Helen Keller: why is a TikTok conspiracy theory undermining her story? | Books

When the internet is riddled with conspiracy theories, it can be difficult to decide which to worry about. While QAnon and Pizzagate are proving themselves to have radicalising potential with real-world repercussions, others are flourishing beneath the radar, or certainly going unnoticed by anyone over the age of 25. What Continue Reading

There is a whole new wave of politically motivated young people, ready to develop solutions | Noah Gwatkin | Australia news- Tempemail

Name: Noah Gwatkin Age: 18 Dreams of: Still working it out New year means a new me, hey? This year I’m not hoping for a new me – but I am definitely different to the me that began last year. For starters, I’ve always thought things would get better every Continue Reading

Bitcoin hits record high on 12th anniversary of its creation | Technology

Bitcoin has surged to a record high amid rising interest from investors and claims that the volatile cryptocurrency is on the way to becoming a mainstream payment method. Having quadrupled in value during 2020, bitcoin began 2021 strongly by breaking through the $30,000 (£22,000) mark for the first time, less Continue Reading

‘Peak hype’: why the driverless car revolution has stalled | Technology

By 2021, according to various Silicon Valley luminaries, bandwagoning politicians and leading cab firms in recent years, self-driving cars would have long been crossing the US, started filing along Britain’s motorways and be all set to provide robotaxis in London. 1 January has not, however, brought a driverless revolution. Indeed Continue Reading

Obsolete software from 1990s features in Brexit deal text | Politics

The EU-UK Brexit deal refers to defunct decades-old computer software such as Netscape Communicator as “modern”, raising suspicions that some of the text may have been copied and pasted in. Online commenters gleefully shared the observation that page 921 of the painfully birthed trade agreement refers to Netscape Communicator – Continue Reading

Tesla joins Wall Street’s S&P 500 share index | Technology

Tesla has joined Wall Street’s prestigious S&P 500 share index as its sixth-largest member, immediately rubbing shoulders with the likes of Amazon, Apple and Facebook. Shares in the electric carmaker fell by more than 5% on its debut day on Monday, amid widespread investor concern about the potential impact on Continue Reading

Facebook will move UK users to US terms, avoiding EU privacy laws | Technology

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter Facebook will shift all its users in the United Kingdom into user agreements with the corporate headquarters in California, moving them out of their current relationship with Facebook’s Irish unit and out of reach of Europe’s privacy laws. The change takes effect Continue Reading

Google suffers worldwide outage with Gmail, YouTube and other services down | Technology

Google has suffered a worldwide outage, with failures reported across the company’s services, including Gmail, Google Calendar and YouTube. Beginning at about 11.50am GMT, the outages appeared to have affected the vast majority of Google’s services, apart from search which operated largely unaffected. Despite the universal nature of the outages, Continue Reading

Uber sells loss-making flying taxi division to Joby Aviation | Technology

Uber has sold its loss-making flying taxi division, Elevate, to a Californian startup as the ride-hailing app abandons costly side projects in an attempt to turn a profit next year. The sale to Joby Aviation, announced late on Tuesday, comes a day after Uber ditched ambitions to develop its own Continue Reading

Tesla to raise another $5bn by selling shares | Technology

Tesla is to raise up to $5bn selling new shares, as the electric carmaker takes advantage of an almost 900% surge in its share price over the last 12 months. The move comes three months after Tesla last moved to raise $5bn, at the time its biggest issue of new Continue Reading