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TED 2018: Fake Obama video creator defends invention

A researcher who created a fake video of President Obama has defended his invention at the latest TED talks. The clip shows a computer-generated version of the former US leader mapped to fit an audio recording. Experts have warned the tech involved could spark a “political crisis”. Dr Supasorn Suwajanakorn …

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Russia to block Telegram app over encryption

A court in Moscow has approved a request from the Russian media regulator to block the Telegram messaging app immediately. The media regulator sought to block the app because the firm had refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages. Security officials say they need to monitor potential …

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Donkey Kong champion loses title for ‘using emulator’

The Donkey Kong world champion has been stripped of a record he set for the 1981 arcade classic following claims he did not use an original machine. Twin Galaxies, which tracks video games records, believes that Billy Mitchell’s 1,047,200 score on the original Donkey Kong was achieved using an emulator. …

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Russia seeks to block Telegram messaging app

The Russian government has started legal proceedings to block the Telegram messaging app in the country. The Roskomnadzor media regulator is seeking the block because the firm has refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages. Telegram, which is based in Dubai, was given a deadline of 4 …

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Apple Watch provides murder case clues

Police in Australia have presented data gathered from an Apple Watch as evidence in a murder trial. Grandmother Myrna Nilsson was wearing the device when she was killed in 2016. Her daughter-in-law Caroline Nilsson is accused of staging an ambush, after claiming she was tied up by a group of …

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Brain back-up firm Nectome loses link to MIT

A company attempting to map people’s brains so their memories can be stored in computers has lost its link to one of the United States’ top universities. US start-up Nectome revealed its brain back-up plan last month, warning at the time that the process involved would be “100% fatal”. A …

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HTC’s Tom Daley swimming pool selfie advert banned

An advert showing British Olympic diver Tom Daley using a smartphone at a swimming pool has been banned on the grounds that similar behaviour by consumers would damage the device. HTC has promoted the ad on social media since mid-2017. But an investigation by the UK’s advertising watchdog discovered that …

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Facebook ‘ugly truth’ growth memo haunts firm

A Facebook executive’s memo that claimed the “ugly truth” was that anything it did to grow was justified has been made public, embarrassing the company. The 2016 post said that this applied even if it meant people might die as a result of bullying or terrorism. Both the author and …

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg fires back at Apple’s Tim Cook

Facebook’s chief executive has defended his leadership following criticism from his counterpart at Apple. Mark Zuckerberg said it was “extremely glib” to suggest that because the public did not pay to use Facebook that the firm did not care about them. Last week, Apple’s Tim Cook said it was an …

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Killer robots: Experts warn of ‘third revolution in warfare’

More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of “killer robots”. In a letter to the organisation, artificial intelligence (AI) leaders, including billionaire Elon Musk, warn of “a third revolution in warfare”. The letter says “lethal autonomous” technology …

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