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Ransomware 'here to stay', warns Google study

Cyber-thieves made at least $25m from ransomware in the last two years suggests research by Google

UK government's drone collision report criticised

An alliance of drone manufacturers has called for the Department for Transport to release its methodology.

Jeff Bezos: Five things you may not know about Amazon's founder

Five things you didn't know about the man whose wealth overtook Bill Gates's for a day.

UK mobile coverage winners revealed in study

EE has best mobile coverage in England but Vodafone is better in Northern Ireland finds RootMetrics.

Porsche to recall 22,000 cars over emissions software

Germany's transport minister orders move to remove what he says is illegal emissions-controlling software.

Facebook calls for a more people-centric security industry

Cyber-experts need to concentrate on reducing harm not technical proficiency, says Facebook security head

Google tests auto-play videos in search results

Some users are seeing movie trailers automatically start in their search results.

Apple faces $506m patent dispute payout

A judge more than doubles an existing fine after Apple fails to abide by the verdict.

Amazon launches Prime Now in SE Asia

US e-commerce giant goes into its first head-to-head battle with Alibaba in the region.

Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties

Players reported for constant "bad behaviour", such as verbal abuse or time-wasting, will be banned.

Facebook flush with advertising money

The social media company's profits jumped 71%, amid strong advertising spending and user growth.

Hack on Italy's largest bank affects 400,000 customers

Data from 400,000 accounts belonging to Italy's biggest bank are thought to have been exposed.

Premier League wins anti-piracy court order

Ruling will allow the league to combat the illicit use of devices such as pre-loaded IPTV and Kodi boxes.

Watchdog extends reach over crypto-cash investment

US crypto-currency investments or Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are facing stricter regulation.

US Uber will charge for lost item return

Passengers will face a $15 (£11.50) fee if they want lost property returned.

Bitcoin fraud suspect Vinnik charged by US grand jury

He is said to be part of a gang accused of laundering billions through the digital currency.

Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 2020

Once the go-to plug-in for video, the technology has been usurped by more reliable and secure apps.

New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 in UK

Ministers have also unveiled a £255m fund to help councils introduce steps to deal with pollution

Musk and Zuckerberg clash over future of AI

Musk has hit back at comments that his doomsday view of AI is irresponsible.

Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death

The graphics program will remain available on the app store, Microsoft says.

Trump says Apple will build three 'big' new plants in US

President Trump says Apple is planning three new manufacturing plants in the United States.

Robot vacuum company mulls selling maps of homes

The creator of the iRobot Roomba says it could help make homes smarter.

Google SOS Alerts added to search results and maps

Internet giant assembles helpful information about unfolding disasters in its Search and Maps tools.

India says no to driverless cars to protect jobs

Transport minister says the country will not be developing autonomous cars in order to protect jobs.

Electric Mini to be built in Oxford

A fully electric version of the Mini is to be built at the Cowley plant in Oxford, BMW says.

Alphabet profits rocked by EU fine

Google parent Alphabet reports revenues rose in the second quarter but profits drop by almost a third.

Park's 'Pokemon permit' plan blocked

Rules to stop Pokemon Go players "overrunning" parks in Milwaukee are suspended.

Wisconsin company Three Square Market to microchip employees

Three Square Market says 50 employees have already signed up for the $300 (£230) chip.

Sweden data leak 'a disaster', says PM

The Transport Agency exposed reams of sensitive data during an outsourcing process.

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.

Electricity shake-up could save consumers 'up to £40bn'

New rules will encourage UK consumers to generate and store their own power, ministers say.

UK to bring in drone registration

Drone owners will also be required to pass a safety awareness test.

Uber rival Grab to raise $2.5bn in fresh investments

China's Didi Chuxing and Japan's Softbank are backing the ride-hailing firm with extra funding.

YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

People looking for extremist Islamist propaganda will be shown clips denouncing terrorism instead.

C-Turtle: The landmine-detecting robot 'turtle'

The disposable robot is made from cardboard and powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero computer.

