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Image copyright Getty Images More than 56,000 small businesses in England will face steep tax rises next year, research indicates. Business rate increases will total £152m in April, rates specialist CVS said, putting a heavier burden on firms already reeling from rising inflation. The prediction follows a drop in retail…

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Is the economy moving fast enough to bear a rate rise? It’s been 10 years since the UK last saw interest rates rise. Back then, the iPhone had only just been unveiled, Twitter was a one-year old mystery and Instagram didn’t even exist. Hard to…

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Image copyright Vichai Image caption Generating crypto-currencies involves lots of computer hardware The booming price of Bitcoin and other crypto-coins has kicked off a gold rush among malicious hackers keen to cash in, warn security firms. Many sites are now harbouring code that secretly uses a visitors’ computer to mine…

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Image copyright AFP Image caption IS militants have used social media to spread propaganda Tech giants Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Google have agreed to do more to remove extremist content within hours of it being posted. The accord was decided at a two-day meeting between the G7 nations and the…

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One of the biggest causes of downtime and data loss comes not from hackers or other nefarious activities, but from massive power blackouts that are caused by faulty equipment or machine “downtime”. In fact, loss of power leads as the top IT related disaster most organizations face. San Francisco’s massive April…

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My guest on the Cool Tools Show podcast this week is Simon Quellen Field. Simon is a chemist and former Google software engineer and is the author of over a dozen books, including Gonzo Gizmos, Return of Gonzo Gizmos, Culinary Reactions, Why is Milk White, Elements Vault, Why There’s Antifreeze…

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Image copyright EPA Image caption EU officials inspected the Munich offices this week BMW has confirmed its head office was searched this week by European Union officials investigating an alleged cartel among five German carmakers. EU investigators are looking into allegations that BMW, Daimler, VW, Audi and Porsche colluded to…

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