New Zealand govt claims it was hacked amid leaks

The New Zealand treasury claims to have been hacked after government budget details were published by the country's main opposition party. The department claimed to have "gathered sufficient evidence to indicate that its systems have...

Creators of doctored videos must face consequences

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Gaming addiction made an official disease

Video game addiction has been made an official disease after the World Health Organisation (WHO) voted unanimously to recognise the condition. The disorder has been characterised as excessive or compulsive use of computer or video...

£1.6m drug becomes world’s most expensive

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has won approval for a new gene therapy drug which is priced at a record £1.67m per treatment. Named Zolgensma, the drug has been approved by US regulators for treating babies...

Russia ‘targeted 2014 European Parliament election’

Evidence of Kremlin efforts to use social media to target the 2014 European Parliament elections have been uncovered by researchers at Cardiff University. They tracked the activities of Twitter accounts identified by the United States...

‘Alexa, read a bedtime story’: Parents swapping books for tech

More than a quarter of parents are relying on Alexa and other apps to tell their children a bedtime story so they don't have to, research suggests. Charity BookTrust surveyed 1,000 parents with children under-10...

Army to get £22m cyber centre to combat digital threats

The defence secretary has announced an investment of £22m to fund a new army cyber operations centre and told NATO allies they must become more comfortable engaging in offensive cyber operations against enemies. Speaking to...

The government is quietly creating a digital ID card without us noticing

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UK chip designer Arm hangs up on under-fire Huawei

UK chip designer Arm Holdings has cut off relations with Huawei to comply with tough US sanctions against it, dealing a blow to the Chinese firm's ability to develop new smartphones. Huawei - like Apple...

EE stops selling Huawei phones as it launches 5G

EE will not be selling the next generation of Huawei phones due to concerns about whether the devices could receive operating system updates from Google. It follows news that Huawei's access to Android updates has...

Apple offers free MacBook repairs after admitting design flaw

Apple has admitted that issues affecting MacBook keyboards are caused by a design flaw and not users, and is offering free repairs for certain models. MacBook users have found their faulty keyboards are repeating letters...

Facial recognition technology: Who watches the watchers?

We are heading, with great speed, towards an epochal moment in the history of computing. Until very recently, computers could do what a human might describe as "read" - they could take in information,...

Millions of Instagram influencers’ private details accessible in database

The personal information of millions of Instagram influencers has been found in an online database. The information was stored on a server without password protection, leaving it vulnerable and accessible to anyone. TechCrunch reported that it...

EE customers unable to make calls in 4G outage

Customers on EE have been left unable to make calls as the company's 4G network faces an outage. The network says it is working on a fix after some customers were unable to use their...

Huawei gets temporary licence amid US blacklist row

Huawei has been granted a temporary US general licence, meaning it can maintain its networks and provide software updates to existing handsets. It comes after reports from Reuters and The Verge that Google has suspended...

Trump temporarily backtracks on Huawei ban amid China trade row

Huawei has been granted a temporary US general licence, meaning it can maintain its networks and provide software updates to existing handsets. It comes after reports from Reuters and The Verge that Google has suspended...

£27m lost in cryptocurrency ‘scammers’ paradise’

Fraud victims lost more than £27m to cryptocurrency and foreign exchange investment scams in the last financial year, new figures show. Reports of the scams more than tripled to 1,834 in 2018/19 compared to 530...

What happens to my Huawei smartphone now?

Huawei smartphone and tablet owners are being left in a difficult position following US sanctions banning American companies from providing any technologies to the company. All of Huawei's smartphone devices run on the Android operating...

Video game addiction could be made an official disease

Video game addiction could be made an official disease after it was officially recognised and classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The disorder has been suggested by some medics as a distinct behavioural addiction...

New Uber feature to silence drivers – but it comes at a price

It is well-known that taxi drivers often like to chat with their customers, but if you prefer a quieter journey, then ride-hailing app Uber has the answer. However, it comes at a price. The company, which...

New Minecraft game aims to build on Pokemon Go success

A new Minecraft game is coming out for mobiles that uses augmented reality to put virtual creations in the real world. Minecraft Earth will be hoping to have similar success to Pokemon Go, which was...

