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General election 2019: Boris Johnson thanks North for trusting Tories
Boris Johnson visits Sedgefield in north-east England, which has returned its first Conservative MP for 84 years, following the party's general election victory.
Election 2019: Sturgeon gathers SNP MPs after victory
The first minister says most people in Scotland want a "very different future" to the rest of the UK.
General election 2019: Labour facing long haul, warns McDonnell
Shadow chancellor blames Brexit for the party's defeat, saying Jeremy Corbyn was "the right leader".
Strictly Come Dancing 2019 crowns its winners
Kelvin, Emma and Karim have done battle on the BBC dancefloor but who won the glitterball trophy?
Alex Rodda: 'Trusting young boy' found dead in Cheshire village
An 18-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of murdering the 15-year-old.
New Zealand volcano: Krystal Eve Browitt named as victim
Krystal Eve Browitt died on White Island, while her father and sister were seriously injured.
Boy able to hug brother for first time
Five-year-old Jacob Scrimshaw was born eight weeks early with most of his left arm missing.
UK tourist 'shot dead' in robbery in Argentina
One man was killed and his son was hurt in a suspected robbery in Buenos Aires, local media say.
Eliud Kipchoge wins World Sport Star of the Year 2019
Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge is voted Sports Personality's World Sport Star of the Year.
Man, 75, arrested over partner's death in Wigan hospital
He is being held on suspicion of murder after staff raised concerns about the 69-year-old woman's death.
Climate change: UN talks in Madrid hit rough waters
UN climate talks in Madrid appear to be in trouble as they head deep into extra time.
Matteo Salvini: 'Sardines' pack in for Rome protest
Tens of thousands rally against the right-wing League party of Matteo Salvini, using sardines as their symbol.
Omar al-Bashir: Sudan ex-leader sentenced for corruption
Bashir has been sentenced to two years for corruption - but cannot be jailed because of his age.
Pandas and skiing Santas - some of the stories you may have missed
Some of the stories you may have missed this week.
John Lennon's sunglasses sell for £137,000
The Beatles star left them on the back seat of Ringo Starr's Mercedes in the summer of 1968.
Who's going to take home the Strictly trophy?
The finalists describe what they're feeling as they get ready for the last show.
Longleat Safari Park chipmunks sent hundreds of socks
Longleat Safari Park asked people to send socks for the rodents to sleep and store food in.
Doddie Weir wins Helen Rollason Award at Sports Personality 2019
Scotland rugby union great Doddie Weir, who has motor neurone disease, is honoured with the Helen Rollason Award.
General Election 2019: Moments from results day
From the Tories winning seats in traditional Labour heartlands to Jo Swinson losing her seat.
How the killing of a young immigrant angered America
One of the most controversial US police shootings of the 1990s.
Octopus and eagle square off at Canadian fish farm
The duelling animals were found floating in the waters off Quatsino, British Columbia.
Young son of lost fisherman raises cash for RNLI
Keiran Reid began fundraising after his father was lost overboard off Orkney three years ago.
Africa’s 'condom king' wants no more HIV infections
Kenyan Stanley Ngara gives out free condoms in his bid to encourage safe sex and lower HIV rates.
Shah Rukh Khan talks success and having two left feet
The King of Bollywood sat down with Talking Movies’ Tom Brook in front of a live audience.
Week in Pictures: 7 - 13 December 2019
A selection of news photographs taken around the world this week.
The Crown: Was Harold Wilson suspected of being a Soviet spy?
In the new series of The Crown the Queen hears rumours her PM is a Soviet agent. What did MI5 think?
Election results 2019: Opinion poll accuracy holds up
This time the opinion polls called it correctly, says BBC political analyst Peter Barnes.
Myanmar Rohingya: Aung San Suu Kyi cuts a haunted figure in court
The once-persecuted Nobel peace laureate has been defending Myanmar against genocide allegations.
General election 2019: What the Conservatives' win means for your money
Promises have been made and plans put in place that will have an effect on your finances after the election.
