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Alphabet tests Project Wing drones by delivering burritos and medicine

Project Wing in action in Australia. Photograph: YouTube Drones (non-military) Alphabet tests Project Wing drones by delivering burritos and medicine Google’s parent company drops takeaway food and also medication into back gardens in rural Australia as project enters new phase Google parent Alphabet has begun a new phase of testing its hybrid drones, dubbed Project […]

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Facebook is buying anonymous teen compliments app TBH

Users of the app are shown a positive question, asking them who ‘makes you laugh the hardest’ or ‘who has the most integrity’. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Facebook Facebook is buying anonymous teen compliments app TBH App that avoids bullying behaviour by offering pre-checked questions is latest popular social-media app owned by company after 1bn […]

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Wifi security is vulnerable to hacking, US government warns

The researchers have given the weakness the codename Krack, short for Key Reinstallation AttaCK. Photograph: Vladislav Kochelaevskiy / Alamy/Alamy Wifi Wifi security is vulnerable to hacking, US government warns WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken by Belgian researchers, highlighting potential for internet traffic to be exposed The security protocol […]

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Airbnb select to offer loans and advice to hosts under new scheme

Airbnb: ‘Too many pictures of your dog and family might make guests feel uncomfortable.’ Photograph: Airbnb.com Airbnb Airbnb to offer loans and advice to hosts under new scheme The trial, dubbed Airbnb Select, will see rental firm provide home improvement loans as it seeks to standardise offerings Airbnb is looking to take an increasingly active […]

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Chinese messaging app error sees n-word used in translation

WeChat says the translation engine it uses is a neural network-based service, which is always being tweaked for more accurate output. Photograph: Petar Kujundzic / Reuters/Reuters Technology Chinese messaging app error sees n-word used in translation WeChat is blaming machine learning for erroneously converting a neutral phrase meaning ‘black foreigner’ into something far more offensive […]

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Sir Richard Branson (centre) pictured in front of the Hyperloop One technology. Photograph: Virgin Hyperloop One Hyperloop Richard Branson’s Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One The British entrepreneur says he wants to make ‘airline speeds on the ground’ a reality, while engineering experts cast doubt on the safety of the technology Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin […]

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Your iPhone’s password demands aren’t just annoying. They’re a security flaw

Apple’s constant request for your password could make it easy for rogue developers to steal it via phising. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian iPhone Your iPhone’s password demands aren’t just annoying. They’re a security flaw A developer has warned it is possible to create a phishing attack based on a fake sign-in request for […]

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Millions of Pornhub users targeted in malvertising attack

Pornhub is the world’s largest pornography site with 26bn yearly visits according to data from ranking firm Alexa. Photograph: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images Malware Millions of Pornhub users targeted in malvertising attack Security firm uncovers hacking group KovCoreG’s attempts to trick browsers of world’s largest adult site into installing fake updates Millions of Pornhub users […]

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Introducing the new celebrity accessory: bitcoin-style cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency rules everything around me … Ghostface Killah’s new firm Cream Capital is looking to raise $30m. Photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns via Getty Images Cryptocurrencies Introducing the new celebrity accessory: bitcoin-style cryptocurrencies Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah becomes latest public figure to gamble on initial coin offerings to generate serious money Forget a Gucci handbag, massive sunglasses […]