Twitter’s spam tools helped shut down 376,890 terrorist accounts in 6 months

iStock Twitter’s latest transparency report is out, and for the first time it includes data on requests to remove content posted by journalists, and requests resulting in the takedown of accounts promoting terrorism. ADVERTISEMENT Facebook and Twitter face €50m fine if they don’t tackle hate speech Facebook and Twitter face €50m fine if they don’t…

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Comet 67P gives up more of its secrets: Nasa spots a landslide on Churyumov–Gerasimenko

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team Pictures taken by the Rosetta spacecraft have captured a comet landslide in action for the first time. Philae has found organic molecules on Comet 67P Philae has found organic molecules on Comet 67P ADVERTISEMENT The trails of dust given off by a comet, known as ‘outbursts’, are well known, but what…

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24-hour drone squads are ready to police Devon and Cornwall

mailfor / iStock Police forces across the globe have been experimenting with drones for years, treading an uneasy balance between making the best of a useful technology and terrifying a privacy-protecting public tired of state intrusions. ADVERTISEMENT There have been carefully deployed trials in the past, like the Surrey and Sussex police force’s three-month-long testing…

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Canadian photographer ‘sorry’ for explicit image sharing

Canadian photographer ‘sorry’ for explicit image sharing By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 21 March 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images A Canadian photographer and comedian has admitted posting explicit images of women along with their names on controversial internet forum 4Chan. However, he denied doing so for “malicious intent” –…

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Technology is being re-invented in Europe. These entrepreneurs are leading the charge

Innovation is the ultimate renewable resource – so it’s no wonder countries around the world are increasingly looking to entrepreneurs to revitalise their economies. For the model of a healthy startup ecosystem, you could do far worse than to look to Northern Europe, birthplace of Spotify, Skype and Candy Crush-creator, King. WIRED and HP scope…

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Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles

LHCb collaboration Five new particles have been discovered ‘hiding in plain sight’ at the Large Hadron Collider. How could the Large Hadron Collider unlock other dimensions? WIRED explains How could the Large Hadron Collider unlock other dimensions? WIRED explains ADVERTISEMENT The discovery comes from the collider’s LHCb detector, or LHC beauty, which searches for objects…

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Production begins for Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams TV series starring Timothy Spall

Hudson Union Society Production is underway in London for the anthology series of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. ADVERTISEMENT Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, Secrets & Lies, The King’s Speech) will star in the first episode The Commuter, playing Ed Jacobson, an employee at a train station who is alarmed to discover that a number of…

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This shape-shifting bridge plunges underwater to let ships pass

Subscribe to WIRED This vast sea bridge will soon connect three of the world’s most densely populated cities – by spanning the width of China’s Pearl River Delta. At its longest stretch, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge measures 29.6 kilometres and includes a 6.7-kilometre stretch of tunnel between two artificial islands. ADVERTISEMENT “This bridge is one…

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Jessica Mega

Jessica Mega, chief medical officer at Verily, wants to make the world’s data more useful – by turning it into new treatments for patients. Mega has spent her career leading clinical trials as a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is now the chief medical officer of Verily, Alphabet’s healthcare startup and…

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Gear WIRED loves: Love Hultèn’s synthesiser mixes 70s nostalgia with modern minimalism

Love Hultèn Love Hultèn Voxarray 61 Swedish designer Love Hultèn fuses traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. WIRED featured his R-KAID-R portable console in issue 11.16, but we’re smitten by this new 70s-inspired synthesiser. ADVERTISEMENT [embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT It has a smart clamshell construction that rests on a steel stand. The ball handle that opens the…

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Samsung officially unveils its Bixby AI ahead of the Galaxy S8 release

Jeremy White/WIRED We’re a little over a week away from the launch of Samsung’s next-generation, flagship handset, the Galaxy S8. Typically announced at Mobile World Congress, the phone’s release was pushed back following the furore surrounding the firm’s ‘exploding’ Note 7 devices. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is set to be unveiled on March 29 Samsung’s Galaxy…

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Layla’s childhood leukaemia was ‘incurable’ until this radical 10-minute treatment saved her life

Sharon Lees/GOSH ADVERTISEMENT Born in June 2014, Layla was a happy and healthy baby. She weighed 7lb 10 – well within the parameters for newborns carried to full term – but, at three weeks old, Layla’s health started to turn. She struggled to eat and cried constantly. Her heartbeat raced at an irregular and worrying…

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McDonald’s India delivery app ‘leaks user data’

McDonald’s India delivery app ‘leaks user data’ 20 March 2017 From the section Technology Image caption The McDelivery app did not store sensitive financial information, said McDonald’s McDonald’s delivery app in India leaked personal information about 2.2 million users, a security firm has found. A poorly configured server gave anyone access to the names, emails,…

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Vodafone’s Indian unit and Idea Cellular announce merger

Vodafone’s Indian unit and Idea Cellular announce merger 20 March 2017 From the section India Image copyright Getty Images UK telecoms giant Vodafone has merged its Indian business with Idea Cellular, India’s third-largest network, to create the country’s largest operator. The combined company will have almost 400 million customers, accounting for 35% of the market…