Vladimir Putin: 20 years in 20 photos
We look at 20 photographs of the former KGB agent, who became Russia's president in 1999.
Yola: From 'house screamer' to four-time Grammy nominee
The British singer talks about prejudice, doubters and how her success is just desserts.
Exchange rates: Why has the value of the pound jumped?
A simple guide to how currency is valued and what it means for your finances.
Klopp unhappy at prospect of more European fixtures after Reds go 10 points clear
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rejects suggestions top clubs want more Champions League games as Liverpool prepare for two games less than 24 hours apart.
Premier League results: Liverpool's lead extended at top
Liverpool's 2-0 victory against Watford increases their lead to 10 points at the top of the Premier League table.
Munster medic's comment to Saracens' George caused 30-man brawl, says McCall
Saracens head coach Mark McCall says a comment to hooker Jamie George by one of Munster's medics caused a brawl involving almost 30 players.
Leicester have not discussed title prospects - Rodgers after Foxes held by Norwich
Leicester are dealt a huge blow in the Premier League title race as they are held to a draw by a battling Norwich at King Power Stadium.
Fifa Club World Cup: Monterrey's Leonel Vangioni scores 'absolute rocket' against Al-Sadd Sports Club
Monterrey's Leonel Vangioni gives his side the lead from range with an "absolute rocket" against Al-Sadd Sports Club in their Fifa Club World Cup match.
Fifa Club World Cup: Al Hilal goalkeeper heroics prevents own goal
Al Hilal goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayoof makes a "spectacular save" to prevent an own goal during their Fifa Club World Cup match against Esperance Sportive de Tunis.
Election results 2019: Five big things on Boris Johnson's to-do list
What are the most important challenges facing the prime minister in the new term of Parliament?
General Election 2019: Who will be Labour's next leader?
Explaining the process for choosing the next leader of the Labour party
General election 2019: How the undecideds cast their vote - and why
We went back to our panel of undecided voters to find out what swayed them and who earned their vote.
General election 2019: Viral videos about the NHS dominate the digital campaign
Videos about the NHS received the highest views and shares on social media platforms.
Durham North West: The 'no-hope' seat the Tories won
Why did the Conservatives win a seat they did not target and one they had never won before?
MP re-elected - with baby in sling
The Labour candidate appears with her baby daughter at the count in her Walthamstow constituency.
Richard Osman's election night quiz
How well do you remember the campaign? Try Richard Osman's election quiz and find out
Election results 2019: When do we find out who has won?
A simple guide on how to read election results as they come in.
Exit poll 2019: What is the forecast election result in my constituency?
Explore the general election 2019 exit poll across every constituency in Great Britain.
Exit polls: How accurate are they?
The exit poll will give us the first clear indication of the election result - but how does it work, and are they accurate?
General election 2019: From the count, to your TV
The BBC's election count specialist, Tim Burke, shows us the operation that brings you every result from across the country.
How to vote: What are the dos and don'ts of election day?
The rules on everything from whether you can take your own pen to voting while drunk.
What unites us: 10 reasons why we're not a divided nation
The issues, people and foods that win the backing of most British people.
Glenda Jackson 'shines' on TV return
The actress returns to our screens after 27 years away, portraying a woman with Alzheimer's disease.
'World's first' fully-electric commercial flight takes off
A fully electric seaplane flight has been hailed by operators as the start of a third "aviation era".
The Clash: How London Calling still inspires 40 years on
How The Clash’s iconic third album London Calling continues to inspire 40 years after its release.
Do apostrophes still matter?
The end of the Apostrophe Society has sparked debate over the modern state of grammar.
Camila Cabello: 'An absolute force of nature'
How a Cuban immigrant beset by crippling shyness and two left feet became one of pop's biggest stars.
'How I became a secret daytime DJ'
Moey Hassan describes how "daytimers" became the big thing for South Asian teens in 1980s Bradford.
