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Gmail to end ad-targeting email scans

Privacy groups cautiously welcome Google's pledge to end scans of Gmail messages to personalise ads.

Player protests force change on GTA V mod kit

Complaints, negative reviews, and petitions make GTA's publisher end legal action over a popular game add-on

Scottish areas worst for broadband speeds, says Which?

The slowest speeds in the UK are experienced in three Scottish local authority areas, Which? says.

Russia targets Telegram app after St Petersburg bombing

A suicide bomber who killed 15 people in St Petersburg used the messaging app, officials say.

Hyperlane: A special lane for self-driving vehicles

A US company is proposing special lanes on roads purely for self-driving vehicles.

Parliament cyber-attack 'hit up to 90 users'

Fewer than 1% of 9,000 parliamentary accounts were affected, says the House of Commons.

Ohio sites hacked with IS message

Governor John Kasich's site is one of those attacked, posting a threat to President Donald Trump.

Tech Tent: Uber at a crossroads

On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we explore the stunning resignation of Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick.

Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

A weakness in some Virgin Media routers also affects routers by other providers, experts warn.

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

An update to Snapchat lets people search for schools and see pictures posted by children inside.

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Move is a response to UK government criticism that the firm doesn't do enough to curb online hate.

Could XPrize tablets replace teachers in Tanzania?

Teams around the world are competing to develop tablet software to replace a teacher in developing countries.

WannaCry helps speeding drivers dodge fines in Australia

Australian police cancelled hundreds of speeding fines after noting their systems were infected.

Virgin Media urges password change over hacking risk

The company tells 800,000 customers with Super Hub 2 routers to change their passwords immediately.

Google scrubs medical records from search

Confidential data about medical conditions and tests will no longer appear in search results.

Siri storm caused by economist's comments

He apologises for causing any offence after saying he finds a male voice more trustworthy on Siri.

Yahoo closes internet prodigy's news app

Three years after its high-profile launch, Nick D'Aloisio's News Digest app is being shut down.

UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service during the morning commute.

Mexican president denies spying on journalists, lawyers and activists

Enrique Peña Nieto says his government did not use spyware against journalists, lawyers and activists.

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

The private instant messaging app is surging in popularity as a way to share and discuss the news.

Sega debuts free classic games on mobiles

Launch sees five titles made available but more will appear every fortnight.

Amazon accuses Walmart of bullying in cloud computing clash

Clash follows reports of Walmart asking IT suppliers not to use Amazon's cloud computing service.

Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger

The popular Instagram figure was struck in the chest and died of a heart attack, French media say.

The robot that can pick up virtually any object

Scientists at UC Berkeley have created a robot that has learnt to pick up virtually any object.

Why lionfish are being hunted by robots in Bermuda

Bermuda is using robot technology to control the population of venomous lionfish.

Sheryl Sandberg: Tools like Facebook 'used for evil and good'

How Facebook's new initiative plans to tackle extremist and hate speech online.

How safe is your internet router?

Virgin Media is warning its customers to change the password on their internet routers. A Which? investigation found its Super Hub 2 router is vulnerable to hackers.

Super Mario fan makes augmented reality game

Abhishek Singh was testing out the Microsoft Hololens headset when he came up with the idea.

Google Glass announces update and other tech news

BBC Click's Kathleen Hawkins looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories

How to unlock Harry Potter Easter eggs on social media

It's 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone came out.

UK's first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

Clinical trials are due to begin in late 2018 with the aim of a full rollout two years later.

DIY retro games console teaches kids about electronics.

Crowdfunded Makerbuino lets children build their own handheld games consoles.

Man asks Twitch users to pick shares for $50,000 portfolio

Twitch viewers can vote on stocks and those with the most votes are automatically purchased.

10-year-old app maker's plan: Change world, become turtle

Yuma Soerianto, a 10-year-old app developer from Melbourne, Australia, was the youngest attendee at Apple's developers' conference this week.

Google's Street View cars track air pollution and other news

BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

Ant power

The drive to find more sustainable transport fuels has been given a boost by some Dutch students.

'I lost my eye'

About two billion people have no insurance, but "pay-by-mobile" policies are growing in popularity.

Energy revolution

China consumes more electricity than any other country but is also the world's biggest solar energy producer.

Grand theft auto

Connected cars are becoming the norm, but how secure are they and how safe is our personal data?

