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Pope warns nuns to use 'sobriety' on social media

Image copyright Getty Images The Pope has issued instructions telling nuns to use social media apps “with sobriety and discretion”. The document, titled Cor Orans, clarifies rules governing monastic life that were issued in 2016. It says the guidance is intended to safeguard silence and recollection. The document mentions “social …

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Synth suspense

Warning: This article contains spoilers. Image copyright Channel 4 / AMC When Humans launched in 2015, it became Channel 4’s most successful original drama for 20 years. It’s now set for an explosive return – quite literally. For a TV show set in a parallel present where people own domesticated …

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Kaspersky moves operations after spy claims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Eugene Kaspersky founded Kaspersky Lab in 1997 Cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab has said it will relocate some of its operations from Moscow to Switzerland, after the US government and others accused it of spying on customers at the Russian state’s demand. The company said it …

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Wheelie good

Image copyright Alex Borwick Image caption Bike-sharing is set to revolutionise transport across the world, as it already has done in Shanghai Cycling around cities may have been pioneered by the Dutch, but a new high-tech way of hiring bicycles is bidding to bringing a pedal power revolution to cities …

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Apple-Samsung patent battle revived in California court

Image copyright Apple Image caption The jury will have to consider if Apple’s design patents were valued as much as first calculated Apple and Samsung are facing each other in a California court for a third trial involving the same set of five patents. Apple was originally awarded $1.05bn (£772m) …

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IBM workers banned from using USB sticks

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The ban could cause “disruption” to work habits, warned IBM Staff at IBM have been banned from using removable memory devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives. The possibility of “financial and reputational” damage if staff lost or misused the …

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Tidal accused of manipulating Beyonce and Kanye West data

Image copyright Sony/Universal Image caption Tidal denies having manipulated the audience logs of Beyonce and Kanye West albums released in 2016 Music streaming app Tidal has been accused of inflating audience figures for two albums – Lemonade by Beyonce, and The Life of Pablo by Kanye West. A Norwegian-language newspaper …

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MPs summon ex-Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Nix gave evidence to MPs last month MPs looking into fake news have issued a formal summons to both ex-Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix and Dominic Cummings, former campaign director of Vote Leave. They will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, …

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Record $120m fine for nuisance robocalls

Image copyright Getty Images A man has been fined a record-breaking $120m (£88m) for making more than 90 million automated marketing telephone calls in the US. Miami salesman Adrian Abramovich was accused of trying to sell holidays and timeshare properties with the unsolicited robocalls. The fine is the largest the …

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Google to warn when humans chat with convincing bots

Image copyright Google Image caption The bot demo was warmly welcomed by the audience at the Google I/O developer conference Google says it will take steps to ensure that humans are not fooled when they get called by software bots that can convincingly mimic the human voice. Anyone called by …

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