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Elon Musk renames his BFR spacecraft Starship

Elon Musk renames his BFR spacecraft Starship

Image copyright SpaceX Elon Musk has changed the name of his forthcoming passenger spaceship from Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) to Starship. The entrepreneur would not reveal why he had renamed the craft, which has not yet been built, but added its rocket booster will be called Super Heavy. In September, Mr Musk’s SpaceX company announced […]

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Google helps boost High Street spending with search

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The high street may appear to be dying but only 18% of retail sales are made online, according to government figures Attempts to increase the number of people shopping on UK High Streets has been given a boost by search giant Google. It has teamed up with start-up NearSt […]

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Tumblr removed from Apple app store over abuse images

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tumblr said it discovered child sexual abuse images during a routine audit Tumblr has been removed from Apple’s app store because it let some users post images of child sexual abuse. The social network’s app was removed on 16 November but the reason for it being unavailable has only […]

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Would you buy a handbag from Plada or Loius Vuitton?

Would you buy a handbag from Plada or Loius Vuitton?

Image copyright ZIGOR ALDAMA Image caption You’ve heard of fake handbags being passed off as luxury brands, but an entire store? The internet’s global reach has made stealing brands’ intellectual property even easier, and businesses are losing billions as a result. So what should they be doing to protect themselves? When two new luxury fashion […]

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Bitcoin falls below $5,000

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One bitcoin traded as low as $4,951 at one point The value of Bitcoin has fallen below $5,000 (£3,889) for the first time since October 2017. The fall brought the total value of all Bitcoin in existence to below $87bn. On Thursday, 15 November, Bitcoin Cash – an offshoot […]

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Blackout for thousands of dark web pages

Blackout for thousands of dark web pages

Image copyright Getty Images Hackers have deleted more than 6,500 sites being held on a popular dark web server. Called Daniel’s Hosting, the site was sitting on the hidden Tor network and many people used it to host pages they did not want to publish on the wider web. Administrator Daniel Winzen said no back-ups […]

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Instagram targets fake likes and comments

Instagram targets fake likes and comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some online services offer to boost your popularity for a fee Photo-sharing platform Instagram has announced a new initiative that will target fake likes and comments. The company say they have developed tools that can identify accounts that use third-party services and apps to artificially boost their popularity. Any […]

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Spyro’s missing subtitles anger gamers

Image copyright Activision A hotly anticipated remake of the Spyro the Dragon video games has been criticised for excluding deaf gamers. The new Spyro Reignited Trilogy does not have subtitles during the game’s video sequences, so deaf players cannot follow the story. In a statement, publisher Activision said there was “no industry standard for subtitles”. […]

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TalkTalk hack attack: Friends jailed for cyber crimes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two Staffordshire men admitted charges after an attack on the TalkTalk website Two friends who took part in a £77 million hack on the TalkTalk website have been jailed. Matthew Hanley, 23, and Connor Allsopp, 21, both from Tamworth in Staffordshire, admitted their roles in the massive 2015 data […]

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Google halts glucose-sensing contact lens project

Media captionIn this video from 2014, Google said the sensors on the smart contact lens were so small they looked like bits of glitter A firm from Google’s parent company Alphabet has stopped working on one of its first projects – a contact lens designed to monitor blood sugar levels. The device was supposed to […]

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