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Crime-hit Mobike suspends Manchester sharing scheme

Bike sharing firm Mobike is to pull out of Manchester after losing 10% of its cycles each month to theft and vandalism. The Chinese firm said too many had been stolen, dumped in canals and bins, had locks hacked off or been set on fire. Manchester has become the only …

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Samsung: Time for folding smartphones

Samsung’s head of mobile has said it is “time to deliver” foldable smartphones, fuelling speculation the company is about to reveal a bendable device. In an interview with CNBC, DJ Koh said Samsung’s consumer research suggested there was demand for a foldable phone. Several phone-makers are rumoured to be developing …

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Facebook, Twitter ‘too slow’ to tackle meddling

Facebook and Twitter have said that they took too long to tackle foreign campaigns to meddle in US elections. Responding to lawmakers, Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the social network was “too slow” to act on election interference. Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey said his platform was “unprepared …

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Facebook chooses Singapore for $1bn data centre

Facebook has chosen Singapore for the location of its new data centre, which is expected to open in 2022. The new facility will cost more than $1bn (¬£773m) and be located in the west of the country. It has been designed as an 11-floor structure, in an attempt to conserve …

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Cryptocurrencies continue to tumble on Goldman reports

Bitcoin and other digital currencies have continued to tumble in value, amid concerns that Wall Street institutions are shunning cryptocurrencies. It follows media reports,¬†originally in Business Insider, that Goldman Sachs is shelving plans to set up a cryptocurrency trading desk. Mainstream lenders have largely kept their distance from digital currencies. …

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Twitter: Algorithms were not always impartial

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey has told US lawmakers the company’s algorithms have not always been “impartial”. He said the platform “unfairly” reduced the visibility of 600,000 accounts, including some members of Congress. But he was unable to immediately say whether a majority of them were Republican, Democratic or otherwise. …

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State data to be used to limit child gamers in China

Chinese technology giant Tencent is introducing tough new rules to identify under-age gamers, amid a crackdown on gaming addiction in the country. From mid-September it will introduce a real-name registration system for its Honour of Kings games, which will be linked to China’s public security database. It will identify children …

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Design and Technology KS3/4: Food Production

How do we produce bread from start to finish? It stems from Britain’s tradition of agriculture, including of animal and crop farming. Wheat is harvested and the wheat grains milled to make flour, which is a primary process. The secondary process is when flour is made into bread dough by …

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Design and Technology KS4: A prosthetic leg for ballet

Follow the design process as an engineer tries to design a custom prosthetic leg for ballet. Engineer, Yusuf Mohammed, takes up the challenge to build Polyanna a prosthetic leg with the required movement in the foot to point her feat. 12-year-old Pollyanna lost her leg in an accident when she …

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