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Waymo retires Firefly driverless car

Image copyrightGetty Images The self-driving bubble car developed by Waymo, part of Google’s parent firm Alphabet, is to be phased out, the firm has announced. The two-seater vehicles, which have no pedals or steering wheels, travelled millions of miles in road tests. Waymo is now concentrating on integrating its technology …

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Tesla to unveil electric lorry in October

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Elon Musk described the Tesla electric lorry as “unreal” Tesla is likely to unveil its electric articulated lorry in October, chief executive Elon Musk said on Thursday. The firm had previously said the vehicle would be released next month. Last year Mr Musk expressed the company’s …

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Baidu fund heats up driverless race

Image copyrightGetty Images Chinese search engine giant Baidu is to spend 10bn yuan (£1.1bn; $1.5bn) on new driverless car projects over the next three years. The move is an attempt to catch up with US rivals by enlisting outside help. The launch of Baidu’s “Apollo Fund” coincides with the release …

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No safety driver in Waymo’s self-drive car

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThese taxis will not have a human behind the wheel Self-driving car company Waymo has said it is confident enough in its technology to ditch the human safety driver and open up its fleet to the public. Companies testing autonomous cars typically …

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Tech Tent: Social giants get grilled

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 In the week that the term “fake news” was named word of the year by Collins dictionary, the Tech Tent podcast explores how Facebook, Google …

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‘Real growth’ in online child sex abuse

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmber Rudd: Tech firms have ‘moral duty’ to protect kids Tech companies need to do more to combat the “exponential” growth in child sexual exploitation online, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Ms Rudd said internet giants have a “moral duty” to …

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Sex trafficking bill gets tech backing

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The bill seeks to prosecute websites that encourage ads selling sex The internet’s most powerful companies say they will support new measures that seek to prevent online sex trafficking. The Internet Association, which counts Facebook, Google and Amazon among its members, had at first said the …

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Child sexting cases double in two years

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTeenagers have been speaking about the ‘dangers’ of sexting Police investigations into children sharing sexual images of themselves and others have more than doubled in two years, figures have shown. Forces in England and Wales recorded 6,238 underage “sexting” offences in 2016-17, …

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Facebook pushes Messenger app

Image copyrightFacebookImage caption Android users logging on to Facebook via the web browser are reporting seeing this message. Facebook users on Android devices are being notified that they will no longer be able to access messages without the Messenger app. The function for members to read messages by accessing the …

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Rory Cellan-Jones

Image caption A virtual shower of money accompanies successful payments Facebook has chosen the UK as the first country outside the US to get its Messenger payments service. Later on Monday, local users will be able to send each other money in a message. The service was launched in the …

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