The latest stories from the Technology section of the BBC News web site.
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A space company run by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos loses a protest over Nasa's plans to lease out a launch pad.
Google's former top patent lawyer has been put in charge of America's patent and trademark office (USPTO).
Kate Russell reviews an augmented reality app which makes drawings come alive, plus other apps and websites.
Twitter backtracks on changes it made to how people block abusive users, less than a day after they were introduced.
Coinbase, a start-up that lets people trade Bitcoins, raises $25m (£15m) in venture capital funding.
How much of virtual currency's worth is down to hype?
A hi-tech vision of how we will live in a decade's time
A German law firm is seeking recompense from users alleged to have infringed copyright by streaming content online.
Photo and video sharing app Instagram has added direct messaging to its service, a nod to the success of rivals like Whatsapp and Snapchat.
Zavvi customers were temporarily handed an early Christmas present - when they ordered a game and got sent a PlayStation.
Major games publishers offer support to fans who have had gameplay clips removed from YouTube due to "illegitimate" copyright claims.
Personal details of nearly 1,600 illegal immigrants whose families were in the process of being returned home were published in error on the Home Office website.
A study suggests bots - automated software tools - now account for nearly double the amount of traffic generated by humans actively using the web.
Yahoo Mail has been down for some users since Monday sparking more questions about the stability of the service.
As US regulators consider lifting a ban on the use of mobile phones on planes, Samira Hussain asks if people would actually welcome such a move.
Ahead of the announcement of a timetable for the shutdown of FM radio transmitters, some are rebelling against the switch to digital.
Football dominates UK Twitter chat in 2013
New tech to help buses avoid collisions
There has been a rise of 16% in the amount we spend online, according to the latest data from Ofcom.
Slightly over a year after its stock market debut, social networking site Facebook joins the S&P 500 index, which is made up of many of the world's largest firms.