‘Alexa – can you teach my kids some manners, please?’

As voice-controlled AI creeps into millions of homes, a modern dilemma presents itself: how does one properly address a virtual being?

The work of an etiquette expert is never-ending. No sooner have you adjusted to a world in which the households you advise may have few or – whisper it – no staff, than the technology giants develop personal assistants using artificial intelligence.

It is a whole new minefield and, as the Times reports, one already developing new expertise. One BBC tech executive told a conference audience on Tuesday that her solution to children developing poor manners due to Alexa, Siri and their rivals (the AI will respond whether you say “please” or not) was for adults in the house to say “please” and “thank you” to the AIs at all times. With that first step in mind, here is our extensive and scientific list of etiquette do’s and don’ts when dealing with your AI assistant:

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Time to regulate bitcoin, says Treasury committee report

MPs in UK say ‘wild west’ cryptocurrency industry is leaving investors vulnerable

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are “wild west” assets that expose investors to a litany of risks and are in urgent need of regulation, MPs on the Treasury select committee have said.

The committee said in a report that consumers were left unprotected from an unregulated industry that aided money laundering, while the government and regulators “bumble along” and fail to take action.

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Google’s prototype Chinese search engine links searches to phone numbers

The feature on the secret prototype, Dragonfly, would put Chinese citizens at increased risk of government repression

Google’s secret prototype search engine for China reportedly links users’ mobile phone numbers to what search terms they’ve used.

This feature would allow the Chinese government to simply associate searches with individuals, thereby putting Chinese citizens at increased risk of government repression if they search for topics that their government deems politically sensitive, according to the Intercept.

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Tesla under investigation by US justice department after Elon Musk tweets – reports

  • Shares drop 7% on news DoJ has begun criminal inquiry
  • Musk tweeted ‘funding secured’ over take-private plan

More bad news is piling up for Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of the electronic car company Tesla. According to news reports, Tesla is now under investigation by the US justice department over statements the company and Musk made last month.

Related: Tesla workers speak out: ‘Anything pro-union is shut down really fast’

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Facebook sued over allegations of gender bias in male-targeted job ads

Lawsuit claims that Facebook provides job ads which allows employers to choose who they want based on their age and sex

Facebook and a group of 10 employers are being sued by workers for alleged gender discrimination after job adverts on the social media site targeted male users and did not appear to women.

The case is being brought by three female workers and the union, the Communications Workers of America, which represents hundreds of thousands of female workers.

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iPhone XS and XS Max review roundup: you might want to wait

Early consensus from tech press is these are best iPhones to date. Is it worth holding on for the cheaper iPhone XR?

The first wave of verdicts from select reviewers given early access to Apple’s latest iPhone XS and XS Max are live.

Gone are the traditional iPhones of yesteryear, with three devices launched all with a design in line with last year’s iPhone X. The iPhone XS is a direct replacement for the 2017 iPhone X, complete with a 5.8in screen costing £999. The iPhone XS Max is a larger, more expensive phone costing £1,099 and with a 6.5in screen, the largest on an iPhone.

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