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The one law of robotics: Humans must flourish

Can we simplify the laws of robotics, governing the intelligent machines we will soon live alongside?

Grocer trials driverless delivery van

Ocado's driverless pod is designed to deliver goods but is not big enough for the weekly shop.

Future Energy: LA crystals turn cars into energy source

How California is turning its car problem into a way to make LA greener.

Inmarsat's European short-haul wi-fi spacecraft launches

The UK's biggest space company takes the next step in its project to boost wi-fi in planes over Europe.

US woman shoots boyfriend in YouTube stunt

A teenager killed her boyfriend as he held a thick book to his chest, believing it would stop the bullet.

Under-screen fingerprint sensor unveiled

Qualcomm and Vivo show off a prototype phone that hides its fingerprint sensor beneath its display.

US holds off expanding airline laptop ban as new rules laid out

The feared extension is not included in a raft of strict new screening rules on flights into the US.

Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread

Was the cyber-attack that hit countries around the world sourced in malware-laden tax software?

Ironing robot tackles creased clothes

A humanoid robot that can iron clothes is being developed in Spain.

Arrests in UK over Microsoft scam calls

Two men and two women are arrested after a probe into an IT support scam.

Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service

The European Commission penalises the US tech giant for illegally favouring its own shopping service.

Facebook hits two billion users

More than a quarter of the world's population now use the social network every month.

This man had the chip from his travel card implanted under his skin

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow asked a professional piercer to put his Opal card chip into his left hand.

Volvo's driverless cars 'confused' by kangaroos

The way the marsupials move makes it hard for the computers to work out how to respond, Volvo says.

Gmail to end ad-targeting email scans

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

UK's largest aircraft carrier sets sail

HMS Queen Elizabeth - the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy - leaves Rosyth for sea trials.

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

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.

UK parliament hit by cyber-attack

MPs are unable to access emails remotely, as Westminster deals with a hacking attempt made on Friday.

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.

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.

Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

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

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.

Google scrubs medical records from search

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