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Twitter's 'Russia-Iran' troll tweet trove made public

Image copyright Getty Images/Twitter Image caption The data trove covers 3,800 Russia-linked accounts and 770 Iran-attributed accounts More than 10 million tweets posted by suspected state-backed Russian and Iranian “troll farms” have been shared online by Twitter. It has published more than 360GB of material to aid studies into how …

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Spotify ad banned for causing 'distress' to children

Image copyright Spotify Image caption The advert featured a doll surprising young people A Spotify ad has been banned for “unjustifiably” distressing children. The advert mimicked a horror film and showed young people being menaced by a scary doll when they played a particular song. In its ruling, the Advertising …

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Robot 'talks' to MPs about future of AI in the classroom

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRobot tells MPs: “I am Pepper and I am a resident robot at Middlesex University” Pepper has become the first robot to appear at a UK parliamentary meeting, talking to MPs about the future of artificial intelligence in education. The robot is …

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Paul Allen: Microsoft co-founder and billionaire dies aged 65

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Allen announced his diagnosis earlier this month Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft, has died aged 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He had revealed the disease’s return only two weeks ago, after previously being treated for it in 2009. He had said he and …

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Bloodhound 1,000mph car goes into administration

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The car is essentially built; it just needs funding to go and set records The project to race a car at over 1,000mph has run into a financial roadblock with the company behind the venture going into administration. The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle is all …

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An online decency moderator's advice: Blur your eyes

Image copyright Facebook Image caption People working in content moderation see the worst that the internet can throw at them “When I left, I didn’t shake anyone’s hand for three years. I’d seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn’t want to touch anyone. I was disgusted …

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Is it the end of the supermarket checkout till?

Image caption Vandana Pankhania Radia says she would use the new app Supermarket customers may soon have to get used to a new way of paying for their shopping. Marks & Spencer has become the latest food retailer to test an app which allows people to buy their shopping without …

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Spotify: Albums are alive and kicking in the streaming age

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Drake’s God’s Plan is the top streamed song of 2018, he’s experimented with how his music is released over the last few years In 1948, New York’s Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra put out a recording of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. You know …

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Facebook shuts down 'spammy' politics pages

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump has warned social media firms about political bias Facebook has removed more than 800 pages and accounts that sought to profit from politically themed spam. In a blog, Facebook said the 559 pages and 251 accounts abused the network to try to make …

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