TalkTalk data breach customer details found online – found by

TalkTalk failed to inform 4,545 customers their personal information, including bank account details, were stolen as part of the 2015 data breach.Viewers contacted BBC Watchdog Live about concerns that their details had been breached by TalkTalk.But the company had told them that their details were not compromised. “The customer data referred to by BBC Watchdog […]

Ozone layer: Banned CFCs traced to China say scientists – found by

Image copyright Getty Images – Much of the CFC-11 gas has been used in home insulation Researchers say that they have pinpointed the major sources of a mysterious recent rise in a dangerous, ozone-destroying chemical. CFC-11 was primarily used for home insulation but global production was due to be phased out in 2010. But scientists […]

Energy bill hikes push inflation to highest level this year | Business News – found by

Increased household energy bills pushed the rate of inflation to its highest level this year in April – rising to 2.1%.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the increase – from a rate of 1.9% in March – was mostly the result of a higher energy price cap on default tariffs, set by the regulator […]

Tesla ‘hires’ witty museum sheep tweeter – found by

Image copyright Twitter – Adam Koszary (not pictured) has been hired to be Tesla’s social media manager but was it because of this sheep which took the fancy of Elon Musk? What happens when you post a picture of “an absolute unit” of a sheep to your work Twitter account and it then gets picked […]

Italian fashion house Prada to stop using fur from next year | World News – found by

By Sarah Hajibagheri, news producer Italian luxury fashion house Prada has announced it will stop using animal fur from next year.The designer brand which has sold mink, fox and rabbit pieces is making the change to meet the demand for ethical products from shoppers. Fur will no longer be part of future designs from February […]

Would you pay $1m for a laptop full of malware? – found by

Image copyright Guo O Dong – The laptop is being live-streamed on gaming platform Twitch A laptop deliberately infected with six notorious strains of malware, including WannaCry and ILoveYou, is being auctioned in the US as an art project.At time of writing, the highest bid for the device was $1.1m (£800,000).The auction states that the […]

Former BT chief Patterson gives up £500,000 bonus | Business News – found by

By Mark Kleinman, City editor The former chief executive of BT Group has waived half of his £1m annual bonus for his final year at the helm amid a fresh escalation of shareholder hostility towards multimillion pound pay deals at blue-chip companies.Sky News has learnt that BT’s annual report, to be published on Thursday, will […]

I never met my daughter’s dad – she was his dying wish – found by

Image copyright Liat Malka – Shira and Liat Liat Malka longed to have children but hadn’t yet met the right person with whom to start a family. Then she became involved in an unusual plan – to help fulfil a stranger’s dying wish of fathering a child.In 2013, Liat Malka was a single, 35-year-old kindergarten […]

Royal Mail delivers dividend disappointment to posties | Business News – found by

Royal Mail has delivered disappointing news today to the 400,000 or so private investors and employees who own its shares by announcing a cut in the dividend.The company, which handed 913 free shares to all of its full-time employees when it was privatised in October 2013, said that, from 2019-20, it intended to pay a […]

Google’s Ad Exchange faces privacy probe by Irish regulator – found by

Image copyright Getty Images – Google is to be investigated for its advertising practices. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has started an inquiry into the way that Google provides advertising services across the European Union. The watchdog is investigating whether the use of personal data to target online advertising is compliant with European privacy […]

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