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Robot helps Jack McLinden, 14, to be Everton mascot

Image copyright PA Image caption Everton captain Phil Jagielka carried the robot on to the pitch A 14-year-old Everton fan has made history by becoming football’s first “remote” match-day mascot – with the aid of a robot. Jack McLinden, who has multiple health conditions, experienced joining his heroes on the …

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German supreme court rejects ad-block challenge

Image copyright AFP Image caption Google Chrome and some other browsers now block some adverts by default Germany’s supreme court has rejected a legal case that sought to stop people using the popular Adblock Plus program that removes ads from websites. The lawsuit was started three years ago by German …

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Ofcom seeks to scrap local TV roll-out

Image copyright Big Centre TV Image caption Birmingham’s Big Centre TV has been replaced Media regulator Ofcom has proposed scrapping the further roll-out of local TV channels across the UK, citing concerns over “economic viability”. More than 30 local TV stations have already been set up in the UK as …

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Robo farmers

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMeet the robots that can pick and plant It seems there are few jobs robots can’t do these days, even the most delicate jobs, like picking asparagus or potting plant seedlings. But they’re only needed because humans can’t – or won’t – …

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Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A total of 1.5 billion users who had previously been under the jurisdiction of Facebook Ireland will have that moved to US headquarters Facebook has changed its terms of service, meaning 1.5 billion members will not be protected under tough new privacy protections coming …

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NHS website defaced by hackers

Image caption The message was left on the site for several days, according to a cyber-security researcher An NHS website hosting data from patient surveys that was defaced by hackers has been fixed. The site, insights.london.nhs.uk, was given a black background, eerie music and a message in white text that …

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Are AI fairytales the future?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption AI programs have been designed to write stories in the style of human authors It was recently reported that the meditation app Calm had published a “new” fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. However, The Princess and the Fox was written not by the brothers, …

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