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Google staff warns against working with US border agencies

A letter signed by almost 400 people urges Google not to be involved in 'human rights abuses'.

Google staff warns against working with US border agencies

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Facebook admits it listened to users' audio messages

The company have since said it has stopped doing this as privacy organisations raised concerns over the practice.

Facebook admits it listened to users' audio messages

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Who needs a bank account when you have a phone?

Networks of agents have brought financial services to millions of 'unbanked' people, and there's still room for growth.

Mobile phones are replacing bank accounts in Africa

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China vies to get in on crypto boom

Unlike decentralised blockchain-based offerings, China's digital currency intends to give Beijing more control.

China preparing to launch its own 'cryptocurrency'

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White House summons tech, social media firms after shootings

White House calls on social media companies to help build technologies to 'combat domestic terrorism'.

White House summons tech, social media firms after shootings

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Overcoming prejudice, poverty and 'Molenbeekphobia' in Brussels

Faced with poverty and discrimination, residents of Belgium's Molenbeek neighbourhood build their own alternatives.

Overcoming prejudice, poverty and 'Molenbeekphobia' in Brussels

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Huawei unveils own operating system to compete with Android

Huawei said its HarmonyOS - or HongMeng - would 'bring more harmony and convenience to the world'.

Huawei unveils own operating system to compete with Android

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Caring for China's senior citizens with smart home technology

A quarter of a billion people in China are aged 60 and older, and smart technology in their homes is on the rise.

Caring for China's senior citizens with smart home technology

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Months after IPO, Uber's quarterly loss tops $5bn

The ride-sharing company racked up 100 million customers by July, but for every dollar brought in, it lost roughly $1.65

Months after IPO, Uber's quarterly loss tops $5bn

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Land degradation accelerates global climate change

Desertification or land degradation already affects more than 500 million people in the world's poorest countries.

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US bans federal purchases of telecom gear from Huawei

Trump administration temporarily bans government agencies from doing business with Huawei and four Chinese tech firms.

US bans federal purchases of telecom gear from Huawei

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San Diego, Portland, San Fran top US list for work-life balance

New survey from mobile tech company looks at urban wellbeing, livability and workforce happiness.

San Diego, Portland, San Fran top US list for work-life balance

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Novartis withheld data problem before drug approval: FDA

The drugmaker says that the data issue only affected a test in animals, and that its $2.1m therapy remains safe to use.

Novartis withheld data problem before drug approval: FDA

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Tech giants face digital eavesdropping privacy probe

Amazon, Apple and Google are to be investigated over human reviewers listening in on instructions given to AI 'helpers'.

Siri, Alexa 'eavesdroppers' leave tech giants facing probe

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Monzo advises some 480,000 customers to change their PINs

The digital bank says it discovered that it had been recording some customers PINs in an insecure location.

Monzo advises some 480,000 customers to change their PINs