MoneySuperMarket fined for sending seven million unwanted emails

The price comparison website sent seven million emails to people who had opted out of receiving messages.

AI demo picks out recipes from food photos

Researchers in the US develop an algorithm that appears to have a penchant for desserts

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

The AlphaBay and Hansa marketplaces were known for trade in drugs, weapons and malware.

Newcastle University students targeted by cyber-scam

Fraudulent site takes personal details and course payments for fake university.

Kodi magazine 'directs readers to pirate content'

The guide is being investigated by the Federation Against Copyright Theft.

Robot 'drowns' in fountain mishap

The wheeled security robot in Washington DC tumbled into a fountain at an office building.

Inside Facebook's virtual reality chat room

Facebook hopes the feature will be the "most immersive" way for Oculus Rift owners to chat online.

How facial recognition could replace train tickets

A system designed to replace the need for tickets on trains is being tested in the UK.

Ransomware spike blamed on easy-to-use malware builders

Experts blame a spike in ransomware on user-friendly versions that are free to download.

Paying with Bitcoin? That'll do nicely

Visit the high-end art gallery in London that accepts cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin as payment.

How easy is it to hack a cash machine?

After cash machines were hacked in Thailand and Taiwan Click asks if it could happen again.

World's first floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.

Each wind turbine is taller than Big Ben and the farm can power 20,000 homes.

YouTuber Jack Jones says sorry for racist and homophobic outburst

The star apologises to anyone who felt offended by his words and says he was just "lashing out".

This Tinder couple have finally met - after three years of messaging each other

Michelle Arendas and Josh Avsec, who messaged each other just 10 times in three years, finally meet in person.

Living dragonfly drones take flight

Researchers hope to use the insect to get to areas larger drones cannot reach.

The house being built by robots and 3D printers

A three-storey house is being designed, planned and built predominately by robots and 3D printers.

Driving a car made from biodegradable materials

The four-seater car is made from sugar beet, coated with flax and mixed with bio-plastic.

3D-printed structures change shape when heated

The 3D-printed structures that could be used for space missions or heart surgery.

Bitcoin goes arty

The global art market is not known for tech innovation, so why is Bitcoin proving increasingly popular?

Who is the laziest?

How live streaming of player data is giving sports fans unprecedented levels of analysis.

Bitcoin battle

The Bitcoin community must agree how to tackle a slowdown in transaction times to avoid a schism.

Chatbot docs

Could health apps and AI-powered chatbots replace your traditional local doctor?

Overwatch's ambition

Activision Blizzard reveals who has spent about $20m to buy the first Overwatch League teams.

Liar! Liar!

False news stories have plagued the internet, but are apps and algorithms the best way to spot them?

Far from crude

How oil firms are using ever more ingenious ways to find and extract crude oil.

Net neutrality battle

Some internet giants and activists will participate in a day of action to oppose changes to net neutrality rules.

Guiding lights

Can girlguiding encourage more girls to take up science, technology, economics and maths?

Countdown to D-Day

The EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) start next year, but many firms are ill prepared.

Intelligent energy

Future Energy: How artificial intelligence can be used to make power stations run more efficiently.

F1 tech for babies

F1 tech has influenced sectors from aeronautics to public transport - now healthcare is benefiting.

Shoddy data-stripping exposes firms to hack attacks

User names, employee IDs and unique identifiers are found in a survey of data on corporate websites

Ukraine braces for further cyber-attacks

A month on from the NotPetya attack, many in Ukraine are ready for further cyber-strikes.

Hiding out among the net's criminal class

Researchers who rub shoulders with cyber thieves talk about how they profile the gangs and scams.

China set to launch an 'unhackable' internet communication

China might not have the lead in research but its application of secure networks is leading the way.

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Inside Facebook's virtual reality chat room

Facebook hopes the feature will be the "most immersive" way for Oculus Rift owners to chat online.

How facial recognition could replace train tickets

A system designed to replace the need for tickets on trains is being tested in the UK.

