ShinyShiny snippets: TikTok leading platform for fake Ukraine videos

TikTok has emerged as one of the leading platforms for snappy false videos about the war in Ukraine which are reaching millions. With a user base of more than one billion people - more than half of whom are under 30 - TikTok is where many young people have been getting updates about the conflict,…

ShinyShiny snippets: Boston Dynamics scary robot dog to protect Pompeii

The ancient Italian city of Pompeii is to be guarded by a robot dog, say managers at the Archaeological Park. Mechanical dog Spot, created by Boston Dynamics, is being introduced as part of a wave of modernisation of the preserved Roman city. The yellow hound will patrol the site looking for cracks, damage and signs of erosion…

ShinyShiny snippets: Elon Musk spends $3 billion on 9.2% Twitter stake

Elon Musk has taken a 9.2% stake in Twitter, according to a US securities filing. The news sent Twitter shares soaring about 25% in pre-market trading. The Tesla founder bought 73,486,938 Twitter shares on 14 March, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The stake is worth $2.89bn (£2.20bn), based on Twitter's closing price on…

ShinyShiny snippets: Twitter launches Tor service to bypass Russian block

Twitter has launched a privacy-protected version of its site to bypass surveillance and censorship after Russia restricted access to its service in the country. Russia has blocked access to Facebook and has limited Twitter in an attempt to try to restrict the flow of information about its war in Ukraine. Both companies have said they are working on restoring access…

ShinyShiny tech stories: Twitter prohibits image sharing without consent

  Twitter is prohibiting the sharing of private images and videos without the consent of the people involved. Although publishing private information is already banned on the platform – as is sharing private nude images – the new policy covers images and videos of people in ordinary settings too. It has raised questions about the ability for…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Twitter testing bigger pictures

Twitter is testing new changes to how photos and videos appear on its apps, closer to how images appear on other services such as Instagram. The new feature will expand visual media embedded in tweets to fill the whole width of a mobile phone's screen. Currently, images are indented next to a user's profile photo…

Shiny Shiny daily round up: £3K budget EV outselling Tesla

A budget electric vehicle (EV) selling in China for $4,500 (£3,200) - pictured above - is now outselling Tesla's more upmarket cars. The compact car is proving a big hit for state-owned SAIC Motor, China's top automaker. The Hong Guang Mini EV is being built as part of a joint venture with US car giant…