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Microsoft halts listening in to Xbox gamers

Image copyright Microsoft Microsoft has said that it will stop listening in to Xbox users, saying it was “no longer necessary”. It comes after Vice news revealed that it had been recording and listening to the private conversations of gamers – many of whom were children – as far back …

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Tesla and Walmart address solar panel fire issues

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Walmart was seeking compensation for seven fires in its stores which it alleged were caused by faulty solar panels US supermarket chain Walmart and Tesla are working to solve the issues which allegedly caused solar panel fires in seven of its stores, Reuters reports. …

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Spotify sued over 'billions of Eminem streams'

Image copyright Getty Images Eminem’s publisher, Eight Mile Style, is suing Spotify. It claims the music-streaming service failed to correctly license the rapper’s work. Eminem has never been properly paid for songs “streamed on Spotify billions of times”, court papers say. And Spotify, which has yet to respond publicly, put …

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Android ditches desserts as Q becomes 10

Image copyright Google The next version of the Android operating system (OS) will not be named after a dessert or sweet treat, ending a tradition that started in 2009. Following the pattern, the name of the new version would have started with Q. But Google said it had ditched the …

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Robot battles wrongly banned for 'animal cruelty'

YouTube has restored some videos of robots fighting after wrongly removing hundreds for displaying a “deliberate infliction of animal suffering or the forcing of animals to fight”. Sarah Pohorecky, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said film of her robot So Rachet removed on Monday “mysteriously reappeared” on Tuesday. YouTube has …

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Tesla sued by Walmart over solar panel fires

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Walmart wants Tesla to remove all solar panels from its stores and pay damages US supermarket chain Walmart is suing Tesla’s energy division, after solar panels on seven of its stores caught fire. It alleges that the firm was negligent in how it installed …

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Lightning strike 'partly to blame' for power cut

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Train passengers were guided by torchlight at some stations during the power cut A lightning strike and the sudden loss of two large electricity generators caused nearly a million people to lose power in England and Wales earlier this month, an interim report has …

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Cerebras reveals world's 'largest computer chip' for AI tasks

Image copyright Cerebras Systems Image caption The Wafer Scale Engine is the world’s largest computer chip A Californian-based start-up has unveiled what it says is the world’s largest computer chip. The Wafer Scale Engine, designed by Cerebras Systems, is slightly bigger than a standard iPad. The firm says a single …

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Google Play app store accused of anti-gay bias

A popular gay social network has accused Google of discrimination after its app was removed from Google’s Play store several times without warning. Hornet said Google often employed moderators in Malaysia, where same-sex relationships are illegal, to vet apps. A rival gay dating app told the BBC that it had …

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