Who are the family buying Thomas Cook shops?

John Hays, founder of the travel firm that is rescuing Thomas Cook's High Street shops, knows a thing or two about survival.Soon after setting up Hays Travel in the back of his mother's childrenswear shop in 1980, a…

Nutanix lures cloudy bingers with Danish trilogy: HPE GreenLake deal, ServiceNow tie-up and ProLiant DX pact

Yep, storage firm's software pre-installed on HPE servers Hyperconverged playa Nutanix opened its .NEXT conference in Copenhagen with a triple announcement: an HPE GreenLake deal, its software pre-installed on HPE servers, and integration with…

Thomas Cook buyers pledge to save 2,500 jobs

All 555 Thomas Cook shops are to be bought by rival Hays Travel in a move that could save up to 2,500 jobs.The independent travel agent said the move gives it shops in areas where it had little or no presence, including…

Second MoD Airbus Zephyr spy drone crashes on Aussie test flight

Delicate thing doesn't like turbulence, apparently A second Airbus Zephyr high altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) drone, built for the UK's Ministry of Defence, has crashed in Australia while on a test flight. The 25m-wingspan aircraft reportedly…

Government issues advice on LGBT school protests

The government has issued advice to local authorities on dealing with protests outside schools over LGBT-inclusive teaching. The 21-page document, seen by the BBC, lays out how councils should support teachers to minimise…

Universities 'must do more to tackle harassment'

Universities must do more to tackle harassment and hate crimes on campus, a report says.Universities UK found good progress had been made in combating sexual misconduct and gender-based violence, since a taskforce was set…

The Briton hoping to revive America's book giant

James Daunt, credited with a turnaround at Britain's biggest book chain, Waterstones, is plotting a similar strategy to address the troubles at America's Barnes & Noble.In the 1990s, the company was king of America's…

Twitter: No, really, we're very sorry we sold your security info for a boatload of cash

That was just an unfortunate accident that ended up padding Jack's bank account Twitter says it was just an accident that caused the microblogging giant to let advertisers use private information to better target their marketing materials at…

Remember the FBI's promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US citizens? Well, guess what…

Turns out the Feds make the CIA and NSA actually look good The FBI routinely misused a database, gathered by the NSA with the specific purpose of searching for foreign intelligence threats, by searching it for everything from vetting to spying…

You know the deal: October 2019. Pwned by a spreadsheet. Patch your Microsoft stuff

On the bright side, nothing from Adobe to install this month October brings a relatively light patch load for admins and users, thanks to Adobe's decision to sit out this month's update bonanza. Cloudy patch bundle from Microsoft For Microsoft,…

No-deal Brexit data - should firms worry?

"Take steps now to keep receiving data legally from the EU."That's the message for businesses in a full page government advert in the Financial Times and elsewhere. It goes on to warn that after 31 October "you may need…

Tune in today: Learn lessons from Australia and Singapore – find out how to thwart cyber-crooks probing your IT

Protect your business with Carbon Black Webcast Stop press: there are miscreants out there, and they are looking to break into your computer systems and steal your data. But you knew that, right? More interesting is that different countries…

A trio of boffins scoop the Nobel Prize in physics for the first exoplanet discovery and big bang model

James Peebles will get half the prize, whilst Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz share a quarter Three scientists have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of how the early universe evolved after the Big Bang and finding the first exoplanet…

US games company Blizzard kowtows to Beijing by banning gamer who dared to bring up Hong Kong

'Every voice matters' unless there's renminbi to be had US games company Blizzard has caused a storm of protest after it suspended a professional gamer after he made comments in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Chung Ng Wai…

IMF boss warns of 'painful' Brexit

The new head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that Brexit in whatever form will be "painful", adding to the effects of a global slowdown.Kristalina Georgieva said the split will hurt not only the UK and…

Furniture company folds with 252 job losses

A furniture company has gone bust with 252 job losses after reporting "a catastrophic collapse in orders".Triumph Furniture of Merthyr Tydfil, which has bases in the town and Dowlais, supplied more than 600 furniture…

If you have a security alert, I feel bad for you, son – you got 99 problems but a hack ain't one

Nearly all admin warnings are false alarms, says Kaspersky, and that's not a bad thing Just one per cent of all Indicator of Attack (IOA) warnings are actually caused by network attacks. This according to security giant Kaspersky, who analyzed…

Talk about a calculated RISC: If you think you can do a better job than Arm at designing CPUs, now's your chance

RISC-V, accelerator pressure leads to customizable Armv8-M instructions TechCon Microprocessor designer Arm will allow chipmakers licensing its blueprints to, in certain circumstances, alter the holiest of holy scriptures: its CPU instruction…

Fraudsters 'target Thomas Cook refund site'

Scammers are suspected of making fraudulent claims on a website set up to refund Thomas Cook customers, the Civil Aviation Authority has said.The aviation regulator said it has taken "urgent action" over the suspicious…

Barclays blow to Post Office banking

Barclays is facing criticism for opting out of part of the agreement banks have with Post Offices to allow customers to withdraw cash and deposit money.The move is seen as a threat to efforts to provide services to…

Farmers 'betrayed' by no-deal Brexit tariff plan

Farmers will feel "betrayed" by a government plan not to impose tariffs on the majority of goods entering the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the National Farmers Union has said.The government has announced it will…

Could blacklisting China's AI champions backfire?

Just over two years ago, China announced an audacious plan to overtake the US and lead the "world in AI [artificial intelligence] technology and applications by 2030".It is already widely regarded to have overtaken…

MacOS 'Catalina' 10.15 comes packed with exclusive security fixes – gee, thanks, Apple

New OS squashes bugs, older versions may have to wait Apple has taken the opportunity of its official macOS Catalina release on Monday to close more than a dozen security holes in the desktop operating system. The macOS 10.15 update, out today,…

Femtech: Right time, wrong term?

The meteoric rise of the label "femtech" to describe technology products, apps and hardware addressing women's health and wellbeing issues divides opinion. While some say it helps the sector secure vital funding from…

The Briton hoping to revive America's book giant

James Daunt, credited with a turnaround at Britain's biggest book chain, Waterstones, is plotting a similar strategy to address the troubles at America's Barnes & Noble.In the 1990s, the company was king of America's…

Thomas Cook passenger: 'I'm stuck in Tunisia'

A Thomas Cook passenger due to fly home on Tuesday has said she is "stuck" in Tunisia, unable to secure a new flight.Julie Paige told the BBC that she had booked a flight with the collapsed travel firm which was not covered…

No-deal Brexit would push UK debt to 50-year high

Media playback is unsupported on your device Even a "relatively benign" no-deal Brexit would push UK debt to its highest since the 1960s, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said.The think tank said borrowing would…

What? No way. Apple? Censoring iOS 13 to appease China? Gosh. How shocking. Who'd have thought it?

iGiant declines to Taiwan on for Hong Kong and Macau Apple is under fire for kowtowing to Beijing and removing references to Taiwan in the localized versions of iOS 13 for Hong Kong and Macau in China. Yes, the same China that just pressured…

Thomas Cook refund site sees 60,000 claims

Thomas Cook customers who had booked holidays with the firm have submitted 60,000 refund forms in the first hours of operation since a special website for the process was launched.The Civil Aviation Authority said the process…

GNU means GNU's Not U: Stallman insists he's still Chief GNUisance while 18 maintainers want him out as leader

Now-removed personal website statement sparks confusion On Monday, a group of maintainers of the GNU Project, the free operating system created by Richard Stallman, questioned Stallman's leadership and emitted a joint statement for rethinking…