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Alibaba sees strong sales as Singles' Day beats record

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Singles’ Day shopping frenzy has broken records in its 11th year. The world’s biggest online shopping event raked in more than $30.8bn (210bn yuan; £23bn) in sales in 16.5 hours of trading, surpassing last year’s all-time-high. A gala featuring pop star …

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Toyota develops robotic leg braces for older people

[ad_1] Image copyright KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images Toyota will be renting out robotic leg braces to 100 Japanese medical centres from autumn this year. The Welwalk WW-1000 system is designed for people with severe mobility loss in one leg, such as stroke patients. The motorised brace fits around the knee and …

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CIA operations may be disrupted by new Wikileaks' data release

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was called a “friend of dictators and terrorists” by a CIA spokesman Current spying campaigns run by the CIA could be disrupted, say experts, after more data on the agency’s hacking techniques was released by Wikileaks. CIA code that obscures …

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Passenger jet approaching Heathrow in drone 'near-miss'

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption The Civil Aviation Authority said there have been four near misses recently where drones have been flown close to aircraft A passenger plane had a near-miss with a drone at 10,000ft as it approached Heathrow Airport. Pilots spotted a gadget with multiple arms and …

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Auction rivals

[ad_1] Image copyright Rentberry Image caption The Rentberry website is expanding across the US How would you feel if, desperate for somewhere to live, you had to bid against other prospective renters? Some people were perturbed when Rentberry – a website that runs rental auctions – launched last year. In …

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Google reveals latest UK tax bill

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Google was charged £36.4m in UK corporation tax last year, according to its latest accounts. The US search engine giant recorded sales of £1.03bn and a pre-tax profit of £149m in the UK for the 12 months to the end of June 2016. Like other …

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Bogus boss scam

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The moment you realise that wasn’t really the boss who asked you to make the payment The email from the boss looked kosher. He said a new supplier needed paying urgently – £50,000 to secure an important contract. He wanted it done as …

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Campaigners seek 'to sell US politicians' browsing data'

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Supporters of one campaign said they would most like to see House Speaker Paul Ryan’s internet history The organisers of two privacy campaigns say they plan to buy, then sell, the internet browsing histories of some of America’s best-known politicians. But experts said …

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