Very few girls took computing A-level

Very few girls took computing A-level

A worrying statistic for the tech industry was revealed in freshly-released A-level data – only 9.8% of those completing a computing course were girls. It comes amid a storm in Silicon Valley over the number of women employed in the tech industry. Experts agree that the world faces a digital skills shortage and that a more even gender balance is crucial. One industry body worried that too few boys were also choosing the subject. “Today’s…

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Daily Stormer: Cloudflare drops neo-Nazi site

Daily Stormer: Cloudflare drops neo-Nazi site

Media playback is unsupported on your device A neo-Nazi site that disparaged a woman who died during protests in Charlottesville has faced another wave of rejection by web companies. The Daily Stormer’s account with Cloudflare – which protects websites from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks – has been terminated. Cloudflare’s chief executive Matthew Prince said he had “had enough”, in a company email obtained by Gizmodo. However, he added that he felt conflicted over…

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Game of Thrones struck by fresh leak

Game of Thrones struck by fresh leak

Game of Thrones’s next episode has been pirated and shared online in the latest leak to hit the fantasy TV series. However, this time, the source of the leak was not hackers or thieves, but rather the show being mistakenly released on to its broadcaster’s streaming platform too early. The episode, titled Death is the Enemy, has since been withdrawn, but not before it was copied. Twin Peaks suffered a similar error recently. A spokesman…

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AI seeks fantasy football challengers

AI seeks fantasy football challengers

Computer scientists at University of Southampton are testing an artificially intelligent tool for predicting Premier League football results. The machine learning algorithm has managed to beat BBC football commentator Mark Lawrenson’s predictions for two seasons in a row. The team now wants fantasy football fans to try to beat it. The algorithm could also help the players generate better teams, the researchers said. What is it? Fantasy football is a game in which users assemble…

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Web firm fights DoJ on Trump protesters

Web firm fights DoJ on Trump protesters

A US service provider is fighting government demands for it to hand over details of millions of activists. The Department of Justice (DoJ) wants all visitors’ IP addresses – some 1.3 million – to a website that helped organise a protest on the day of President Trump’s inauguration. DreamHost is currently refusing to comply with the request and is due in court later this month. The DoJ has not yet responded to requests for comment…

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Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle

Plans to build the world’s “largest” data centre are being made public. The facility is set to be created at the Norwegian town of Ballangen, which is located inside the Arctic Circle. The firm behind the project, Kolos, says the chilled air and abundant hydropower available locally would help it keep its energy costs down. The area, however, suffers the country’s highest rate of sick leave from work, which may be related to its past…

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NHS cyber-defender Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty in US

NHS cyber-defender Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty in US

A British cyber-security researcher has pleaded “not guilty” to charges of creating and selling malware that snooped on victims’ banking logins. Marcus Hutchins, 23, appeared in court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A trial has now been scheduled for October. He shot to fame after helping to stall the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack that struck the NHS and affected many other organisations around the world in May. Mr Hutchins was arrested by the FBI on 2 August. The…

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