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‘Highly secure’ work tool leaks documents

Image copyrightGetty Images The BBC has discovered a security flaw in the office collaboration tool Huddle that led to private documents being exposed to unauthorised parties. A BBC journalist was inadvertently signed in to a KPMG account, with full access to private financial documents. Huddle is an online tool that …

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Propaganda machine

Image copyrightTwitter/@OaPb6uPdvtOTNtRImage caption Pro-Ukrainian, neo-Nazi or just actors in in a “fake news” video? A Russian “troll factory” in St Petersburg is working with the self-styled “Donetsk People’s Republic” in eastern Ukraine to produce extreme propaganda videos that aim to discredit pro-Ukrainian elements and stir up the conflict in the …

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Uber moves closer to $10bn Softbank deal

Image copyrightGetty Images Uber has struck a deal that could lead to a huge investment by a consortium led by Japanese conglomerate Softbank and San Francisco group Dragoneer. The size of the potential investment has not been disclosed, but reports say it could be up to $10bn (£7.6bn). The ride-hailing …

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Hello, I am BBCTechbot. How can I help?

Image copyrightThinkstock Chatbots are on the rise, but what are they and why is everyone talking about (and to) them? Facebook has just rolled out support for bots on its Messenger platform. Meanwhile, Microsoft has described chatbots as the “new apps” with chief executive Satya Nadella saying that they “unlock …

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Chinese ‘anti-communist’ chatbots removed

Image copyrightTENCENT QQImage caption Tencent QQ users could choose between the bot Baby Q (L) or Little Bing (R) A popular Chinese messenger app has ditched two experimental chat robots, or “chatbots”, which were apparently voicing criticism of the government. Messenger app Tencent QQ introduced chatbots Baby Q and Little …

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Can a chatbot help you find love?

Image copyrightGetty Images I’ve been nervously chatting to Lara on the dating platform Match.com for two minutes. She’s flattered me about my age (“so young!”) and she says she’s going to take care of me. I like her already – but Lara is not real. She – or rather, it …

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Small aircraft scuppers rocket launch

Image copyright@Nasa/TwitterImage caption The unmanned cargo ship was about to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) A rocket launch in Virginia was aborted at the last moment when a small aircraft flew into restricted airspace. The unmanned cargo ship was about to be launched en route to the …

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Tech Tent: Autonomous cars and AI doctors

Stream or download the latest Tech Tent episode on the BBC website Listen to previous episodes on the BBC website Follow Tech Tent on Twitter Was this the week that the space age vision of a car that drives itself became a reality? And are claims that artificial intelligence can …

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Apple fixes iPhone letter ‘i’ bug

Image copyrightAPple Apple has addressed a glitch that caused some iPhones to unexpectedly start auto-correcting the letter “i” to a capital “A” and a question mark. The issue emerged when people updated their phones to version 11.1 of the iOS operating system. In a tweet, Apple said people could “fix …

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Trump tweets

Image copyrightTwitter/@realDonaldTrump After US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was briefly deactivated last week by a Twitter employee, many people started wondering if there would be a similar period of silence this week. After all, Mr Trump is currently in China, known for its “great firewall” that blocks access to …

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