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Trading tool

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption This tablet has an account in Sumerian cuneiform describing the receipt of oxen The Egyptians used to believe that literacy was divine, a gift from baboon-faced Thoth, the god of knowledge. Scholars no longer embrace that theory, but why ancient civilisations developed writing was a mystery for a… Read More Trading tool

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‘Smart’ vending machine could sell alcohol and ammunition

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Liar! Liar!

Image copyright Magnum Photos Image caption Should we take more care to establish the truth of online stories first before sharing them? Most people seem to agree that “fake news” is a big problem online, but what’s the best way to deal with it? Is technology too blunt an instrument to discern truth from lies,… Read More Liar! Liar!

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The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst on the story behind the Smiley

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Rakuten boss Hiroshi Mikitani talks noodles and Barcelona

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Rail passenger satisfaction 'little changed in a decade'

Image copyright Getty Images Train operators handle passenger complaints and delays almost as badly as they did a decade ago, according to research from consumer group Which?. It also found punctuality levels on Britain’s railways were at their worst level in 10 years. The group said passengers were being “failed” and urged the government to… Read More Rail passenger satisfaction 'little changed in a decade'

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Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses A British-based company that made smartphones costing thousands of pounds will be liquidated after a plan to save it failed. Vertu was known for its high-end, jewel-encrusted handsets, but recently faced financial difficulties. The company’s liquidation will result in the loss of… Read More Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses