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Your weekly status update on the technology business with Rory Cellan-Jones.

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Your weekly status update on the technology business with Rory Cellan-Jones.




Facebook Accused Of Dirty Tactics

The social giant used a PR company to discredit its critics and downplay its problems. Plus, a controversial app for hospital doctors created by artificial intelligence firm DeepMind will be taken over by Google, leading critics to say the company has broken its promises over health data. And, as part of the BBC's "Beyond Fake News" week, we visit a school to hear how children may be more savvy than their parents in spotting online falsehoods. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech...


The Phone of the Future

Samsung shows off a prototype handset with a folding screen. In an industry struggling to innovate, is it the next big thing for phones? Plus, Bird launches a pilot electric scooter rental scheme in London despite the machines being illegal to ride on roads and pavements. And how a UK tech firm thinks it can help local taxi firms challenge the might of Uber. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest Marta Pinto, Senior Telecoms Analyst at IDC....


Twitter Bots Running Rampant

Despite promising a cleanup,Twitter appears to be failing to eliminate debunked falsehoods, hate speech, and automated "bot" accounts that seek to steer conversations on controversial topics. We talk to Kyle Rentschler from the project which tracks automated activity on digital platforms. Plus, Bitcoin is 10 years old. What has the past decade taught us about the usefulness or otherwise of cryptocurrencies? Joon Ian Wong from the news site CoinDesk gives his view. And the BBC's...


Apple Boss Backs Privacy Law

Tim Cook says people's personal data is being "weaponised" against them for commercial gain and calls for tougher data protection in the United States. Plus, Uber announces a plan it says will help its drivers in London to buy electric cars. And how Facebook and WhatsApp are being misused by political campaigns in Brazil's presidential election. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Zoe Kleinman and special guest Timandra Harkness, technology author and broadcaster. (Image:...


Twitter Unmasks Troll Farms

Millions of Tweets allegedly from state-backed Russian and Iranian groups are released to help researchers examining how social media might have been used to influence the public. Ben Nimmo from the Atlantic Council, who had early access to the data, tells us what it shows. Plus how a decidedly low-tech social network aims to help farmers in Africa boost their income. And why did members of the British Parliament hear evidence from a robot this week? Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC...


Facebook's Portal Into Your Home

Will people trust Facebook's video-chat device given the company's privacy and data security troubles? Despite glowing reviews, Google's high-end Pixel phones have failed to make a mark in the past - will it be third time lucky for the new handsets? Plus, how China's Tencent is backing research into Parkinson's Disease. And we visit the Ada Lovelace Day event in London celebrating women's contributions to science and tech. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC Online tech editor Leo...


Making VR More Real

Virtual Reality has been slow to take off. Could a startup from Finland change that? Rory Cellan-Jones tries out Varjo's human-eye resolution headset that promises a more realistic experience. Plus, Ken Banks from digital identity firm Yoti discusses how digital IDs could increase access to health and education in developing countries. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC technology reporter Jane Wakefield. (Image: Representation of a woman walking through a market in virtual reality,...


Intelligent Algorithms

IBM thinks it has an answer to worries about bias in artificial intelligence. David Kenny from the company explains how it works. Plus, is biometric tech such as facial recognition racing ahead of measures to protect people's rights? Technology researcher Stephanie Hare examines the issue. And engineer Lawrence Burns maps out the long road to autonomous driving in his new book "Autonomy". Presented by Zoe Kleinman, with BBC technology reporter Chris Foxx. (Image: 'Erica', the first...


Senators Quiz Facebook and Twitter

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey answer questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee over US election interference by foreign powers. But Google is conspicuous by its absence. Plus we meet some of Berlin's most successful women tech founders, and we ask whether an algorithm can imitate someone's voice better than a human actor with the help of Donald Trump - kind of. (Image: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg appears before the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Credit:...


IFA Berlin 2018

Televisions take a leap forward with 8K resolution at IFA, Europe's biggest consumer tech show. Plus Rory Cellan-Jones meets a robot designed to help you sleep, and hears why founders are convinced Berlin is the best place in Europe to set up and grow their companies. (Photo: Rory Cellan-Jones looks at a 8K resolution TV at IFA, Credit: BBC)


Kaspersky defends antivirus firm

The Russian antivirus provider Kaspersky sells its products worldwide - but now the Trump administration has ordered US government agencies to stop using the company's products. The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones speaks to Eugene Kaspersky. Later in the programme, Brian Merchant, the author of the One Device, an account of the birth of the iPhone and its impact on the world, says he doesn't think that another revolution had been unleashed by Apple. During the recent hurricane and flooding in Texas,...