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Elon Musk's farting unicorn fight settled

Image copyright Elon Musk Image caption Elon Musk tweeted a picture of Tom Edwards’ mug in February 2017 Tesla boss Elon Musk has reached an agreement with a Colorado potter who accused the billionaire of using his farting unicorn without permission. Tom Edwards did not specify what exactly had been agreed – saying only that […]

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Hackers net almost $1m in Russian bank raid

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian banks have been hit several times by the MoneyTaker hacking gang A notorious hacking gang has struck again, stealing almost £700,000 ($910,000) from a Russian bank, reports a cyber-security company. Group-IB was called in to help Russia’s PIR Bank after it noticed the theft, said the firm. The […]

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The mega-machines helping China link the world

China is creating a network of ambitious land- and sea-based transport links to connect its booming economy with those of Europe and Africa. And it’s wasting no time – designing incredible bespoke construction machines to get the job done fast. President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013, aims to connect […]

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Hackers 'targeting US mid-term elections'

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US mid-term elections will take place on 6 November At least three congressional candidates have been targeted by hackers ahead of the US mid-term elections, according to Microsoft. Tom Burt, an executive at the firm, made the revelation during a security conference panel in Colorado. The three candidates appear […]

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Boomless speed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ever since Concorde’s retirement many have dreamed of reintroducing supersonic travel There have been proposals to return to faster-than-sound commercial flight ever since Concorde retired 15 years ago. But now those plans look closer to being realised. Three US aerospace firms – Boom Supersonic, Aerion Supersonic and Spike Aerospace […]

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UK criticises security of Huawei products

Image copyright Reuters A UK government report into Huawei’s broadband and mobile infrastructure equipment has concluded that it has “only limited assurance” that the kit poses no threat to national security The investigation revealed shortcomings in the Chinese firm’s engineering processes, which it said “have exposed new risks in UK telecoms networks”. It added that […]

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Money to help Trump immigrants rejected

Image copyright US Customs and Border Protection Image caption At the time the policy was in force, authorities released this image of illegal migrants inside a large cage – reporters said they had seen unaccompanied children in similar conditions A software company caught up in the controversy surrounding the US’s now defunct policy to separate […]

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Google's Loon brings internet-by-balloon to Kenya

Image copyright Loon Image caption Loon’s balloons float 20km above sea level A network of giant balloons will soon bring internet access to remote regions of rural Kenya. Google’s sister-company Loon has announced its first commercial deal: partnering with Telkom Kenya to deliver connectivity to the region. The firm’s antennae-dangling fleet will ride the wind […]