• By Mark Savage BBC music reporter 23 July 2019 Image copyright Queen / UMG Image caption The song reached number one twice - first in 1975 and again in 1991 following Freddie Mercury's death Bismillah! They will not let you go... Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody continues to break records as it enters its 44th year.The song has just become the oldest video to reach 1 billion views on YouTube. It is the...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Rape and sexual assault complainants say police have stopped investigating their cases after they refused to reveal up to seven years of phone data.Their accounts were compiled by privacy campaign Big Brother Watch, which is calling for more restricted searches of devices by forces in England and Wales.One said the demand made her "feel like I'm being...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright ImageNet A Image caption A squirrel was identified as a sea lion and a dragonfly as a manhole cover Butterflies labelled as washing machines, alligators as hummingbirds and dragonflies that become bananas.These are just some of the examples of tags which artificial intelligence system have given images.Now researchers have released a database of 7,500 images that AI...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright Jonathan Atari Image caption Commands sent via vibrations could be useful for disabled dog-owners or people involved in search and rescue A dog called Tai is learning to respond to commands in a unique way, via vibrations in his vest.Tai was raised to be a guide dog for a blind person but failed the test because he was easily distracted and preferred sniffing...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright Rockstar Games Image caption The Diamond Casino and Resort - where real cash can be spent on virtual vice Grand Theft Auto V has opened an in-game casino where real money can be spent on gambling chips - but they cannot be converted back into cash.The new feature was launched as regulators grapple with whether in-game wagers should be treated as gambling.In GTA...

  • 22 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are also calls for an independent regulator to target rule-breaking bailiffs Body-worn cameras are to be compulsory for bailiffs under government plans to improve the treatment of people in debt.The Ministry of Justice said the move, which only affects England and Wales, should help protect those in debt from "intimidation and...

  • 22 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Credit score agency Equifax has agreed to pay up to $700m (£561m) as part of a settlement with a US regulator following a data breach in 2017.The Federal Trade Commission had alleged the Atlanta-based firm failed to take reasonable steps to secure its network.The records of at least 147 million people were exposed in the incident.At least $300m...

  • 22 July 2019 Image copyright Andreas Heddergott /TUM Image caption Mr Musk's announcement follows the latest speed competition Elon Musk says he wants a new 10km (six-mile) vacuum tunnel for his futuristic Hyperloop - ready for next year's speed-record competition.Hyperloop aims to transport people in high-speed pods in underground tubes.Mr Musk tweeted his plan after the Technical University of...

  • 22 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Hackers who breached a Russian intelligence contractor found that it had been trying to crack the Tor browser and been working on other secret projects, the BBC has learned.Tor is an anonymous web browser, used by those wishing to access the dark web and avoid government surveillance.It is very popular in Russia.The hackers stole some 7.5 terabytes of...

  • 22 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption HTTPS usually means the web traffic is safely encrypted - but not if an untrusted certificate is involved Kazakhstan's drive to obtain government access to everyone's internet activity has raised concerns among privacy advocates.Last week, telecoms operators in the former Soviet republic started informing users of the "need" to install a...

  • 22 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images The UK's telecom regulator has said Three is the only major UK mobile network to have "refused" to automatically cut its customers' monthly charge at the end of their contract's lock-in period.As a result, Ofcom said, the firm's subscribers would "overpay" unless they took action to change to another deal.The watchdog said it had challenged the industry...

  • By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 22 July 2019 Image copyright EA The UK gambling watchdog has told MPs that it does not currently oversee the purchase of in-game content like Fifa player packs and video game loot boxes.This is because there is no official way to monetise what is inside them.A prize has to be either money or have monetary value in order for it to fall under gambling...

  • 22 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images A decision on whether controversial Chinese firm Huawei should be excluded from the rollout of 5G mobile phone networks in the UK has been postponed.Culture secretary Jeremy Wright said the government is "not yet in a position" to decide what involvement Huawei should have in the 5G network.Mr Wright said the implication of the recent US ban on its...

  • 19 July 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Investigations could be hindered if police cannot track criminals, warned Europol director European police forces may not be able to track criminals effectively over 5G mobile networks, Europol has warned.The pan-European agency's director said it currently lacked tools that on 4G networks gave police the ability to eavesdrop on criminals.Police...

  • 19 July 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 4G service should help passengers get the latest travel information while on the go Passengers will be able to make calls and go online anywhere on the London Underground by the mid-2020s.Transport for London (TfL) has announced plans for mobile users to have 4G access across the Tube network.The Jubilee Line will be the first...

  • 19 July 2019 comments Image copyright BBC/ITV Image caption Clockwise from top left: Gavin & Stacey, Love Island, Victoria and Happy Valley will be on BritBox Shows like Love Island, Gavin & Stacey, Gentleman Jack and Broadchurch will be on ITV and the BBC's streaming service BritBox when it launches this year.The broadcasters are joining forces to set up the subscription service in the...

  • 19 July 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption New anti-drone guns were on show at Sunday's Bastille Day celebrations The French army is to create a "red team" of sci-fi writers to imagine possible future threats. A new report by the Defence Innovation Agency (DIA) said the visionaries will "propose scenarios of disruption" that military strategists may not think of.The team's highly...

  • By Chris Fox Technology reporter 19 July 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: "It starts to look like censorship"YouTube has defended its video recommendation algorithms, amid suggestions that the technology serves up increasingly extreme videos.On Thursday, a BBC report explored how YouTube had helped the Flat Earth conspiracy theory spread.But the company's new...

  • 17 July 2019 Image copyright Netflix Image caption The Netflix hit Stranger Things has just begun a third series Netflix added fewer paid subscribers than expected in the last three months, with the streaming service blaming price rises. Shares in the company sank 10% after Netflix added 2.7 million new customers worldwide in the April-June period, well below expectations."Our missed forecast...

  • 18 July 2019 comments Image copyright iStock / Getty Images Workers whose jobs might become obsolete as a result of automation are to receive help in retraining from a new national government scheme.Up to 20 million manufacturing jobs around the world could be replaced by robots by 2030, according to analysis firm Oxford Economics.The scheme will support workers by helping them find a new career...