Industry bill for PPI claims could hit £53bn

The payment protection insurance (PPI) scandal could cost banks £53bn, according to a forecast made as firms warned of mounting bills from claims.Dominic Lindley of New City Agenda made the estimate as CYBG warned of a…

Manslaughter charges dropped over Air France crash

Magistrates in France have dropped charges against Air France and Airbus over a mid-Atlantic plane crash in 2009 that killed all 228 people on board.The Airbus 330 aircraft flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris stalled…

Europe will not accept US verdict on 737 Max safety

Europe's aviation safety watchdog will not accept a US verdict on whether Boeing's troubled 737 Max is safe.Instead, the European Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) will run its own tests on the plane before approving a return…

Viagogo sidesteps legal action with website fixes

The secondary ticketing website Viagogo has improved how it communicates with customers, prompting the Competition and Markets Authority to suspend plans for legal action.The competition watchdog said its concerns over…

Pilot strike still on after BA snubs talks offer

British Airways has rejected a last-ditch proposal from pilots' union Balpa to re-start negotiations aimed at averting strike action.BA pilots are due to strike on Monday and Tuesday over a pay offer they say is too low.Balpa…

Why gay dads worry about starting primary school

Two gay fathers have described how encounters with parents at their son's nursery school have left them wondering how difficult it will be for them to be accepted as he starts primary. "When we have turned up at the…

Minister's school uniform costs promise

A government minister has pledged to change school uniform guidance after a campaign to cut costs for parents.An inquiry heard blazers, trousers and socks can cost up to three times more when embroidered with school…

William Hill boss leaves as 700 bookies close

William Hill has announced its chief executive is leaving as it shifts its focus to online and international markets.The departure of Philip Bowcock comes after it said 700 betting shops would close because of the reduction…

Non-association independent schools inspections and outcomes: management information

We publish non-association independent schools management information 3 times per year.Inspections conducted from the previous September to December, plus the most recent inspections and outcomes of all open non-association independent schools…

Scientists urge creationism ban in Welsh schools

The teaching of creationism could "creep in" to schools under Wales' new curriculum, scientists have said.A letter signed by 46 individuals and organisations, including Sir David Attenborough, asks the Welsh Government…

Hong Kong protesters using Bluetooth app

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have been turning to a new app to communicate - one that does not use the internet and is therefore harder for the Chinese authorities to trace.Bridgefy is based on Bluetooth and allows…

Big bang theory: Was mystery explosion over New York caused by a meteor? Dunno. By a military jet? Maybe...

US Space Command launches probe – wait, is that the sound of a black helicopt A loud boom heard over the US state of New York on Labor Day could have been the result of a fireball arriving from space... or a military jet thundering through…

Newb admits he ran Satori botnet that turned thousands of hacked devices into a 100Gbps+ DDoS-for-hire cannon

One moron down, two to go The script kiddie at the center of the Satori botnet case has pleaded guilty. Kenneth Schuchman, 21, of Vancouver in Washington state, this week admitted [PDF] to aiding and abetting computer hacking in an Alaskan federal…

Google, YouTube cough up $170m to make that trifling little thing about slurping kids' info without consent go away

Ad giant gets slap on the wrist, promises not to do it again Google, fighting a desperate battle to provide privacy that's not so private it blinds targeted advertising, has agreed to provide actual privacy, but only to those watching videos…

Brave accuses Google of trampling Europe's GDPR with stealthy netizen-stalking adverts

Our ads? Stomping on people's privacy? Never! Not us! sobs search giant Brave, the maker of a Chromium-based browser with a focus on privacy, claims advertising giant Google flouts Europe's data protection rules by effectively leaking netizens'…

Suspected crypto-coin crook collared after emailing apology note to the cops rather than victim – shock claim

Phone nicked at airport, $15k in fun bux drained from wallet A bloke was arrested and charged with identity theft after, it is claimed, he emailed an apology meant for his victim to a police detective. Darren Carter, 29, of Blackwood, New Jersey,…

Ireland to 'try' for no-deal checks away from border

Ireland will try to ensure checks in a no-deal Brexit will be done away from the border, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. He added Ireland would have to work to protect its place within the EU single market.Doing this…

Let's recap reCAPTCHA gotcha: Our cunning AI can defeat Google's anti-bot tech, say uni boffins

Machine-learning code solves image puzzles just like us netizens – claim Video US-based academics claim they have developed a machine-learning system that can beat Google's bot-detecting reCAPTCHA system. Designed to stop stuff like automated…

Met Police gave images for private facial-ID scans

London's Metropolitan Police Service has revealed that it supplied the images used in facial recognition scans carried out by the developers of the King's Cross estate.The police force had previously said it had not…

Chancellor declares end of austerity

Media playback is unsupported on your device The government has declared it has "turned the page on austerity" as it set out plans to raise spending across all departments.Chancellor Sajid Javid outlined £13.8bn…

Ryanair pilots vote for further strikes

UK-based Ryanair pilots have voted for seven further days of strikes as part of a row over pay and conditions.The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) said it wanted to settle the dispute, but Ryanair has refused…

No-deal recession less severe now, says Carney

A no-deal exit from the EU would probably see the economy shrink by less than previously estimated, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has said.Mr Carney told MPs that preparations made since the central bank's last estimate…

Amazon TVs to be sold by Currys PC World in UK

Fire TV-branded 4K TV sets will be sold on the UK high street by Currys PC World, it has been revealed.The sets, made by manufacturer JVC, will be powered by Amazon's smart TV software.They will start at £349 and will…

Amazon TVs to be sold by Currys PC World in UK

Fire TV-branded 4K TV sets will be sold on the UK high street by Currys PC World, it has been revealed.The sets, made by manufacturer JVC, will be powered by Amazon's smart TV software.They will start at £349 and will…

Blindly accepting network update texts could have pwned your mobe, say researchers

Flaws now (mostly) patched Over-the-air provisioning is the latest attack vector threatening your innocent Android mobe, according to Check Point today. The Israeli threat intel biz reckons that a single malicious SMS can pwn a targeted device,…

Is this really the end of austerity?

"Turning the page on austerity" with "no departmental spending cuts" - the purely political promise of what should have been one of the landmark economic days in the parliamentary calendar. At 4.1% real terms growth…

Police use of facial recognition ruled lawful

Judges have ruled against a shopper who brought a legal challenge against police use of automated facial recognition (AFR) technology.The court refused the judicial review on all grounds, finding South Wales Police…

Mental-health information 'sold to advertisers'

Sensitive personal information about mental health is routinely being traded to advertisers around the web, a study has suggested.Privacy International (PI) investigated more than 100 mental health websites in France, Germany…

Owl in a day's work: Commvault picks up software-defined type Hedvig for $225m

Storage and data management unification play Commvault has said it will fork out nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to buy Hedvig, a software-defined storage startup. For the Cohesity rival, this is a $225m bet that data unification and so-called…

YouTube fined over using kids' data to target ads

YouTube has been fined a record $170m (£139m) by a US regulator for violating children's privacy laws.Google, which owns YouTube, agreed to pay the sum in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).The video-streaming…