Ransomware spike blamed on easy-to-use malware builders

Experts blame a spike in ransomware on user-friendly versions that are free to download.

Paying with Bitcoin? That'll do nicely

Visit the high-end art gallery in London that accepts cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin as payment.

How easy is it to hack a cash machine?

After cash machines were hacked in Thailand and Taiwan Click asks if it could happen again.

World's first floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.

Each wind turbine is taller than Big Ben and the farm can power 20,000 homes.

UK's first boot camp hopes to reform teenage hackers

The National Crime Agency has started the UK's first 'rehab' course for hackers.

Dov Moran: The man behind the memory stick

Israeli inventor Dov Moran talks about the success of the memory stick and the sale of his company M-Systems in 2006.

Young children groomed on live streaming app Periscope

Some were live streaming from their classrooms, a BBC investigation finds.

3D-printed drone's space station pictures and other news

BBC Click’s Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

The world's superyacht hub

How Italian seaside city Viareggio became a hub for the superyacht manufacturing industry.

Are we looking at an electric future?

The UK could see savings of £40bn thanks to a revolution in electricity

Robot rower built for Cambridge University project

Research students from Peterhouse College in Cambridge build a 'row-bot' to mimic the actions of a college rower.

Meet Rob Spence, the film-maker with the camera eye

Film-maker Rob Spence used his bionic eye to record a mini documentary about cyborgs.

Would using an eye scanner make mobile banking secure?

TSB customers will be able to try out iris scanning technology to access their bank account.

WhatsApp video messages 'blocked' in China

Chinese authorities also appear to have stopped users sending photos and voice messages.

Hands-on with the sci-fi shooter Destiny 2 Beta

A pre-release online beta where fans can experience how the new game plays has been released.

Ori's robotic furniture zooms across apartment

A robotics start-up creates voice-controlled furniture that moves to maximise space in small flats.

Bermuda shipwreck digitally recreated by divers

The seas around Bermuda have more shipwrecks per mile than any other place on Earth.

Afghan female robotics team land in US

An Afghan all-girl robotics team who were initially denied visas arrive in the US for a competition.

Telescopes to reach nine billion light years away

New radio telescopes far more powerful than any used before aim to shed light on extra terrestrial activity.

Fake Obama created using AI tool to make phoney speeches

The tool that can edit videos of people speaking and make them say something they have not.

'Cyber-insurance cost to double'

Inga Beale says the threat of cyber-attacks is 'really alive for businesses'

DeepMind AI is learning to walk and other tech news

BBC Click’s Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

‘Smart’ vending machine could sell alcohol and ammunition

The machine uses biometric security to verify users have the right to buy its products.

Far Cry 5: Game causes online outcry

Set in rural Montana, Far Cry 5 has been causing an outcry online before it has been released.

Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses

The maker of leather-cladded gemstone-studded phones will be liquidated, the BBC understands.

Tech firms protest at threat to 'net neutrality'

Dave Lee explains why the internet may be running slowly for some people on Wednesday.

The drone inspired by spiders

Imperial College London Aerial Robotics Lab has taken inspiration from nature to develop a new drone.

End-to-end encryption back door 'a bad idea'

Former head of GCHQ says only a tiny minority of people use technology to do bad things

Lab-grown meat: The future of food?

Silicon Valley companies are working on lab-grown meat as an alternative for the future.

Sight-loss simulator helps design buildings

The virtual reality software aims to help architects consider people with sight loss.

Audio-based ticket system launched and other tech news

BBC Click’s Kat Hawkins looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

Skype backlash: 'Worst update ever'

A new version of Skype is receiving very poor reviews on app stores.

The house being built by robots and 3D printers

A three-storey house is being designed, planned and built predominately by robots and 3D printers.

Pokemon Go: Man, 52, still hooked one year after launch

A year after Pokemon Go became a global hit, one man still spends four hours a day chasing creatures.

Snapchat Maps: What you need to know about Snap Maps, the latest addition to the app

The latest feature on Snapchat has caused some concern amongst parents. Why?

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