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The Telegraph's Technology Editor, James Titcomb reports:

Microsoft staff are reading users’ conversations with its Bing chatbot, the company has disclosed, amid growing data protection concerns about using the systems.

The company said human reviewers monitor what users submit to the chatbot in order to respond to “inappropriate behaviour”.

Employers including JP Morgan and Amazon have banned or restricted staff use of ChatGPT, which uses similar technology, amid concerns that sensitive information could be fed into the bot.

Bing chat became an overnight sensation after Microsoft released it to the world earlier this month, promising to disrupt Google's grip on search with its artificial intelligence bot.

However, it has restricted the service in recent days after testers reported bizarre interactions such as the bot declaring its love for humans and confessing to violent fantasies.

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A stroke survivor has been able to use cutlery to cut food and feed herself for the first time in a decade, thanks to insertions of electricity into her spine.
Heather Rendulic, who had a stroke in 2012 when she was 22, was left with no mobility in her left hand as a result of chronic post-stroke muscle weakness.
Scientists recruited Ms Rendulic, now 33, and one other stroke survivor, a 47-year-old woman, to be the first people to try out electrical stimulation of the spinal cord with the aim of improving arm and hand motor movements.
The system has been used previously to improve lower leg functionality in people with nerve damage. However, very little research has been done on using it to help people suffering with upper limb impediments.
Scientists created a device that inserts two electrodes into the spinal cord in between vertebrae in the neck area.

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From Telegraph Foreign Desk

A huge fire ripped through an oil depot in Russia's Bryansk region near the border with Ukraine on Wednesday following a suspected drone attack.
"Reservoirs with oil products are on fire in the Surazhsky district. Fire and rescue teams are at the scene," governor Alexander Bogomaz said on social media.
The governor did not say what caused the fire, but the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported it was caused by an unidentified munition dropped from a drone.
Mr Bogomaz said the fire engulfed an area of 1,800 square metres and over 80 people were involved in putting it out. He added that there were no reports of casualties.
Kyiv has been accused of carrying out numerous attacks in Russian territory, with the fire in Bryansk suggesting it has increased its cross border strike capability.
In April, two fires raged at fuel facilities in the Bryansk. There was immediate speculation that they had been caused by Ukrainian missile strikes or sabotage teams.



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From The Telegraph's reporters:
Some of the Snake Island soldiers who famously stared down death by telling a Russian warship to "go f--- Yourself’ have been freed in a prisoner swap.
"Another exchange of prisoners," said Andrey Yirmak, head of president Zelensky’s office, said.
"We managed to free 12 of our people. The soldiers who defended, in particular, Mariupol, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the Snake Island are going home."
In footage posted online, about a dozen soldiers can be seen walking towards a white van and what appear to be military vehicles waiting for them. Their location is not clear.
The Snake Island soldiers became symbols of heroism and resistance soon into the war after they refused to surrender to threats from the Moskva warship.
When the airwaves from the strategic island outpost in the Black Sea later fell silent, they were presumed killed. It later emerged, however, the 8 border guards, 50 soldiers and two handymen had survived and were being held as prisoners of war. Some were later released in a prisoner swap in April.
Moscow and Kyiv have carried a series of prisoner of war swaps lately, with both sides handing over 50 POWs on Thursday.
Reacting to Saturday's news, one Ukraine resident said on Twitter: "God bless our heroes! Thanks to everyone who brings them home!"
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From the Telegraph's foreign team:

Missiles rained down on the cities of Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia on Friday as Russian forces stepped up their attacks, targeting electric power facilities.
Missiles hit an industrial facility in Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov, the city's mayor, said.
He added that rescuers had yet to assess the damage and determine if there were casualties.
Separately, Kharkiv regional governor Oleh Sinegubov said five people had been wounded.
The Kharkiv city council is installing concrete shelters at bus stops as the city prepares for renewed Russian shelling.

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