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Norway topples Denmark to be the happiest country in the world (and the UK enters the top 20)

The Northern Lights over the Lofoten Islands in Norway iStock / Sjo The United Nations annual World Happiness Report has named Norway as the world’s happiest nation – jumping up from fourth place last year. ADVERTISEMENT This year, Norway pipped fellow Scandinavians in Denmark to the title and, while doing so, leapfrogged Iceland and Switzerland. The…

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YouTube addresses Restricted Mode blocking LGBTQ content

YouTube addresses Restricted Mode blocking LGBTQ content – BBC Newsbeat ]]> This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer ‘; $(‘.headerBar’).prepend(notify); } Image caption Tyler Oakley is among the creators who has complained about the feature YouTube has addressed the fact that videos discussing LGBTQ…

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Say farewell to the Pound: millennials using the blockchain could lead to local currencies

Simón Prades Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT Successful ideas have as much to do with good timing as they do with great technology. For Generation Y, ATMs were the right technology at the right time, offering quick cash on demand and changing our relationship with money. For millennials, what’s the next big thing in managing their…

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Behold The Megaprocessor! Half-ton machine reveals exactly how the chips in your phone work

[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Microprocessors are everywhere, from phones to pacemakers, but very few of us truly understand how they work. In an attempt to fill these knowledge gaps, researchers have created a so-called The Megaprocessor – a giant replica of a microprocessing unit – to reveal some of the chip’s secrets. Exhibited at the Centre…

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When robots kill: deaths by machines are nothing new but AI is about to change everything

The position of specialised professionals is coming to an end – machine learning and AI is set to change it tommasourbinati/iStock On January 25, 1979, 25-year-old Robert Williams climbed into a storage rack to retrieve parts from a malfunctioning robot at Ford’s Flat Rock plant in Michigan. The robot, not able to sense Williams’ presence,…

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YouTube: UK government suspends ads amid extremism concerns

YouTube: UK government suspends ads amid extremism concerns 17 March 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright MOD Image caption Army recruitment campaigns are believed to be among those affected The government has removed its adverts from YouTube amid concerns they are appearing next to “inappropriate” material on the video-sharing site. The Cabinet Office…

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GCHQ brands claims it spied on Donald Trump as ‘utterly ridiculous’ and ‘nonsense’

Getty Images / Drew Angerer In a rare and unprecedented move, GCHQ, the UK’s spy agency, has commented on allegations about its surveillance work. ADVERTISEMENT The agency has issued a statement to state, categorically, it did not spy on US president Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. “Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew…

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Montblanc launches its first smartwatch, the €890 Montblanc Summit

Montblanc Just days after TAG Heuer launched the second-generation Connected Modular 45, Montblanc has hit back with its very first smartwatch, the €890 Montblanc Summit. ADVERTISEMENT Released in partnership with Google, Montblanc said it wants to “introduce fine watchmaking codes to the connected watch world, marking a new era in luxury wearables for men.” The…

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Dystopian ‘Eco’ game reveals what could happen to Earth if we don’t change our ways

Britt Spencer Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT Survival games are lonely affairs: players hunt for food, build shelter and avoid predators. The price of failure? Grisly death. But introduce more players and suddenly you’re competing for nature’s resources. And as any anthropologist will tell you, from there things get… complicated. “It’s the tragedy of the commons,”…

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Childline app ‘For Me’ seeks to help young people directly on their smartphones

Childline NSPCC’s Childline is today launching an app said to be the first to provide counselling to young people directly through their smartphone. ADVERTISEMENT Invented by four teenagers who wanted to use technology to address the urgent need for confidential support among young people, the ‘For Me’ app is free to download in the UK…

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You can now watch declassified Cold War nuclear test films on Youtube

[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT From 1945 to 1962, the United States conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests. ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds’? The story of Oppenheimer’s infamous quote ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds’? The story of Oppenheimer’s infamous quote While these tests were kept secret at the time, the…

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Palimpsest is bringing the ghosts of demolished buildings back to life

Subscribe to WIRED When three architecture researchers discovered that their London studio was going to be steamrolled – alongside several buildings nearby – to make room for the new High Speed 2 (HS2) railway, they turned to virtual reality. The result, Palimpsest, named after the ancient practice of overwriting parchment manuscripts, recreates the ghosts of…

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Fitbits for fish and underwater drones: the best gadgets for fishing fans

Roger Stillman Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT Bentley Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner/h3] It’s the last word in angling one-upmanship: a Bentley tailor-made for fishing. Four fly rods in leather tubes lie beneath the parcel shelf. Alongside is a master tackle station, reel cases, metal flasks, fine-china tableware and a food storage area. Oh, and a…

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‘Turkish hackers’ target Amnesty and Unicef Twitter accounts

‘Turkish hackers’ target Amnesty and Unicef Twitter accounts 15 March 2017 From the section World Image copyright Twitter Image caption A message posted on Amnesty International’s Twitter account Twitter accounts, including those of Amnesty International and Unicef USA, have been hacked by a group claiming to support the Turkish government. The hackers tweeted out messages…

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