JP Morgan creates first US bank-backed crypto-currency

JP Morgan creates first US bank-backed crypto-currency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon has publicly criticised Bitcoin in the past US investment bank JP Morgan has created a crypto-currency to help settle payments between clients in its wholesale payments business. JPM Coin is the first digital currency to be backed by a major US bank. The crypto-currency, […]

British hacker Marcus Hutchins loses bid to omit ‘intoxicated’ testimony

British hacker Marcus Hutchins loses bid to omit ‘intoxicated’ testimony

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Marcus Hutchins faces 10 charges in total but denies any wrongdoing British cyber-security expert Marcus Hutchins – who has been accused of writing virus code – has lost a legal bid to suppress some evidence prosecutors want to use against him. The evidence is comments he made in an […]

Apple to investigate Saudi app

Apple to investigate Saudi app

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The app makes it easier for men to prevent women from travelling, human rights group claim A Saudi Arabian app that can be used to track women and prevent them from travelling will be investigated by Apple, its chief executive has said. In an interview with NPR, Tim Cook […]

Crackdown on young celebs in gambling ads

Crackdown on young celebs in gambling ads

Image copyright ASA Image caption Ads like this should be more heavily restricted in future, say watchdogs Rules around gambling ads, which include a ban on the use of young celebrities and sports stars, will become stricter, especially online. From 1 April, gambling operators will also have to ensure that the majority of the audience […]

Ordnance Survey to launch mapping drone

Ordnance Survey to launch mapping drone

Image copyright Ordnance Survey Mapping organisation Ordnance Survey plans to launch a solar-powered drone to capture higher quality images of the Earth. Its Astigan craft will fly higher than commercial airliners at 67,000 ft (20,400m), and could circle the Earth for 90 days before it needs to land. It will collect images and data for […]

Teen has vaccinations after asking Reddit

Teen has vaccinations after asking Reddit

Image copyright Ethan Lindenberger Ethan Lindenberger from Ohio asked social media site Reddit if he could have vaccines without parental consent. His mother would not give her permission, he wrote in the post, which had thousands of reactions. He learned he had to wait until he was 18 – which he did, and has now […]

Facebook and Google news should be regulated, report says

Facebook and Google news should be regulated, report says

Image copyright Getty Images A regulator should oversee tech giants like Google and Facebook to ensure their news content is trustworthy, a government-backed report has suggested. The Cairncross Review into the future of the UK news industry said such sites should help users identify fake news and “nudge people towards reading news of high quality”. […]

Gavin Williamson: Drone ‘swarm squadrons’ to be deployed by military

Gavin Williamson: Drone ‘swarm squadrons’ to be deployed by military

Image copyright MOD Image caption The squadron of drones would have an expected cost of £7m “Swarm squadrons” of drones are to be deployed by British armed forces to overwhelm enemy air defences, the defence secretary has said. Gavin Williamson said the specially-adapted drones could be in operation by the end of 2019. He also […]

Paris to sue Airbnb over ‘illegal ads’

Paris to sue Airbnb over ‘illegal ads’

Image copyright Getty Images The city of Paris is suing Airbnb for €12.5m (£11m) over 1,000 adverts for what it says are illegal rentals. Homeowners in the city can rent out their properties for only 120 days per year. They must register themselves as a business and display their registration number on any advertising. Under […]

Russia considers ‘unplugging’ from internet

Russia considers ‘unplugging’ from internet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia’s government to get more control over online life Russia is considering whether to disconnect from the global internet briefly, as part of a test of its cyber-defences. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays […]