‘Irresponsible’ social media could face new laws

The Health Secretary has accused social media networks of “turning a blind eye to a generation of young people” by failing to protect them when using their platforms online. 

New ‘phone boxes’ spark privacy concerns

If you live in London or Leeds, you may have already spotted one on a street corner near you.

Scientists discover new species of exploding ant

A new species of ant which can detonate its body when threatened has been discovered by scientists. 

‘4,000% rise’ in spread of lies by Russian bots

Online activity by Russian bots, trolls and automated accounts has increased by 4,000% in the days and weeks following the Salisbury poisoning and suspected chemical attack in Syria.

Six billion cockroaches bred for potions at AI-controlled farm

Six billion cockroaches are being bred each year through artificial intelligence at a Chinese farm making “healing potions”.

Boring meetings? Just leave, says Elon Musk

The idea of just getting up and leaving a boring work meeting is a dream to many of us and it seems, it is one shared by one of the world’s leading tech tycoons.

NASA spacecraft begins search for new planets

NASA’s Tess spacecraft has blasted off from Earth in a search for new planets that could support life.

Gates: Internet giants failed to predict data scandal

Internet giants failed to predict the data privacy issues that have rocked companies such as Facebook, Bill Gates has said.

Emoji leading to ‘serious decline’ in English skills

Emoji is the fastest-growing language in history – and it is ruining young people’s English skills, research by YouTube has revealed.

Cambridge Analytica boss ducks MPs’ questions

The suspended boss of data firm Cambridge Analytica has refused to reappear before a parliamentary inquiry into fake news.

‘Kremlin hacking critical national infrastructure in UK’

The Russian government is attacking critical national infrastructure in the UK and the US, security agencies have warned.

Chinese social network to end ‘gay censorship’

Chinese social network Sina Weibo is to stop a planned crackdown on content related to gay issues after a hashtag-driven campaign by outraged users.

Wetherspoon shuts down social media accounts

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon says it is closing down all its social media accounts following the “trolling” of MPs and ethnic minorities.

Ethics ‘must be at centre’ of AI technology

The UK’s first public inquiry into the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) has said the law governing its effects “is not currently clear”.

Apple to pay $500m for patent infringement

Apple has been ordered to pay $502m (£353m) to a company called VirnetX after being found guilty of infringing its security patents.

Hackers target Great Western Railway customers

Great Western Railway customers are being told to change their passwords after attackers accessed 1,000 accounts.

‘Dark web’ targeted in crime crackdown

Criminals are emboldened by the anonymity of the dark web, which has become a platform for horrific abuse, the Home Secretary will say today.

Serious Fraud Office hires ‘AI lawyer’

The Serious Fraud Office has hired an “AI lawyer” which is set to start work this month and automatically analyse documents.

Zuckerberg takes blame ahead of Congress grilling

Mark Zuckerberg has taken the blame for data hijacking in Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal as he prepares to answer Congress’ questions.

UK hit by ‘more online attacks than ever before’

Criminals are launching more online attacks against British businesses than ever before, the National Cyber Security Centre and NCA have warned.

How to check if Facebook improperly shared your data

Facebook is revealing to users whether their data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.