Facebook team working on brain-powered technology

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Image caption Facebook's Regina Dugan said one day it may be possible to think in Mandarin, and feel it instantly in Spanish

Facebook says it is working on technology to allow us to control computers directly with our brains.

It is developing “silent speech” software to allow people to type at a rate of 100 words per minute, it says.

The project, in its early stages, will require new technology to detect brainwaves without needing invasive surgery.

"We are not talking about decoding your random thoughts,” assured Facebook's Regina Dugan.

Facebook F8: Four things worth your attention

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Facebook F8: Four things worth your attention

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Media captionWATCH: Mark Zuckerberg shows how animated artworks could be superimposed over real-world views

Facebook’s annual developers’ event, held this year in San Jose, is the social network's chance to bring together all of the people that work with the site to create the apps and other features used by the almost two billion people.

The event is a launching pad for new features. After a busy first day, here's my pick of the most interesting and significant.

1) AR Studio

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Can Tesla live up to its value?

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Image caption Much of Tesla's value can be attributed to the fanatical support of Elon Musk

Some of my finest swearing takes place while driving, or rather crawling, along the 880 - a congested, polluted, almost-always-jammed monstrosity of a freeway that slithers past Tesla’s car-making plant in Fremont, California.

Each time I’m unfortunate enough to find myself on this stretch, I’m struck by the symbolism: a road thick with fumes, overlooked by a factory working overtime to change that.

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Gunman's video prompts Facebook rethink

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Image caption Steve Stephens could be anywhere, say police

Facebook has launched a review of how it deals with violent content on its network.

The announcement came after a video showing a killing was posted to Facebook on Sunday and remained there for more than two hours.

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New York Uber drivers may get tips

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Image caption Drivers in New York have organised protests against aspects of Uber's business

Uber drivers in New York may soon be able to earn tips thanks to a new proposal.

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has announced plans aimed at forcing all cab companies that take payment via credit card to offer a tipping option.

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US government 'monitored bank transfers'

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A huge range of security weaknesses, said to be worth more than $2m (£1.6m) if sold on the black market, have been leaked online by a hacking group.

The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency.

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Apple granted self-driving test permit

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Image caption Apple has long been rumoured to be working on autonomous technology

Apple has been granted a permit to test self-driving cars on the streets of California.

It has long been known that Apple is working on automotive-related projects, but the company has never publicly confirmed any details.

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Tesla will unveil electric lorry in September

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Image caption Elon Musk has strong backing from investors - but needs to hit ambitious targets this year

Tesla will unveil an electric articulated lorry in September, chief executive Elon Musk has said.

Additionally, he said an electric pick-up truck would be shown off in around 18-24 months.

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Samsung Galaxy S8's Bixby voice assistant delayed

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Samsung has confirmed that its much-anticipated answer to Apple’s Siri will be delayed.

The Bixby voice-powered assistant was unveiled at a special event last month and was meant to debut on the South Korean giant’s new flagship devices.

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Uber PR boss Rachel Whetstone latest to quit company

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Image caption Rachel Whetstone was formerly at Google

Uber’s head of communications has become the latest executive to leave the embattled ride-sharing firm.

Chief executive Travis Kalanick confirmed Rachel Whetstone’s departure in an all-staff email on Tuesday.

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