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Chatterbox: Monday

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Monday 24 July 2017 03.12 EDT Last modified on Monday 24 July 2017 03.14 EDT


BMW 520D SE review: 'One of the most complete cars' Martin Love

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The idea is you arrive at your destination, step out of the car, flash a smile at your neighbours, and then casually ask it to park itself. Surveying parents across the nation, car part supplier Euro Car Parts found that as many as 30% will be leaving home and hitting the roads between 24 and 31 July. Martin Gray from Euro Car Parts said: "Family holidays are something to cherish, but getting stuck in traffic is a surefire way of spoiling the trip from the off. Euro Car Parts has also compiled some tips on how to avoid traffic, no matter what day you drive.


Drones will have to be registered in UK safety clampdown

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Drones will have to be registered and users forced to take a safety awareness test under new regulations announced by the UK government. The move follows research that showed strikes by drones of more than 400g could critically damage helicopter windscreens, while a bigger drone of about 2kg could critically harm airliner windscreens at higher speeds. It said the research tests, conducted on behalf of Balpa along with the government and military aviation authorities, showed that the impact of drones hitting aircraft windscreens and helicopter rotors could be catastrophic even at modest speeds with small drones. Commercial drone operators are already obliged to complete a training course and register their drones with the CAA.



Google to radically change homepage for first time since 1996

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While most of the new features are iterative, with some form of them available in the Google search apps already, the addition of the Google feed to the main desktop sites will mark one of the biggest changes to Google's approach to search. But iGoogle was only shown to those who were logged in and had selected to use iGoogle, rather than the default simple search box Google homepage. How it will look and work on the desktop and whether it will include the search company's voice assistant Google Assistant is not yet known. The mobile feed also contains things such as boarding passes and calendar events based on things taken from Gmail and Google calendar.


Chatterbox: Wednesday

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Wednesday 19 July 2017 02.04 EDT Last modified on Wednesday 19 July 2017 02.41 EDT


Robot cop found face down in office-block fountain

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Built to autonomously patrol offices and shopping malls, the Knightscope K5 security robot is meant to be able to navigate environments and keep unruly humans in check. Our D.C. office building got a security robot. Stacy Dean Stephens, vice president of marketing and sales at Knightscope, told Cnet that it was an "isolated incident" for the K5 unit and that "no people were harmed or involved in any way", although apparently humans in wellies were required to fish out the defunct robot. Steps are our best defense against the Robopocalypse (Security robot down at Georgetown harbor) pic.twitter.com/eVf7YUJX1j Since taking the streets in limited numbers, the K5 patrol bot, which is apparently packed with sensors to be the smart eyes and ears for its human law enforcement colleagues, has had its fair share of incidents.


Facebook hires former Uber PR chief Rachel Whetstone

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Rachel Whetstone, the former top public relations executive at Uber, is joining Facebook as vice-president of communications for Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. Whetstone, a British public relations guru who worked for some of the UK's most powerful Conservative politicians, stepped down as head of public policy and communications at Uber in April following a string of corporate scandals. Before Uber, Whetstone worked at Google as the head of communications and public policy. Before Whetstone's departure, Uber was also dealing with negative press surrounding a video of CEO Travis Kalanick berating a driver, a high-stakes legal battle with Google surrounding the alleged theft of autonomous vehicle technology and revelations about secretive programs that Uber used to deceive regulators and spy on its rival.


The Guardian view on the future of crime: it will be online Editorial

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The speed of technological progress, and the ease with which ideas can now spread, mean that few techniques can long remain the preserve of large firms or entities. So is renting a botnet of suborned devices to knock an enemy's website off the net. Even if they are not easily hacked when they are installed, they will be more or less impossible to keep secure as new vulnerabilities are discovered. The spread of artificial intelligence (AI) downwards and outwards from the few large firms that now deploy it will pose further problems.


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The parent company of hacked extramarital dating site Ashley Madison has agreed to pay an $11.2m (£8.57m) settlement to US-based users of the site, ending a two-year court battle. Ruby Life Inc agreed to pay the settlement following a number of class-action lawsuits "alleging inadequate data security practices and misrepresentations regarding Ashley Madison". It will pay for, among other things, "payments to settlement class members who submit valid claims for alleged losses resulting from the data breach and alleged misrepresentations as described further in the proposed settlement agreement". The plaintiffs, a collection of three separate class-action lawsuits consolidated together, alleged that the company "misrepresented that they had taken reasonable steps to ensure AshleyMadison.com was secure and that the data breach resulted in the public release of certain personal information contained in AshleyMadison.com accounts and included account information of some users who had paid a fee to delete their information from the AshleyMadison.com Ruby Life inc, formerly known as Avid Life Media, has new leadership following the departure of the executive team in April 2016.