A U.S. Federal appeals court today threw out the murder conviction of former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten, who had been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad. Slatten and other former staff of military security contractor…

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Image caption Marcus Hutchins wanted to remain anonymous after the WannaCry outbreak, but his identity was revealed A judge in the US state of Nevada has recommended the release on $30,000 (£23,000) bail of a UK computer expert. Prosecutors told the court that Marcus Hutchins had admitted to writing and…

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Image copyright Getty Images YouTube’s child protection mechanism is breaking down, according to some of the company’s volunteer watchdogs. There’s a constant anxiety that those seeking to abuse or groom young children will use social media to reach them – and YouTube is aware of the problem. The video-sharing site…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shkreli’s lawyer sought to portray him as a troubled genius Former pharmaceutical chief executive Martin Shkreli has been found guilty of three counts of securities fraud. A New York City jury cleared him on five other counts after five days of deliberations. He was…

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Fitbit needs to improve its software offerings if it wants to survive, according to a research note released on Monday by Morgan Stanley analysts Yuuji Anderson and Katy Huberty. The note suggests regular software upgrades, alongside support for third-party applications, would improve the longevity of Fitbit devices and keeps users…

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Facebook has acquired Ozlo, an AI startup based in Palo Alto, California, for an undisclosed amount. The team will be folded into Facebook’s Messenger AI operation. Ozlo built an AI agent capable of understanding text-based conversations, pulling from a knowledge graph of two billion entities to help answer user queries….

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Image copyright Green & Black’s Image caption Green & Black’s Velvet Edition: Cocoa Life, not Fairtrade Green & Black’s, which pioneered organic Fairtrade chocolate, is launching its first UK product without a Fairtrade or organic label. The new Velvet Edition dark chocolate bars go on sale in the UK this…

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Image copyright Gearstd Image caption The Institute of Directors has ideas about how to bridge the Brexit gap One of the UK’s biggest business lobby groups has urged the cabinet to stop “dancing around the edges” of Brexit. The Institute of Directors (IoD) called on the cabinet to come up…

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