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Your Own Backyard Movies, on a Budget

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. We’re mixing things up, and today we’ll hear from Geoffrey Morrison and…

‘Dragon man’ claimed as new species of ancient human but doubts remain

By Alison George A reconstruction of Homo longi Chuang Zhao A large fossil skull discovered in China may belong to one of our mysterious long-lost relatives, the Denisovans, potentially offering…

Are Black Creators Really on ‘Strike’ From TikTok?

Black creators’ concerns run deeper than simply obtaining dance credits or more brand deals. “We are being exploited, and that’s the core issue Black folks have always had in terms…

Google tracking cookies ban delayed until 2023

“We welcome this delay and only hope that Google uses this time to consult with the CMA as well as different parties that will be affected by the changes, including…

BuzzFeed Confirms Plans to Go Public Through SPAC Deal

BuzzFeed, the digital publisher known for viral content, announced on Thursday its plan to go public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, signaling a shift in the…

UK’s departing spy tech chief: We’re at serious risk if we lose edge

Much of the work remains classified, but here is one example. MI5, the UK’s domestic security agency, has a limited number of agents to follow terrorist suspects or foreign spies…

The online scammers renting out other people’s homes

A scam where fraudsters con would-be renters out of thousands of pounds by pretending to own properties has been exposed by estate agents. Adverts for house sales are copied from…

Newly identified ancestor of Neanderthals complicates the human story

By Michael Marshall The Nesher Ramla excavation in Israel Hershkovitz, I et al. A previously unknown group of ancient humans lived in what is now Israel for hundreds of thousands…

Covid-19 news: 2 million people affected by long covid in England

By Michael Le Page , Clare Wilson , Jessica Hamzelou , Sam Wong , Graham Lawton , Adam Vaughan , Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool A long covid patient receives…

Fortnite: UK band Easy Life to play virtual gig

UK band Easy Life are the latest act to perform inside the hit video game Fortnite. The group, from Leicester, has worked with game developer Epic Games to create a…