Group B Strep: ‘A common bug could have killed my baby’
A mother whose baby got meningitis because of Group B Strep says all pregnant women should be tested.
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And now for this evening's space weather report. We've got a hotspot of satellite-wrecking 'killer electrons' in the outer Van Allen belt...
<h4>...So consider rerouting your journey through that</h4> <p>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.…</p>
Valuable personal info leaks from Facebook – not Zuck selling it, unencrypted hard drives of staff data stolen
<h4>Car smash-and-grab ends with loss of payroll details for 20,000 employees</h4> <p>Facebook has lost a copy of the personal details of 29,000 of its employees after hard drives containing unencrypted payroll information were stolen from an employee's car.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
US and China wave white flags, hit pause button on trade war
<h4>Pending tariffs on notebooks, phones, monitors shelved as super powers strike 'prelimary' deal</h4> <p>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.…</p>
Rocket Lab ends year by cutting ribbon on first launchpad in the US
<h4>Launch opportunities per year now over 130. Actually launched in 2019: 6</h4> <p>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.…</p>
These are the droids you're looking for: Softbank launches Japan cafe staffed by bots
<h4>Probably a better investment than WeWork</h4> <p>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.…</p>
Lynch was 'willing to lie' to High Court over Autonomy whistleblower, claims HPE
<h4>Plus: Meg Whitman and Co had 'buyer's remorse' over $11bn purchase</h4> <p><strong>Autonomy Trial</strong> 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.…</p>
Admins sigh as Microsoft pushes Teams changes – let everyone play!
<h4>The 'experience' will be available from mid-January, 2020</h4> <p>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.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Creative cloudy types still making it rain cash for Adobe
<h4>Maker of cloudy PDF and services software ... yes, that's Perpetually Dosh Forming</h4> <p>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 <a target="_blank" href="https://www.adobe.com/content/dam/acom/en/investor-relations/pdfs/21219102/aN8ujHV4loX5.pdf">Q4 revenues (PDF)</a> and an upward swing in profit.…</p>
Xbox Series X: Gee thanks, Microsoft! Just what we wanted for Xmas 2020 – a Gateway tower PC
<h4>Redmond tears wrapping on new retro-look gaming console</h4> <p>It's always interesting to see where industrial designers source their inspiration. Tesla, in creating the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/11/22/smashing_tesla_cybertruck/">futuristic CyberTruck</a>, looked to the dystopian world of <i><a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/01/blade_runner_today/">Blade Runner</a></i>. Iconic '80s movie <i><a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/06/blade_runner_four_future_visions/">Back To The Future</a></i> 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.…</p>
GlaxoSmithKline ditches IR35 contractors: Go PAYE or go home
<h4>Flexible workforce look to pre-election promises</h4> <p>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.…</p>
Hit one up on Insta, would you? Her Maj is after a social media manager
<h4>Like Trump’s Twitter feed, except not</h4> <p>Her Majesty the Queen is after a head of digital engagement to run a small team of specialists based at Buckingham Palace.…</p>
Ever wonder how hackers could possibly pwn power plants? Here are 54 Siemens bugs that could explain things
<h4>Arbitrary code execution in a controller, what could go wrong?</h4> <p>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.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing
<h4>But Danish boffins tapped cans on the side, not the top – we demand a retrial</h4> <p>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.…</p>
Mmmm... fresh, delicious tenders: Forget G-Cloud, this £6.5bn Technology Products and Associated Services framework is where it's at
<h4>Will no one think of the SMEs? Oh, actually some have made the grade</h4> <p>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.…</p>
Why is the printer spouting nonsense... and who on earth tried to wire this plug?
