Glitch hits Pension Regulator website

Thousands of small businesses ordered to register for auto-enrolment pensions face fines after part of the regulator’s website crashed. An online server at the Pensions Regulator has been faulty since Wednesday at least, the BBC understands. Some of the businesses concerned could face fines as a result of missing registration deadlines. The regulator said any difficulties would be taken into consideration. However, it could not guarantee that all fines would be waived, a spokesman said….

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Net neutrality: 'Dead people' signing FCC consultation

A campaign group has complained to the US Federal Communications Commission over its refusal to erase fake comments from a consultation on net neutrality. Fight for the Future’s complaint is signed by 14 people who say their details were used without permission to file anti-net neutrality views. The campaign group says that some of the comments were posted using the names and details of dead people. The FCC has voted two-to-one to reverse net neutrality…

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General election 2017: Workers' rights v robo jobs – a quandary for all campaigns

Clever computers that learn on the job could recast Britain’s job market – for better or worse. What are the parties vying for power in the general election saying on the subject? Twenty-nine-year-old Lee Hayhow is the third generation of his family to work as a lorry driver, following his father and grandfather. He is proud of his job. “I’ve always enjoyed lorries and driving. I trained as a professional driver. It is a profession….

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Russian postal service 'hit by WannaCry'

Three employees of the Russian postal service claim that it was hit by this month’s Wannacry global ransomware attack and is still experiencing problems, according to Reuters. The trio claim some of the computers at the state-owned Russian Post are still down, but the service says none of them was infected by the worm. It just says that some terminals were switched off as a precaution. The Interior Ministry and state railway were affected by…

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Apple's Jonathan Ive says immigration vital for UK firms

The UK must keep its doors open to top talent from around the world if its technology firms are to thrive, Apple’s chief designer has told the BBC. Sir Jonathan Ive, who has just been appointed Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, also said that technology hubs like Silicon Valley had a “tremendous cultural diversity”. The iPhone designer did not comment on efforts to curb UK immigration. Some technology firms fear they may lose…

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Google AI defeats human Go champion

Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence has defeated the world’s number one Go player Ke Jie. AlphaGo secured the victory after winning the second game in a three-part match. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis said Ke Jie had played “perfectly” and “pushed AlphaGo right to the limit”. Following the defeat, Ke Jie told reporters: “I’m a little bit sad, it’s a bit of a regret because I think I played pretty well.” In Go, players take turns…

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Rocket Lab: New Zealand space launch is first from a private site

An American company has launched a rocket into space from New Zealand, the first from a private launch facility. Rocket Lab’s 17m (56ft) Electron rocket took off from the Mahia peninsula, in North Island, the firm said on Twitter. The test flight is a major first step in an emerging market; launching cheap disposable rockets to carry small satellites and other cargo. The company plans to start frequent commercial launches later this year. Due to…

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Robot police officer goes on duty in Dubai

Dubai Police have revealed their first robot officer, giving it the task of patrolling the city’s malls and tourist attractions. People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest. Data collected by the robot will also be shared with the transport and traffic authorities. The government said the aim was for 25% of the force to be robotic by 2030 but they…

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