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US libraries hit by ransomware attack

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption No ransom was paid to the library attackers Libraries across the city of St Louis are gradually regaining control of their computer systems, following a malware attack several days ago. Criminals broke into the systems of 17 libraries, disabled them and demanded a ransom. It …

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Lloyds cyber-attack details emerge

Image caption At the time, the group attributed the breakdown to “technical problems” Lloyds Bank was the target of a cyber-attack nearly two weeks ago which stopped a substantial number of customers using their online accounts. The breakdown in service from the group, including Halifax and Bank of Scotland, came …

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The village that just wants to share

Image copyright Carlo Ratti Asociati Image caption Aerial view of the village An abandoned military village in Germany is getting a new lease of life as a hippy commune fit for the 21st Century. Patrick Henry Village, near the German city of Heidelberg, was not born to hippy ideals. In …

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Samsung limits Galaxy Note 7 battery to 30% charge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Samsung Note 7 handset caught fire during a lab test in Singapore Samsung is updating Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in Europe that are still in use despite a fire risk, to prevent them being charged past 30%. The update aims to encourage the few …

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YouTube tackles unclaimed music royalties

Image copyright Thinkstock Millions of dollars in unclaimed music royalties in the US will be distributed by YouTube following an agreement with the US National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA). The payout refers to tracks with unknown owners used on the platform between August 2012 and December 2015. Publishers who opt …

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Trump fans urge Star Wars boycott over reshoot claims

Image copyright Lucasfilm Image caption The writers said it was ‘completely false’ that Rogue One scenes had been re-shot after the election Supporters of Donald Trump are urging a boycott of the Star Wars film, Rogue One, due for US release next week. The campaign began with a series of …

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Football-sized drone flown 20m from Heathrow-bound plane

Image copyright PA Image caption The drone was spotted passing “very quickly” near the plane’s right wing A drone the size of a football was flown within 20m (66ft) of a passenger jet as it approached Heathrow Airport, an investigation has found. The Airbus A320 was above Biggin Hill, south-east …

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Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

Image copyright Thinkstock A judge has ordered Amazon to refund the parents of children who made in-app purchases on Kindle and Android devices without their consent between 2011 and 2014. Seattle-based Judge John Coughenour ordered the firm to run the refund process for 12 months beginning in January 2017. It …

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Amazon drivers ‘work illegal hours’

Image caption Amazon has a delivery depot in Avonmouth, in Bristol Amazon delivery drivers regularly work “illegal” hours and receive less than the minimum wage, it has been claimed. Drivers for agencies contracted by the internet giant told an undercover reporter they were expected to deliver up to 200 parcels …

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Spotify patches ‘data gobbling’ glitch

Image copyright Spotify Music service Spotify is rolling out a fix to stop its desktop application repeatedly writing huge amounts of junk data to computer users’ hard drives. Reporters from new site Ars Technica found Spotify was writing up to 10GB of data an hour to their computers. Unnecessarily writing …

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