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Qualcomm claims Apple shared tech with Intel

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters US chipmaker Qualcomm has accused Apple of sharing its technology with rival suppliers including Intel in a theft intended to improve the performance of non-Qualcomm chips.The complaint, made in a filing in a Californian court, marks the latest clash between the two firms.Apple has separately accused Qualcomm of abusing its market dominance in microchips.Its objections centre around the fees charged by Qualcomm for its technology.For years,
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Instagram: The dog that launched a social media giant

[ad_1] Image copyright Instagram / @beyonce Image caption A post by Beyoncé in which she announced her pregnancy is one of the most popular of all time Instagram has attracted a billion users since it was launched in 2010. Now, its founders have announced they are quitting the company. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have overseen the app's rapid rise. But what made their idea so successful? And how has
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Facebook moderator sues over ‘beheading stress’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters A woman who monitored content on Facebook is suing the company, alleging it does not properly protect those who face mental trauma as a result of viewing distressing images.Moderators are "bombarded" with thousands of images depicting child sexual abuse, torture, bestiality and beheadings, the legal action alleges.It said the social network was "failing to provide a safe workplace".Facebook said its moderators had full access to mental
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Tinder tests new feature for women in India

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Tinder is testing a new feature in India that puts women in control of sending the first message to a match.The dating platform currently works by letting either party send a message once two people have "liked" each other by swiping right on their profile.Rival app Bumble, founded by Whitney Wolfe, who also co-founded Tinder, already has this new feature by default.The two companies are
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Should gammon slur be banned on Twitter?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gammon is often used as an insult Twitter has asked its members to help shape new rules banning "dehumanising speech", in which people are compared to animals or objects.It said language that made people seem "less than human" had repercussions.The social network already has a hateful-conduct policy but has been accused of bias for allowing some types of insulting language to remain online.For
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YouTube channel owner ‘arrested over child sex abuse’

[ad_1] Image copyright YouTube Image caption The channel Mr Rylett co-owns has millions of subscribers The owner of a YouTube channel aimed at girls was arrested in August on suspicion of child sexual abuse, US media is reporting.BuzzFeed claims to have obtained a warrant suggesting Ian Rylett was arrested during a video shoot with one of the girls on his channel.No videos appear to have been posted to the channel
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Labour conference: ‘Nationalise the internet’ call rejected

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Angela Eagle: "Mark Zuckerberg doesn't get to choose' Labour MP Angela Eagle said there were "many ways of skinning a cat" after a Labour member called for the internet to be "nationalised".Jonathan Cooper said the tech giants had to be stopped from creating "echo chambers of hate".Ms Eagle agreed that they should be made to work for the "common good rather than private profit".But
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Instagram co-founders Systrom and Krieger leaving firm

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Instagram's chief executive Kevin Systrom has said he and co-founder Mike Krieger are leaving the firm.Mr Systrom, who heads the popular photo-sharing app launched in 2010, said they were taking some time off to "explore our curiosity and creativity".Instagram, which was purchased by Facebook in 2012 for $1bn (£76m), now has more than 1 billion users.The departure comes amid reports of tension between Instagrams' co-founders
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How translation apps are ironing out embarrassing gaffes

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Machines are getting better at untangling foreign languages, but mistakes persist Translation apps are getting better, but they're still not perfect, particularly for minority languages. Can artificial intelligence and deep neural networks help iron out the glitches?During the World Cup in Russia this summer there was a dramatic spike in the use of Google Translate, the company says, as fans tried to strike
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China shuts down 4,000 websites in purge on ‘improper values’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images China has shut down thousands of websites and online accounts following a three-month campaign against "harmful" content, the state news agency Xinhua has announced.The content, on 4,000 sites, included infringements of copyright and material spreading "improper values, vulgarity or obscenity", it said.But the purge also appeared to be aimed at platforms offering free e-books.China tightly controls the country's internet access.Previous targets have included lottery apps
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Gamer with terminal cancer achieves ‘Ultimate’ goal

[ad_1] Gamer with terminal cancer achieves 'Ultimate' goal By Kris Bramwell BBC UGC & Social News Image copyright Chris Taylor When terminal cancer patient Chris Taylor tweeted that he was scared he would not live to see the latest release of his favourite video game, the social media world responded with gusto.His tweet triggered a campaign that saw thousands of well-wishers help him realise his dream of playing Nintendo's Smash
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3D-printed gun pioneer in jail on sex assault charge

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCody Wilson: The man behind America's 3D-printed gunsCody Wilson is in jail in Houston, Texas, after being charged with the sexual assault of an under-age girl.Mr Wilson runs Defense Distributed, a company that offers blueprints for creating 3D printed guns.He was deported back to the US from Taiwan on 22 September, having travelled there after a warrant was issued for his
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Women harassed after seeking sperm donors online

[ad_1] Image caption Sarah said she felt she could not trust people on the sites Women using unregulated websites to find a sperm donor have been harassed and sent photos of miscarriages, the BBC has found.There are strict criteria for NHS artificial insemination and many women say private treatment is too expensive, so they turn to the internet.One woman told how a potential donor she met turned out to be
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Esports degree: ‘I won’t spend three years playing games’

[ad_1] Image copyright China News Service/ Getty Images Image caption Esports featured at the 2018 Asian Games as a demonstration sport, and will be a full event in 2022 Esports is big business, with the global economy forecast by analysts to reach $900m (£685m) by the end of the year. Riding the wave of this rapidly expanding industry is Staffordshire University, which has just begun teaching undergraduate and masters courses
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Code-cracking WW2 Bombe operation recreated at Bletchley

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The Enigma machine scrambled messages to make them much harder to decipher Computer historians have staged a re-enactment of World War Two code-cracking at Bletchley Park.A replica code-breaking computer called a Bombe was used to decipher a message scrambled by an Enigma machine.Held at the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), the event honoured Polish help with wartime code-cracking.Ruth Bourne, a former wartime code-cracker who
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Dad’s damaged army photo restored by social media

[ad_1] Image copyright Alexiz Connolly Image caption The army picture of Gary Connolly, from Campo, California, was restored after his daughter posted it on a Reddit forum. She first thought it was taken in 1976, later corrected by her dad to 1977 Before digital photography, many images were just snapped and printed once. If that picture became damaged, you had to live with it.Alexiz Connolly, who lives on the Campo
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Tech Tent: Do the police have your biometric digits?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police are testing facial recognition systems Campaign group Big Brother Watch claims that many people who have been wrongly identified by police facial recognition systems still end up in police databases, despite their innocence.On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we hear about growing concerns that governments and law enforcement agencies are collecting biometric data at the expense of privacy.Det Supt Bernie Galopin,
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Instagram’s IGTV recommended ‘abusive’ videos

[ad_1] Image copyright Chesnot Image caption Facebook hopes to compete with YouTube via the IGTV service Instagram has been criticised after sexually suggestive videos of children were recommended to its users.News site Business Insider found the videos during an investigation into Instagram's IGTV app.A video featuring a graphic depiction of genital mutilation was also recommended to many users.Instagram apologised and said it had removed the videos from its service and
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Facebook stops sending staff to help political campaigns

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Image caption Facebook employees advised Donald Trump's election campaign managers Facebook will no longer send employees to work at the offices of political campaigns during elections, the company has announced.The social network used to offer dedicated staff to political campaigns to help them develop their online advertising campaigns.Donald Trump's digital director for the 2016 presidential election has said Facebook's assistance helped him win.Facebook said rival