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Why too much investment in your startup can be as bad as too little

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Public Domain Pictures When news broke that Oracle had paid $850 million for ad-tech auditor Moat in May, there were eyebrows raised from Shoreditch to Silicon Valley. It’s a lot of money, even in the super-inflated terms of US venture capitalists. Work Smarter: insights, lessons and tips from the world’s most successful people Work Smarter:…

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How safe is your internet router?

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Virgin Media is warning its customers to change the password on their internet routers. A Which? investigation found its Super Hub 2 router is vulnerable to hackers.

The gig economy threatens to takes us back to pre-Industrial Revolution times

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DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / Getty The price of your Deliveroo dinner? £2.50 plus the cost of food. Tip optional. The price of your Uber ride? £2.50, then 15p/minute. Tips will be optional, one day (eight years post-launch). The price of your next day Amazon delivery? With £79-a-year Prime membership, nothing (or 21p a day, depending on…

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Translations from across the world prove we are united by goodness and beauty

StanRohrer/iStock At times, it can feel like the world is more divided than it is united. It is all too easy to be separated by miles, ideas, or by languages. However, recent studies into the most popular translated word choices across the world remind us of our commonality. ADVERTISEMENT Subscribe to WIRED A collaboration between…

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Plotting the next pandemic: ominous virus maps attempt to predict future diseases

Warmer colours highlight areas predicted to be of greatest value for discovering novel zoonotic viruses. a: All wild mammals b: Carnivores c: Even-toed ungulates. d: Bats e: Primates f: Rodents Kevin J. Olival et al Predicting pandemics is a vital part of pre-emptive healthcare. But making assumptions about human viral outbreaks is fraught with difficulty…

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From Trump to string theory and supernovas: five science lectures to expand your mind

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Shutterstock Jeffrey Sachs Surviving Trump and overcoming climate change: American economist Jeffrey Sachs ponders on some of the greatest threats facing mankind. ADVERTISEMENT Brian Greene String theory and the fabric of spacetime: Struggling to understand string theory and the fabric of spacetime? In this lecture, theoretical physicist Brian Greene makes everything clear. Sort of. ADVERTISEMENT…

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WIRED Awake June 23: YouTube’s new video format bridges the gap to VR

Google Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, YouTube has launched its new VR180 video format as a stepping stone to virtual reality, Google has urged the US government to clarify laws on international data seizure warrants, Facebook has launched its Online Civil Courage Initiative to tackle rising extremism in the UK and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED…

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Facebook launches Online Civil Courage Initiative to tackle rising extremism in the UK

iStock Facebook has been name-checked in nearly every recent report about the dangers of online extremism, from enabling extremists to broadcast their views through live video to failing to take down hate speech and offensive, dangerous content. ADVERTISEMENT It’s now taking action. In partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Facebook is launching the Online…

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‘I lost my eye’

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About two billion people have no insurance, but “pay-by-mobile” policies are growing in popularity.

Yahoo closes internet prodigy’s news app

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Yahoo closes internet prodigy’s news app By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 22 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr D’Aloisio launched the Yahoo News Digest app at 2014’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to great fanfare Yahoo has announced it is shutting down its award-winning News Digest…

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Siri storm caused by economist’s comments

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Siri storm caused by economist’s comments 22 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When it comes to virtual assistants, do you trust a male or a female voice more? A leading economist has inadvertently caused a storm by saying he preferred the voice on the iPhone Siri virtual assistant…

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In an uncertain world, security lies in your own fingerprints

labsas / iStock As technology continues to progress, people are provided with new ways to connect with each other – and new ways to be exploited. ADVERTISEMENT Speaking at WIRED Money 2017, Ajay Bhalla, head of security at Mastercard, addressed the need to safeguard against these risks. Confused about blockchain? You should be Confused about…

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AI is hurtling forwards like a rocket but no one is behind the controls

