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Image caption Catherine Harry says the new design couldn’t have come at a worse time for Cambodia Until recently, video blogger Catherine Harry was a Facebook success story in Cambodia. Her page, A Dose of Cath, featured a series of outspoken first person videos on taboo topics like virginity and …

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Touch and feel

Image copyrightInnovate VenturesImage caption Muraadso co-founders Abdiqani Ibrahim, Hamse Musa and Saed Mohamed When Saed Mohamed, a young entrepreneur from Somalia, pitched his online shopping business Muraadso as part of an East African start-up competition in 2015, he was prepared for rejection. And rejection is what he got. Abdigani Diriye, …

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Google ‘drops everything’ to fix burger emoji

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has tasked employees returning to work on Monday morning with one key objective: fix the burger emoji. The tech giant’s big cheese (sorry) stepped in after a tweet from author Thomas Baekdal highlighted inconsistencies in different tech companies’ burger construction. Amid the cheesy puns (sorrier) and …

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Artificial intelligence fools security

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Computer scientists have developed AI algorithms smart enough to crack Captcha tests Computer scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can outsmart the Captcha website security check system. Captcha challenges people to prove they are human by recognising combinations of letters and numbers that machines would struggle …

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Google addresses Pixel 2 complaints

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Rory Cellan-Jones takes a tour of Google’s Pixel 2 XL Google says it is doubling the warranty on its new flagship smartphones following complaints about the screens. Some reviewers have noticed screen “burn in” – a permanent mark of images that …

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Three criticised for £117 iPhone X deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Dave Lee gets hands on with the new iPhone X Three has announced a £117 ($150) per month contract for the iPhone X. It’s been described as “extreme” and “crazy” on social media. The two-year deal, which includes unlimited data and …

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Tech Tent: Facebook plays with the news

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 A limited experiment by Facebook in how it presents news posts rocked publishers this week, while Twitter pledged to start revealing the origins and funding …

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Facebook to show who buys political ads

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Tech giants are under pressure to improve transparency of political ads Facebook has announced measures to make political advertising on the social media platform more transparent. Political advertisers will have to verify their identity and location and their posts will carry a disclosure saying “paid for by”. …

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Heathrow probe over ‘security USB stick find’

Image copyrightReuters Heathrow Airport says it has launched an internal investigation after a USB stick containing security information was reportedly found on the street. The Sunday Mirror reported that the USB stick had 76 folders with maps, videos and documents, including details of measures used to protect the Queen. A …

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UK ‘not ready for new industrial era’

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The UK must do more to take advantage of technology such as robotics, a report says Advanced digital technology could give UK manufacturing a huge boost and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, a new report claims. The independent review, chaired by the head of Siemens …

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