Robert Downey Jr plans YouTube series on AI

Image copyright Getty Images The star of this year’s biggest box-office hit is now turning his sights to YouTube’s subscription service. Robert Downey Jr is following up the Avengers movies with an online series about artificial intelligence, scheduled for 2019. The Iron Man actor plans to present the eight-part documentary, as well as co-produce it […]

Vault 7 inquiry: CIA data leak suspect named by media

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption CIA cyber-warfare tools were leaked to Wikileaks in 2017 A former CIA software engineer is the prime suspect in the leaking of a stolen archive of spy agency’s secrets last year, US media have revealed. However after searching his home, prosecutors charged Joshua Schulte, 29, with having 10,000 child abuse […]

Keyless cars causing dozens of deaths

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many cars are now being made with keyless ignitions Dozens of people have been poisoned by carbon monoxide after failing to turn off the ignition on keyless cars, according to the New York Times. Its report found that 28 people had died and 45 others had suffered injuries since […]

Twitter banishes ‘trolls’ to the shadows

Image caption Twitter trolls’ tweets will tumble down timelines Twitter says it is taking action against “trolls” that “distort and detract from the public conversation”, by making their tweets less visible. The social network has been trying to tackle abuse and harassment on its platform for several years. The company said it would now look […]

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 had chosen Switzerland for its […]

Sharing of school pupils’ data put on hold

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The national pupil database compiles data from school censuses The government has halted researchers and others from accessing personal information about English schoolchildren, it has emerged. The Department for Education said the step was a temporary move to modify the national pupil database’s approval process. But a spokesman was […]

IS propaganda ‘hidden on Internet Archive’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Online services have been under pressure to remove IS videos and other posts more quickly Supporters of the Islamic State group are using the Internet Archive to frustrate efforts to delete their online propaganda, a study suggests. The report analysed hundreds of thousands of links posted to two hidden […]

O2 apologises for racist hate mail sent with Sim cards

Image caption The leaflets were address to “Mr Isis Terroriste” and “Mr Getout Ofengland” O2 has apologised after two items of “shocking” racist hate mail were sent to a British-Iraqi family in London. Addressed to “Mr Isis Terroriste” and “Mr Getout Ofengland” at the exact family address in Wembley, north London, they contained free pay-as-you-go […]

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) in 2012 after a jury […]

Face recognition police tools ‘staggeringly inaccurate’

Image copyright Getty Images The accuracy of police facial recognition systems has been criticised by a UK privacy group. Two forces have been testing facial recognition cameras at public events in an effort to catch wanted criminals. Big Brother Watch said its investigation showed the technology was “dangerous and inaccurate” as it had wrongly flagged […]