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A new gold rush?

Image copyright UNSW Image caption Professor Veena Sahajwalla’s e-waste factory could be profitable within a couple of years, she says. Many millions of tonnes of televisions, phones and other electronic equipment are discarded each year, despite them being a rich source of metals. But now e-waste mining has the potential to become big business. Professor […]

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Avengers' Thanos sparks biggest ban in Reddit history

Image copyright Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo Spoiler alert. This article contains plot details about Avengers: Infinity War. Avengers: Infinity War baddie Thanos has prompted a mass cull of Reddit users. The population of half a subreddit will be wiped from existence in honour of the super villain on 9 July. The forum […]

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Baidu's self-drive buses enter 'mass production'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Apolong buses are not fitted with a steering wheel One of China’s biggest technology companies has declared it has begun mass production of a self-driving bus. Baidu made the announcement after building its 100th Apolong vehicle at its factory in the country’s south-eastern Fujian province. It said the […]

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Sony posts whole movie in trailer's place

Image copyright Sony Image caption Khali the Killer stars Richard Cabral, who is better known for his role in the Lethal Weapon TV series Thousands of people watched a film posted in its entirety to YouTube by its US distributor before the apparent mistake was tackled. Sony Pictures Entertainment had labelled the video as being […]

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Seamus Heaney letter reunited with owner

Image copyright Seamus Heaney Image caption Upon re-reading the letter, Sophia Hillan says she was “struck by the kindly, friendly, paternal tone of it” As Stewart Law rummaged around in a charity shop eight years ago he could not have dreamt of the bargain he had stumbled upon. When he got home a letter fell […]

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Social media apps are 'deliberately' addictive to users

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: How apps hook their users Social media companies are deliberately addicting users to their products for financial gain, Silicon Valley insiders have told the BBC’s Panorama programme. “It’s as if they’re taking behavioural cocaine and just sprinkling it all over your interface And that’s the thing […]

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Prostitution websites ban debated by MPs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is a debate as to whether a ban would reduce or add to the risks sex workers face Calls for “prostitution websites” to be banned in England and Wales will be made at a House of Commons debate. A cross-party group of MPs says the owners of such […]

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Roblox 'gang rape' shocks mother

Image copyright Roblox Image caption Roblox is a multiplayer platform where players can create their own games and join in with others A US mum has written a Facebook post describing her shock at seeing her child’s avatar being “gang raped” by others in the online game Roblox. Amber Petersen said her seven-year-old was playing […]

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Gmail messages 'read by third parties'

Image copyright Google Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers. People who have connected third-party apps to their accounts may have unwittingly given external developers permission to read their messages. One company told the Wall Street Journal that the practice was “common” […]

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Facebook shuts down Hello, Moves and tbh apps

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook is retiring three apps, blaming low user numbers. One, an anonymous social media app aimed at teenagers called tbh, is less than one year old. It was bought by the tech giant eight months ago after attracting millions of downloads at launch. All user data for tbh, along with fitness […]