Airbnb to report homeowners’ income to Danish tax authorities

Image copyright Getty Images Airbnb will automatically report homeowners’ income to tax authorities in Denmark under a landmark move. It will make it easier to spot tax evasion by homeowners renting out rooms and properties via the site. Danish tax minister Karsten Lauritzen said the country wants a “sharing economy” to flourish, but on condition […]

Broadband speeds ‘far slower than in ads’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Which? said consumers had been let down by false speed claims for broadband services Which? says many UK households get half the broadband speed they pay for. Customers on a 38Mbps service received average speeds of 19Mbps, according to its findings, taken from 235,000 uses of its broadband speed […]

China car app Didi updates safety measures after murder

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Didi Chuxing app is the world’s most popular ride-hailing service China’s leading car-hailing firm is overhauling its service following the murder of one of its users. It is suspending its carpooling service at night, while it is considering making an audio recording of all journeys. The proposals were […]

YouTube unveils new music streaming service

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Screenshots of the new YouTube Music app YouTube is launching a music streaming service, offering both videos and audio tracks, in an attempt to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. YouTube Music will combine millions of “official” tracks with the vast catalogue of rarities and remixes uploaded […]

UK ‘leading world’ in compassionate technology

Image caption Davina is being trained in accountancy while homeless The UK technology sector grew 2.6 times faster than the UK economy as a whole last year, new figures show. One of the biggest growth areas was in compassionate tech, with new apps and online services helping society’s most vulnerable. “I ended up sofa surfing […]

Ocado shares rocket on Kroger tech deal

Image copyright Newscast Shares in online grocer Ocado have surged by 60% after it struck a deal with US retail giant Kroger. Ocado’s technology will be used in the US exclusively by Kroger, which is one of the world’s biggest grocery chains with annual sales of $122bn (£90bn). Under the terms of the deal, Kroger […]

Facebook privacy: MEPs to press Zuckerberg

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Zuckerberg’s visit to Brussels will be less public than his testimony to Congress last month Facebook has confirmed its chief executive will meet leading members of the European Parliament to discuss privacy concerns in Brussels. The date of the meeting with Mark Zuckerberg has yet to be fixed […]

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 that the guidance is intended to safeguard silence and recollection. The document mentions “social communications” rather than specific […]

Watch ban imposed at GCSE and A-level exams

Watch ban imposed at GCSE and A-level exams

Image copyright JCQ Image caption The JCQ exam body is publicising the new rules via an online video Pupils are being told to remove watches from their wrists before taking GCSE and A-level exams, to combat cheating. In most cases, students are being told to place the timepieces on their desks, but invigilators can demand […]

NHS cyber-hero ‘discussed bank hack role’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Hutchins has been detained in the US since his arrest last August The British cyber-security expert credited with thwarting a major ransomware attack is attempting to prevent a phone call transcript being used against him in the US courts. The document quotes Marcus Hutchins as saying that he […]