Nerve centre

New Minority Report-style "nerve centres" combine data and predictive policing after massive increase in homicides.

Gaming gift

From Spacewar! to Pokemon Go, video games have created jobs, made money and driven technology forward.

Home hijack

A security weakness in Gary Berman's home network may have lost him a $400,000 contract.

Coffee-powered buses

How can cities improve air quality with cleaner fuels?

E3 2017: Nightmares come alive in VR hospital

Dave Lee checks in to a virtual reality psychiatric hospital, in a new video game.

Blind gamer is trying to make gaming accessible to all

Blind gamer takes on the biggest games developers to make gaming accessible to all.

E3 2017: Hands-on with Super Mario Odyssey

Nintendo hopes a new Super Mario game will keep up the momentum of its new Switch console.

E3: First look at Xbox One X

The BBC was given the first look at the Xbox One X - a souped-up version of Microsoft's latest console.

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The robot that can pick up virtually any object

Scientists at UC Berkeley have created a robot that has learnt to pick up virtually any object.

Why lionfish are being hunted by robots in Bermuda

Bermuda is using robot technology to control the population of venomous lionfish.

Hyperlane: A special lane for self-driving vehicles

A US company is proposing special lanes on roads purely for self-driving vehicles.

Sheryl Sandberg: Tools like Facebook 'used for evil and good'

How Facebook's new initiative plans to tackle extremist and hate speech online.

How safe is your internet router?

Virgin Media is warning its customers to change the password on their internet routers. A Which? investigation found its Super Hub 2 router is vulnerable to hackers.

Super Mario fan makes augmented reality game

Abhishek Singh was testing out the Microsoft Hololens headset when he came up with the idea.

Google Glass announces update and other tech news

BBC Click's Kathleen Hawkins looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories

Indian teen celebrates as Nasa sends satellite to space

The tiny satellite was designed by Rifath Sharrook, 18, and manufactured using a 3-D printer.

Aadhar: Why is India's biometric scheme so controversial?

More than a billion biometric cards have been issued, but the scheme is deeply controversial.

Adults sharing sexual content on teen app

The video app, Monkey, is designed to help teenagers make new friends

The soft 3D-printed robot that could come to the rescue

Engineers at the University of California are working on a soft legged robot.

Flying car: One way to beat traffic jams

The BBC's Theo Leggett shows us around a new flying car, which is on display at the Paris Airshow.

The robots attending arts class

Artist Patrick Tresset is using robots to draw and create art.

The man on a prosthetic hand mission

Nigel Ackland lost his arm in a factory accident in the UK, but now has one of the most sophisticated prosthetics in the world.

South Carolina shooting live-streamed on Facebook

A video captures the moment a street fight became a shoot-out that left seven people injured.

Urine used to charge smartphone

British scientists have developed a way to charge phones with power created from urine.

Five robots that are changing everything

Nasa chief engineer Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu on the robots that are changing the world.

E3 2017: Wiggling fingers fire virtual weapons

The sensor-packed Captoglove can control VR games - but is it a smooth experience?

A robot learns to compose its own music

BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

E3: Light tech lets gamers share one screen

MirraViz lets several gamers use one screen at the same time, without seeing one another's gameplay.

How the Rubik's Cube became a million dollar idea

BBC business presenter Aaron Heslehurst explains how the Rubik's Cube became a million dollar idea.

E3 2017: Voice of Mario on game's comeback

The iconic voice Super Mario, the hero plumber, speaks to the BBC.

Build your own games console

Crowdfunded Makerbuino lets children build their own handheld games consoles.

E3 2017: PlayStation in one minute

New games for the PlayStation 4 and PSVR are teased, following an event by Microsoft on Sunday.

E3: PlayStation VR is still in its early days says Sony chief

Sony's PlayStation chief suggests that virtual reality has been "over-hyped" by others.

NHS ransomware cyber-security hero: I was panicking

The cyber-security expert who defeated the Wannacry attack briefly feared he had helped it spread.

Jeremy Corbyn: How Momentum HQ perfected social media outreach

Momentum's Emma Rees told us how they used social media to encourage people to vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

Gamer gear: Revolutionary or overhyped?

Fans lust after products from gaming gear firm Razer, but critics say they are overpriced.

Happy 200th birthday to the bike

To celebrate, here's a look at some of the weirder two-wheelers to hit the streets in the last 200 years.

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