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Madedee/iStock To understand the potential risks of artificial intelligence, think of it like a rocket. Curiosity Rover is now running science experiments without human help Curiosity Rover is now running science experiments without human help ADVERTISEMENT “Nobody is working on the steering mechanism,” jokes programmer and physicist Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype and one of…

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Amazon accuses Walmart of bullying in cloud computing clash

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Amazon accuses Walmart of bullying in cloud computing clash 22 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Walmart said there were cases in which it would not want its data on Amazon’s cloud computing platform Walmart, the US’s biggest retail chain, has been accused of trying to coerce its technology…

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Two Britons arrested over Microsoft hack

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Two Britons arrested over Microsoft hack 22 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption The hack attacks targeted internal customer information Two men have been arrested for their part in an alleged plan to hack into Microsoft’s network. A 22-year-old from Sleaford and a 25-year-old from Bracknell were detained by police…

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Sega debuts free classic games on mobiles

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Sega debuts free classic games on mobiles 22 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Sega Image caption The 1991 Sonic game is one of the first available via the Sega Forever gaming service Sega has started to release free mobile versions of classic games from its back catalogue. The first five, including Sonic…

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UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

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UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch 22 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright PA Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service this morning preventing commuters from using them to pay fares. Messages on their screens said they had “no online connectivity”, making it impossible for them to transmit…

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Each of the dancing shapes in this Oskar Fischinger film are made from paper and wires

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California earthquake alarm sounded – 92 years late

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California earthquake alarm sounded – 92 years late 22 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Californians regularly go through safety drills to help them survive quakes and tremors A warning about a massive earthquake off the coast of California has been sent 92 years late. A computer error caused…

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Star Trek virtual reality game boldly goes with IBM Watson

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Star Trek virtual reality game boldly goes with IBM Watson By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 22 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Ubisoft Image caption IBM Watson is helping a new Star Trek game to understand audio commands issued by players Players of the virtual reality game Star Trek Bridge Crew…

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Imagination Technologies put up for sale amid Apple row

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Imagination Technologies put up for sale amid Apple row 22 June 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Reuters UK chip designer Imagination Technologies – which is in dispute with Apple, its largest customer – has put itself up for sale. Shares in the company more than halved in April when Imagination said that Apple…

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WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

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WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 22 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, so its rise potentially gives its parent even more influence over the media WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people…

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Green light for UK driverless car road trials

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Green light for UK driverless car road trials 22 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright PA Image caption Connected cars will alert the driver if an emergency vehicle is nearby A demonstration of driverless cars in Nuneaton will be followed later this year by trials on public roads. Autodrive – a collaboration between…

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Energy revolution

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China consumes more electricity than any other country but is also the world’s biggest solar energy producer.

Curiosity Rover can now hunt for certain types of rock without human help

[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Mars, at least as far as we know, is a planet populated entirely by robots. Our efforts to make them more autonomous and explore the rocky surface on their own have been successful. In turn, these bots are being able to teach us more about our closest neighbour in the Solar System….

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US official: Russia ‘hacked’ 21 US states in election

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US official: Russia ‘hacked’ 21 US states in election 21 June 2017 From the section US & Canada Image copyright Getty Images Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 US states during last year’s campaign, said a US official. Jeanette Manfra of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refused to identify the states during her…

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Microsoft admits disabling anti-virus software for Windows 10 users

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Microsoft admits disabling anti-virus software for Windows 10 users 21 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Drew Angerer Image caption Microsoft has admitted to disabling anti-virus software, but only as part of updating Windows 10 Microsoft has admitted that it does temporarily disable anti-virus software on Windows PCs, following an anti-trust complaint to…

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Google’s DeepMind extends controversial Streams app

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Google’s DeepMind extends controversial Streams app 21 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright DeepMind Image caption The Streams app is saving nurses hours each day says the Royal Free hospital Google’s DeepMind has extended the use of its Streams health app to Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset. The app, which helps doctors and…

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Get Even review: bland, fiddly game is a far cry from Call of Duty