Koalas ‘functionally extinct’ across Australia

Koalas are "functionally extinct" in their native Australia, it has been declared. The Australian Koala Foundation's chairman Deborah Tabart says there are no more than 80,000 koalas in the country and, while this might seem...

Amazon to take slice of Deliveroo in £450m funding move

Internet retail giant Amazon is to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in the British food delivery app Deliveroo. As exclusively revealed by Sky News, Amazon has confirmed it is to back the UK-based group...

Gaming nearly ruined my life – how I kicked my addiction

James Good became addicted to gaming in his teens and it impacted every aspect of his life including his mental and physical health. Writing for Sky News, Mr Good, who now works with the Game...

LED lights can cause ‘irreversible’ damage to eyes – report

The "blue light" in LED lighting can cause damage to the eye's retina and also disturb natural sleep rhythms, according to a new report. The French Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety...

UK app that replaces teachers wins Elon Musk’s $10m

A UK nonprofit has won an Elon Musk-sponsored prize for inventing a way for children to learn to read without teachers. London-based onebillion educational nonprofit was announced as a co-winner of the XPRIZE For Global...

Scientists solve mystery of Egyptian desert glass

Scientists believe they have solved the mystery regarding the origin Egyptian desert glass, fragments of which have been found scattered across the Sahara. Glass forms naturally when molten material cools so quickly that the molecules...

US blacklists Huawei as Trump declares ‘national emergency’

Donald Trump has declared a "national emergency" as his administration imposed severe sanctions on Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. The president signed an executive order which - while it did not name Huawei - bars US...

SpaceX postpones satellite launch amid heavy winds

SpaceX has postponed its first launch of the Starlink constellation of satellites due to safety concerns over heavy winds. Another window for the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket will open at 2.30am on Friday...

Why it’s tempting to feel sorry for Huawei

Huawei has achieved quite the feat: in the space of a year, it's gone from a little known company in the US to a "national emergency". US President Donald Trump didn't name the Chinese telecoms...

Breakthrough cancer treatments to target drugs resistance

The first drugs that stop cancer cells resisting treatment could be available within the next decade. This resistance is the biggest challenge faced by those fighting the disease, with some treatments failing because the deadliest...

Police banned from using facial recognition software in city

San Francisco has become the first US city to ban police and other public departments from using facial recognition software. The move comes as the rapidly developing technology has alarmed privacy and civil rights campaigners. The...

Facebook changes live-streaming rules after NZ terror attacks

Facebook has announced it is tightening rules around its live-streaming feature in the wake of the New Zealand terror attacks. It comes after shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March, which left 51 people dead,...

Virgin Mobile customers to get compensation after outage

Virgin Mobile says a technical glitch that affected thousands of customers has now been resolved - and that those affected will be compensated. The operator is understood to have first experienced some disruption early on...

Puffin picture plea: Snaps needed to help save endangered seabirds

People with a keen photographic eye are being asked to join the "puffarazzi" and snap pictures of puffins with fish in their bills to help find out what the seabirds are feeding their young. In...

NASA asks for $1.6bn to send woman to the moon

NASA has asked for an extra $1.6bn (£1.2bn) from congress for its new moon mission, which aims to land a woman on the lunar surface for the first time by 2024. The mission has been...

Why we should be worried about the suspected WhatsApp hackers

For most people, most of the time, hacks are like natural disasters. They arise, seemingly out of nowhere, then die down, leaving devastation in their wake. Stories about the damage may dribble out later, but...

Moon is shrinking ‘like a raisin’ and shaking, says NASA

The moon is shrinking as its interior cools which is causing "moonquakes" on its surface, NASA has said. It has slimmed down by about 150ft (50m) during the last several hundred million years, according to...

Antibiotics could help thousands of women through assisted delivery

New research shows that giving all women who need an assisted delivery a single dose of antibiotics cuts the risk of infection by almost half. Just one in 10 women (11%) suffered an infection when...

Vodafone slashes share payout after posting £6.6bn loss

Vodafone has swung to a €7.6bn (£6.6bn) annual loss and slashed its dividend as it focuses on investing in 5G networks and cutting debt. The bottom line loss for the world's second biggest mobile phone...

