Facebook, Google and Twitter to do more to protect consumer rights.

Crypto-currency craze 'hinders search for alien life'

A scientist says the search for alien intelligence has been hit by a shortage of computer hardware.

Search tool accesses firms' documents in the cloud

A website lets people freely look for sensitive data stored on servers at Amazon Web Services.

AI does grunt work on China's pig farms

Alibaba rolls out a system that analyses pig squeals and coughs to improve pork production.

YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans

Russia's internet watchdog has ordered videos and images on the services to be blocked by end of day.

eSports' Overwatch League announces its first female player

Kim "Geguri" Se-Yeon is the first female player in the history of the eSports Overwatch League.

Amazon Echo Dot ad cleared over cat food order

A television ad that caused a viewer's Echo Dot device to try to order cat food has been cleared.

Ten gigabit home broadband tested in UK

A proof-of-concept test of 10Gbps has been conducted in a residential home in London.

Logan Paul 'won't be kicked off' YouTube

The controversial star hasn't done enough to warrant a ban from the site, YouTube's head says.

Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

Data centres mining the crypto-currency will use more electricity than homes this year, an energy firm says.

Criminals hide 'billions' in crypto-cash - Europol

Cryptocurrencies are being used by criminals to launder billions of pounds, Europol warns.

Amazon plans hundreds of lay-offs

The e-commerce giant has grown rapidly in recent years but is now closing jobs in Seattle and worldwide.

Facebook broke German privacy laws, court rules

A German regional court rules that the social network failed to obtain proper consent to some of its features.

Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash

A security expert says thousands of sites used visitors' computers to mine cryptocurrency.

Winter Olympics hit by cyber-attack

The website for the Games suddenly went offline on 9 February after being attacked, officials say.

Equifax under pressure after data breach update

A US senator gives the credit rating firm a week to reveal more information about 2017's cyber-attack.

Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google

Unilever says it will not invest in platforms that do not police extremist and criminal content.

Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

The patients learnt to use the technique in their daily lives to reduce the power of hallucinations.

Sports Direct to offer e-sports in Game Digital tie-up

The move comes as the retailer increases its collaboration with specialist games firm Game Digital.

Is social media causing childhood depression?

Do children spend too much time online and does social media use make them anxious and unhappy?

Winter Olympics: Drone display in opening ceremony was pre-recorded

The spectacular sight of 1,218 drones forming the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics was pre-recorded.

New Sega Mega Drive game made on '90s kit

The Sega Mega Drive games console gets a new game more than 20 years after it went on sale.

Facebook testing 'downvote' button

The social network is testing a feature that lets people hide offensive comments.

Apple confirms iPhone source code leak

Some of the secret code used in Apple's iOS 9 mobile operating system is leaked online.

EE 'shoebox' to tackle broadband not-spots

EE will sell a 4G antenna to bring fast broadband to homes in rural areas.

YouTube drops ads from Logan Paul channels

In December, the video blogger was criticised for uploading a video of a dead body.

Russian nuclear scientists arrested for 'Bitcoin mining plot'

Reports say scientists at a Russian nuclear bomb factory tried to mine crypto-currencies.

Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues

Campaigners are concerned that smart home specialist Nest will no longer be a separate business.

Facebook moderator: I had to be prepared to see anything

A former moderator for the social network recalls some of the content she had to tackle.

Reddit bans deepfake porn videos

The discussion site bans all faked pornography that uses people's faces without their permission.

Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow dies, aged 70

He was an advocate of free speech and also wrote lyrics for the Grateful Dead rock group.

Robots compete in skiing challenge and other news

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

Blade Runner 2049: How we recreated a character

The filmmakers wanted one of the characters to appear in the new film looking as they did in 1982.

'Phenomenal' robot surgery speeds up man's recovery

Owen Veldhuizen says the surgery, which saw a robot used to operate on his heart, was "phenomenal".

Computer reconstructs St Valentine's face

A reconstruction is made of the saint's face, based on human remains thought to belong to him.

The 3D projections that float in the air

Researchers at Brigham Young University nicknamed it the Princess Leia project.

Flying cars: Will they ever take off?

Some companies are trying to fulfil the long-cherished dream of making a car that can fly. But how practical or affordable will they be?

Quantum computers 'one step closer'

Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the recent development of a silicon-based programmable quantum processor.

Taiwan's pedestrian crossing men get girlfriends

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Taiwan's street crossing men have got girlfriends.

Cryonics: Your body preserved for future revival?

Arizona-based company Alcor offers cryonic preservation in the hope of reviving you in the future.

ColorFab: 3D printer can change colour of objects

MIT is making a new kind of 3D printer that can change the colour of the objects you print.

Night Shift: Game aims to help doctors detect trauma

A doctor has designed a video game about treating patients with severe injuries.

PowerWatch: The smartwatch powered by body heat

The watch uses thermoelectric technology to covert body heat energy into electricity.

Humble origins

Sweden is one of the most innovative countries in the world, but the business culture discourages bragging.

Biggest carmaker

Working out who sells the most cars is more complicated than you might think.

YouTube couples

In the latest Newsbeat Documentary, vlogger Ben Hunte looks at couples revealing all on YouTube and Instagram.

Tinder revolution

Online dating has become the standard way to find a partner these days. Can AI make it even better?

Terror pranks

Fake bombs, staged murders, stunts that resemble acid attacks - why are YouTubers posting "terror pranks"?

Profile: Elon Musk

Elon Musk just launched the world's most powerful rocket. It's only a fraction of what he's up to.

Potato plastics

Better recycling and compostable materials could be an answer to our plastic pollution problem.

Computer says no

More firms are relying on artificial intelligence and automation to speed up recruitment, but at what cost?

Computer pioneers

Florin and Mariuca Talpes started their $600m IT firm Bitdefender after Romania's 1989 revolution.

AI detects Islamic State video uploads

An algorithm that detects propaganda made by the Islamic State group is developed in the UK.

Die With Me: The chat app for those with a low battery

The Die With Me app only works when you have 5% battery or less.

The bodyhackers enhancing the human form

The BBC meets bodyhackers determined to push the human body into new territory.

The tech making fashion accessible for disabled people

Open Style Lab combines technology and fashion to make clothing more accessible for disabled people.

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