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'WhatsApp tax' plan dropped in Lebanon

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLebanon protesters: “We can make a change” Protests raged for a second day in Lebanon despite the government backtracking on plans to tax WhatsApp calls. The government had announced a $0.20 (£0.16) daily charge on voice calls made through WhatsApp and other …

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Ghost nets: Tackling a silent killer of the seas

Image copyright Giannis Athinaios Image caption Jannis Athinaios has been fishing off the coast of Greece for over three decades Jannis Athinaios is preparing to sell his merchandise, an assortment of fresh red mullets, red snappers, white sea bream and blunt-snouted mullets, at the sun-washed port of Nea Makri, a …

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Facebook chief rules out banning political adverts

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Mr Zuckerberg gave his speech to an audience of students and others at Georgetown University in Washington DC Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he does not think it is right for a company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy. He was …

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O2 launches 5G network in five UK cities and Slough

Image copyright O2 Image caption O2 envisages a 5G future of smart roads, drones, connected trainers and ‘helper’ robots O2 has switched on its 5G network, the last of the UK’s mobile operators to do so. The network will initially be available in five cities – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds …

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Twitter tweaks rules after calls to ban Trump

Image copyright Reuters Twitter has said if politicians break its rules, their tweets may be quarantined, meaning users cannot reply to it, “like” it or share it. The tweaked rules follow renewed pressure from Democrats to remove US President Donald Trump from the platform. Twitter said it was in “the …

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'Send nudes' Boohoo ad banned after complaint

Image copyright Boohoo Image caption Boohoo said the word “nudes” referred to a beige jacket a model was wearing UK fashion company Boohoo has been told one of its emailed advertisements must not use the phrase “Send nudes”. The company put the phrase in a message sent to promote a …

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Harley-Davidson puts the brakes on electric bike

Image copyright Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson has halted production of its first electric motorbike after finding a glitch in its charging system. The company began shipping the £28,995 105-horsepower LiveWire bikes to dealers in the US last month. It says existing bikes are safe but must be charged at dealerships, which will …

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Government dodges 'full fibre for all by 2025' pledge

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The broadband industry had noted some homes could be given gigabit speeds without having to lay down full-fibre connections The UK government has opted not to pursue a target of delivering full-fibre broadband to all households by 2025. Prime Minster Boris Johnson proposed the …

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Robotic inspectors developed to fix wind farms

Image copyright ORCA Hub Fully autonomous robots that are able to inspect damaged wind farms have been developed by Scots scientists. Unlike most drones, they don’t require a human operator and could end the need for technicians to abseil down turbines to carry out repairs. The multi-million pound project is …

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Sex workers' clients exposed by Dutch hack attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hookers.nl was used by sex workers and their clients Account details of more than 250,000 people who used a site for sex workers in the Netherlands have been stolen in a hack attack. Email addresses, user names and encrypted passwords were stolen from a …

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