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Theresa May to warn tech firms over terror content

Technology companies must go “further and faster” in removing extremist content, Prime Minister Theresa May is to tell the United Nations. She will urge social networks and search engines to act when she addresses the general assembly. Mrs May will also host a meeting with other world leaders and firms including Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. Separately, tech giant Google has said it will give a total of £1m to fund counter-terrorism projects in the UK. Google launches UK ‘anti-terror fund’ Politicians take on the internet over extremism The prime minister…

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Tech Tent: cars, drones and the voice-controlled fridge

Stream or download the latest Tech Tent podcast Listen to previous episodes on the BBC website Listen live every Friday at 15:00 GMT on the BBC World Service This week’s Tech Tent turned into a gadget-fest as we explored the products turning heads at the Berlin IFA tech fair, the drones delivering medical supplies in Africa – and the connected car data that could be used to sell you more stuff. David Paja from the car firm Delphi explained that, in his view, the rise of autonomous cars will lead…

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News: Scowsill takes up leadership of tech giant EON Reality

EON Reality, a world leader in augmented and virtual reality based knowledge transfer for industry and education, has announced David Scowsill will take up the role of chief executive with the company. The former head of the World Travel & Tourism Council stepped down earlier this year. He was replaced at the organisation by former Mexican minister of tourism, Gloria Guevara Manzo. In his new role, Scowsill will succeed Mats Johansson, who will continue to serve on the board and as president of EON Reality. Scowsill has also been appointed…

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Hackers 'could target electricity grid' via solar panel tech

Hackers could target electricity grids through security flaws in solar panel equipment, a Dutch researcher has said. Willem Westerhof found 17 vulnerabilities in inverters, which convert electricity produced by the panels so it can be used on the grid. He said internet-connected inverters could be targeted by hackers. One manufacturer said that only “a small fraction” of its devices were affected. After discovering vulnerabilities in devices produced by a range of manufacturers, Mr Westerhof carried out a field test near Amsterdam on two inverters made by SMA. He told the…

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Deception tech helps to thwart hackers' attacks

In World War II, the Allies employed all kinds of sneaky tricks to deceive their enemies into thinking they had more troops and weapons at their disposal than they actually had. The camouflage techniques of one unit active in North Africa, which on one occasion consulted a stage magician about the way he fooled audiences, proved decisive in several key battles. And the biggest deception of all was Operation Fortitude which fooled the Nazis about where the D-Day landings would actually take place. The same principles of deception and misdirection,…

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