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Guiding lights

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is updating its image with a number of new achievement badges aimed at encouraging young women into science and technology.My memories of the Girl Guides involve marshmallow toasting, tying knots and being assessed on my table-laying skills for a badge …

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Watchdog probes £4.50 premium rate texts

A watchdog has revealed it is investigating a premium-rate texting campaign, following complaints from recipients that they have been charged fees even though many believe they never opted into the service.One expert claimed the messages look like spam, which could cause phone owners to ignore them.There is also concern …

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Uber-style working review attacked as 'feeble'

A long-awaited review of the rights of gig economy workers – who are freelance or have temporary contracts and work irregular hours – is facing a union backlash. The findings of the Government-commissioned report, which were widely leaked in advance, calls for additional protections for those employed by the …

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Dating app tech finds celebrity lookalikes

Dating app Badoo is adding facial recognition technology to let people search for celebrity lookalikes.The company said the feature would soon be added to its mobile app, to let people find dates who look like their favourite stars.The BBC’s Chris Foxx asked Badoo’s Miles Norris whether it was really …

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Google criticised over Ed Sheeran ticket adverts

Ed Sheeran’s promoter has said Google must do more to stop secondary ticket sales for the singer’s gigs. Stuart Galbraith called for the change after Google adverts pointed fans towards secondary site Viagogo, where tickets for Ed Sheeran’s tour were being sold at inflated prices. “Google needs to bow …

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Siemens in dispute with Russia over diverted turbines

The German industrial giant Siemens says at least two gas turbines it has supplied to a Russian company have been illegally diverted to Crimea.The firm said the turbines had been moved “against its will” and in breach of EU sanctions imposed after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.The …

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