Apparently, it's the next big thing. What is the metaverse?

What does it mean, and what have Facebook and Fortnite got to do with it?
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Self-driving Waymo cars clog up dead-end San Francisco street

Waymo says its automated vehicles are following traffic orders when they enter the dead-end street.
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Apple takes down Quran app in China

The popular Islamic app was removed in the country, after an official request.
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Sunderland University cyber-attack fix date unknown

Officials say they "just do not know" when online services at Sunderland University will be fixed.
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Microsoft shutting down LinkedIn in China

The company will offer a jobs-only site with no social-media elements, instead.
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YouTube U-turns over David Davis vaccination passports clip after protest

The site says "sometimes we make the wrong call" after being accused of attacking free speech.
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Facebook helps AI take a first-person view of life

It hopes artificial intelligence may one day tell you where on earth you've put your keys.
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Neighbour wins privacy row over smart doorbell and cameras

The Amazon devices were found to invade privacy and break data laws in a landmark UK case.
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Bitcoin: Bank deputy calls for urgent crypto regulation

The Bank of England's Sir Jon Cunliffe raises concerns about the financial stability risk of cryptocurrencies.
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NHS Covid Pass: Vaccine records access restored after outage

The app widely used to prove vaccination status for travel suffered an outage Wednesday.
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US leads Bitcoin mining as China ban takes effect

Research shows the US taking the top spot for global mining following a crackdown in China.
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Apple shares drop on iPhone 13 production fears

Reports suggest the firm could produce up to 10 million fewer iPhones due to the chip shortage.
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Sea-like robots float at Tate Modern and other tech news

Jen Copestake looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.
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Microsoft Chief Digital Officer tops Powerlist

The Powerlist 2022 recognises the most powerful people of African and African Caribbean heritage in the UK.
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Climate change in India: Teen inventor's solar-powered ironing cart

India's ironing vendors use charcoal as fuel, but Vinisha Umashankar's cart harnesses the Sun's energy.
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Should our DNA dictate what we eat?

Companies are offering dietary advice based on customers’ propensity for certain heath conditions.
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The plant with seeds that can grow meat

In an Icelandic greenhouse barley is being grown which could help produce meat without animals.
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Why does the internet keep breaking?

Outages of Facebook and its family of apps now lead to significant disruption for firms worldwide
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Why giant turbines are pushing the limits of possibility

Huge wind turbines are pushing the limits of what ports and installation vessels can handle.
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Silenced no more: A new era of tech whistleblowing?

Frances Haugen's Facebook leaks and the new Silenced No More Act may help others to come forward.
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How tech could help spot disasters before they happen

How technology could help the insurance industry spot potential disasters before they occur.
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The classic cars being converted to electric vehicles

Historic cars are being retrofitted with recycled electric motors and batteries.
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Clean energy from the fastest moving objects on earth

Why fusion promises clean unlimited energy and one firm hopes to spark it with high-speed collisions.
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