Euro falls as 'gilets jaunes' protests hit French economy

Image copyright AFP Image caption 'Yellow vest' protests have dented the French economy The euro has fallen against the dollar after disappointing French and German economic surveys dismayed the markets.In France, private sector business activity contracted for the first time in two and a half years as the "gilets jaunes" protests took their toll.In Germany,…

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo: The view from the edge of space

The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has successfully rocketed to the edge of space and back.The firm's SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship reached a height of 82.7km, beyond the altitude at which US agencies have awarded astronaut wings.

Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?

Image copyright Reuters A major stadium in Los Angeles has confirmed that it uses facial recognition tech during sport and music events, to spot known troublemakers.The Rose Bowl told news site Gizmodo that it used the tech "inside and outside" the stadium gates.It made the statement after an article in Rolling Stone alleged that Taylor…

New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos

Image copyright Reuters Facebook has revealed that a software bug exposed the photos of up to 6.8 million users, including pictures they had not posted.It made the announcement a day after hosting its pop-up privacy experience "It's Your Facebook" in New York's Bryant Park.It said several third-party apps had access to "a broader set of…

China buys US soybeans for first time since trade war

Image copyright Reuters Image caption China's purchase was hailed as a "wonderful" step by US officials China has bought US soybeans for the first time since the trade war between the two countries started in July.The country's finance ministry also confirmed it would temporarily reduce tariffs on US car imports from 40% to 15%, beginning…

What's knocked markets off course?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Are US stock markets entering a darker period? Just a few months ago, US financial markets seemed headed for a third year in a row of hefty increases.But shares have tumbled since October, retreating to lower levels than at the start of the year. That decline continued on Friday,…