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An image from a YouTube video of Wu Yongning, who amassed thousands of online followers with his high-altitude stunts, before dying in a fall last month. Photograph: via Weibo

For months Wu Yongning had climbed towers and buildings high above the streets of cities in China, turning a camera on himself as he teetered on ledge(...)

For years, despite their growing power, tech platforms rarely garnered much scrutiny, and they were often loath to accept how much their systems affected the real world.

This was a terrible year for the tech industry. That’s an odd thing to say at a time of record growth and profits. In 2017, large American tech compa(...)

Coining it:  The music industry pumps €703 million  into the Irish economy, but these   headline figures don’t give much indication of what is happening for average musicians and songwriters. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The headline figures in the latest report by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (Imro) are impressive. In 2015, the latest year for which numbers are(...)

Joaquin Phoenix’s character falls in love with Scarlett Johansson’s operating system in ‘Her’. This Siri on steroids knows the hidden you (you can’t hide your browser history from her) and the public you.

You are about to set off for work when your phone buzzes. A notification pops up: “Don’t start the car. Your coffee is on the roof!” Crisis averted. A(...)

Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus watch as  Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas gives his reaction, in a televised speech, to  Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s  capital. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

A cacophony of angry and despairing voices across the Middle East and the world has warned that Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital(...)

Fire TV will lose YouTube on New Year’s Day, while the app has already been blocked on Echo Show. Photograph: PA Wire

Google is withdrawing its popular YouTube app from Amazon’s smart speaker and video streaming devices, marking the latest skirmish in a rare public ba(...)

A photograph from Greater Manchester Police of Salman Abedi, with surrounding details removed, taken on the day he carried out a suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May. File photograph: GMP/Getty

British ministers have vowed to overhaul the country’s fight against terrorism after a report revealed chances to thwart the Manchester attack were mi(...)

Facebook is preparing for a 2018 in which it will mimic the content-producing activities of the broadcasting industry that predates it. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In a year’s time, or two, or three, what will Facebook look like? What will it be? The media giant is reportedly preparing to spend up to $1 billion (...)

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell was always likely to feature on the one-to-watch list but notably, she is only 15-years-old.

New artist of the week: Billie Eilish What: A one to watch for 2018 Where: LA Why: Billie Eilish has already been tipped for the top by the guys and(...)

Be specific. No one likes being asked for a surprise – come on now. Photograph: Getty Images

With the proliferation of text, email and messaging apps, letter-writing has become a lost art. Even the elderly, once lampooned by society as out-of-(...)

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