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Town dusts off typewriters after cyber-attack

[ad_1] Government workers in a borough of Alaska have turned to typewriters to do their jobs, after ransomware infected their computer systems.A spokeswoman for Matanuska-Susitna said the malware had encrypted its email server, internal systems and disaster recovery servers.She said staff had "resourcefully" dusted off typewriters and were writing receipts by hand.The borough is in the process of rebuilding its systems. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTechnology
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US release of 3D-printed gun software blocked

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption One version of a 3D printed gun A US federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms.Gun access advocacy group Defense Distributed published downloadable gun blueprints five days early on Friday.The firm had reached a settlement with the Trump administration in June to allow it to legally publish the plans. But eight states and the District
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Slow broadband needs switch-off date, say business leaders

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A date "soon after 2025" should be set for copper network switch-off, says the IoD The Institute of Directors (IoD) has called on the government to provide a firm date to switch off the UK's copper network in favour of faster fibre connections.It suggested "as soon as possible" after 2025 should be the target.The government has said that the UK should have full
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Facebook bans pages aimed at US election interference

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Facebook says it has removed 32 accounts and pages believed to have been set up to influence the mid-term US elections in November.It said it was in the "very early" stages of the investigation and did not yet know who was behind the pages.It said the creators had gone to greater lengths to hide their identities than a Russia-based campaign to disrupt the 2016 presidential
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The face behind a stock image: How I gave away my face for free

[ad_1] Image copyright Shubnum Khan Image caption Shubnum Khan has shared a cautionary tale as the face behind a stock image If she is not welcoming immigrants to Canada and Uruguay, Shubnum Khan is selling carpets in New York City, leading treks in Cambodia or looking for love in France.Her face has been on a McDonald's advert in China and one for sedation dentistry in Virginia.But the truth is, the
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Google: An A to Z of search results

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Google now handles more than three billion searches a day. The vast majority are for complete words or phrases. But premature pushes of the enter key mean many end up being for single letters too.Most of us simply go back and try again.But some of those unique-character searches throw up intriguing results and serve as a snapshot of popular culture.So, we went for a run
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How Jeff Bezos took Amazon to the top

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeff Bezos in 1997, the year Amazon became a public company Perhaps Jeff Bezos had a crystal ball. Two decades ago, he foresaw a future when a click would conjure anything from pet food to caviar; malls would fade in popularity; and shops would have to offer entertainment or convenience to survive.Then he built an empire in that image.Amazon, which he founded in
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Idaho inmates hack prison system and steal $225,000 in credits

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption An inmate in New Jersey demonstrates JPay, an online network used by prisoners Hundreds of Idaho prison inmates have hacked jail software to "artificially" boost the amount of money in their own accounts, officials say.The Idaho Department of Corrections said 364 inmates were "intentionally exploiting a vulnerability" to take nearly $225,000 (£171,000).Fifty prisoners credited their accounts with more than $1,000 each while another inmate
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The country that’s ‘high risk, high return’ for start-ups

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Buddhist monk takes a selfie at the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in Myanmar After decades of dictatorship and international sanctions, Myanmar (formerly called Burma) is now home to a small but fast-growing tech start-up scene, offering everything from home-cooked food deliveries to comic apps. But the country is still considered too risky by many big international investors.Dressed in a traditional Burmese longhi and a
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Blockchain could track cannabis sales and other news

[ad_1] BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the week's top technology stories including:Blockchain technology that could provide a secure way to track the legal sale of cannabis in CanadaSelf-balancing electric roller skates developed by Segway-Ninebot are to be banned on UK public pavements and roadsWaymo has announced a trial where self-driving cars will ferry shoppers to and from a nearby Walmart store to pick up their groceriesSee more
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PewDiePie ‘sorry’ for meme mocking Demi Lovato

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images PewDiePie has apologised after posting a meme which appeared to mock Demi Lovato. The singer was being treated in hospital earlier this week after a suspected drug overdose. The controversial YouTuber deleted the post, which showed Demi asking her mum for money for a burger before spending it on heroin instead.PewDiePie says he "didn't fully know about the situation" and realised his post was "insensitive".
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The mega-machines helping China link the world

[ad_1] 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 two-thirds of the world's population across 70 countries through a network of land links (the
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Is killing the boom the key to supersonic air travel?

[ad_1] 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 - are racing to be the first to slash travel times across the globe, with
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The robot that cares for your plants and other news

[ad_1] BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week including;Mark Zuckerberg is at the centre of a row after saying posts from Holocaust deniers should be allowed on FacebookGoogle has been fined a record €4.34bn ($5bn; £3.9bn) over Android. .And a robot has been developed to look after your plants. The Hexarobot will tell you when your plants need watering and even