Technology

Mattel reveals it was hit with ransomware attack

In today’s digital world, ransomware attacks are something that most businesses, from large corporations to small organizations, encounter. The latest firm to reveal it was targeted is toymaker Mattel, which said an attack took place in July this year but resulted in no loss of data or significant financial impact.Sitting behind Lego as the world’s […]

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Man who bought BHS from Philip Green for £1 jailed for avoiding £584k in tax

Former BHS owner Dominic Chappell was today jailed for six years for dodging a ­massive tax bill. Chappell failed to pay around £584,000 tax on £2.2million income he received after buying the retailer from Sir Philip Green for £1 in 2015. Prosecutors said he instead blew the cash on a £90,000 yacht, a Bentley Continental, […]

Sport

FA under fire for new diversity code that excludes disabled people

The Football Association’s Football Leadership Diversity Code sends the message “it is OK to exclude disabled people”, a leading advocacy group has warned, after the largest minority in Britain was missed from the code’s targets. Disability Rights UK has questioned the Diversity Code after it was hailed as a step change in equality and representation […]

Lifestyle

Pinning down how the brain predicts the consequences of choices

Predicting the outcomes of actions in order to make good decisions is a critical role of brain function. This process is thought to work through two fundamentally different mechanisms called “model-free” and “model-based” learning. Though fundamental for flexible and adaptive behavior, the neurobiology of model-based learning remains poorly understood. Now, in a study published in […]

Business

TikTok owner ByteDance in fundraising talks that will value it at $180 billion

TikTok-owner ByteDance is in early talks to raise a new round of financing that will value it at $180 billion after the investment, according to two people familiar with the matter. The company is discussing the round with existing investors including Sequoia Capital and General Atlantic to raise around $2 billion for the company, the […]

Technology

Smart devices could use AI to tell where your voice is coming from

Though the very idea frightens privacy advocates, smart speaker developers are on a mission to allow their devices to activate even without hearing their wake word. We know Google is already working on this technology, but now, the folks over at Carnegie Mellon University are following suit.University researchers have developed a machine learning model that […]

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Brit Apache helicopter fires lethal ‘flesh-shredding’ round while on the ground

British commanders have launched an urgent probe after an Apache attack helicopter opened fire with a lethal round whilst being moved across the ground. It is believed the gun was let off just as the £20million helicopter was being wheeled out of its hangar, possibly to head towards firing ranges. The Army Air Corps chopper […]

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‘You don’t see those goals at this level’: Solskjær reflects on defensive disaster

Ole Gunnar Solskjær refused to be drawn on whether his players could cause him to be sacked after Manchester United’s dismal 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday night. While United have six points after three Group H matches, Roy Keane stated following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Arsenal in the Premier League that Solskjær’s players […]

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Biologists create ‘atlas’ of gene expression in neurons, documenting diversity of brain cells

New York University researchers have created a “developmental atlas” of gene expression in neurons, using gene sequencing and machine learning to categorize more than 250,000 neurons in the brains of fruit flies. Their study, published in Nature, finds that neurons exhibit the most molecular diversity during development and reveals a previously unknown type of neurons […]

Business

UK’s Sunak boosts 200 billion-pound jobs rescue as BoE ramps up bond-buying

Finance minister Rishi Sunak ploughed more money into Britain’s 200 billion-pound ($262 billion) economic rescue on Thursday in a coordinated move with the Bank of England, which will buy more of the bonds being sold to fund it. A widespread surge in coronavirus infections has forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to announce a new one-month […]