TECHNOLOGY

Bitcoin Futures Just Hit Wall Street, and the Price is Surging

Bitcoin hit the futures market on Sunday, in a move some believe could help legitimize the viability of the cryptocurrency in the eyes of financial professionals. The Chicago Board Options Exchange will allow traders to agree on bitcoin prices for delivery at a later date, meaning investors can speculate on the future price of the asset to make a profit. ...

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How cybercriminals are exploiting the bitcoin craze

Bitcoin (BTC-USD) is on fire. The cryptocurrency has jumped thousands of dollars in value in the past few weeks, and everyone seems to want to get a piece of that sweet, sweet pie. Including, naturally, cybercriminals. Yes, online crooks are using every trick in the book to exploit the crypto craze. From stealing usernames and passwords to installing malware on ...

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Netflix defends A Christmas Prince tweet

Netflix has defended a tweet that revealed 53 people had watched its new Christmas film every day for 18 days in a row. “Who hurt you?” read the tweet, addressed to them. The tweet caused controversy, with some saying it was “creepy” of the platform to keep such close tabs on its audience, and mock their choices. However, others found ...

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MoneyTaker hackers reportedly steal £7.5m from ATMs

Russian-speaking hackers are suspected of stealing nearly $10m (£7.5m) from 20 companies in Russia, the UK and US. The MoneyTaker group removed overdraft limits on debit cards and took money from cash machines, according to a report by cybersecurity firm Group-IB. It also stole documentation for technology used by more than 200 banks in the US and Latin America. The ...

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Tech firms could be held liable for extremism and abuse

Google, Facebook and Twitter should be held liable for illegal and dangerous content on their platforms, an ethics body has said. The BBC understands that the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) will urge the government to introduce new laws on extremist and abusive content. Prime Minister Theresa May has said companies need to remove extremist content quickly or ...

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Bitcoin: Does it really use more electricity than Ireland?

Can something which has no physical presence consume as much electricity as an entire country? The internet has recently been awash with claims that the digital currency Bitcoin could be using more electricity than a number of developed nations. So Reality Check wants to know: how did they work it out, and is it true? Although it has been around ...

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Web pioneers plead to cancel US net vote

Several influential figures responsible for creating the internet have demanded that a controversial vote be cancelled. This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will decide on whether to repeal an Obama-era law that protects “net neutrality”. It refers to the principle that all traffic on the internet is treated equally. The pioneers said the FCC did not know what it ...

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Mark Zuckerberg taking parental leave for December

‘I’m going to take advantage of Facebook’s option to take leave in parts,’ said the Facebook CEO, whose second daughter was born in August of this year Mark Zuckerberg is taking parental leave for the month of December, the Facebook CEO announced Saturday. Zuckerberg previously took a month-long leave immediately after the August 2017 birth of his second daughter, August. ...

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Huawei Partners KNUST To Offer Authorised Network Academy In Ghana

Huawei has partnered Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to run Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (HAINA) program for students at the University. The HAINA initiative is a global ICT technology education program which authorizes universities and tertiary education organizations to deliver Huawei certification courses to their students. This is the first accreditation in Ghana with plans ...

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Apple files for yet another flip phone patent

Apple is once again hinting that the world could one day see a foldable iPhone. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently published an Apple patent application for “an electronic device [that] may have a flexible portion that allows [it] to be folded.” The patent was filed in September 2016, shortly before the company was granted a patent for a ...

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