What you need to do about the WhatsApp vulnerability

WhatsApp has confirmed that a vulnerability in its app could allow hackers to take control of victims' phones just by sending an unanswered voice call. Dozens of WhatsApp users including human rights organisations and a...

Instagram to block hashtags that promote vaccine misinformation

Instagram says it will block hashtags used to promote misinformation about vaccines. Anti-vaccination messages on social media may be contributing to an increase in measles cases, according to the head of NHS England, Simon Stevens. A...

Robot hummingbird uses AI to fly like the real thing

Researchers have created a tiny robotic hummingbird that flies in the same way as the real thing thanks to artificial intelligence. Engineers at Purdue University in Indiana developed simulations of how hummingbirds fly and then...

Refreeze polar regions to reverse climate change, expert says

A University of Cambridge professor has proposed a radical new centre for climate repair to reverse the damage humans are doing to the environment. The proposals would aim to roll back the harms of global...

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveils plans to send a spaceship to the moon

The world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, has announced he is going to send a spaceship to the moon. The Amazon tycoon said his space company Blue Origin will land an unmanned robotic ship about the...

The bird that came back from the dead

Scientists have discovered a species of bird which was previously extinct is alive again thanks to an extremely rare process called "iterative evolution". They found the birds - white-throated rails - which were wiped out...

Facebook co-founder says web giant should be broken up

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has declared Mark Zuckerberg's "power is unprecedented and un-American" and has called for the social media giant to be broken up. Mr Hughes said the US government needed to hold Mr...

Robotic sex toy maker given $2m prize and apology

A sex tech business which was stripped of an award on grounds its innovation was obscene has now received an apology - and a $2m prize. Just a month after issuing the award to business...

Hackers make off with £31m in Bitcoin heist

Hackers have made off with £31m in bitcoin from the Binance cryptocurrency exchange in a meticulously timed heist, the business has said. Japan-based Binance, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, had its hot wallet...

Flagship digital ID scheme ‘failing its users’, MPs warn

The government's flagship digital ID system "is failing its users and struggling to meet key targets" according to a damning report by MPs. Although the online identity service Verify went live in 2016, it has...

Facebook seeks London team for WhatsApp payment launch

Facebook will base its team developing WhatsApp into a payments platform in London, according to reports. The Financial Times reported that senior engineers from WhatsApp were stationed in London late last year as part of...

Google launches smart home device controller

Google is launching a new smart home gadget called the Google Nest Hub Max to let consumers control connected devices in their homes. The 10-inch HD smart display - launched at the same time as...

Uber drivers strike today over company’s’ ‘orgy of greed’

Uber drivers are to go on strike today - 24 hours before the minicab company's stock market flotation in the United States. Drivers in cities across the UK, including in London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Glasgow,...

Google Pixel 3a: A budget phone in a premium market

Google has announced its new budget phone, the Pixel 3a - which at £399 is aimed at consumers turned off by more expensive devices. The Pixel 3a measures 5.6in corner-to-corner, while the 6in Pixel 3a...

UK sets new record for days without coal power

The UK has gone five days without burning any coal to generate electricity, the longest stretch without the fossil fuel since the Industrial Revolution. According to the National Grid, as of 3pm on Tuesday the...

UK goes record week without using any coal power

The UK has gone seven days without burning any coal to generate electricity - the longest stretch without the fossil fuel since the Industrial Revolution. According to the National Grid, as of 1pm today the...

Social media has little effect on teens, study finds

Using social media has very limited effects on teenagers' wellbeing, according to a new large-scale study from the University of Oxford. Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) surveyed 12,000 people to find out whether...

Why do some still refuse to get the measles jab?

The World Health Organisation has listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to global health in 2019. The US is having its biggest measles outbreak in 25 years, while there have been...

Avengers: Endgame becomes most tweeted-about movie ever

Avengers: Endgame has become the most tweeted-about film ever. The fourth and final episode in the Avengers series has been included in more than 50 million tweets, Twitter said. It is not the only record...

Echoes of dot-com bubble should chill investors to the marrow

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Facebook bans extremist figures for violating hate policy

Facebook has banned Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan and other "dangerous individuals" from its main service and Instagram. The accounts of right-wing extremists Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer were also removed,...

