WhatsApp to offer end-to-end encrypted backups in iCloud, Google Drive with user-managed keys •...

Facebook's WhatsApp on Friday said users will soon be able to store end-to-end (E2E) encrypted backups of their chat history on Google Drive in Android or Apple iCloud in iOS, with an option...

Right to contest automated AI decision under review as part of UK government data...

The UK government has launched a consultation that suggests it could water down individuals' rights to challenge decisions made about them by artificial intelligence. In documents released today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media...

Dozy ISS cosmonauts woken by smoke alarm on eve of 5-hour spacewalk • The...

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) had their preparations for an important spacewalk rudely interrupted early this morning when an emergency alarm woke them all up just before 2am UTC. "An emergency...

Google plays catch-up with JSON support for distributed RDBMS Spanner • The Register

Google Cloud has introduced support for JSON documents in its distributed RDBMS Spanner – a move the Chocolate Factory says offers advantages in adding new data attributes without changing the schema. Database experts said...

Astronomers detect burps of interstellar cannibal from 480 million light years away • The...

A multinational team of astronomers has discovered what happens when a large star accidentally eats a black hole or neutron star: it emits a catastrophically violent, galactic-scale burp that can be detected from...

LiveCode CEO on retreat despite successful kickstarter • The Register

Interview An easy to use programming language that was made open source in 2014 after a successful crowdfunding campaign is going back to closed source after too many customers switched to using it...

Virginia school board learns a hard lesson… and other stories • The Register

ROUNDUP Welcome to this week's gallimaufry of gaucheness, as we present a selection of daft stories to make you glad that you're not that person. Virginia school board gets thoroughly schooled We begin...

Only ‘natural persons’ can be recognized as patent inventors, not AI systems, US judge...

AI systems cannot be granted patents and will not be recognised as inventors in the eyes of the US law, said a federal judge who decided to uphold a previous ruling by the...

Alpha adds to tally of exploding rockets, takes out space sail prototype with it...

Video The sudden and explosive end of Firefly Aerospace's first test flight of its Alpha rocket rounded out a hat-trick of woe for rocket fans this week. The Alpha, which Firefly has pitched as...

The 1,170 words you can’t use with GitHub Copilot • The Register

GitHub's Copilot comes with a coded list of 1,170 words to prevent the AI programming assistant from responding to input, or generating output, with offensive terms, while also keeping users safe from words...