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Bitcoin: MPs launch inquiry into digital currencies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Speculative investment in Bitcoin prompted graffiti in Lithuania MPs have launched an inquiry into cryptocurrencies and the technology behind them. The Treasury Committee said it wants to understand the risks and benefits of digital money following an explosion of interest – and investment – in them. The MPs will cover the role of digital currencies in the UK, including the impact on consumers and

The next CS:GO Major Championship to be held in London

Image copyright FACEIT The CS:GO Major is one of the biggest eSports events in the world, and the next one will be held in London. Given the scale and viewership of previous Majors, this is expected to be the most significant eSport event ever held in the UK. This September, 24 of the best teams in the world will compete for a $1 million prize pool (£720,000) at the Wembley

Disney loses in Redbox copyright row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Redbox has thousands of movie rental booths around the US Disney has lost a bid to stop movie rental company Redbox from reselling download codes for its films. Redbox bought Disney movies on DVD to offer for rental in its kiosks. The DVDs were often bundled with a code to download a copy of the film. Disney requested an injunction to stop the practice,

Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk has said AI is humanity’s biggest threat Technology billionaire Elon Musk has quit the board of the research group he co-founded to look into the ethics of artificial intelligence. In a blog post, OpenAI said the decision had been taken to avoid any conflict of interest as Mr Musk’s electric car company, Tesla, became “more focused on AI”. He has been one of

Game helps players spot ‘fake news’

Image copyright Bad News A game designed to help people understand how fake news and conspiracy theories spread online has been created at the University of Cambridge. Bad News lets players build a social media following by choosing inflammatory headlines and images to share with their imaginary fans. Players earn achievements for impersonating celebrities and spreading misinformation. The creators say they want the game to be a “vaccine” against fake

White nationalist Jared Taylor sues Twitter over ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jared Taylor is head of American Renaissance which champions “racial difference”. White nationalist Jared Taylor is suing Twitter after the social network banned his account as part of a crackdown on abusive content. Mr Taylor’s lawyer says the suspension of his account is a form of censorship, accusing Twitter of discrimination. Twitter declined to comment on the case but has previously said that its

Twitter bot purge prompts backlash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twitter has been under pressure to block bot accounts used to spread disinformation The hashtag #TwitterLockout has trended after an apparent purge of suspected malicious bots on the social network. Dozens of users report having had their accounts suspended until they provided a telephone number which they then had to verify, to prove they were real. Some right-wing users have raised concerns about their

Bezos-backed 10,000 Year Clock now under construction

Image copyright Eyewire Inc A clock designed to run for ten millennia without human intervention is now under construction. The 10,000 Year Clock is a project of the Long Now Foundation, a non-profit organisation that wants to make “long-term thinking more common”. It is being built on property owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, beneath a mountain in the middle of a desert in Texas, There is currently no completion

Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone images leaked by MWC app

Image copyright XDA Image caption XDA Developers has published more than 20 images of the Galaxy S9 sourced from Samsung Pictures of Samsung’s latest flagship phone have been disclosed by an app released by the firm itself. The images were discovered hidden via a hack of Unpacked 2018, a program that the company has asked invitees to Sunday’s launch of the handset in Barcelona to download. The disclosure backs up

Tesla investigates claims of crypto-currency hack

Image copyright AFP Tesla has confirmed that its cloud computing platform has been compromised by hackers. RedLock, the company that alerted it to the breach, believes the attackers may have done this to mine crypto-currency – an attack known as crypto-jacking. Tesla said it had addressed the vulnerability “within hours” and that no customer data had been stolen. A spokeswoman added that the effects of the hack seemed to be