The self-driving truck that could reduce congestion

A self-driving 25-tonne dumper truck is being trialled in a bid to speed up UK roadworks - a move which could ease congestion on the roads. The truck, which can carry a 40-tonne load, is...

PM has questions to answer over the Huawei scandal

Even at a time of constant Conservative infighting, the split is remarkable. A Conservative prime minister, her national security establishment and the vast majority of the business community have lined up to declare that...

UK must cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050

The UK should reduce greenhouse gases to zero by 2050 and stop its contribution to global warming, according to government advisers. The committee on climate change has urged ministers to set a new legal target...

Overly affectionate pet owners increase risk from drug-resistant bugs

Pet owners are being warned that treating their animal like a human can seriously damage their health. New research conducted by Glasgow's Caledonian University has highlighted the potential risks in being over-affectionate with domestic pets. While...

Porn block highlights concerns about ‘proud nerd’ Matt Hancock

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Margot James: Devices with default passwords could be banned

Digital Minister Margot James is prepared to force manufacturers and retailers' hands when it comes to selling insecure internet-connected devices, she told Sky News. She warned consumer privacy and security was "at risk" because of...

Company faked NASA tests and ruined missions worth $700m

A company which manufactured aluminium components for NASA faked test results over 19 years, leading to the destruction of two space missions worth $700m (£536m). A NASA investigation into the root cause for two failed...

Drone owners to pay £16.50 registration fee

Drone and model aircraft owners will have to pay an annual charge of £16.50 under plans to introduce a new registration scheme in the UK. Operators of models weighing between 250g and 20kg will be...

Facebook redesign: Privacy, groups and dating in F8 overhaul

Facebook is launching a new privacy push during its annual developer conference, telling businesses they will be getting less access to users' data. And some major new features for the platform are being announced. They...

Coffee, fruit and vegetables may cut breast cancer risk

Women who eat and drink coffee, fruit and vegetables may have a boosted defence against breast cancer, according to new research. A study found that a diet full of phenolic acids reduced the risk of...

Samsung launching vertical TV ‘for millennials’

Samsung says it will be launching a new vertical television after analysing "the characteristics of the millennial generation" and noting the popularity of mobile content. As mobile content is increasingly available in the vertical format,...

NASA: Threat of Earth-destroying asteroid must be taken seriously

The head of NASA has warned that it is time to take the threat of an Earth-destroying asteroid seriously. Jim Bridenstine spoke as the space agency began its planetary defence conference exercises, based around the...

Misaligned black hole just 8,000 light years from Earth behaving weirdly

Scientists have discovered a "misaligned" black hole just 8,000 light years from Earth - and it's behaving in a way that has never been seen before. Researchers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research...

Poor sense of smell linked to early death, says study

A poor sense of smell has been linked to an early death, according to a new study. Older adults who were unable to recognise or distinguish between common scents are 50% more likely to die...

Social media summit: Will it produce real results?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has summoned executives from Facebook, Google, Snapchat and Instagram to a "social media summit", where he plans to tell them they should develop technology that can identify and tackle harmful...

Spotify upbeat as paid subscribers top 100m

Spotify says it has achieved the "important milestone" of 100 million paid subscribers globally and is targeting a further boost through growth. The revelation, in its first quarter results, helped sooth investor fears about Spotify's...

US may withhold intelligence from UK over Huawei

The US may withhold intelligence from the UK over its plans to use Huawei equipment in non-core parts of the 5G network , officials in Washington have warned. Robert Strayer, the deputy assistant secretary for...

Squid skin inspires next-generation space blanket

Squid skin has inspired a next-generation space blanket which researchers say will allow wearers to control their temperature. Engineers at the University of California, Irvine, developed the material and published their findings in the journal...

Dead could outnumber living on Facebook in 50 years

The number of dead people on Facebook may outnumber the living within 50 years, according to an extreme-case analysis by academics from the University of Oxford. Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute believe this will...

Tech firms work with Samaritans on purging harmful content

Facebook, Google, Snapchat and Instagram should develop technology that can identify and tackle harmful content, including that promoting suicide, Health Secretary Matt Hancock will say today. Representatives from the four social media giants have been...

