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Wikipedia tracks real-time flu levels

Original research reported in Computational Biology this week has shown that the number of people viewing articles in wikipedia can be used as a real-time indicator of the number of people with flu. The team correlated the number of people reading certain wikipedia articles on flu and flu-like illnesses with the actual prevalence of flu…

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Why my bin isn’t talking to me yet

Forty years ago we were promised jet-packs to help us all get to work.  They never turned up. Now I’m waiting for my bin to talk to me.  Or talk to other bins, or to the bin truck.  And my washing machine to start ordering it’s own parts.  But, like the jet-pack, the technology doesn’t…

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Your Health Data – friend or foe?

It was easy enough to miss. Most would have been dumped in a recycling bin. The leaflet sent out by NHS England last year selling a idea of new health database to the public probably didn’t do much more than burn cash and a few trees. A follow-up poll found that over 70% of households…

What going on with Bitcoin?

Over the past week the exchange rate of bitcoin on Mtgox, the world’s large cryptocurrency exchange, has crashed.  From a high around $900, it traded at one point today (17 Feb 2014) at $220.  What going on? I’ve written about the vulnerabilities inherent in the bitcoin system before.  There are a number of ways a…

Kickstarter hack annoucement

Kickstarter hack announcement and analysis

Kickstarter hack announcement Kickstarter.com, the prominent startup and project funding website, has announced that it has been the victim of a penetration attack against it’s customer databases.  In an email to customers over the weekend the funding site admitted that the breach had successfully exposed the list of customers, emails, postal addresses, phone numbers and…

Russias Prosecutor General Bans Bitcoins

Russia Bans Bitcoins

Russia’s prosecutor general has ruled against the use of cryptocurrency is in Russia. In a release given to ITAR-TASS, the prosecutor general’s office was quoted as saying: “The monitoring of the use of virtual currencies shows an increasing interest in them, including for the purpose of money laundering, profit obtained through illegal means. Russia’s official…

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Bitcoin Entrepreneur arrested

Charlie Shrem, vice chair of the Bitcoin Foundation, a group promoting the use of cryptocurrencies has been arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport on charges of operating an unlicensed money transmission business. The Bitcoin entrepreneur was arrested over charges relating to evidence from the closure of Silk Road late last year, and the detention earlier…

Paul Pester Tweets on Lloyds TSB Outage

Lloyds TSB ATM Outage due to single server failure

Lloyds banking group, including Halifax, Bank of Scotland and TSB, suffered an outage between 3pm and 7.30pm yesterday to the back-end systems running their ATM network.  Tweeting immediately after the event, TSB CEO Paul Pester put the outage down to a failure of a HP server, which caused a second server to fail in turn.…