Google fires diversity memo author

Google fires diversity memo author

A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm. The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees. The memo, shared widely at the weekend, suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences. Mr Pichai said the text crossed the line due to it “advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our…

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Web law offers ‘right to be forgotten’ online

Web law offers ‘right to be forgotten’ online

Individuals will be able to ask Facebook and Google to erase personal details they hold on them. Social media firms will have to erase personal information on individuals when asked under laws allowing people the “right to be forgotten” online. The Data Protection Bill will make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal details, including requesting that posts or pictures be deleted. The information watchdog has been given extra powers to…

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Driver turns Ferrari into fireball in 60 minutes

Driver turns Ferrari into fireball in 60 minutes

A high-performance luxury car worth around £200,000 spins off a motorway and is reduced to a smouldering wreck on its first drive. A driver has narrowly escaped after catastrophically crashing his £200,000 Ferrari – just an hour after he bought the luxury motor. The Ferrari 430 Scuderia spun off the M1 near junction 37 in South Yorkshire and flew into the air, before bursting into flames and ending in a twisted wreck 50 metres down…

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Jeff Bezos: Amazon founder is world’s new richest man

Jeff Bezos: Amazon founder is world’s new richest man

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has overtaken Bill Gates to become the world’s richest person, worth $90.6bn (£69bn). A rise in Amazon shares on Thursday means Mr Bezos’s worth has now eclipsed the Microsoft co-founder, according to the latest Forbes Index. Mr Bezos owns almost a fifth of the shares in Amazon, whose value has now exceeded $500bn. In recent years he has focused on his Blue Origin space rocket business and the Washington Post, which…

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Adobe announces the death of its software “Flash”

Adobe announces the death of its software “Flash”

The player, widely used for online games and video, will be phased out and replaced in the next few years. Adobe has announced it is to axe its Flash Player, confirming the long-awaited end of a once essential piece of software. In a short blog post on Wednesday, the software giant announced that it was planning to “end-of-life” the once-ubiquitous plugin by 2020. It will be replaced by more open standards such as HTML5, which…

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Musk and Zuckerbeg clash over Artificial Intelligence

Musk and Zuckerbeg clash over Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk has criticised Mark Zuckerberg for having a “limited” understanding of artificial intelligence in a spat over the potential dangers of advances in the field. Mr Musk was responding to the Facebook chief’s suggestion he was “irresponsible” for making public statements about his concerns about AI. In a Facebook Live broadcast on Sunday, a user who said he had “watched a recent interview with Elon Musk and his largest fear for future was AI”…

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Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death

Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death

Microsoft has confirmed that it will continue to offer its graphics program Paint. In a recent update, it had listed Paint as a feature that would be either removed or no longer developed. Paint, renowned for its simplicity, has been part of the Windows operating system since its launch in 1985. Microsoft suggested it would not remain on Windows 10 by default but did say it would be available for free on the Windows Store….

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German car makers face test with antitrust claims

German car makers face test with antitrust claims

Germany’s biggest industry is again facing tough questions about how it does business. Still struggling to move on from the “dieselgate” scandal sparked by Volkswagen’s 2015 admission that it rigged engines to appear cleaner than they were, the country’s top car manufacturers now stand accused of operating a huge cartel since the 1990s. News magazine Der Spiegel dropped the bombshell on Friday, citing a letter it said Volkswagen (VLKAY) had written to German antitrust officials…

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Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

The value of the virtual currency Bitcoin has always been volatile. Even so, there has been particular turbulence in recent days as fears of a “civil war” among its adherents first grew and then subsided, although they have not gone away altogether. On Sunday, the value of one bitcoin dropped to about $1,863 (£1,430) before bouncing back to $2,402 on Wednesday, according to data from the news site CoinDesk – still some way off a…

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UK to roll out iris scanning tech

UK to roll out iris scanning tech

Imagine logging onto your bank account just by glancing at your phone. That’s what some TSB customers will be able to do from September when the bank introduces iris recognition to its mobile banking app. It will be the first bank in Europe to introduce the technology, but its arrival will test customers’ trust in biometric technology. Customers will need the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 to use the new way of accessing their TSB accounts….

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