Technology

eBay revs up to take on Auto Trader in car ads

Image copyright Getty Images Online marketplace eBay says it is acquiring the Motors.co.uk website, making it a “leading alternative” to Auto Trader as an ad site for cars. Under the deal, Motors.co.uk would become part of classified ad site Gumtree UK, also owned by eBay. The combined group would offer more than 620,000 car listings, against Auto Trader’s 500,000. The deal is subject to approval by regulators and is expected

Google takes down Esta service ads – but many remain

Image copyright Esta-Fasttrack Image caption Many commercial Esta sites look official Here’s a word of warning to anybody applying for a US travel visa or Esta online. The top search results in Google are not for the official application forms, but paid advertisements for commercial websites that charge more than five times as much as the government one. Regular travellers will know this has been going on since at least

Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

Image copyright PA Facebook has hired former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg as head of its global affairs and communications team. The 51-year-old politician was leader of the Liberal Democrats and formed a coalition government with David Cameron and the Conservatives in 2010. Facebook has faced intense scrutiny and the threat of government regulation following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and alleged election meddling. Several prominent executives have left

The story behind your PlayStation username

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The first PlayStation console was released in 1994 PlayStation has announced that early next year players will be able to change their PlayStation Network Online ID for the first time. It’s a long-awaited feature for PlayStation users that means those weird and shameful usernames will be no more. Can’t relate? Try to think about your very first email address… Yeah, same here. The new

‘Why we faked our Facebook wedding in Kinshasa’

Image copyright Christian Shabantu Mpenga Image caption This photo made people think they had got married To her friends and family, Arlène Agneroh has it all. Well, nearly. She is successful, educated and attractive. They call her a leader – she coaches entrepreneurs and offers personal development training for a living. The only thing she’s missing, they say, is a husband. Recently, something happened to remind her of just how

What’s the point of concept cars?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe fantasy cars that will never be made Concept cars look beautiful and futuristic, but why do manufacturers spend millions developing them if they’re never going to make it into production? Take, for example, the DS X e-tense, a “2035 dream car” produced by the French luxury brand DS. Half open-topped sports car, half luxury saloon, its outlandish styling looks as though

Amazon creates 1,000 ‘highly skilled’ jobs in three UK cities

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon is working on its Prime Air delivery service in Cambridge Amazon has revealed plans to create more than 1,000 jobs in the UK in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge. At least 600 “highly skilled” roles will be added in Manchester working on software, machine learning and AWS, its cloud computing business. The company will also create 250 and 180 jobs at its development centres in

eBay files lawsuit against Amazon over ‘seller recruitment’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption EBay wants Amazon to stop trying to tempt sellers away from the auction site EBay has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the US retail giant of using illegal tactics to recruit sellers. It says Amazon representatives abused eBay’s internal email system to contact sellers – a violation of the marketplace’s policies. Amazon declined to comment on the case, which follows a letter from

How U2’s technology is changing concerts for the better

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAdam Clayton shows us around (and through) U2’s 30-metre long “barricage”. “The two things you can’t have up here are vertigo and a need for stability.” U2 bassist Adam Clayton is giving me a tour of “the barricage”, a 29-metre long, double-sided LCD screen that the band climb inside of every night of their Experience and Innocence tour. The walkway spans the

Facebook in fresh video metrics row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Video metrics were inaccurate, Facebook admitted in 2016 Facebook was aware of inaccuracies in the way it measured how many people viewed video on its site for a year longer than it has previously admitted, court documents have claimed. Newly released papers that are part of a US legal action against the social network, claim that it knew about the problems in 2015. Facebook