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Debenhams Flowers data breach hits 26,000

Retailer Debenhams has said that up to 26,000 customers of its Flowers website have had their personal data compromised following a cyber-attack. Payment details, names and addresses were potentially taken during the incident, which targeted Ecomnova, a third party e-commerce company. Debenhams said it has contacted customers whose data was accessed. Customers of Debenhams.com, a separate website, have not been ...

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Air quality: Diesel scrappage scheme being considered

The government’s draft clean air plan has been dismissed as “toothless” and “weak” by critics. Under the proposals to tackle dirty air, some drivers of older cars could be paid to move to electric vehicles. The draft plan also considers retrofitting buses, lorries and black cabs as a way of delivering cleaner air. Clean air zones could be set up ...

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India launches 'invaluable' South Asia satellite

0SHARESShare India has successfully launched a new communications satellite for South Asia from Sriharikota space centre. The satellite, funded entirely by India, is aimed at helping regional countries boost their telecommunication and broadcasting services. Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will benefit from this satellite. But Pakistan has opted out from the initiative. Analysts have called the launch ...

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Facebook shuts Oculus VR movie studio

0SHARESShare Facebook is shutting down a studio in California created to make films and other video content for its Oculus virtual reality headset. The Oculus Story Studio will no longer create its own material but will now help others make VR-ready content. The studio won several awards for its short VR-ready films, one of which, called Henry, about a hedgehog’s ...

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Donkey Kong and Pokemon join gaming hall of fame

0SHARESShare Donkey Kong and Pokemon Red and Green have been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Halo: Combat Evolved and Street Fighter II were also honoured with places in the permanent exhibition at The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. They join titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog, The Sims, Doom, Pong and World of ...

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Investigatory Powers: 'Real-time surveillance' in draft update

0SHARESShare The “live” surveillance of British web users’ internet communications has been proposed in a draft technical paper prepared by the government. If made law, such access would occur via the Investigatory Powers (IP) Act, which includes provisions for the removal of encryption on content. The paper was allegedly leaked to civil liberties body the Open Rights Group, which received ...

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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

The Conservatives have pledged to hold an inquiry into the actions of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, if the party is returned to power. Paterson, 59, who exaggerated or invented cancer risks in patients, was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent last month. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said his malpractice was “profoundly shocking”. Baroness Lorely Burt, former Lib ...

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Baby deaths cluster: Trust paid out millions in compensation

An NHS trust facing a review into maternity errors has paid out millions in compensation after similar mistakes led to babies born with brain injuries. The health secretary has ordered a review into the deaths of at least five babies at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust. A law firm says it has 27 open cases into claims that mistakes ...

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $110m in US talc cancer case

Pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered by a US court to pay more than $110m (£85m) to a woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after using its talcum powder. Lois Slemp, 62, from Virginia, Missouri said she developed the cancer after four decades of using talc products. Prosecutors argued the company did not adequately warn about ...

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Most US homes have mobiles but no landline

Less than half of US households now have a landline, according to a study from the US government. Of the households surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50.8% of homes had at least one mobile phone but no landline. A further 3.3% of homes surveyed had neither a mobile phone nor a landline. The CDC found ...

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