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Paris readies for floods as Seine surges higher

Riverside homes and businesses in Paris are on high alert as the swollen River Seine threatens to overflow its banks. Some basements in the city have already sprung leaks after the river surged following heavy rainfall, reports said. The Seine is forecast to swell even further this weekend, adding several metres of water above its normal level. Many roads in the region are already waterlogged. Boat traffic – including the capital’s famous tourist cruises – has also been interrupted. The water level in the river is expected to peak at…

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Bitcoin surges above $13,000 to new high

Bitcoin has surged above $ 13,000 (£9,710; €11,020) to a new record high despite warnings the digital currency’s rapid rise could be a dangerous bubble. The coin has seen its value double in the last month in a volatile journey. Its latest milestone came after Bitcoin surged by another $ 1,000 in value in less than 24 hours. Spread betting firm CMC Markets said the rise had all the symptoms of a bubble market, warning “there is no way to know when the bubble will burst”. What’s behind the Bitcoin…

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Hurricane Irma churns toward Florida as state braces for storm surges up to 15 feet

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, hit Cuba overnight as a rare Category 5 storm before being downgraded to a Category 3 Saturday morning, and the storm is expected to restrengthen as it heads toward Florida. Irma, which as of 11 a.m. Saturday was 175 miles southeast of Key West, hugging the northern coast of Cuba, was moving west at 9 mph and is expected to turn to the north and head up the western coast of Florida. The monster storm’s shift in direction creates a…

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PC gaming surges, while the rest of the PC market declines

Over the last few years, PC manufacturers have debuted a wide variety of system designs in an increasingly desperate attempt to reverse dwindling sales. With the PC market now in its sixth straight year of decline, it’s obvious these efforts have met with minimal success. At best, they’ve blunted the impact of an unprecedented downturn. PC gaming, however, is a distinct reversal of this trend. The total market for PC gaming hardware (including gaming accessories) broke $ 30 billion for the first time in 2016. Jon Peddie Research (hereafter referred…

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