Brazil dam collapse: The crucial questions

Every day since the catastrophic dam collapse in Brazil, new allegations have surfaced about what went wrong. While rescue teams still search the sludge for bodies near the town of Brumadinho, investigators are delving into what the mine’s owner, Vale, knew about the risks, and when. The latest confirmed death toll has now reached 121 […]

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Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

Facebook plans to integrate its messaging services on Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. While all three will remain stand-alone apps, at a much deeper level they will be linked so messages can travel between the different services. Facebook told the BBC it was at the start of a “long process”. The plan was first reported […]

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Start-up Bird backs down in electric scooter legal row

A scooter firm has apologised after issuing a journalist with legal threats over a blogpost about its scooters. Start-up Bird offers electric scooters in around 40 US cities, which are hired via an app. Bird accused Cory Doctorow of copyright infringement for linking to a forum about a device which enables abandoned scooters, bought at […]

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Anak Krakatau volcano: Satellites get clear view of collapse

There is now some very good optical satellite imagery of the collapsed Anak Krakatau volcano, which generated the devastating tsunami on 22 December. Poor weather conditions over Indonesia’s Sunda Strait had frustrated spacecraft that view the Earth in the same type of light as our eyes. But the team at Planet has managed to find […]

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Net’s founding father Dr Larry Roberts dies aged 81

American scientist Larry Roberts who helped design and build the forerunner of the internet has died aged 81. In the late 1960s, he ran the part of the US Advanced Research Projects Agency (Arpa) given the job of creating a computer network called Arpanet. He also recruited engineers to build and test the hardware and […]

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