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Fast/slow lanes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is net neutrality and how could it affect you?The US communications regulator has voted to weaken the rules that govern net neutrality in the country.It's a decision that has enflamed passions, with many of the biggest names in tech opposing the change.What is net neutrality?Net neutrality is the...

Computers write new Harry Potter chapter

The Harry Potter series may have finished, but the boy wizard has got another chapter.Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash is a new story created by a predictive keyboard."He saw Harry and immediately began to eat Hermione's family," runs one line from the ridiculous - and funny - tale.It was created...

Star Citizen game makers being sued

Image copyright Cloud Imperium Image caption Star Citizen players can become a pirate, a trader or a mercenary and travel between lots of solar systems The makers of the crowdfunded space game Star Citizen are being sued for copyright infringement and breach of contract by development studio Crytek.Crytek claims Roberts Space Industries (RSI) and Cloud...

‘Flirty secretary’ smart assistant taken offline in China

Image copyright IQiyi One of China's largest tech companies has taken its "flirtatious secretary" virtual assistant offline, following a suggestion that it objectified women.The avatar, called Vivi, was designed to be built-in on a new virtual reality headset sold by iQiyi, the video platform owned by search giant Baidu.The voice-controlled assistant could recommend films and video games,...

NatWest bank spat prompts web security changes

Image copyright Natwest website Image caption The Natwest website shows as "not secure" in some web browsers NatWest bank says it will enhance the security of its website, following a spat with security experts who spotted a vulnerability.Several researchers had asked why some banks used encrypted HTTPS connections for online banking, but not on their...

The mystery of the baby in the box

Robin was 13 when he found out he was adopted. Later he was told he had been abandoned - left in a box on London's Oxford Street. Now 74, he has spent most of his life wondering who left him and why. But thanks to DNA, and the dogged detective work of one of his daughters, he...

Brexit: Theresa May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThere were cheers from the opposition benches as the result was announcedTheresa May is due at a summit in Brussels, hours after Conservative rebels in the Commons defeated the government in a key Brexit vote.MPs backed an amendment giving them a legal guarantee of a vote on the final...

UK interest rates kept on hold at 0.5%

Image copyright Reuters The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold in its first meeting since last month's decision to raise rates for the first time in 10 years. Members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to keep interest rates at 0.5%.At its November meeting the MPC raised rates from the record low...

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52bn

Image copyright Disney Image caption Bob Iger and Rupert Murdoch Walt Disney says it is to buy 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets for $52.4bn (£39bn).The deal includes Fox's 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky, and the 20th Century Fox film studio, Disney announced. Fox's remaining assets, including Fox News and Sports, will form a new...

Grenfell fire: Families and survivors remember victims at St Paul’s memorial

Image copyright PA Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined the service Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have attended a memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral, alongside members of the Royal Family and PM Theresa May. The bereaved, survivors and rescue workers were joined by the Prince of Wales,...