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Meltdown and Spectre: How chip hacks work

Media playback is unsupported on your device As technology companies race to fix two major vulnerabilities found in computer chips, the ways in which those chips could theoretically be targeted by hackers are becoming clear. Collectively, Meltdown and Spectre affect billions of systems around the world – from desktop …

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Snapchat 'banned' NYE party guests from Snapchat

Photo messaging app Snapchat reportedly banned employees from posting pictures from its exclusive New Year’s Eve party. The ban meant that some of the 5,000 party guests, determined to share the night with followers, turned to rival app Instagram to document the celebrations in Los Angeles instead. Even Canadian …

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Boost to services sector sparks UK growth hopes

Britain’s economy appeared to have picked up speed at the end of last year as figures showed a boost for the dominant services sector. However there were signs of possible weakness in separate data on Thursday showing house price growth slowing and consumers putting the brakes on borrowing. The …

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Living wage threat to jobs from machines – IFS

Increases in minimum wage levels risk raising the pace of mechanisation in the workplace, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). A report for the economic think tank urges “extremely careful” monitoring of wage rates over the coming years as statutory pay goes up and employers look to …

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