Ex-FTX executive sentenced to over 7 years in prison

Another former executive of FTX has been jailed over his part in the cryptocurrency giant's implosion in late 2022.
Ryan Salame, who was the co-CEO of FTX's Bahamian subsidiary, was sentenced to 90 months in prison, US federal prosecutors said.
Salame - who was a top lieutenant to Sam Bankman-Fried, the bankrupt crypto exchange's founder - pleaded guilty in September last year to violating political campaign finance laws and operating an illegal money-transmitting business.
Earlier this year, Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in prison for stealing $8bn (£6.3bn) from FTX c ...

The influencers rallying South Africa's youth to vote

South Africa’s social media influencers, popular with the youth, have been stepping into a new role ahead of this week’s general election – political mobilisers.
With 42% of registered voters under the age of 40, the younger demographic could have a big role to play in Wednesday's election.
Nestled in between videos of jokes about power cuts and relationships, Karabo “Kay” Mahapa, a TikTok creator who boasts over 350,000 followers, takes a detour from his usual content to tell people to get out and vote.
The messages have targeted the young electorate, which a recent su ...

Glue pizza and eat rocks: Google AI search errors go viral

Google's new artificial intelligence (AI) search feature is facing criticism for providing erratic, inaccurate answers.

Its experimental "AI Overviews" tool has told some users searching for how to make cheese stick to pizza better that they could use "non-toxic glue".
The search engine's AI-generated responses have also said geologists recommend humans eat one rock per day.
A Google spokesperson told the BBC they were "isolated examples".
Some of the answers appeared to be based on Reddit comments or articles written by satirical s ...

Scarlett Johansson 'shocked' by AI chatbot imitation

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has said she was left "shocked" and "angered" after OpenAI launched a chatbot with an "eerily similar" voice to her own.

The actress said she had previously turned down an approach by the company to voice its new chatbot, which reads text aloud to users.

When the new model debuted last week commentators were quick to draw comparisons between the chatbot's "Sky" voice and Johansson's in the 2013 film Her.

OpenAI said on Monday that it would remove the voice, but insisted that it was not meant to ...

Scarlett Johansson 'shocked' by AI chatbot imitation

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has said she was left "shocked" and "angered" after OpenAI launched a chatbot with an "eerily similar" voice to her own.

The actress said she had previously turned down an approach by the company to voice its new chatbot, which reads text aloud to users.

When the new model debuted last week commentators were quick to draw comparisons between the chatbot's "Sky" voice and Johansson's in the 2013 film Her.

OpenAI said on Monday that it would remove the voice, but insisted that it was not meant to ...

Can we really 'reset the internet' to make it safer for children?

“A major reset of the internet to make it much safer” is how Ofcom's Gill Whitehead described the communications watchdog's child safety announcements to me.

But can it really deliver that kind of a sea-change in the protection of children online?

Turning faulty tech off then on again is a tried and trusted fix, but "resetting the net" is considerably more challenging.

First of all, consider the scale of the task: while the focus is on the largest and riskiest social media firms, over 150,000 services fall under the Online Safety Act, the new law Ofcom must ...

Starliner: Nasa to fly new craft to space station

Two Nasa astronauts are due to head for the International Space Station aboard a new spacecraft.

Boeing’s Starliner will blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, in its first crewed test flight.

The mission has been delayed for several years because of setbacks in the spacecraft's development.

If it is successful, it will become the second private firm able to provide crew transport to and from the ISS, alongside Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Nasa no longer wants to own and operate such vehicles, preferring now to buy the service from the commercial sector.

Th ...

Instagram courts TikTok users with algorithm revamp

Instagram is overhauling its recommendations algorithms in what analysts say is an attempt to capitalise on TikTok's woes.

Changes to its system for suggesting content, particularly on Reels - its short-form video service - will prioritise original content and "give all creators an equal chance of breaking through".

Experts say the Meta-owned platform is trying to copy what has driven the success of TikTok - as its potential ban in the US looms.

But some in the creator community say the changes may come too late for users who have lost patience with Instagr ...

US probes Ford hands-free driving tech after crashes

A US road safety agency is investigating Ford's BlueCruise driver assistance system following two fatal collisions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wrote in both cases Ford Mustang Mach-E cars collided with stationary vehicles at night, while the system was engaged.

BlueCruise is a driver assistance technology that allows hands-free driving on certain roads, typically motorways.

Ford told the BBC that it was working with NHTSA "to support its investigation".

In February, a Ford Mustang Mach-E using BlueCruise hit the rear ...

World's biggest 3D printer whirs into action

A giant 3D printer, which is big enough to make a house, has been unveiled at the University of Maine.

The university says it has beaten its own record for the world's largest polymer 3D printer - with the new printer four times bigger than the previous machine.

The Factory of the Future 1.0 (FoF 1.0) can print objects 96ft (29m) long - approximately the length of a blue whale.

But experts say, despite the breakthrough, most of us will continue to live in homes made of bricks and mortar.

Large 3D printers, such as that unveiled in Maine, are more like to be u ...