Google reveals latest UK tax bill

Google reveals latest UK tax bill 31 March 2017 From the section Business comments Image copyright Getty Images Google was charged £36.4m in UK corporation tax last year, according to its annual results. The US search engine giant recorded sales of £1.03bn and a pre-tax profit of £149m in the UK for the 12 months…

Smartphone use blamed for road deaths

Smartphone use blamed for road deaths 31 March 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The distractions of a mobile phone can prove dangerous in traffic A sharp rise in US pedestrian deaths has been partly blamed on people using their smartphones while driving or crossing the road. The US Governors…

Diego Maradona sues over a video game

Diego Maradona says he’s suing Pro Evolution Soccer video game developer Konami. The world-renowned footballer is angry they have used his likeness without his permission. On his Facebook page he said his lawyer would be “initiating appropriate legal action” against the Japanese gaming company. The former Argentina, Barcelona and Napoli midfielder went on to say…

Ofcom moves to cut superfast broadband prices

Ofcom moves to cut superfast broadband prices 31 March 2017 From the section Business Image copyright BT Households could see the price of superfast broadband fall under plans by the UK telecoms regulator. Ofcom is proposing to cut the price that BT’s infrastructure arm, Openreach, can charge operators for its popular superfast broadband service. The…

Court to rule on online luxury resellers

Court to rule on online luxury resellers 30 March 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright PA Image caption Amazon Marketplace enables third-party sellers to sell new and used goods One of Europe’s top courts is due to open a landmark case that could determine whether luxury goods companies can ban online sales. The case…

Look out, London. Berlin’s startup scene is ready for a Brexit bonanza

At a co-working space on Friedrichstraße, Berlin’s startup economy is getting ready for Brexit. Mindspace’s first location in Germany, opened in April 2016, sits in the heart of Berlin’s Mitte district, flanked by high-end fashion shops and perfumeries. Its walls are adorned with hand-stencilled signs directing people, in English, to the “yummy kitchen” and “awesome…

Max Cooper’s science-inspired music videos will blow your mind

Max Cooper doesn’t make ordinary music. A former geneticist at University College London with a Phd in computational biology, Cooper’s audiovisual compositions touch on deep scientific themes in mesmerising ways. His most recent album, Emergence, is inspired by the story of the Universe itself. Each piece demonstrates a fundamental mathematical or scientific concept, like symmetry,…

Virgin Media overstated superfast broadband rollout

Virgin Media overstated superfast broadband rollout 29 March 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Virgin Media Image caption Parent company Liberty Global said progress in finalising the connections had been “misrepresented” Virgin Media has suspended four members of staff and begun an investigation after it admitted overstating the expansion of its superfast broadband network,…

iPhone users fooled by fake ransomware

iPhone users fooled by fake ransomware 29 March 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Apple has issued an iPhone software update after reports of fake ransomware attacks where money was demanded in order to unlock the handset’s browser. A pop-up screen accused the phone owner of accessing illegal pornography or pirating music…

AI to dominate banking, says report

AI to dominate banking, says report 28 March 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Artificial intelligence will be the main way that banks interact with their customers within the next three years, a report from consultancy Accenture has suggested. Banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are increasingly using chatbots to…

GiveVision improves sight with AR & VR

WIRED Health 2017 startup winner GiveVision’s SightPlus goggles enhance a wearer’s remaining vision. The product, which will eventually look like a pair of reading glasses, will be available as a subscription-based service. Watch co-founder and CEO Stan Karpenko’s winning pitch, including an emotional testimonial from an eight-year-old boy and tips on asking Roman Abramovich for…

China’s Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla

China’s Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla 28 March 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Chinese tech giant Tencent has spent $1.78bn (£1.4bn) on buying a 5% stake in electric carmaker Tesla. Tencent, best known for its WeChat mobile app, has been investing in a number of sectors, including gaming, entertainment, cloud…

Uber to pull out of Denmark

Uber to pull out of Denmark 28 March 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Cab hire firm Uber will withdraw from Denmark in April because of new taxi laws that require drivers to have fare meters and seat sensors. Local taxi driver unions and politicians have complained that Uber poses unfair competition…

Exposed files on Microsoft’s document-sharing site

Exposed files on Microsoft’s document-sharing site 28 March 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Microsoft’s document-sharing site was not intended to share information quite so publicly Confidential documents, passwords and health data have been inadvertently shared by firms using Microsoft’s Office 365 service, say researchers. The sensitive information was found via…

Jack Dorsey brings Square payments to UK

Media playback is unsupported on your device Jack Dorsey brings Square payments to UK 28 March 2017 Last updated at 11:02 BST The payments processing service Square is launching in the UK. It will compete against iZettle, SumUp and more elaborate till systems. The man behind the product – Twitter’s Jack Dorsey – told Zoe…

Jack Dorsey’s Square comes to the UK

Square When Jack Dorsey isn’t battling against critics of his social network Twitter, or sitting on the board of the Walt Disney Co, he runs Square – a mobile payments company designed to help small and medium businesses accept card transactions. Today, Square comes to the UK. Jack Dorsey created Twitter, now he’s taking on…

Elon Musk reveals more about his plan to merge man and machine with Neuralink

NosUA / iStock Elon Musk is attempting to combat the rise of artificial intelligence with the launch of his latest venture, brain-computer interface company Neuralink. ADVERTISEMENT Elon’s empire: the sprawling, intertwining web of Elon Musk’s vested interests Elon’s empire: the sprawling, intertwining web of Elon Musk’s vested interests In an interview with Wait Buy Why,…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for March 28

Justin Sullivan/Getty Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Elon Musk is reportedly forming a company with the goal of making implantable brain-computer interfaces, Facebook Messenger is getting a location sharing feature, Waymo has begun testing its self-driving cars in snowy conditions and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by…

Robotic barista serves up coffee

Media playback is unsupported on your device Robotic barista serves up coffee 27 March 2017 Last updated at 11:28 BST It’s predicted that in the future many typical jobs carried out by humans will instead by looked after by robots. At a mall in San Francisco, a glimpse of that future is on show, where…

Disturbing YouTube videos trick children

The disturbing YouTube videos that are tricking children BBC Trending In-depth stories from the world of social media 27 March 2017 Image copyright CandyFamily/YouTube Thousands of videos on YouTube look like versions of popular cartoons but contain disturbing and inappropriate content not suitable for children. If you’re not paying much attention, it might look like…

Forget customer-service teams, these automated systems will get you that refund

molotovcoketail/iStock Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT Tired of fighting with customer-service teams? These startups’ automated systems will get that refund for you. In Silicon Valley – where the idea originates – it’s called justice-as-a-service. “Because legal fees are so high, people will often go straight to the internet for a legal query,” says Catherine Bamford, CEO…