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Instagram at 10: how sharing photos has entertained us, upset us – and changed our sense of self

From its early days as a whimsical, arthouse space through more recent waves of influencers and pool inflatables, the world’s favourite photo-sharing app has rewired society for good and badThe most-downloaded app of 2010 made the photographs you took on your phone look way cooler. Vintage-effect filters, artful vignettes and a square-frame layout gave...

Trump says he approves TikTok Oracle deal which may include Walmart

President says he will allow Chinese-owned app in US Walmart could acquire stake and seat on global boardDonald Trump has said he “approves a deal in concept” that will allow TikTok to continue to operate in the US, after threatening to ban the Chinese-owned app. Related: China attacks US 'bullying' over ban on Tiktok and WeChat Continue reading...

Sober investors hope to get a buzz from Tesla’s 'battery day'

Rumours of a leap forward in technology to be announced this week have energised an already bullish marketCarmakers’ annual meetings can be drab affairs: executives reading from a script, votes decided by big investors who don’t bother turning up, and perhaps the odd small shareholder deciding to take a pop at management. Tesla is different. This week’s...

Releasing Covidsafe app usage numbers could risk public safety, government claims

Digital transformation agency says disclosing information would ‘adversely affect’ commonwealth-state relationsThe federal government has refused to release information on the number of Australians still using the Covidsafe contact tracing app, on the grounds it could risk public safety and harm commonwealth-state relations.Covidsafe relies on large...

The Social Dilemma: a wake-up call for a world drunk on dopamine?

The new Netflix docudrama is a valiant if flawed attempt to address our complacency about surveillance capitalismSpool forward a couple of centuries. A small group of social historians drawn from the survivors of climate catastrophe are picking through the documentary records of what we are currently pleased to call our civilisation, and they come across...

Suffering John Lewis stands at a crossroads on the high street

The retailer is eyeing a more online future. But as the last big department store standing, could it expand in the real world? Twinkling lights are just visible behind screens where staff are putting the finishing touches to this year’s Christmas displays, but in other parts of the shop, the lights are still off. John Lewis’s flagship store in Oxford...

China attacks US 'bullying' over ban on Tiktok and WeChat

Donald Trump’s decision to ban downloads of the Chinese-owned platform prompts realignment of tech spaceChina has accused the United States of “bullying” and suggested it may take unspecified countermeasures after Washington banned downloads of popular video app TikTok and effectively blocked the use of the Chinese super-app WeChat.“China urges the...

Prosecutors open homicide case after cyber-attack on German hospital

Incident in Düsseldorf could be first death caused by a cyber-attack, says UK’s former head of cybersecurityGerman prosecutors have opened a homicide investigation into the case of a patient who died after a hospital in the city of Düsseldorf was unable to admit her because its systems had been knocked out by a cyber-attack.The female patient, suffering...

Bleach touted as 'miracle cure' for Covid being sold on Amazon

Consumers buying chlorine dioxide solution on Amazon platform say they have been drinking fluid despite FDA warningsIndustrial bleach is being sold on Amazon through its product pages which consumers are buying under the mistaken belief that it is a “miracle cure” for Covid-19, despite health warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration that drinking...

Engagement with anti-vaccine Facebook posts trebles in one month

Exclusive: Guardian analysis prompts calls for new drive to combat conspiracy theories Medical experts v anti-vaxxers: the Covid-19 information battle Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngagement with anti-vaccine posts on a sample of UK Facebook pages trebled between July and August, analysis by the Guardian has found, triggering...

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