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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Is that a genuine ad on your tablet or a link to a dangerous phishing site full of malware? The digital advertising industry is in crisis: ad fraud is rife, many online ads are never even seen and ad blocking software is threatening to …

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US commercial drones given green light

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Green light for first commercial drones in the US Drones that monitor crops, control mosquito populations and deliver defibrillators are to be tested in US airspace. Ten commercial drone projects have been selected to try out new ways for unmanned aircraft to be integrated …

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Cocaine breathalyser 'one step closer'

Image copyright Getty Images Researchers in the US say they have developed a low-cost chip that can detect cocaine in minutes. The team hopes it will lead to the development of a portable cocaine breathalyser that can tell if a person has used the drug. At present, it says the …

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Google AI to make phone calls for users

Image copyright Google Image caption Google chief Sundar Pichai opened the developers conference in Mountain View, California Google has unveiled artificial intelligence software that books appointments over the phone on behalf of users by conducting voice-based conversations on their behalf. Chief executive Sundar Pichair said that Google Duplex would launch …

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Sea giants do battle

Image copyright Shell Image caption Shell’s Prelude is the largest sea-faring vessel ever built Off the coast of Western Australia, a battle between mega giants is unfolding. The combatants involve the world’s biggest semi-submersible platform, the longest subsea pipeline in the southern hemisphere, and the largest floating facility ever built. …

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Google changes rules for buying election adverts

Image copyright PA Image caption Google will log who buys adverts and let people search an archive of election content Google is demanding that those placing political ads during the forthcoming US elections must prove they are US citizens or permanent residents. The demand is part of an update to …

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Facebook privacy: Survey suggests continuing US loyalty

Image copyright Getty Images Most Facebook users in the US remain loyal, despite the recent data sharing scandal involving a political consultancy firm, a poll suggests. Facebook admitted last month that the data of 87 million users had been improperly shared with the UK-based firm, Cambridge Analytica. The Reuters/Ipsos survey …

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Drones used to disrupt FBI hostage situation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The FBI says drones are being used to disrupt hostage situations Criminals used drones to disrupt the monitoring of a hostage situation, says the FBI. A top FBI official told a drone conference in Denver that criminals deliberately flew several small drones to block …

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YouTube stars' fury as videos promoting cheating removed

Image copyright Patty Mayo Image caption Bounty hunter Patty Mayo’s channel has had multiple videos taken down YouTube stars are complaining after hundreds of videos containing adverts for an essay-writing service were removed from their channels. It follows a BBC Trending investigation which found more than 250 channels had YouTubers …

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Apple shares hit all-time high after Buffett raises stake

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Warren Buffett enjoys an ice cream during one of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meetings. Apple shares have hit an all-time high on news that legendary investor Warren Buffett now has a roughly 5% stake in the tech giant. Shares in Apple, already the world’s most …

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