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...So consider rerouting your journey through that Scientists have discovered a dangerous hotspot in Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts that spews so-called “killer electrons” that can knacker satellites and spacecraft.…

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Car smash-and-grab ends with loss of payroll details for 20,000 employees Facebook has lost a copy of the personal details of more than 20,000 of its employees after a hard drive containing unencrypted payroll information was stolen from an employee's car.…

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Pending tariffs on notebooks, phones, monitors shelved as super powers strike 'prelimary' deal Chinese officials have announced a preliminary agreement on phase one of negotiations with the United States - and of course US President Trump has leapt onto his favourite digital soap box to add his cents worth.…

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Launch opportunities per year now over 130. Actually launched in 2019: 6 Peter Beck, boss of upstart small-sat flinger Rocket Lab, gave himself an early Christmas present this week as he declared the company's second launch complex, this time in the US, operational.…

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Probably a better investment than WeWork If you thought the service at your local Starbucks was robotic and impersonal, you might want to give Softbank’s newest Tokyo cafe a miss. Working alongside the company’s meatbag workers are a small army of Softbank Robotics’ droids, who’ll help serve and entertain the punters, and will even clean up after them.…

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Plus: Meg Whitman and Co had 'buyer's remorse' over $11bn purchase Autonomy Trial  Mike Lynch was "thoroughly unreliable" and "willing to lie" to the High Court about the $11bn purchase of Autonomy by Hewlett Packard, according to HPE's lawyers in court yesterday.…

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The 'experience' will be available from mid-January, 2020 Microsoft has been alerting admins today to changes to its Microsoft Teams Exploratory "experience", which effectively allow users to sign up for a trial rather than requiring admins to grant the privileges.…

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Maker of cloudy PDF and services software ... yes, that's Perpetually Dosh Forming It was ho-ho-ho and a kerching for reassuringly expensive graphic design software maker Adobe last night as it danced all the way to the bank, reporting double digit spike in Q4 revenues (PDF) and an upward swing in profit.…

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Redmond tears wrapping on new retro-look gaming console It's always interesting to see where industrial designers source their inspiration. Tesla, in creating the futuristic CyberTruck, looked to the dystopian world of Blade Runner. Iconic '80s movie Back To The Future directly inspired Nike’s self-lacing MAG kicks. And in creating the upcoming Xbox Series X console, Microsoft's muse was presumably a Gateway tower PC from the 1990s.…

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Flexible workforce look to pre-election promises Contractor organisations are insisting the Tory government sticks to promises to revisit IR35 reforms as it emerges that GlaxoSmithKline is ordering contractors to switch to pay as you earn tax arrangements or leave the company.…

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Like Trump’s Twitter feed, except not Her Majesty the Queen is after a head of digital engagement to run a small team of specialists based at Buckingham Palace.…

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Arbitrary code execution in a controller, what could go wrong? Siemens industrial control systems designed specifically for energy plant gear are riddled with dozens of security vulnerabilities that are, luckily enough, tricky to exploit from the outside.…

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But Danish boffins tapped cans on the side, not the top – we demand a retrial Should you be faced with the horrors of a shaken can of beer and an urgent need to open it, science has solved the question of whether or not tapping the can helps reduce the fizz when it is opened.…

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Will no one think of the SMEs? Oh, actually some have made the grade The UK's central government is dangling up to £6.5bn under the noses of resellers to supply commodity hardware, software and services across the British public sector for the next four years.…

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A tale of entry-level electrical skills On Call  There's just one more day to get through before the weekend is upon us so burn a few minutes by chortling at the misfortune of others with On Call.…

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We want to hear you share your insights, experiences, and plans Event  Our machine-learning conference MCubed returns to London next October, and we’d love to hear about your latest adventures in the worlds of artificial intelligence and analytics.…

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Either way, we'll take a one-way ticket, please. Now. Thanks. Good A hundred red objects blinking in and out of existence across Earth’s skies over the past 70 years have left scientists giddy: they believe this could be evidence of previously unseen astronomical phenomena or – and hold tight, now – alien civilizations.…

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Trio of vulnerabilities made registry full of uncertain code even more of a risk On Wednesday, NPM, Inc, the California-based biz that has taken it upon itself to organize the world's JavaScript packages into the npm registry, warned that its command line tool, the npm CLI, has a rather serious security vulnerability. Version 6.13.4 has been rushed out with a fix.…

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Think of a number, triple it, add seven, multiply by zero, and that's pretty much this tech giant's Q2 revenue growth Oracle's financial figures were more or less flat in its latest financial quarter compared to a year ago.…

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Let's grab a nice cold drink on the Red Planet. Don't forget to pack a shovel There’s water ice buried below the surface of Mars, and all you’ll need is a shovel to dig some up, according to research published in Geophysical Research Letters this week.…

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Techies lay out modest ambition to provide development framework for everything. Where have we heard that before? Google has translated Java's "write once, run anywhere" promise into the words "ambient computing," which it has begun using to explain Flutter's reason for being.…

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Rambler claims code creator was working for them at the time and so they own tech worth $700m Nginx's Moscow office was raided today by police after the ownership of the popular web server's source code was disputed.…

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Here's a rundown of some of the Middle East's cyber argy-bargy Iran claims to have staved off a major cyber attack on its national infrastructure, a couple of months after the Middle Eastern theocracy was blamed for real-world assaults on two Saudi oil refineries.…

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Sentencing due in January for Sentry MBA shenanigans A London hacker is facing jail after he admitted illegally accessing National Lottery gambling accounts.…

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OpenWorld knees-up moving to Vegas, baby, because SF too expensive Oracle's massive OpenWorld shindig is relocating from hipster central to the desert, or put another way, from San Francisco to Las Vegas.…

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