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Google’s self-driving firm sues Uber

Uber is being sued for stealing trade secrets and technology from Google. Waymo, set up by Google owner Alphabet, is taking legal action against Otto, Uber’s self-driving vehicle unit that it bought last year for $700m. The lawsuit argues that former Waymo manager Anthony Levandowski took information when he left …

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Facebook videos to autoplay with sound

Much of Facebook’s recent growth can be attributed to the spread of video on its network – and the company told investors recently it planned to aggressively monetise that success. Today, it announced some ideas to get things moving – starting with a change many users may not appreciate. Videos have autoplayed …

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8.2 percent of the world’s Facebook users are in African countries

Facebook beat Wall Street expectations for sales and user growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, and it credits Internet.org, its free basic version of the internet in developing countries, for helping make that happen. The three most popular internet-based services or apps in Nigeria alone are Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp — all owned by Facebook. …

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Robots and drones to take over classrooms

Classrooms are noticeably more hi-tech these days – interactive boards, laptops and online learning plans proliferate, but has the curriculum actually changed or are children simply learning the same thing on different devices? Some argue that the education this generation of children is receiving is little different from that their …

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Scientists consider fake news ‘vaccine’

The appearance of fake news on websites and social media has inspired scientists to develop a “vaccine” to immunise people against the problem. A University of Cambridge study devised psychological tools to target fact distortion. Researchers suggest “pre-emptively exposing” readers to a small “dose” of the misinformation can help organisations …

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