<h4>A tale of entry-level electrical skills</h4> <p><strong>On Call</strong> 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.…</p>
Are you an AI guru? Can you teach ML skills to Register readers? Great! Our MCubed call-for-papers is open for you
<h4>We want to hear you share your insights, experiences, and plans</h4> <p><strong>Event</strong> Our machine-learning conference <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mcubed.london/">MCubed</a> returns to London next October, and we’d love to hear about your latest adventures in the worlds of artificial intelligence and analytics.…</p>
100 mysterious blinking lights in the night sky could be evidence of alien life... or something weird, say boffins
<h4>Either way, we'll take a one-way ticket, please. Now. Thanks. Good</h4> <p>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.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
NPM swats path traversal bug that lets evil packages modify, steal files. That's bad for JavaScript crypto-wallets
<h4>Trio of vulnerabilities made registry full of uncertain code even more of a risk</h4> <p>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, <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://github.com/npm/cli">the npm CLI</a>, has a rather serious security vulnerability. Version 6.13.4 has been rushed out with a fix.…</p>
Larry Ellison sets the Catz among the pigeons: Safra officially sole Oracle CEO
<h4>Think of a number, triple it, add seven, multiply by zero, and that's pretty much this tech giant's Q2 revenue growth</h4> <p>Oracle's financial figures were more or less flat in its latest financial quarter compared to a year ago.…</p>
OK. We're off. Water ice found just below the surface of Mars. Good enough for us. Let's go. Impulse power, Mr Sulu
<h4>Let's grab a nice cold drink on the Red Planet. Don't forget to pack a shovel</h4> <p>There’s water ice buried below the surface of Mars, and all you’ll need is a shovel to dig some up, <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1029/2019GL083947">according</a> to research published in Geophysical Research Letters this week.…</p>
Are you writing code for ambient computing? No? Don't even know? Ch-uh. Google's 'write once, run anywhere' Flutter is all over it
<h4>Techies lay out modest ambition to provide development framework for everything. Where have we heard that before?</h4> <p>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.…</p>
Cops storm Nginx's Moscow offices after a Russian biz claims it owns world's most widely used web server, not F5
<h4>Rambler claims code creator was working for them at the time and so they own tech worth $700m</h4> <p>Nginx's Moscow office was raided today by police after the ownership of the popular web server's source code was disputed.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Iran says it staved off cyber attack but doesn't blame US
<h4>Here's a rundown of some of the Middle East's cyber argy-bargy</h4> <p>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.…</p>
Londoner admits illegally accessing National Lottery accounts
<h4>Sentencing due in January for Sentry MBA shenanigans</h4> <p>A London hacker is facing jail after he admitted illegally accessing National Lottery gambling accounts.…</p>
Oracle leaves its heart in San Francisco – or it would do if, you know, Oracle had a heart
<h4>OpenWorld moving to Vegas, baby: SF now too expensive not to mention the filthy streets, open drug use...</h4> <p>Oracle's massive OpenWorld shindig is relocating from hipster central to the desert, or put another way, from San Francisco to Las Vegas.…</p>
HPE to Mike Lynch: You told either El Reg or High Court the right version of why former Autonomy execs won't testify
<h4>You know it's solid reporting when trial lawyers start quoting it</h4> <p><strong>Autonomy trial</strong> The Autonomy trial has resumed – with <i>The Register</i> being furiously quoted in legal arguments as Britain's biggest fraud trial begins slowly rolling towards its close.…</p>
No box shifting, no Buck Rogers. Bezos-backed Blue Origin blasts off once again
<h4>Postcards from the edge... of space?</h4> <p>It has been a while but after a hiatus of more than seven months and a weather-induced delay, the rocket outfit bankrolled by billionaire box-flinger Jeff Bezos has sent its New Shepard booster into the blue.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Microsoft enables phone calls from your Windows PC (as long as it's paired with an Android)
<h4>Plus: Insiders yanked from their rings</h4> <p>Microsoft has decided that the Calls feature of its Android-bothering Your Phone app is <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://twitter.com/windowsinsider/status/1204869547552993280">ready to be unleashed upon the wider world</a>.…</p>
Disgrace of Base: Scammy hordes force Keybase to end cryptocoin giveaway
<h4>It's Lumen awful: Space Drop halted due to excessive douchebaggery</h4> <p>Citing an explosion in fraudulent accounts, Keybase says it is ending its maligned Stellar Space Drop giveaway.…</p>
Hey Dixons, you know what's mobile? Your rapidly shrinking sales
