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UK seeks future cyber-security stars

A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government. The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online and offline challenges themed around battling hackers. It is one of several programmes trying to build interest in security work and help fill a looming skills gap. One industry expert said a broad strategy would be needed to address the widening gap. Hacker clubs The free Cyber Discovery programme aims to “encourage the best young minds into cyber-security”, said Karen Bradley,…

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FBI seeks to unlock Texas shooter's iPhone

Apple has offered to help the FBI unlock the phone of Devin Kelley. The former soldier shot dead 26 people and wounded 20 more at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, in Texas, on Sunday and was later found dead in his vehicle, some miles away. The FBI then released a statement saying his smartphone had been sent to its central crime lab, in Virginia, as local police could not unlock it. And Apple has now said it “immediately” offered to help. The company said it worked with law…

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Kevin Spacey seeks treatment as more stars face harassment claims

Kevin Spacey has said he is seeking treatment after facing allegations of sexual misconduct from a string of men. A representative for the actor said he “is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment”. They did not give any information about what kind of treatment he wants. He is one of several Hollywood figures who have been accused of sexual misconduct. Dustin Hoffman has issued an apology while director Brett Ratner has been accused by six women. A lawyer for Ratner, the director of the Rush Hour films…

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News: trivago Hotel Relations seeks to bolster independent hotels

trivago has launched trivago Hotel Relations, a new wholly-owned subsidiary that will foster strong direct relationships with independent hotels. The company will focus on empowering hoteliers around the world to be more competitive online and to drive more direct bookings through their hotel websites. “With this step we are accelerating our ability to scale an exceptionally skilled international salesforce and build stronger ties with hoteliers. “It enables us to work even closer with hoteliers and better support them in making their direct marketing successful,” said Johannes Thomas, managing director and…

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Roy Hodgson seeks to keep Crystal Palace grounded after first win

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace are fighting to resist the “party” that has followed the “funeral” of their troubling start to the season. On Saturday they visit Newcastle hoping to build on last week’s 2-1 defeat of Premier League champions Chelsea, in which in their eighth fixture they scored their first goals of the league season and also earned their first points. That one result, in which the fit-again Wilfried Zaha excelled in a front two with Andros Townsend while Mamadou Sakho provided stability in defence, has transformed Palace from near-certainties…

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Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont seeks independence talks

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said his people voted for independence from Spain – but that he wants a negotiated solution with Madrid. He asked the regional parliament in Barcelona to suspend the effect of the vote so talks could begin – rather than breaking away immediately. A vote on 1 October resulted in almost 90% of voters backing independence, Catalan officials say. Madrid said it was illegal and Spain’s Constitutional Court suspended it. No voters largely boycotted the referendum ballot – which had a reported turnout of 43% –…

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