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Thirty Tesla crashes linked to assisted driving system under investigation in US

Auto regulators have opened probes into crashes involving 10 deaths where the company’s Autopilot system was in use

US safety regulators have opened 30 investigations into Tesla crashes involving 10 deaths since 2016 where an advanced driver assistance system was suspected to have been in use.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a list offering details about crashes under review by its special crash investigations programs.

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ByteDance revenues more than double on back of TikTok boom

Owner of video-sharing app also reports a 93% increase in gross profit to $19bn in 2020

ByteDance, the Chinese parent of TikTok, more than doubled its revenues last year as usage of the hugely popular video app boomed.

The company, which last year weathered pressure from Donald Trump to sell its US operation as part of a trade war with China, reported a 111% increase in revenues to $34.3bn (£24.7bn).

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How remote work opened the floodgates to ransomware

With workers outside the ‘castle walls’ of their companies, criminals have it easier – and cryptocurrency hasn’t helped

Ransomware has roared into the headlines in recent weeks after criminal hacking networks, tentatively linked to Russia, launched attacks on the major US meat packing plant JBS and the nation’s largest fuel pipeline.

Joe Biden and his administration are scrambling to address the growing threat, pressing Vladimir Putin in a highly anticipated meeting on Wednesday to take action against the rise of ransomware attacks. Biden said he gave Putin a list of 16 areas – mostly in critical infrastructure – that are “off limits” for cyberattacks.

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Nine out of 10 health apps harvest user data, global study shows

Analysis of 20,000 mobile apps that ask for sensitive information shows that some track users across different platforms

Nine out of 10 mobile health apps collect and track user data, according to a new global study.

The research published in the British Medical Journal conducted in-depth analysis of more than 20,000 mobile health apps on the Google Play Store, some of which require users to disclose sensitive health information, including step and calorie counters, apps that manage health conditions, symptom checkers and menstruation trackers.

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George RR Martin, console-less games and a Final Fantasy fail: the biggest news from E3 2021

This year’s online-only E3 video game expo was hardly the usual explosion of blockbuster games, but there were still some standout stories

We all wanted to see Metroid Prime 4, the long-anticipated first-person science-fiction shooter-adventure that has been in development at Nintendo for an absolute age. But instead we got a whole new Metroid – a 2D one in the vein of the SNES and Game Boy Advance classics, the first game in the series in this style for about 19 years. Metroid Dread features Samus Aran being chased by distressing, transforming drone-robots who appear to be largely impervious to her ever-expanding array of weapons, and it looks genuinely scary. It’ll be out on 8 October on Nintendo Switch.

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Amazon blames social media for struggle with fake reviews

Firm says sites are slow to act when warned that fake reviews are being solicited on their platforms

Amazon has blamed social media companies for its failure to remove fake reviews from its website, arguing that “bad actors” turn to social networks to buy and sell fake product reviews outside the reach of its own technology.

The company says it removed more than 200m suspected fake reviews before they were seen by customers in 2020 alone, but nonetheless has faced continued criticism for the enormous scale of fake and misleading reviews that make it on to its store.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 review: Windows 10 as it is meant to be

Premium PC with new choice of faster chips, eight-hour battery, great keyboard and face recognition

Microsoft’s sleek and stylish Surface Laptop is back for its fourth generation with faster performance and a greater variety of chips.

The Surface Laptop 4 is available with either a 13.5in or a 15in screen and starts at £999 in the UK, $999 in the US or $1,599 in Australia sitting above the Surface Laptop Go as Microsoft’s mainstream premium notebook, competing with the similarly priced Dell XPS 13 and Apple MacBook Air, among others.

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Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott gives away £2bn to 286 organisations

Ex-wife of Jeff Bezos says she wants to donate ‘fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change’

The billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, known for her impromptu multibillion-dollar donations to charities and racial equity issues, has announced that she has given a further $2.7bn (£1.9bn) to 286 organisations.

Scott, the ex-wife of the Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, wrote in a Medium post that she made the gifts to enable the organisations to continue their work, and as a “signal of trust and encouragement” to them and others.

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From fly oil to 3D-printed biscuits: the women reimagining the food of the future

With the urgent need to switch to a more sustainable diet, meet the food technologists coming up with some edible solutions

When Grace O’Brien’s friends said they could never go vegan because eggs were “in everything”, it got her thinking about creating an alternative. She experimented with different beans and bases for the recipe, including soy, pumpkin and lentils, to make an egg-like substitute that tasted close to the real thing.

“I started by tinkering around with different ingredients and eventually got to something that worked pretty well, but I wanted to take it to the next level – that’s when I sought out a PhD food scientist to help me,” says O’Brien, who studied design and engineering at Stanford University.

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No, Apple’s new policy doesn’t mean it’s banning Grindr

The company has clarified that dating apps will not be rejected after an announcement last week sparked confusion

Apple’s announcement last week that it was cracking down on some “hookup apps” sparked widespread confusion and concern that the company planned to remove dating apps – particularly ones such as Grindr and Scruff that cater to the LGBTQ+ community – from its app store.

Viral tweets and articles condemned the company for banning the gay app during Pride month, while some users mulled over a switch to Android to avoid the reported ban. The controversy on Twitter prompted the company to clarify its stance and say Grindr is not going anywhere at this time.

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