<h4>Loss-making unit still putting hurt on 'puters 'n' phones biz</h4> <p>If ever there was a good time to release bad news, it is today. As luck would have it, Dixons Carphone has filed a set of crappy half-year financials that show the extent of the damage that its loss-making mobile business is wreaking.…</p>
Post Office coughs £57.75m to settle wonky Horizon IT system case
<h4>Split between 550 subpostmasters accused of theft, that's not much</h4> <p>The UK's Post Office has finally agreed to settle a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/04/10/subpostmasters_prepare_to_fight_post_office_over_wrongful_theft_and_false_accounting_accusations/">long-running case</a> brought by postmasters the company accused of theft based on evidence from the Horizon IT system.…</p>
It's a billion-ton, 14-million-mile long mysterious alien formation – and Earth is heading right into it
<h4>Yes, it's the debris tail of asteroid 3200 Phaethon, the source of the annual Geminids meteor shower</h4> <p>Asteroid 3200 Phaethon's thick trail of debris, which is the source of the annual Geminids meteor shower here on Earth, has a mass of about a billion tons, is 60,000 miles wide, and is more than 14 million miles long.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
It's time you were T0RTT a lesson: Here's how you could build a better Tor, say boffins
<h4>Uni brains pitch smart math for speeding up establishment of circuits in anonymizing onion network</h4> <p>Academics in Germany say they've found a way to make Tor and similar onion networks more efficient and lower their latency.…</p>
ERP disaster zone: The mostly costly failures of the past decade
<h4>Billions wasted, lawsuits launched</h4> <p>Enterprise resource planning projects are notoriously difficult to get right. While everyone wants the latest tech, that is less than half the challenge, and whether organisations choose Oracle, SAP, Infor, or IFS, they face a dilemma.…</p>
Microsoft movie tried to Azure Ignite attendees about CPU side-channel flaws, but biz wouldn't be drawn on details
<h4>'Sir, they're about to disclose the vulns!' 'Damn it. Accelerate the rollout!'</h4> <p>How does Microsoft mitigate the risk of speculative-execution bugs on its Azure platform? The US goliath is unwilling to comment, despite running a session at its Ignite conference last month on exactly this subject.…</p>
Capita lights One Revenues and Benefits bug bonfire: ALL reports older than 12 months to be ignored
<h4>Problem: We have to do work. Solution: Delete all the work!</h4> <p>Capita has told local councils up and down Britain that it will be closing all bug reports for its One Revenues and Benefits software suite which are more than 12 months old – even though these include flaws in the way student loans and housing benefits are calculated and paid.…</p>
LightAnchors array: LEDs in routers, power strips, and more, can sneakily ship data to this smartphone app
<h4>Talk about gone in a flash</h4> <p><strong>Video</strong> A pentad of bit boffins have devised a way to integrate electronic objects into augmented reality applications using their existing visible light sources, like power lights and signal strength indicators, to transmit data.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
You cannae break the laws of physics, cap'n... Boffins call BS on 'impossible' black hole, fear readings were botched
<h4>We knew it was too good to be true</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> An impossibly massive black hole that defied conventional theories has been called into question after multiple researchers suggested the data used to estimate the object’s mass may have been wrong.…</p>
Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data
<h4>Nine 'commercial models' to access central database mulled at hush-hush meeting</h4> <p><strong>Exclusive</strong> Talks to package millions of British medical records into a vast, commercially valuable database that may then be sold on are already underway between NHS England bosses and global giants, documents exclusively obtained by <i>The Register</i> show.…</p>
You had one job, Cupertino: Apple's Intelligent Tracking Protection actually gets tracking protection
<h4>Gap in browser privacy tech embarrassingly detected by Google</h4> <p>Apple on Tuesday updated its Intelligent Tracking Protection (ITP) system in its WebKit browser engine because it could be tracked.…</p>
Space Force is go, go, go! Because we have a child as President of the United States
<h4>House of Representatives OKs Trump plan because it wants federal parents to take time off</h4> <p>President Trump’s dream of a special space force have come true just before Christmas, with the US House of Representatives approving the new zero-gravity guardians in a monster military bill on Wednesday.…</p>
How many steps was that, then? Uncle Sam's lawyers, watchdog race to probe Google's Fitbit gobble
<h4>Justice Department wins chance to track fitness-tracking purchase</h4> <p>The US Department of Justice has beat out the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to become the top dog in an antitrust review of Google’s proposed purchase of fitness tracker Fitbit.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Cisco slips on a Tolkien ring: One chip design to rule them all, one design to find them. One design to bring them all...
