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Uber developed secret system to lock down staff computers in a police raid 11 Jan 4:48pm Updated Uber developed secret system to lock down staff computers in a police raid
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System called Ripley was reportedly used at least two dozen times in 2015 and 2016, including once to prevent tax investigators from collecting evidence Uber developed a secret system called Ripley that would lock down staff computers in the event of a police raid, preventing officials from accessing company data. The ride-sharing company used Ripley at least two dozen times in 2015 and 2016 in countries including Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Hong Kong,
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11 Jan 10:23am Dark Souls remastered for Nintendo Switch console
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New version of acclaimed dark fantasy adventure coming to Nintendo Switch in May Landmark action-adventure game
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11 Jan 7:43am Ford-backed self-driving car in crash that sent two to hospital
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Modified Ford Fusion test car containing four occupants hit by van jumping red light in Pittsburgh, less than mile from startup Argo AI’s headquarters A self-driving test car from Ford-backed startup Argo was involved in an accident on Wednesday that sent two people to hospital.
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11 Jan 7:22am Kodak leads surge in companies exploiting bitcoin buzz
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Companies pivoting to, or just showing an interest in, cryptocurrencies and associated technologies have resulted in a sudden burst in share price Kodak hit headlines this week when the company announced a plan to launch “photo-centric cryptocurrency to empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management”. In other words, the venerable camera company is getting in on the bitcoin hype. Shares in Kodak, which had been largely flat for the previous three months and steadily declining for the five years before that, more than doubled in the following 24 hours, as the company insisted that it was not simply pumping out “hot buzzwords”.
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Do I still need PC tuning software for Windows 10? 11 Jan 6:47am Do I still need PC tuning software for Windows 10?
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Ludo wonders if he should keep paying for commercial clean-up program to run in Windows 10. Fortunately there are free alternative suites
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Bitcoin drops $2,000 in value as South Korea announces planned trading ban 11 Jan 5:42am Bitcoin drops $2,000 in value as South Korea announces planned trading ban
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News follows nation’s clampdown on cryptocurrencies as exchanges are raided over alleged tax evasion and fears of gambling addiction The value of bitcoin plunged 13.5% in the early hours of Thursday after news hit that South Korea is planning to ban cryptocurrency trading. News of the ban follows the raiding of local cryptocurrency exchanges by police and tax authorities over alleged tax evasion, as one of the key nations driving the demand for bitcoin and other virtual currencies attempts a clampdown.
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10 Jan 11:21pm CES blackout: rain stops play at hi-tech trade show
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The irony of the partial power cut at an event designed to showcase the latest electronic advances did not escape social or industry media The digital economy’s big annual trade show, CES, suffered a brief, disruptive plunge into darkness on Wednesday because of a power outage that the event’s organisers blamed on heavy rain.
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