Video has emerged of the self-driving vehicle crash that is thought to have been the first time an autonomous vehicle has killed a pedestrian. The footage shows a pedestrian walking across the road from a darkened area onto a street. It captures the moment the car and the human driver who sits in it for safety sees her – before the car collides with her. It shows that the lights on the self-driving SUV didn't shine on 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg on Sunday night until a second or two before impact. But it has raised questions over why the car – which shouldn't need its headlights to see hazards – didn't spot the pedestrian and stop.
A UK-based academic whose app harvested the data of 50 million Facebook users has claimed he is being made a scapegoat by the social media company and Cambridge Analytica. Aleksandr Kogan, a psychology lecturer at Cambridge University, developed a personality app which amassed a huge cache of personal information from Facebook for the British political consultancy accused of an illegal data grab. Cambridge Analytica (CA) is alleged to have used the information to help Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and on Tuesday suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix, after he was secretly recorded boasting about the firm's pivotal role in the US election. MPs have summoned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to give evidence over the "catastrophic failure of process" behind the breach and have accused the social media giant of misleading Parliament about how companies acquired and held user data. Facebook, which also faces an investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission, has suspended activity for CA and Dr Kogan for violating its policies.
Russia's top court has ruled the Telegram app, which offers encrypted messaging services, can be forced to provide user data to authorities. The Supreme Court threw out an appeal by Telegram protesting against demands from the Federal Security Service intelligence agency (FSB) for it to hand over data from its users. People behind the app, which has caused controversy for allegedly being favoured by extremists, argued the FSB violated consumer rights by demanding encryption keys and chat histories. Telegram has been given 15 days to comply by Russia's communications regulator, or it risks being blocked in the country. Ramil Akhmetgaliev, the lawyer for the messaging company, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Telegram considers it essential to "keep users' communications secret".
IBM has unveiled the world's smallest computer - a device no bigger that a grain of salt. Presented at the company's Think 2018 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the unit measures just 1mm by 1mm but has the same processing power as the x86 chip that ran early Nineties IBM desktop computers. The microscopic "crypto-anchor" CPU is essentially an anti-fraud device, designed to be embedded within price tags and product packaging like barcodes, tracking and logging the movement of goods during shipping. "The world's smallest computer is an IBM-designed edge device architecture and computing platform that is smaller than a grain of salt will cost less than 10 cents to manufacture and can monitor, analyse, communicate and even act on data," the company said. "It packs several hundred thousand transistors into a footprint barely visible to the human eye and can help verify that a product has been handled properly throughout its long journey."
Britain's Information Commissioner will seek a warrant to search computers and servers used by the London-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica (CA), which is accused of using the personal data of tens-of-millions of Facebook members to influence 2016's US presidential election. Elizabeth Denham said the company had failed to cooperate after she issued a Demand for Access to records and data it held on 7 March. "Cambridge Analytica has not responded to the commissioner by the deadline provided. Therefore, the Information Commissioner is seeking a warrant to obtain information and access to systems and evidence related to her investigation," her office said in a statement. A whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, who worked with CA, claimed the company had amassed the data of some 50 million people through a personality quiz on Facebook called This is Your Digital Life, created by academic Aleksandr Kogan, of Global Science Research.
Authorities have identified the woman believed to be the first pedestrian killed by a self-driving car. The Tempe, Arizona police department said 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg died after a self-driving Uber vehicle crashed into her as she crossed the road. While an operator was behind the wheel, the vehicle was in autonomous mode. Uber announced that it would suspend its self-driving car tests, saying in a statement that it was working with authorities and that "our hearts go out to the victim's family". The accident seemed all but certain to renew fears that safety hazards remain as companies scramble to scale up autonomous driving technology.
A self-driving car has killed a pedestrian for the first time ever. The autonomous car, operated by Uber, struck a pedestrian and killed them in what is thought to be the first death of its kind. The autonomous taxi was operating as part of a trial that Uber hopes would represent the future but has now been suspended. The Independent's bitcoin group on Facebook is the best place to follow the latest discussions and developments in cryptocurrency. Join here for the latest on how people are making money – and how they're losing it.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington's consumer watchdog, has filed a lawsuit against two businesses it accuses of operating cryptocurrency pyramid schemes. The FTC is taking action against Bitcoin Funding Team and My7Network over what it defines as "chain referral" scams, in which participants pay upfront entry fees in order to be able to recommend others to follow suit. The companies allegedly promised customers who made an initial investment of just $100 (£71) that they could earn an $80,000 (£56,938) monthly income from doing so - although payouts seldom amounted to anything like that. The two businesses defrauded an estimated 30,000 people worldwide between them, the lawsuit alleges. "Bitcoin Funding Team's structure, which created a continual chain of recruitment and recruitment-related payments, ensured that few participants would obtain the results depicted or projected by the defendants," the FTC's complaint reads.
Twitter is reportedly about to join Google in banning cryptocurrency adverts. The social media site is "preparing to prohibit a range of cryptocurrency advertisements amid looming regulatory intervention in the sector", according to Sky News. The company is expected to prohibit advertising for initial coin offerings, token sales and wallets in order to protect consumers from scams. Google announced last week that it would be culling crypto-investment promotions from its search results from June as part of a crackdown on "deceptive content", a damning verdict on the emerging sector. That decision led to a downward slump in the value of all but two of CoinMarketCap's top 50 digicoins, underlining the volatility of virtual currencies and their susceptibility to wild fluctuations.