<h4>And in the darkness bind them – to next year's IT budgets</h4> <p>Cisco has launched a single chip architecture that it claims will work well in network routing and switching gear, and manage data better than existing processors in both categories.…</p>
Colorado cryptocoin execs spark up blunt '$722m ponzi scheme' criminal charges after investments go up in smoke
<h4>Dude, pass the indictment</h4> <p>Three men have been arrested and charged with masterminding what prosecutors claimed is a $722m cryptocurrency ponzi scheme.…</p>
Non-unicorn $700 e-scooter shop Unicorn folds with no refunds – after blowing all its cash on online ads
<h4>Early adopters left out of pocket as winter and Facebook costs kill biz</h4> <p>In a savage blow to the notion of nominative determinism, e-scooter startup Unicorn is shutting down after blowing all its money on Facebook ads.…</p>
How much cheese does one person need to grate? Mac Pro pricing unveiled
<h4><i>El Reg</i> checks all the boxes. Dell: 'Hold my beer'</h4> <p>Apple's Mac Pro turned up on the company's website this week and, yep, it's eye-wateringly expensive.…</p>
$13m+ Swiss Army Knife of blenders biz collapses to fury of 20,000 unfulfilled punters
<h4>Not cool, Coolest Cooler backers say</h4> <p>If you want to hear a tale of woe, you don't need to dust off some Dostoyevsky – just head to Kickstarter, which has no shortage of stiffed punters and failed projects. The latest example in a long line of crowdfunding cockups is the Coolest Cooler, which <a target="_blank" href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ryangrepper/coolest-cooler-21st-century-cooler-thats-actually/description">raised over $13m in 2014</a> and collapsed earlier this week with 20,000 orders unfulfilled.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Careful with that Axe, Eugene: Excessive use of body spray causes school bus evacuation
<h4>You are the weakest Lynx</h4> <p>A salutary warning arrived this week for those seeking to impress at the Christmas disco after a school bus had to be unloaded due to an excessive discharge of body spray.…</p>
Bad news: KeyWe Smart Lock is easily bypassed and can't be fixed
<h4>Good news? There is no good news</h4> <p>File this one under "not everything needs a computer in it". Finnish security house F-Secure today <a target="_blank" href="https://labs.f-secure.com/advisories/keywe-smart-lock-unauthorized-access-traffic-interception">revealed</a> a vulnerability in the KeyWe Smart Lock that could let a sticky-fingered miscreant easily bypass it.…</p>
Huawei 5G kit in Faroe Islands: Chinese ambassador 'linked Huawei contract to ... trade deal' – report
<h4>Hot mic snafu reportedly caught by TV station</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> China's ambassador to Denmark has reportedly threatened to kill off a proposed free trade deal unless the semiautonomous Faroe Islands sign a deal with Huawei for 5G mobile network equipment.…</p>

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Space Photos of the Week: Starkiller Base? Nope, Just Real-Life Icy Moons
There’s more to these frozen, frost-covered satellites than meets the eye.
The Best Sales on Xbox, PS4, and Switch for Christmas 2019 (Consoles and Games)
Every major console and critically acclaimed games are on sale at multiple retailers for the holidays.
