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Venezuela launches oil cryptocurrency

Image copyright Reuters Venezuela has launched a cryptocurrency in an attempt to bypass tough economic sanctions imposed by the US government. The “Petro” is intended to bolster the country’s crumbling economy, which has been suffering from hyperinflation and devaluation for years. Venezuela claims it is the world’s first sovereign cryptocurrency. Critics say the move is […]

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Russian bots debate US gun control laws

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The suspect in the Florida school shooting bought an AR-15 (pictured) legally at 15 Twitter accounts suspected of links to Russia have turned their attention to the contentious issue of US gun control in the wake of the mass shooting in Florida, researchers suggest. Two companies which track online […]

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Facebook ads boss in fake news Twitter storm

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some examples of the messages thought to have been posted by Russia-backed trolls were released in 2017 Facebook’s vice-president of adverts has been criticised for tweeting that Russian-bought ads had not been designed to sway the US election. Rob Goldman’s tweet was retweeted by President Donald Trump. His view contradicted […]

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Exposed Amazon cloud storage clients get tip-off alerts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Classified Pentagon data was left exposed for years on a publicly accessible server Security researchers have posted “friendly warnings” to users of Amazon’s cloud data storage service whose private content has been made public, the BBC has learned. The BBC found almost 50 warnings posted to the firm’s servers. […]

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Fin tech

Image copyright Bjorgolfur Havarosson Image caption Technology in these salmon cages monitors fish behaviour to determine if they are fully fed Fish farming is big business – the industry now produces about 100 million tonnes a year – and with salmon prices soaring, producers are turning to lasers, automation and artificial intelligence to boost production […]

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Dark web paedophile Matthew Falder jailed for 32 years

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMatthew Falder: Paedophile with ‘rap sheet from hell’ A “warped and sadistic” paedophile who blackmailed victims and shared abuse tips and images on the dark web has been jailed for 32 years. Cambridge graduate Matthew Falder, 29, admitted 137 charges – including rape – against 46 people, […]

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Probe after 'drone made helicopter crash'

Image copyright DJI Image caption A DJI Phantom drone is believed to have been involved in the incident Investigations have been launched after a helicopter reportedly crashed after swerving to avoid a consumer drone. A trainee had been practising hovering about 15m (50ft) above trees on Daniel Island, South Carolina, reported the Charleston Post and […]