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Facebook finds Independence document 'racist'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence Facebook’s algorithms have ruled that parts of the US Declaration of Independence are hate speech and removed excerpts of them posted to the platform. In the run-up to Independence Day, a US community paper based in […]

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Haptic gloves help blind people to 'see' art

A virtual reality kit is helping visually impaired people “see” art through haptic gloves. 3D models are created from laser scans of original sculptures. The user then wears the gloves to feel the virtual artwork. The gloves vibrate, replicating the sense of touch to the brain. The system was developed by NeuroDigital Technologies and Geometry. […]

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Instagram apologises for removing photo of two men kissing

Image copyright Stella Asia Consonni Olly Alexander and Jade Thirlwall are among people who have expressed anger over Instagram taking down a photo of two men kissing. The photo was removed from photographer Stella Asia Consonni’s Instagram feed for “violating community guidelines”. Instagram says the photo was removed by mistake. “This post was removed in […]

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Hi-tech dreamcatcher defeats sleep amnesia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption What happens when we dream and can we harness it to improve our waking lives? When Adam Haar Horowitz took to the stage at a conference dressed as a lotus flower, he raised eyebrows. Then, when he started hitting computers and making gong noises, jaws dropped. He was acting […]

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Fake bookings hit Singapore's Ryde Technologies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ryde Technologies is a Singapore-based ride-hailing start-up Hundreds of fake accounts making “phantom bookings” have recently plagued Singapore-based firm Ryde Technologies, the company has said. In recent weeks, nearly 300 such accounts have made 2,000 bogus bookings, costing drivers $50,000 (£37,900). The start-up investigated the problem after drivers complained. […]

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GDPR 'risks making it harder to catch hackers'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Under GDPR, companies can be fined for publishing personal data without consent A service used to identify and contact website owners has been forced to strip out most of the information on its site to comply with the EU’s GDPR legislation. Whois, which is used by the police and […]

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Bitter on Twitter

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When angry customers take to Twitter you’re already losing the PR battle These days disgruntled customers can vent their spleen on social media instantly, but many companies are not handling these platforms properly, experts say. So what are the dos and don’ts of social media customer relations? There are […]

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Busking goes cashless with 'a world first' for London

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlotte Campbell trialled the system by requesting donations of £2 London has introduced a contactless payment scheme for buskers in what the organisers claim is a world first. In addition to tossing loose change into a box, passers-by can use card readers to make contactless payments. It has been launched […]

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Dota 2: UK major tournament to 'inspire' fans

Image copyright ESL/KelyKline Britain’s first-ever Dota 2 major tournament wants to “offer inspiration” to UK fans, organisers say. The event, being held in Birmingham this weekend, see teams from across the world compete for a $1m (£750,000) prize pool. There are only a few top level British players of the game, but tickets for the […]