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Xerox aborts $6.1bn sale to Japan’s Fujifilm

Image copyright Getty Images Technology firm Xerox has ended its controversial sale to Japan’s Fujifilm after reaching a deal with activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason. Together, they own 15% of Xerox and had opposed the $6.1bn (£4.5bn) deal as they said it undervalued the firm. The decision ends months of infighting, including a […]

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Record $120m fine for nuisance robocalls

Image copyright Getty Images A man has been fined a record-breaking $120m (£88m) for making more than 90 million automated marketing telephone calls in the US. Miami salesman Adrian Abramovich was accused of trying to sell holidays and timeshare properties with the unsolicited robocalls. The fine is the largest the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has […]

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MPs summon ex-Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Mr Nix gave evidence to MPs last month MPs looking into fake news have issued a formal summons to both ex-Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix and Dominic Cummings, former campaign director of Vote Leave. They will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, They had each said that they […]

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Workers banned from using USB sticks at IBM

Image copyright Science Photo LibraryImage caption The ban could cause “disruption” to work habits, warned IBM Staff at IBM have been banned from using removable memory devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives. The possibility of “financial and reputational” damage if staff lost or misused the devices prompted the decision, reported The […]

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US commercial drones given green light

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Green light for first commercial drones in the US Drones that monitor crops, control mosquito populations and deliver defibrillators are to be tested in US airspace. Ten commercial drone projects have been selected to try out new ways for unmanned aircraft to be integrated into the skies. They include Zipline, […]

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BT cuts 13,000 jobs to slash costs

Image copyright BT BT is to cut 13,000 jobs over three years, about 12% of its workforce, as it seeks to slim down its management and back-office roles. The telecoms giant said that the job cuts and other measures would help it to reduce costs by £1.5bn. It added that it would be hiring about […]

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California becomes first US state to mandate solar on homes

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Officials say solar energy will more than pay for itself, and homeowners could see significantly lower utilities costs per month California has become the first US state to mandate solar panels on new homes and apartment buildings built after 1 January, 2020. The California Energy Commission unanimously approved the plan, […]

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Cocaine breathalyser ‘one step closer’

Image copyright Getty Images Researchers in the US say they have developed a low-cost chip that can detect cocaine in minutes. The team hopes it will lead to the development of a portable cocaine breathalyser that can tell if a person has used the drug. At present, it says the chip can only analyse substances […]

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Google bans abortion poll ads in Ireland

Image copyright Reuters Google will ban all advertisements relating to Republic of Ireland’s forthcoming referendum on abortion, which takes place on 25 May. On Tuesday, Facebook started to block ads relating to the referendum that did not originate from advertisers inside Ireland. However, Google said all ads relating to the vote would be blocked. Google’s […]

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BMW advert ‘promoted dangerous driving’

Image copyright BMWImage caption The advert featured both images of cars and children in slippery conditions and urged viewers to “get out there” BMW has been reprimanded after one of its TV adverts was judged to have promoted “faster, dangerous and irresponsible driving”. The ad was designed to show off the company’s four-wheel drive system. […]