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Fracking planning laws should be relaxed say ministers

The government has proposed a relaxation in the planning laws which apply to fracking. Under the plans, preliminary drilling could be classed as permitted development – the same law that allows people to build a small conservatory. Ministers are also proposing a shale environmental regulator and a new planning brokerage service. Opponents of fracking say […]

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Burger-flipping robot begins first shift

[ad_1] Flippy, a burger-flipping robot, has begun work at a restaurant in Pasadena, Los Angeles. It is the first of dozens of locations for the system, which is destined to replace human fast-food workers. The BBC’s North America technology reporter Dave Lee saw it in action. Video journalist: Cody Godwin [ad_2] Source link

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Iceland police arrest suspected Bitcoin server thieves

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Nearly 100% of energy in Iceland comes from renewable sources Police in Iceland have arrested 11 people suspected of stealing more than 600 computers that were being used to mine crypto-currencies, reports AP. The computers were stolen during four raids on data centres around Iceland. The country is a […]

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Venezuela launches oil cryptocurrency

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Venezuela has launched a cryptocurrency in an attempt to bypass tough economic sanctions imposed by the US government. The “Petro” is intended to bolster the country’s crumbling economy, which has been suffering from hyperinflation and devaluation for years. Venezuela claims it is the world’s first sovereign cryptocurrency. Critics say the move […]

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Apple removes Telegram from app store

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Telegram’s official app has been removed from Apple’s App Store. It had been removed because it had made “inappropriate content” available to users, founder Pavel Durov said. “Once we have protections in place we expect the apps to be back on the App Store,” he tweeted. The removal came soon […]

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Atari co-founder denied award over sexist behaviour

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Bushnell had written about several controversial incidents in his autobiography Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has “applauded” a decision that means he will not get an award for pioneering work on video games. Mr Bushnell was due to receive the prestigious Pioneer Award at the Game Developers Conference […]

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Delays hit KodakCoin crypto-currency plans

[ad_1] Image caption Kodak also invested in a Bitcoin-mining machine, which it aims to rent to users Eastman Kodak shares have fallen after it emerged the company is delaying the launch of its new crypto-currency. KodakCoin is designed to help photographers register, license and manage their images. The initial coin (ICO) offering was announced at […]

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Three million homes to get ultrafast broadband by 2020

[ad_1] Image copyright Alamy Openreach, the BT-owned firm that manages the UK’s broadband infrastructure, has vowed to introduce “ultrafast” internet connections to three million premises by 2020. The company said it was accelerating its plan to run fibre connections directly to homes and businesses. It will increase internet speeds from 24 megabits a second under […]

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Facebook users spending less time online

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wants users to interact more Facebook users spent less time on the site even before it announced major changes to its News Feed in January. Measures such as showing fewer viral videos cut time spent on the social network by about 5%, or […]