Robot news presenter causes a stir on Russian TV

Image copyright Rossiya 24 Russian state news channel Rossiya 24 has introduced a robot presenter for some of its bulletins. ‘Alex’ has already caused a stir, with some viewers complaining about his appearance and accusing him of peddling political propaganda. The robot was developed by Promobot in the city of Perm. His silicon head is […]

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Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former BNP leader Nick Griffin and ex-Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen are among those affected Facebook has imposed a ban on a dozen far-right individuals and organisations that it says “spread hate”. The ban includes the British National Party and Nick Griffin, the English Defence League and the […]

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Samsung’s folding phone breaks for reviewers

Image copyright Samsung Image caption Samsung’s folding phone was shown off for the first time earlier this year Earlier this week, Samsung sent out its remarkable new folding smartphone to a number of media outlets, including the BBC. Perhaps now it wishes it hadn’t. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman: The Verge’s Dieter Bohn: CNBC’s Steve Kovach: Oh […]

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Notre-Dame fire: Assassin’s Creed’s maker pledges aid

Image copyright Ubisoft Image caption Notre-Dame cathedral as it appears in the Assassin’s Creed game The maker of the Assassin’s Creed games will donate €500,000 ($565,000; £433,000) to the reconstruction of the fire-damaged Cathedral of Notre-Dame. A digital version of the building, which featured in its 2014 release Assassin’s Creed Unity, was modelled over a […]

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UK to introduce porn age-checks in July

Image copyright Getty Images An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites will come into force on 15 July. From that date, affected sites will have to verify the age of UK visitors. If they fail to comply they will face being blocked by internet service providers. But critics say teens may find […]

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Facebook challenged to give TED talk on political ads

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Carole Cadwalladr exposed the Cambridge Analytica data scandal The investigative journalist who revealed the Cambridge Analytica scandal has demanded answers from tech giants about political ads. In her TED talk, Carole Cadwalladr called on the executives of Facebook and Twitter to come to the conference and discuss their role in […]

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