Rape victims face ‘digital strip search’ or cases may be dropped

Rape victims are being told they must hand over their mobile phones to police or risk prosecutions against their attackers being dropped. At least two complainants are planning a legal challenge against new consent forms...

Elon Musk agrees to have tweets pre-approved by lawyer

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has agreed to have his social media posts regarding the car maker pre-approved by an expert, in order to settle a dispute over his tweeting. The tech entrepreneur reached...

New images show asteroid hit by Japanese spacecraft

Japan's space agency have released new images showing the aftermath of a man-made explosion on an asteroid in space. The grainy before and after shots show the previously untouched surface of Ryugu, an asteroid about...

Pepsi sues Indian farmers for ‘unlawfully growing potatoes’

PepsiCo is suing Indian farmers for growing potatoes which it claims it has the exclusive right to grow under intellectual property laws. A spokesperson for the food and beverage giant confirmed to Sky News that...

Bonus for drivers as Uber seeks $90bn share sale value

Uber is seeking a market value just above $90bn (£70bn) in its planned flotation, according to documents filed with regulators. The ride hailing firm also announced a one-off bonus for drivers as it prepared to...

Facebook prepares for EU election interference

Facebook is preparing to tackle interference campaigns aimed to misinform and manipulate voters ahead of the EU's elections in May. Last year the company acknowledged that social media could have a damaging impact on...

New observations find universe expanding too fast

New observations captured by scientists suggest that the universe is actually expanding quicker than the laws of physics should allow. The space between galaxies itself is stretching and astronomers can observe this expansion by measuring...

Amazon quarterly profits more than double to $3.6bn

Amazon more than doubled profits in the first quarter thanks to soaring demand for cloud computing and ad services - but forecast a more muted performance for the current period. The online retail giant reported...

Microsoft becomes third company to reach $1tn valuation

Microsoft's stock market value has topped $1tn (£775bn) for the first time as Wall Street cheered better than expected results for the US software giant. It became only the third company to reach the valuation...

Fox drafts in ex-BAE exec ‎for cybersecurity role

A former executive at BAE Systems' cybersecurity division is being drafted in by Liam Fox to aid British companies' efforts to defend foreign governments and central banks against cyberattacks. Sky News understands that the international...

Criminal inquiry into leak of secret talks on Huawei ‘not ruled out’

Downing Street has left the door to a leak inquiry after secret talks between security chiefs and ministers were made public. Theresa May's spokesman refused to comment on calls for an investigation, but warned protecting...

Half a million UK kids not immunised against measles

Inaccurate and misleading anti-vaccination messages on social media are leading to more and more children not being immunised against measles. Analysis of data by the charity Unicef shows that more than half a million...

Aurora creates ‘speed bumps’ for satellites orbiting Earth

Scientists have discovered how the aurora creates "speed bumps" which can slow down satellites orbiting the Earth. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire in the US found that a special type of high-altitude aurora...

Sri Lanka attacks: YouTube hosted hate preacher videos

YouTube has defended hosting video messages from a hate preacher linked to the Sri Lanka attacks, saying it only found one which was in breach of its policies. Sky News has identified videos on YouTube...

Mars, we hear you! NASA detects tremor on red planet

A NASA Martian rover has recorded what is thought to be a "Marsquake" - a tremor on the mysterious red planet. The quake monitor attached to the robotic probe InSight recorded the faint rumbling sound...

Snapchat shares climb as user numbers return to growth

Shares in Snapchat's parent company Snap have surged after the app grew user numbers for the first time in three quarters. The stock was up by as much as 12% in after-hours trading on Wall...

‘Shady’ pro-Brexit adverts ‘got one million clicks’

Controversial pro-Brexit advertisements generated "one million clicks" on Facebook, the Information Commissioner's Office has told a group of MPs. The advertisements, which were targeted at people in mostly Leave-voting constituencies, urged people to email their...

Revolutionary aircraft can stay in the sky indefinitely

Experts have created a new type of aircraft that can stay in the air indefinitely by varying its buoyancy. Phoenix, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), has been designed to repeatedly transition from being lighter than...

Twitter shares surge as users numbers rise and platform targets trolls

Twitter shares have jumped sharply after the social media platform reported stronger user growth and progress in its efforts to curb malicious posts. The company, which has been spending big on improving the user experience,...

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