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Get Even isn’t what you think it is – but then again, you may not know what to think about the game to begin with. Few titles rely so heavily on mystery and deliberate opaqueness prior to release as Bandai Namco’s latest, where the preview phase essentially amounted to the Cartman gambit. The main difference…

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Emotional and authentic: how Labour won the internet

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn comforts a local resident in west London after the fire at Grenfell Tower, on June 15, 2017 David Mirzoeff/Getty Just like writers, political analysts are given to the ‘narrative fallacy’. It’s the tendency to take a bunch of complicated and even random facts and boil them down into a simple but…

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You can now build group Spotify playlists on Facebook – even if you don’t have a Spotify account

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Spotify Spotify has announced a Group Playlists extension for Facebook’s Messenger that lets you create playlists with friends. ADVERTISEMENT Subscribe to WIRED With Group Playlists for Messenger, you can all contribute to a playlist for parties, road trips, or groups. While Spotify has already supported collaborative playlists across different platforms, including desktop, iPhone, iPad, and…

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Hackers claim responsibility for Skype outage

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Hackers claim responsibility for Skype outage 21 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption A hacking group is claiming it is behind the ongoing Skype outage A hacking group is claiming responsibility for connectivity problems affecting Skype over the last two days. The Skype outage began on Monday 19 June at…

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Queen’s Speech: Petrol stations must ‘go electric’

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Queen’s Speech: Petrol stations to go electric 21 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright GATEway Image caption A driverless pod is being trialled at Greenwich in London Petrol stations and motorway services will be required to install electric charge points, under plans outlined in the Queen’s Speech. The measure forms part of a…

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Queen’s Speech: New data protection law

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Queen’s Speech: New data protection law 21 June 2017 From the section Technology Plans for new data protection rules in the UK have been confirmed in the Queen’s Speech. They will give young people the right to demand social networks delete any personal data they had shared prior to turning 18. The Queen said the…

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Queen’s Speech: Bill to secure UK space sector

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Queen’s Speech: Bill to secure UK space sector By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website 21 June 2017 From the section Science & Environment Image copyright Orbital Access Image caption Artwork: A number of companies are looking to develop low-cost air-launch systems A government plan to secure growth in the UK’s £13.7bn space industry…

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UK hacker exploits online bank loophole to steal £100,000

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UK hacker exploits online bank loophole to steal £100,000 21 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright courtneyk Image caption A hacker stole almost £100,000 by exploiting a loophole in Clydesdale Bank’s online banking system A UK hacker has been jailed for stealing almost £100,000 from a bank by exploiting a bug in the…

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Uber: The scandals that drove Travis Kalanick out

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Uber: The scandals that drove Travis Kalanick out By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 21 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Uber’s embattled chief executive Travis Kalanick has resigned from the firm, following pressure from shareholders. His resignation comes after a chaotic few months at the firm, including a series…

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Kickstarter’s Yancey Strickler: tech companies need to be better citizens

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Crowdfunding has a trust problem. Since Kickstarter’s founding in 2009, the idea has gone from a fringe notion to a major economic force; according to some metrics, crowdfunding in total is now approaching or perhaps exceeding capital provided by traditional VC firms. It’s given us Oculus and Cards Against Humanity, and in…

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Scientists just took a major step towards achieving nuclear fusion

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Eurofusion With the potential to provide almost limitless energy, free of any radioactive by-product or greenhouse gases, nuclear fusion is the goal many are aiming to achieve. ADVERTISEMENT Creating a system to harness the power of nuclear fusion is proving difficult, however. Now, researchers think they have taken a step closer to that goal. It…

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Uber chief executive Kalanick ‘resigns’

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Uber chief executive Kalanick ‘resigns’ 21 June 2017 From the section Business Image copyright ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Uber boss Travis Kalanick has resigned as chief executive after pressure from shareholders, according to media reports. Mr Kalanick will remain on the board of the firm, however, the New York Times said. His resignation comes after a review…

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Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber’s CEO

