Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ford used the show to unveil its new Ranger 2019 pick-up truck Ford says it will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $11bn (£8bn) in the next five years, more than doubling a previous commitment. Chairman Bill Ford said the car maker would…

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Image copyright SinVR Image caption SinVR is a virtual reality porn game A flaw that left the personal data of thousands of users of a virtual reality porn app exposed has been fixed. British cybersecurity firm Digital Interruption uncovered a loophole in the SinVR app that gave it access to…

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Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders on 10 years of io9. Annalee: We wanted to have a vision of the future for our readers that wasn’t completely silly but that wasn’t hopeless and dystopian. And again, part of covering science was very important to that because it was about how…

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA fire in Shepherd’s Bush in London began with a faulty tumble dryer The saga over millions of fire-risk tumble dryers has exposed a wider failure in the UK’s product safety system, according to MPs. Whirlpool’s response to the defect affecting 5.3…

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Image copyright Reuters Thousands of small firms working for failed construction giant Carillion are waiting to learn if they will be paid, amid growing fears some could close. Carillion used an extensive network of sub-contractors and local suppliers, paying them almost £1bn a year, according to its latest annual report….

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Image copyright EPA Image caption Most of the victims of the Fruitfly malware were using Apple Mac computers An American man has been charged with allegedly spying on thousands of people via their computers for more than a decade. The US Department of Justice accused Philip Durachinsky of creating malware…

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Libertarian wisdom holds that “the answer to bad speech is more speech,” but if you’re a Peter Thiel libertarian (that is, the kind of “freedom lover” who doesn’t think women should vote, wants to spy on everyone in the world, and secretly wields power to censor the free press),…

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Image copyright Getty Images Japanese giant Softbank is planning to list its mobile phone business in Tokyo and overseas, according to the Nikkei newspaper. The listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and possibly in London aims to raise 2 trillion yen ($18bn; £13.1bn). Softbank confirmed in a statement that the…

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