15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached
Telegram hacks in Russia, Senate encryption hearings, and more in the week’s top security news.
'Final Space' Has Heart but Needs More Brains
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Google's AI Chief Wants to Do More With Less (Data)
Jeff Dean says the company is trying to build systems that have general smarts, rather than highly specialized intelligence.
Sometimes Red Means Go—When It Comes to Bus Rides
New Federal Highway Administration rules give cities more leeway to create special bus lanes.
The New Xbox Has a Name and a Questionable Shape
Xbox Series X is a sort of desktop-tower-shaped black box with an aesthetic quite similar to the consoles that came before.
Greta Thunberg Takes on the World
Photographer Cristina Quicler’s image captures the fearlessness of the teenage climate activist.
When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match
The mantis shrimp beats the hell out of almost anything it can get its hammers on. Except, that is, for the disco clam, which unleashes a dazzling defense.
Nike's Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills
It took Nike 55 design attempts over 18 months to come up with a suit that caters to hijab-wearing swimmers, paddle boarders, and SPF enthusiasts.
10 Best Android Phones You Can Buy (New, Unlocked, Cheap)
Wonder what the absolute best Android phone is right now? We have the answer, and some alternatives from Google, OnePlus, Samsung, LG, Moto, and more.
Utility Executives Kept Flint's Tainted Water a Secret
Email exchanges show senior employees and Flint officials knew the tap water was poisoned with lead months before the city alerted residents.
A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party
Leaders in artificial intelligence warn that progress is slowing, big challenges remain, and simply throwing more computers at a problem isn't sustainable.
The Slow Rollout of Super-Fast 5G
AT&T launches its new next-generation wireless network, but breadth of 5G coverage in the US still lags South Korea and China.
Gadget Lab Podcast: An Interview With Biologist Laura Boykin
The computational biologist collects cassava DNA with a pocket-sized device in order to fight the pathogens threatening the vital staple crop.
The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer
A new generation of reactors will start producing power in the next few years. They're comparatively tiny—and may be key to hitting our climate goals. 
The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech
As influencers peddle more sexually explicit content, Big Tech's biggest platforms—Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter—are increasing restrictions.
Seattle Joins the Rush to Slow Down Traffic on City Streets
The city plans to lower the speed limit on major roads to 25 mph in hopes of boosting safety, following similar moves in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. 
How Facebook's Political Ad System Is Designed to Polarize
Want to reach voters across the aisle online? That’ll cost extra, a new study finds.
This Week’s Cartoons: Ad Blockers, Kaiju, and Medical Referrals
Clickbait doesn’t have a co-pay.
Google Assistant Can Now Translate Languages on Your Phone
Interpreter Mode comes to iOS and Android, making it easier to converse somewhat seamlessly across language barriers
9 Best Air Purifiers (2019): HEPA, PECO, and More
We tested many HEPA and standard air purifiers to find the right one for your bedroom or home.
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Why Ring Doorbells Perfectly Exemplify the IoT Security Crisis
A new wave of reports about the home surveillance cameras getting hijacked by creeps is painfully familiar.
Greta Thunberg Blasts ‘Creative PR’ in Her Climate Speech
In her latest talk at a major climate change conference, the Swedish activist accused politicians and big business of misleading the public.
Revolt\! Scientists Say They're Sick of Quantum Computing's Hype
A Twitter account called Quantum Bullshit Detector reflects some researchers' angst about overhyped claims and other troubling trends.
Anti-Vape Laws Could Do More Harm Than Good
Banning vaping just might drive teens to the black market—and send adult smokers back to their cancer sticks.
The War on Polio Just Entered Its Most Dangerous Phase
Though victory is close, the eradication campaign is on some very fragile ground. 
The Tale of WeWork Is Being Made Into a TV Show
*Succession* star Nicholas Braun, aka Cousin Greg, is set to star as WeWork’s founder Adam Neumann. 

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