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Google sued for ‘clandestine tracking’ of 4.4m UK iPhone users’ browsing data



Collective action seeking up to £3.2bn for claims Google bypassed privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser

Google is being sued in the high court for as much as £3.2bn for the alleged “clandestine tracking and collation” of personal information from 4.4 million iPhone users in the UK.

The collective action is being led by former Which? director Richard Lloyd over claims Google bypassed the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser on iPhones between August 2011 and February 2012 in order to divide people into categories for advertisers.

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Elon Musk announces $78,000 high-performance version of Tesla Model 3



New faster dual-motor AWD variants added to lineup as firm continues battle to ramp up production of ‘mass market’ Tesla

Elon Musk has announced two new versions of the Model 3, including a high-performance model capable of hitting 60mph in 3.5 seconds, following months of production woes.

The new versions follow a similar development plan to that used by Tesla for the Model S. The first is an all-wheel drive version of the Model 3, adding a second motor to drive the rear wheels.

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OnePlus 6 review: top-end smartphone for half cost of iPhone X



Great screen, improved camera and dual-sim support make this high-performing £469 phone feel like a bargain

The new OnePlus 6 holds true to a winning formula: a premium smartphone with top-end specs that costs less than half the price of an iPhone X.

Seen next to last year’s OnePlus 5 and 5T, the OnePlus 6 looks like a logical extension of the design trend for ever larger screens fitted into the same size bodies.

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OnePlus 6: all glass, bigger screen phone takes iPhone X challenge up a notch



Chinese company launches flagship smartphone complete with headphone jack, but iPhone X-style notch won’t please everyone

With the new OnePlus 6 the Chinese upstart smartphone manufacturer wants to steal people away from Apple, offering an iPhone X-like smartphone complete with “notch” for less than half the price.

The new smartphone has a large 6.28in screen squeezed into a body the same size as last year’s OnePlus 5, which had a smaller 5.5in screen, and bigger still than the OnePlus 5T’s 6in screen.

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Google tried to block autoplay videos on Chrome. But it broke apps and games



Google partially rolls back feature that removes loud and unwanted videos after complaints from users and developers

Google has partially rolled back Chrome’s blocking of autoplaying video with sound after it was found to break a large collection of web apps and games.

The blocking feature was launched in April, and seemed to constitute a big step forward in removing one of the most irritating aspects of the modern web: loud, sudden and unwanted autoplaying videos.

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SpotMini: headless robotic dog to go on sale in 2019



Former Google robotics outfit Boston Dynamics announces 30kg quadruped will be available to buy for an as yet unknown price

Former Google robotics outfit Boston Dynamics, famed for its advanced humanoid and canine automatons, has announced that it will begin sale of its headless robotic SpotMini next year.

At a robotics conference in California, the company’s founder Marc Raibert announced that the slightly creepy SpotMini was currently in pre-production and scheduled for large-scale production and general availability from middle of 2019.

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Apple facing class action lawsuit over defective MacBook Pro keyboards



Plaintiffs complain of frustration at design that has left keys prone to becoming stuck, leaving laptops unusableApple is facing a class action lawsuit over the design of its MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards which, consumers complain, has keys that ar…

Apple facing class action lawsuit over defective MacBook Pro keyboards



Plaintiffs complain of frustration at design that has left keys prone to becoming stuck, leaving laptops unusableApple is facing a class action lawsuit over the design of its MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards which, consumers complain, has keys that ar…

Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over collection of texts and call logs



Plaintiffs claim social network’s ‘scraping’ of information including call recipients and duration violates privacy and competition law

Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit over the revelations that it logged text messages and phone calls via its smartphone apps.

In the lawsuit filed in Facebook’s home of the northern district of California, the primary plaintiff, John Condelles III, states that the social network’s actions “presents several wrongs, including a consumer bait-and-switch, an invasion of privacy, wrongful monitoring of minors and potential attacks on privileged communications” such as those between doctor and patient.

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Apple scraps €850m Irish data centre after planning delays



Decision described as ‘hammer blow’ to west Ireland and comes before supreme court hearing

Apple is scrapping plans for an €850m (£743m) data centre in Ireland after three years of planning approval delays, the company has said.

Plans for the European data centre were announced in February 2015, to be built in Athenry, County Galway, where green energy sources were available. The project was stalled by a series of planning appeals by conservationists seeking to preserve a forest.

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