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Wikimedia Commons Following months of scandals, court cases, and a personal tragedy, the New York Times is reporting that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned. ADVERTISEMENT Mike Isaac at the Times claims Kalanick stepped down overnight from his position at the ride-sharing firm after a “shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on…

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Netflix lets children call TV shots

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Netflix lets children call TV shots By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 20 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Netflix Image caption Children can decide which characters to interact with in a Puss in Book spin-off of the Shrek movies Netflix is launching two interactive children’s TV shows that let audiences determine the…

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VR headset viewers ‘barely turn their heads’

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VR headset viewers ‘barely turn their heads’ 20 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Emma Gibbs Image caption Most people don’t bother to turn their heads and bodies to see the full 360 degrees of a VR video Don’t like twisting your neck while wearing a virtual reality headset? You’re not alone. Google…

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Stephen Hawking: humanity must go interstellar soon or risk annihilation

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Leon Csernohlavek Physicist Stephen Hawking has reasserted his view that humans must become an interstellar species in the near future or risk “being annihilated”. ADVERTISEMENT “The Earth is under threat from so many areas that it is difficult for me to be positive,” the professor said in a speech given via video link to the…

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AI may take your job – in 120 years

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AI may take your job – in 120 years 20 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Experts working in the field of machine learning are cautious about the progress of AI A global survey of experts in machine learning suggests it will be 120 years before all human jobs…

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Accenture and Microsoft give millions of refugees digital IDs

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Accenture and Microsoft give millions of refugees digital IDs 20 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Accenture and Microsoft are working with the UN to build a digital ID network that refugees can access from anywhere Technology companies are helping the United Nations provide digital legal identification for refugees who…

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Sky and 21st Century Fox merger could get the go ahead next week

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Getty Images / Justin Sullivan / Staff The UK government will decide whether Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox can purchase Sky next week, following two reports being produced by two regulators. ADVERTISEMENT Karen Bradley, the UK’s culture secretary, has confirmed the communications regulator, Ofcom, and the Competition and Markets Authority have provided her with recommendations…

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‘Quantum gambling’ could make betting fairer for all involved

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Getty Images Gambling only works if the playing field is fair between the two parties. However, because of the nature of it, both have something to gain or lose. ADVERTISEMENT Historically, it has been difficult to ensure fair play in gambling for this reason, without getting a third party to step in to oversee things….

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Google launches AI-powered job search engine

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Google Google is transforming itself into an artificial intelligence and machine learning company. Sundar Pichai’s firm is using these technologies to improve search results, translate languages, and help you manage a bulging email inbox. ADVERTISEMENT Machine learning versus AI: what’s the difference? Machine learning versus AI: what’s the difference? The latest use of machine learning…

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Spotify trials adding ‘sponsored songs’ to playlists

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Spotify trials adding ‘sponsored songs’ to playlists 20 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Taylor Swift recently put her music back onto Spotify. Spotify has confirmed it is experimenting with allowing music labels to promote songs by adding them to users’ playlists as sponsored content. The Swedish-based music platform…

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Fatal Tesla crash driver ‘given warnings’

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Fatal Tesla crash driver ‘given warnings’ 20 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tesla has modified the autopilot mode in the wake of the crash The Tesla driver involved in a fatal crash in May 2016 was given repeated automated warnings about his driving behaviour, according to a US government…

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The key to boosting your phone’s battery life? Seaweed

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Carrageenan, an unexpected battery stabilizer, is extracted from red seaweed. DeborahMaxemow/ iStock Despite batteries powering almost every gadget we use, they are remarkably ineffective at holding their charge for long periods of time. The answer could come from an unlikely place: seaweed. ADVERTISEMENT Subscribe to WIRED Common Lithium-sulphur batteries have twice the energy density of…

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South Korean firm’s ‘record’ ransom payment

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South Korean firm’s ‘record’ ransom payment 20 June 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Webroot Image caption Ransomware known as WannaCry recently infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world South Korean web-hosting firm Nayana has agreed to pay a $1m ransom to unlock computers frozen by hackers. It is believed to be…

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